This year marks the 90th anniversary of study abroad programs at the University of Delaware, and the UDairy Creamery has partnered with UD’s Institute for Global Studies to celebrate in a special way — unveiling a new ice cream flavor in honor of the milestone.
The new flavor is named “1923” in honor of the year that study abroad began at UD. Slated to be released at the UDairy Creamery storefront on Monday, Feb. 18, the new “1923” flavor is a specially made French vanilla flavored ice cream with bittersweet chocolate chunks and a salted caramel swirl.
For the creation of the new flavor, the study abroad team consulted with the creamery staff. “We didn’t want to choose a flavor that identified too much with a specific location or region of the world,” says Lisa Chieffo, associate director of study abroad, noting that they and the creamery also wanted to offer a flavor that would have broad appeal.
Chieffo says she is proud of the new flavor and of this great milestone for the University. “The fact that UD was the first U.S. institution to have a study abroad program, and that we continue to be a national leader today, is testament to the institution’s long-term commitment to internationalization. Thus far, well over 25,000 students have participated in UD study abroad programs, and we’re still going strong. The University community can be proud of this great legacy.”
The program can be credited to University President Walter S. Hullihen. When approached by professor Raymond Kirkbride in 1921 to send students to France, Hullihen recognized the value of the concept and lobbied for its implementation. It took two years before the first study abroad took place, but in July 1923, eight students sailed to France for their junior year. The program not only proved a success, but also had great influence on the students.
Following that first program, study abroad grew in popularity, expanding to other locations around Europe. Students from universities across the country participated in the programs, spending their junior year abroad with the University of Delaware.
Today UD consistently ranks among the top U.S. research institutions in the percentage of its undergraduates who study abroad. With more than 70 study abroad programs held annually, the University currently sends students to six of the seven continents, providing them with a rigorous and adventurous learning experience.
Article by Samantha Walsh
Photos by Danielle Quigley
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