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After Delays, Study Abroad Dean Will Be Selected Soon

By Yi Zhou

The new Study Abroad Office is slated to open in Building 26 in several months, when the new assistant dean to lead it is selected. Because there have been many applications for the position, the selection process has taken longer than expected and caused a delay, said Peggy S. Enders, associate dean for undergraduate education.

An offer for the position should be extended mid-November, and the new dean is expected to start work in early January, Enders said. Applicants have come from both MIT and outside the Institute, she said. Enders had said earlier that she hoped the office would open at the end of September.

The new dean will facilitate students’ study abroad efforts and “focus on working with departments at MIT to identify schools in other countries where faculty would be comfortable with sending students to,” Enders said.

She also said the proposed location for the Study Abroad office, 26-153, is only temporary and that she hopes the office will be moved in a few years to a more student-friendly environment that can fit more than three students at a time.

With the increased visibility of the study abroad program, more students should be encouraged to take advantage of overseas opportunities. “The culture is changing,” Enders said. “It used to be that if you were at MIT, you stayed at MIT. But it’s really good that the faculty now know that it’s important for individuals to gain some sense of other cultures and ways of learning.”

Until the office opens, students interested in studying abroad can obtain information through the Careers Office and the Cambridge-MIT Exchange program.