OID Event: “Study Abroad: How to Make it Affordable”

On November 21, 2017 I went to the OID event: “Study Abroad: How to Make It Affordable” where we met with Rhonda Chiles and discussed ways to make studying abroad manageable for everyone.

Students look at pictures of HMC students studying abroad.

Project Decode

This was a Project Decode event. Project Decode is a program run by the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) that provides guidance and networking for first-generation and/or low-income students.

About Rhonda Chiles

Rhonda Chiles is the Director of HMC Study Abroad. She organizes outreach and recruitment for the Harvey Mudd Study Abroad program, counsels students on all aspects of the study abroad process and develops and coordinates study abroad promotional programs. In her office she has a lot of informational materials and frequently hosts study abroad orientation sessions. She is the chair of the Study Abroad Committee.

Her contact information can be found below:

Rhonda Chiles speaking with students about study abroad.

Rhonda Chiles
Platt Campus Center909.607.3993

Study abroad website:

Harvey Mudd Study Abroad Program

Summary of Today’s Event

During the event we explored the amazing opportunities that studying abroad brings to an individual as well as a community. Rhonda Chiles shared the experiences from HMC students and demonstrated the impact of study abroad on the rest of their lives. Although many of us at the meeting were excited at the thought of studying abroad, we found ourselves concerned with the cost of such an incredible opportunity.  Luckily, Rhonda shared options that can make studying abroad affordable, one of which is applying for scholarships through the study abroad programs. Overall, this was a very informative program that made many of us excited at the prospect of study abroad. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about studying abroad to make an appointment with Rhonda Chiles and start your journey.

Future Events

Please join us for more OID events:

Monday, December 4

12:15–1:15 p.m.
“Finishing Strong: Self-Care Before Finals”
OID Center

Written by Nicole Garcia ’21