University poised to send first class of study abroad students


Ricardo Edwards

Princess Flowers

Sammie Ely

Arlander Taylor
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (January 10, 2014) – Four Tuskegee students have been selected to travel abroad in the pursuit of education this month. After Tuskegee's participation in the American Council on Education’s 18-month study on internationalization at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, it became obvious that a study abroad program was a critical focus. As a result, the four students, along with students from six other HBCUs, will attend universities all over the world for an entire semester. 

The student participants are: Ricardo Edwards, who will go to American University in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria; Princess Flowers, who will travel to Philipps-Universität Marburg in Marburg, Germany; Sammie Ely will visit the University of Technology in Sidney, Australia; and Arlander Taylor, who will travel to University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom. 

To be chosen for the program, possible participants were asked to submit personal essays, letters of recommendation and transcripts. An ad hoc committee selected the top applicants. Later, the students indicated their countries of choice and prepared to attend the various universities.

“No education is complete until you get out of your geographic and cultural comfort zone”, said Thierno Thiam, professor in the Political Science and History Department. “Our world, to borrow Friedman’s oft-cited phrase, has become flat. From Tuskegee’s perspective, education abroad means a greater amount of competitiveness in the job market.”

The students participating in this exercise are very eager and excited to begin this opportunity. 

When asked about his expectations, student Ricardo Edwards said, “I expect to bring back my learning experiences with international faculty, cultural customs and ideologies, and also the overall aspect of studying in a different country. This experience will most surely enable and encourage more students to want to have an international study abroad experience, not only for themselves, but also for the university.” 

To learn more about study abroad options, schedule a meeting with Thierno Thiam by contacting Alison Caddell at: 334-727-8541 or email her at:

Karlette Sullivan, Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing

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