Xavier’s study abroad program has allowed students to travel the world from South and Central America to Europe and Africa, to study, intern, and research through third party programs. But in the summer of 2015, Xavier faculty plan to teach students in the United Kingdom and Spain. Students can earn three to seven transferable credit hours in a one month program, costing $5,499 or $6,099, not including airfare or meals. Cumulative grade point average will be impacted and institutional aid may be used, according to Torian Lee, director of the Center for Intercultural and International Programs. Lee organized this innovative program in conjunction with Xavier faculty who were interested in teaching courses abroad. Lee said the London, England, program is humanities based, providing courses in theology, philosophy, creative writing and English. London faculty includes English professor Dr. Oliver Hennessey, Philosophy professor Dr. Paul Schafer, Theology professor Dr. Mark Gstohl and Creative Writing professor Katheryn Laborde. The Seville, Spain, program is undergoing finalization but Spanish courses will be taught by Dr. Giti Farudi, Lee said. “Internationalization is our response to globalization . . . If you know nothing about the interconnected world, you’re not getting a full education,” Lee said. Traveling abroad yanks students away from solely learning in the classroom and immerses them into a foreign culture. Brie Merritt, senior Broadcast major from South Carolina, studied abroad at London South Bank University for an entire semester last spring. She recommends that everyone study abroad if given the opportunity. “My London experience was phenomenal. The overall cultural experience helped me grow as a person. From that experience, I can tell you exactly who I want to be and exactly where I want to go,” Merritt said. In addition to courses, Xavier’s London package includes a trip to Stonehenge, theatre and museum admissions, and access to the Tube—London’s subway system. Hennessey grew up near Chester—a small city in the northwest of the United Kingdom—and feels cost will be the largest obstacle for interested students, but sending Xavier faculty overseas offers several advantages. “You get the experience of studying abroad, cultural exposure, but the academic part is going to match what you experience at Xavier,” Hennessey said. Leftover funds from federal and private loans, instituational aid, or outside scholarships may finance students’ trip to London, Lee remarked. But Lee recommends independent fundraising. “Students have been creative in the past. They have fundraised through family, churches, and crowd funding. If they really want to go, they find a way,” Lee said. For more information about Xavier in London or Seville, contact Torian Lee at (504) 520-5491, tlee@xula.edu, or stop by room 312 St. Joe Resource Center.

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