Study abroad program plans potential trips

Many students may not have the money or time to travel internationally during their college years, but the university offers them a chance to do just that while getting class credit.

The study abroad program provides students the opportunity to experience parts of the world that they might not see otherwise.

Several study abroad programs are short-term trips, but others require spending an entire semester in another country.

For example, this coming spring semester, 10 students from UMHB are going to London along with nine from Howard Payne and nine from Hardin-Simmons.

Professor of history and political science Dr. David Holcomb is in charge of the London Studies Program.

He said, “Students will take a full load of classes from both American and British faculty. Classes meet Monday-Thursday with Friday reserved for field trips to places such as Hampton Palace, Canterbury, Bath, Cambridge, and other places in and beyond London.”

They will also take a nine- day coach tour of northern England and Scotland in the middle of the semester.

The College of Business is offering a spring semester abroad trip to Bangkok, which is sponsored by the Consortium for Global Education.

This is the first year that the school will be taking the trip as it was canceled last year due to flooding in that region.

Students can also take a trip to Israel through the College of Christian Studies during the winter term with Dr. Stephen Von Wyrick.

A trip is being planned for Peru during the 2013 May term said Dr. Jim King with the College of Business.

Some trips are still in the works, like a trip to Argentina during December with Dr. Michelle Reina in the College of Business.

The College of Education, College of Humanities, College of Christian Studies, and the Department of Exercise and Sport Science are all planning trips for next semester.

They will take place in the May, spring break or summer term. Students wanting information can contact the college.

King said, “I think that the way it’s looking …right now, we could have 15 different trips that students could go on if you include graduate trips and undergraduate trips during the academic year.”

For the fall semester, four students are currently in Central America in the Latin America studies program, which is through another consortium.

Senior finance and accounting major Taylor Barnard traveled with the College of Business to Costa Rica last December.

Before Barnard left, he and other team members went through several weeks of preparation with classes and coursework.

He said, “The course was intended to familiarize ourselves with the culture so that we could better analyze it when we were there.”

Barnard sees this as an opportunity for students to learn new things.

He said, “You gain a new appreciation of all that we are blessed with, but you can also learn about new ways to do things that you would not have known about otherwise.”

Barnard said that overall it was a great experience.

King thinks the university is doing pretty well in terms of students being able to study abroad.

He said, “Now we’re not where we want to be a few years down the road, but I think that you’re going to see more and more of these trips.”

Author: Elissa Thompson

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