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Get Beyond BU: Study Abroad Opportunties for BU Students

Bellarmine students can study abroad during the summer, winter, semester, or academic year. For summer and winter programs, students travel with faculty and students from American universities and take one to two courses for a period between two and five weeks. The deadlines for summer options are in January and February. For semester and academic year options, students study at a foreign university and take courses with students from that university. Knowing a foreign language is NOT a requirement to study abroad. There are programs and destinations where courses are taught in English. Students who are interested in studying abroad during the 2011-2012 academic year need to apply by this November 30th, 2010. Have your son or daughter contact the International Programs Office as soon as possible if they are interested in exploring these opportunities.

For 2011, we are offering a wonderful new short-term study abroad program to South Africa. Students must enroll in one of two General Education courses in the Spring 2011 semester in order to participate in the July 2011 course field component in South Africa. The courses are: IDC 301: Grassroots Organizing: Comparing Freedom Movements in South Africa and IDC 301: U.S. and Music of the World’s Culture. During the field component of these courses, students will go to several cities in South Africa, such as Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, and Cape Town. Tentative excursions are to the Addo Elephant National Park, a Safari, as well as museums, such as the Cradle of Mankind, the Apartheid Museum, and the International Library of African Music. Students for the field component will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Students will be well prepared due to the required participation in one of the two spring semester courses. The tentative cost is $3000 (plus airfare) for the field component, which includes lodging, guest lecturers, and excursions.

If interested, students should contact Prof. Richard Burchard (rburchard@bellarmine.edu) or Dr. Matisa Wilbon (mwilbon@bellarmine.edu).

It is never too early to start planning for study abroad! Some courses are a better fit to take abroad than others, thus we encourage our students to meet with their advisor and the International Programs Office early on to plan accordingly. For more information regarding any of the study abroad opportunities, students should visit the International Programs website. The website includes a section for parents as well as information regarding scholarships. Students may also contact Erica Ward, the Interim Study Abroad Advisor (eward@bellarmine.edu).

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