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Baruch Students Receive Gilman Scholarships to Study Abroad in China, Germany, Hong Kong and Ireland


Elainne DiazPaul LeungArthur Sorenson

From Left: Elainne Diaz, Paul James Leung and Arthur Sorensen. Not Pictured: Jamel H. Hicks and Christine Zhou


NEW YORK, NY - December 2, 2015 -  Baruch College students Elainne Diaz ‘17, Jamel H. Hicks ‘17, Paul James Leung ‘16, Arthur Sorensen ‘17 and Christine Zhou ‘17 have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad for the spring 2016 semester. All five Gilman recipients will be using their scholarships to study on Baruch College exchange programs at respectively City University of Hong Kong, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China, Berlin School of Economics and Law, the National University of Ireland and Dublin Parliamentary Internship Program.

The Gilman Scholarship, named after former Congressman Benjamin A. Gilman of New York, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and grants awards up to $5,000 to apply towards study abroad or internship program costs.

“The study abroad program in Hong Kong offers a great opportunity to leave my comfort zone and to strengthen my confidence and independence.” Said International Business Major Elainne Diaz. “The opportunity to spend one semester in Asia also provides me with valuable understanding of the Chinese culture as well as the uniqueness of the business etiquette in this region. I believe this experience builds solid foundations for a globally relevant future career in business and entrepreneurship.”

Paul Leung, who immigrated to New York from China when he was 4 years old hopes to use his study abroad experience to develop his language skills. “I really want to develop my Mandarin speaking and reading skills. I think that this language is an important skill to have to be competitive in the job market and the best way to learn a language is to live in a place that speaks it. In addition to that, I think that this experience will open my mind about different cultures - not just of the Chinese locals there, but also of the other international students that I come across. Cultural awareness is something that anybody would benefit from when applied to their career.”

For Arthur Sorensen, a Finance major from Asunción, Paraguay, the opportunity to study abroad presents a challenge of immeasurable value. “I already challenged myself when at 16 years old, I left my life in Paraguay and came back to New York to pursue a better education. Now I am ready to challenge myself even more.” He said. “ Being in a university setting is a great opportunity because I will get to take classes, participate in projects, attend campus events, interact with other students, and participate in local customs and celebrations. From a professional standpoint, I think companies look for talent that can adapt to different cultures, places and situations, and studying abroad is the best way to acquire those skills. Furthermore, fewer than 1 in 10 American students head overseas at some point in their academic careers, so I really believe this is a great opportunity to stand out.”

Baruch President Mitchel B. Wallerstein has set a five-year goal of sending at least 15% of Baruch students abroad each year for international experience. “Let’s become one of the nation’s leading models for how an affordable college with limited resources is able to give its deserving students exposure to the world,” he said, in his recent State of the College address.

Students interested in studying abroad are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Office website, or visit the office on the 8th floor of the Annex at 137 E. 25th Street (next to the Library Building).




About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY)) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to



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