Study Abroad

Eiffel TowerLander University encourages its students to experience another culture at first hand by living and studying abroad.

Since 2005, one hundred and eighteen Lander students have studied for a fall or spring semester at a university in Argentina, Austria, Chile, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, or Spain. An additional twenty-nine Lander students have participated in summer programs at universities in Chile, England, France, Italy, Korea, Peru, Spain, or have attended language institutes in Costa Rica, Guatemala, or Mexico.

Study abroad programs are open to all students. Students who wish to spend a semester abroad should have completed two semesters at Lander. By careful planning, students who study abroad can maintain steady progress toward Lander graduation by taking courses abroad that count toward their curriculum requirements.

Students who have completed at least one semester of study at Lander are eligible to participate in Lander's faculty-led study tours that are scheduled at spring break and in the summer.

For students who wish to spend a semester abroad, we particularly recommend the University of Winchester in south central England. Note that a Lander GPA of 3.0 is required for study at the University of Winchester.

Lander is affiliated with four "third-party providers" of study abroad programs.

  1. We recommend the programs offered by Academic Studies Abroad (ASA).
  2. We recommend the programs offered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC).
  3. We recommend the programs offered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).
  4. We recommend the programs offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, particularly the programs in Australia and New Zealand.

These programs require 2.5 or greater GPAs as noted on their websites.

Students should note that academic customs and patterns of study in universities in other countries are somewhat different from those in the United States. For a discussion of the pattern of academic life in the United Kingdom, click here.

There are thousands of study abroad opportunities. We believe that the programs recommended below will fit the needs of most students. However, if after considering these programs, you feel that you are interested in following “the road less traveled” we will assist you in finding a program that fits your needs and interests. Please contact the Director of Study Abroad Programs at studyabroad@lander.edu.

EXTRA CREDIT FOR SEMESTER-ABROAD STUDENTS
Students who study at a university abroad during a regular fall or spring semester will receive credit for Lander's GenEd "Global Issues" requirement. They will also automatically receive four FALS credits, and may petition to receive additional FALS credits.

HONORS COLLEGE
The Honors College challenges you to learn beyond classroom. You will select a “breakaway” experience that fits your life, interests and career goals. Lander’s knowledgeable faculty will help find the right experience for you; but whatever you choose, your “breakaway” gives you an edge for graduate school or career searches.

You might decide to spend a semester abroad at one of Lander’s partner schools. Many students take advantage of our low-cost exchange program at the University of Winchester in England. Others have studied or worked in Korea, South America, Thailand, Spain, France and Italy. For additional information about the Honors College, please click here.

GLOBAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM
Lander's new Global Scholars will offer selected Honors College students the opportunity to spend a semester abroad during their sophomore, junior, or senior year for the same cost as a regular semester at Lander. All financial aid will apply and additional scholarship funds will be made available. For more information, please click here.

NEW ASIA INITIATIVE
The Office of International Programs is now leading a new initiative to bring students from Korea and China to study at Lander. It is also opening up some new study abroad opportunities in Asia for Lander students. Students who have an interest studying in Korea or China or in going to Asia to teach English as a second language should see Ms. Boyoung Roh in room 300 of the Jackson Library. Please click here for more information.

SEMESTER ABROAD RECOMMENDATIONS

Winchester UniversityFALL OR SPRING SEMESTER - STUDY AT WINCHESTER
Lander has a special agreement with the University of Winchester which allows our students to study at UW for about the same cost as a semester at Lander. Study abroad scholarships are also available.

The University of Winchester is a small university of about 5500 students. Fifty-nine Lander students have studied at UW since the fall of 2006.

Winchester is a small city approximately 65 miles southwest of London. It is one of the oldest cathedral cities in England. It was the capitol city for Saxon and Norman kings and was the center of King Alfred's Wessex. Jane Austen lived and wrote near here, and she is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

Winchester DormsFor more information about studying at the University of Winchester, click here.

