University of Birmingham Postgraduate Award - Migration Studies
Owen graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with a BA in Migration Studies and Romance Languages. As an undergraduate, Owen enjoyed serving several refugee resettlement organizations across the US, as well as participating in language immersion programs in both France and Canada. The combination of these experiences inspired him to complete an honors thesis investigating how the practices of ESL instruction used by resettlement organizations today relate to the ability of refugees to integrate effectively. He is also a recipient of the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship, with which he is studying Arabic through the Noor Majan Training Institute in Ibri, Oman. As a Fulbright Student, Owen will be pursuing an MA in Migration Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is excited to take on a more global mindset with his research as he studies how different host countries can best support the linguistic needs of their respective refugee communities. Aside from academics, Owen is looking forward to exploring the entire city of Birmingham and learning more about the rich history and culture of the United Kingdom.