The UCF School of Communication Sciences and Disorders has welcomed two international undergraduate students from Belgium for a six-week externship. The program is part of our inter-university agreement, where students from UCF and VIVES University of Applied Sciences in Belgium participate in international learning experiences. During the six-week program, Belgium students Esther Vanneste and Celeste Sissau will apply their skills as future SLPs in the UCF Communication Disorders Clinic, as well as expand their understanding of fluency disorders through a graduate course.
This international learning experience for UCF and VIVES students is spearheaded by Martine Vanryckeghem, a CSD Pegasus Professor whose distinguished work in fluency disorders has earned her a Fulbright Specialist Grant from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In addition to the exchange student program, Vanryckeghem has also helped establish a chapter of Go Baby Go! at VIVES. This is the fourth year that UCF has participated in international learning experiences with VIVES, helping students enrich their education by learning in diverse environments.