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UIS offers opportunities to study abroad this summer

March 4, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - The Global Experience Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield is offering area residents a number of opportunities to spend part of the summer studying abroad, in subjects ranging from community work in Jamaica to Chinese ceramic art to excavating prehistoric sites in Germany.  Except as noted, the programs listed below are open to the public and to students from other universities as well as to UIS students.

Application deadlines and costs vary by program. To receive academic credit from UIS, regular tuition and fees and registration deadlines also apply.

May 16 - June 6. The Sociology of Jamaica / SOA 474 Jamaican Society  Jan Droegkamp, professor of Liberal Studies/Individual Option at UIS, who spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Jamaica, will lead an exploration of island life that few people see as participants work alongside Jamaican teachers, organizers, and citizens to serve community needs.  Free time will be spent getting to know Jamaican people and culture. Together, the group will explore concepts of development, culture, communication, values, education, and sociology. Cost: $1,700 (includes airfare; does not include UIS tuition). Sign up by April 15.

June 4-20. Language and Culture of Japan / UNI 460 Global Experience Seminar in Japan  This seminar includes two weeks of study in Springfield’s Sister City, Ashikaga, Japan. The daily schedule will include instruction in Japanese language and culture – including martial arts, flower arranging, Buddhist meditation, a tea ceremony, calligraphy, and cuisine – as well as field trips to various sites. Lodging will be a combination of hotels, guesthouses, and home stays. Cost: $2,200 (includes airfare; does not include UIS tuition). Sign up by March 31. First preference will be given to participants who enroll for credit at UIS.

June 4-16. Ceramic Arts of China / UNI 460 Global Experience Seminar in China   This seminar on Chinese culture emphasizes ceramic arts and begins in Beijing with a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Ancient Palace Museum. The itinerary also includes the Great Wall, Pan Jia Yuan Antique Market, and the 1,000-year celebration of Chinese porcelain in Jingdezhen. The final stop will be Shanghai, for the International Ceramic Exhibition. The seminar will be led by Bob Dixon, professor emeritus of Visual Arts, who has toured China extensively and has participated in four international exhibitions. Cost: $3,300 (includes airfare; does not include UIS tuition). Sign up by March 31.

June 14-July 3. Literature of the British Isles / ENG 460 Literature of the British Isles  This three-week tour of the British Isles will explore literary landscapes – the places and spaces that produced some of the most important British literature, from the Middle Ages to the present day. Contact Jennifer Haytock by phone at 206-7437 or e-mail at or Karen Moranski by phone at 206-7440 or e-mail at for further information. Cost: $3,000 (includes airfare; does not include UIS tuition). Sign up by May 1.

*June 18 - July 11 (tentative). Polish History and Culture / UNI 480 Global Experience Program  UIS is working with the Giedroyc College of Communication and Media in Warsaw to establish a summer program in Polish history and culture and European politics. The program will include two weeks of intensive coursework at Giedroyc, followed by two weeks of related excursions in the surrounding area.  Cost: $1,500 (includes UIS tuition; does not include airfare). Sign up by March 31. *Open only to those who enroll for UIS credit.

July 21-August 15. Archaeological Field School in Southwest Germany / SOA 473 Archaeological Field Course  This course offers training in systematic data collection techniques including artifact identification and analysis. Participants will help collect data for an on-going research project, and will learn about the prehistory and environment of southern Germany through lectures and excursions. Students will live in a small German village, visit the university town of Tübingen and the medieval center of Ulm, and tour nearby archaeological sites. No previous experience in archaeological fieldwork is required. Program director Lynn Fisher, assistant professor of Anthropology, has previously taken five groups of American students to this region. Cost: $1,750 (does not include airfare; does not include UIS tuition). Contact Fisher by phone at 206-7938 or e-mail at for more information.

*Spanish Language and Culture in Buenos Aires, Argentina/ UNI 480 Global Experience Program  The Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina, offers two summer courses that are open to UIS students: a four-week intensive course in Spanish language ( details available at ) and an eight-week course, Argentina and the Southern Cone Region, for juniors, seniors, and graduate students who are already proficient in Spanish ( details at ). Cost: $1,700 (includes UIS tuition; does not include airfare). Sign up by April 12. *Open only to those who enroll for UIS credit.

For application and registration materials for any of these programs, or for information on other opportunities to study abroad, contact Jonathan GoldbergBelle, UIS director of International Affairs, by phone at 206-6678 or go to the website at


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