Honors College Study Abroad Fair Showcases Summer Programs
Academic Programs Abroad (APA) recently hosted a Study Abroad Fair for Honors College students in the Grand Salon of the French House. Program directors from 20 of LSU's summer programs discussed their respective programs. Students at the fair learned about coursework, finances, and excursions offered in each program and had the opportunity to speak with advisors from APA about national and international exchange programs.
Honors College in South Africa, the first summer study abroad program offered by the Honors College, was also represented at the fair. Led by Honors College Dean Nancy Clark, the program plans to offer Honors course credits while exposing students to the history, culture, and current situation in South Africa through academic work and service work with children in two communities.
Clark said she hopes that students who participate in the South Africa program will gain an understanding of the impact of racial discrimination in South Africa. The program will be held June 16 through July 13, 2010.
Harold Leder, director of Academic Programs Abroad, spoke to the over 50 Honors students gathered about the scholarships available for study abroad programs.
“The current financial situation is unfortunate … but the longer you go for, the more affordable (studying abroad) becomes, which is counterintuitive,” he said. “Study abroad is the best possible opportunity for you to go somewhere — for a summer, a semester, or a year.”
Leder mentioned two sets of study abroad scholarships available exclusively to Honors students. The Starmount Life Insurance Study Abroad Award is valued at $2000 per award, and the Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship provides $500 per award.
“The turnout was great,” said Jeremy Joiner, Academic Advisor for the Honors College who coordinated the event. “It’s great that so many Honors students are interested in learning about these opportunities. Students should realize the value of a journey and getting outside what is familiar, and there is no better way than studying abroad to experience that.”
Academic Programs Abroad (APA) is a division of LSU International Programs that facilitates both short and long-term programs exchanges in North America as well as abroad.