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UIS offers summer study abroad opportunities

January 26, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – The Global Experience Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield will offer students and area residents six Study Abroad Opportunities for summer 2006.

“We are part of a global web of communication, travel, and trade,” said Jonathan GoldbergBelle, director of UIS’ Office of International Affairs. “People, goods, and ideas cross borders daily. In order to better prepare our students for their local and global responsibilities, we have to extend our vision beyond the boundaries of Springfield and Illinois.”

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The Global Experience Program is a chance to study abroad in a two- to three-week summer course. Programs for this summer are listed below. All are open to non-students, although first preference will be given to students registering for credit. Application deadlines and costs vary. To receive academic credit from UIS, regular tuition, fees, and registration deadlines apply.

Society of Jamaica. May 14 - June 4.  Explore a side of island life that tourists seldom see by working alongside Jamaican teachers, organizers, and citizens to serve community needs.  Free time will be spent getting to know Jamaican people and culture. Anticipated cost: $2,000 (includes airfare; does not include UIS tuition and fees).  For details, contact seminar director Jan Droegkamp, professor of Liberal Studies/Individual Option, by phone at 206-7418 or by e-mail at jdroe1@uis.edu. Deadline to apply: March 1. 

Romanian Studies (mid-May).  Participants will spend three weeks in a learning placement with a social service agency in Sighisoara, Romania. Lodging will be with Romanian host families. Anticipated cost: $3,000 (includes airfare; does not include UIS tuition and fees).  For details, including the option to arrange a longer stay, contact Sandra Mills, associate professor of Social Work, by phone at 206-7602 or by e-mail at smill1@uis.edu.

Language and Culture of Japan. June 8-25 (tentative). Two weeks of study in Springfield’s Sister City, Ashikaga, Japan, will focus on Japanese language and culture, including calligraphy, ceramic arts, Buddhist meditation, and excursions to sites in and around Ashikaga and Tokyo. Lodging will be a combination of hotels, guesthouses, and home stays. Anticipated cost: $2,500 (includes airfare; does not include UIS tuition and fees). For details, contact seminar director Larry Golden, UIS professor emeritus, by phone at 206-7885 or by e-mail at lgol1@uis.edu. Deadline to apply: March 27.

Ceramic Arts of Japan. June 22-July 3.  An 11-day study program focusing on Japan’s ceramic arts begins in Tokyo with a tour of the National Museum, surrounding temples, and other sites.  Other stops include Kyoto, Ashikaga, and Mashiko. Anticipated cost: $3,100 (includes airfare; does not include UIS tuition and fees). For details, contact International Affairs by phone at 206-6678, or by e-mail at intaff@uis.edu. Deadline to apply: February 17.

Service Learning in Botswana. July 3 - July 24 (tentative). Explore a seldom-seen side of Africa by working alongside teachers, organizers, and citizens to serve community needs.  Participants will also get to know Botswana’s people and culture. Discussion will focus on the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa. Anticipated cost: $3,500 (includes airfare; does not include UIS tuition and fees).  For details, contact Jan Droegkamp, professor of Liberal Studies/Individual Option, by phone at 206-7418 or by e-mail at jdroe1@uis.edu. Deadline to apply: March 1. 

Nicaragua: Economic Opportunity through Micro Financing. (July 17 - July 29 tentative).  Nicaragua is a country in transition. In conjunction with grassroots organization Witness for Peace, students will learn the mechanics of micro financing, a practice that involves making loans to the poor which, though small, can transform the lives of destitute borrowers. Participants will take part in a socioeconomic contrast tour of Managua; discussions with an analyst; a visit and home stay in a campo community; meetings with lenders, borrowers, small farmers or labor contacts, and U.S. embassy officials. Anticipated cost: $1,600 (includes airfare; does not include UIS tuition and fees). For details, contact International Affairs by phone at 206-6678, or by e-mail at intaff@uis.edu. Deadline to apply: March 27.

For application and registration materials for any of these programs, or for information on other opportunities to study abroad, contact the UIS Office International Affairs, by phone at 206-6678, by e-mail at intaff@uis.edu, or go to the website at www.uis.edu/internationalaffairs/studyabroad.htm.

 

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