International Studies major awarded Brittingham Viking Organization Scholarship

Patel is also pursing a major in Communication Arts and certificates in Educational Policy Studies and Business Fundamentals

Kamika Patel, International Studies (Global Security) major, was recently selected as a study abroad scholarship recipient from the Brittingham Viking Organization (BVO). She will be studying at Lund University in Sweden and the University of Oslo Norway in Spring 2023 and Summer 2023, respectively

The scholarship program places one scholar in Finland, one in Sweden, and one in Denmark based on majors, availability at the partner universities, and scholastic aptitude. The program culminates with all three scholars studying together at the International Summer School at the University of Oslo in Norway. Scholar cohorts travel together to Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway to visit Viking alumni and celebrate cultural holidays. The scholarship is designed to cover housing, tuition/program fees, roundtrip flights to Scandinavia, visas, insurance, and a generous living and travel stipend, with the total value of the program up to $25,000.

As a BVO Scholar, Kamika is most looking forward to traveling around Northern Europe and learning about the different countries in Scandinavia, within the classroom and beyond. There will be a range of experiences for her to participate in, including comparative studies, enjoying natural landscapes, and visiting quaint towns and big cities to connect with the countries’ histories and cultures. She is even more excited to meet a range of Viking alumni from the past 65 years of the program.