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TRIO student selected to study abroad in the Netherlands

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Posted on Friday, March 1, 2024

Westminster College junior Emma Sukal has been selected to participate in the international Keith Sherin Global Leaders: Study Abroad Program, organized by The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE).

As of one 20 students in the nation selected for this opportunity, Sukal—a participant in Westminster’s TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) program—will attend the Global Citizenship: A Summer Study Tour for TRIO College Students from June 21-July 13 in The Hague, Netherlands.

Sukal will work with student leaders from other institutions while attending courses focused on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Courses will concentrate on solving global issues by connecting the public and private sectors.

“A reason this trip was interesting for me is because the learning and courses are involved with the United Nations, which is close to what I am studying—especially if I do international law or studies,” said Sukal, an individual interdisciplinary law and society major from Pittsburgh.

Sukal will also learn more about the culture of the Netherlands, visit the capital city of Amsterdam and take in social and cultural programming in her host city, The Hague.    
The program is sponsored by COE, The Hague University of Applied Sciences and ECHO, the Center for Diversity Policy. Applicants must be at least a college sophomore and enrolled in a TRIO SSS program.

The Westminster College TRIO SSS program is a federally funded office committed to helping first-generation scholars, scholars with financial needs, and scholars with disabilities. This program provides coaching and mentorship, with all the tools and materials that will improve student’s knowledge and topic mastery. TRIO aides to success in college and the transition into the world.

To learn more about Westminster’s TRIO SSS program, please contact program director Erik Austin at or visit