For over five decades Olmsted Scholars have pursued graduate studies at foreign universities in topics ranging from political science and history to literature. But the true power of the Olmsted Scholar Program comes from the experience of full immersion in foreign countries and cultures across the globe.
By living on their own in a foreign country, Scholars gain a new world view that can’t be learned any other way, with insights into local customs, traditions, values, history, politics, pop culture and so much more. They’re forced to grapple with the daily rigors of life: Finding their own residence, learning the local currency, enrolling their children in schools or buying groceries.
These issues dominate Scholars and their spouses upon entry in country but it’s only the beginning of a deeper cultural experience that redefines their perspective as military leaders and as people. As they settle into their new home, the cultural differences in values, beliefs and attitudes begin to broaden Scholars’ awareness of the people and society in their host country, including a better idea of how they view the United States.
After two years of cultural immersion, Scholars grow intellectually, think differently, anticipate different perspectives and question assumptions. These qualities give Scholars a new perspective and openness that readies them for a lifetime of leadership challenges and responsibility in any environment whether it’s in the military or private sector. Click here to view the Scholar Travel Policy.