SPAN Experience

In their own words

In the summer of 2012, the Student Project for Amity among Nations traveled to two destinations with student researchers. Here’s what two returnees said about their two-year SPAN experience:

“Thanks to SPAN for helping me achieve one of the most rewarding academic things I have done.” — Matt Hagestuen, Great Britain 2012

Matt Hagestuen’s SPAN research project enabled him to participate in the Proms in London; currently, he is enrolled in the vocal performance master’s program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, as he was granted a full scholarship to pursue graduate music studies.

Patrick Kinville, Russia 2012, went directly from his SPAN experience in Russia to Bedapest where he earned a Master of Arts in Nationalism Studies at the Central European University. He now teaches at EF English First in Moscow. Of his SPAN project he wrote:

“… I am very happy to be returning [to Russia] and this is something I would not have done if not for my participation in SPAN, so thank you very much.” –Patrick Kinville, Russia 2012

SPAN, the Student Project for Amity among Nations, is Minnesota’s oldest, and one-of-a-kind study and research abroad program. It was founded in 1947 by a group of students who saw the need for international understanding. Since its inception, nearly 3,000  SPANners have visited 93 countries on six continents. As a student-led non-profit organization, the Minnesota SPAN Association offers every SPAN participant a scholarship. SPAN is open to students from all Minnesota colleges and universities.

Editor’s note: This page will soon feature a concise “point of view” essay written by a recent SPANner who details the preparation before departure, the in-country experience, and the learnings from the process of undertaking a substantial research and writing endeavor. Thank you for your patience.