FALL OR SPRING - OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
Consider the programs offered by our "third-party providers" listed above.

There are many other third-party providers that may offer programs of interest to various students. Lander will consider approving specific programs on a case-by-case basis. Lander approval is required before a student's financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program.

SPRING BREAK & SUMMER STUDY TOURS

Lander faculty members often lead groups of students on study tours. Each study tour offers Lander academic credit. Pre-tour lectures and a post-tour paper may be required. Below is a listing of recent and planned study tours:

Spring Break 2014:
Italy - Professor O'Connor - focusing upon education

Summer 2014:
China & Korea - Mr. Constant - focusing upon culture and history and modern asia
Guatemala - Professor Vartanian - an education mission trip
London & Ireland - Professor Singletary - art history in London and studio art in Ireland
Honduras - Professor Myers - a medical mission trip for nursing majors
London - Professor Craton - focusing upon history and theatre in a great city

For detailed information on any of these study tours, students should contact the faculty members listed above or the Director of Study Abroad.

Summer Study Tours to Asia:
The following summer opportunities in Asia are coordinated by the Office of International Programs (300 Jackson Library):
China and Korea - a four-week study tour including visits to important cultural sites
Korea - a four-week summer program at Busan and Incheon to study Korean language, art, and culture
Thailand - teach English as a second language in a summer camp

SUMMER SCHOOLS IN ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND

Consider the summer programs offered by our four "third-party providers" listed above. The following opportunities for summer study at institutions in England and Scotland are also recommended:

  1. The University of Sussex offers an extensive summer program for international students. This university is located in Falmer, only a few miles from Brighton, and about one hour south of London by train. More information about this summer program.
  2. The University of Stirling has designed a special summer program to accommodate students from the United States and from other countries. The historic city of Stirling, is mid-way between Glasgow and Edinburgh in a very central location in Scotland. More information about this summer program.
  3. Cambridge University offers a large number of courses in two different summer school formats for international students. Lander students who have good academic records (3.4 or higher GPA) are encouraged to consider one of these programs. Please meet with the Director of Study Abroad who will assist you in choosing the program that best fits your needs and interests.

Lander students who are interested in any of these summer opportunities should review the referenced information and then contact the Director of Study Abroad at studyabroad@lander.edu.

OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY OTHER INSTITUTIONS
Arrangements have been made for Lander students to take part in some of the study abroad programs offered by other universities. Here are two programs that do not duplicate Lander’s own offerings:

  • Clemson in China - The College of Business and Behavioral Science at Clemson University offers a six-week program each summer. After one week of touring cultural sites in Beijing, the program is based at the Dalian University of Technology. Each student will enroll for CHIN 499 Selected Topics in Chinese Culture (3 hours) and for one additional course (3 or 4 hours) in business management or in Chinese language. For more information contact studyabroad@lander.edu.
  • UGA Art Studies in Italy - The University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art operates an Arts Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. Semester and summer programs in Art Education, Ceramics, Creative Writing, Drawing, Graphic Design, Italian Language and Culture, Interior Design, Jewelry & Metalwork, Landscape Architecture, Painting, Papermaking & Book Arts, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture are offered. Click here for more information.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

MISCELLANEOUS OPPORTUNITIES

  • Habitat for Humanity Global Village Program: Opportunities for short-term service projects around the world. Click here for more information.
  • Gilman International Scholarships: Awards for study abroad for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education. Click here for more information.
  • National Security Education Program Scholarships: These scholarships assist students to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government. Click here for more information.
ATTENTION SPANISH, EDUCATION, & SCIENCE MAJORS

Lander students who choose to major in Spanish are required to include travel and/or study in a Spanish-speaking culture as part of their curricula. Spanish majors should consult Dr. Carlos Mentley regarding this requirement. He will assist students in arranging a semester of study at a university and/or language institute in Spain or Latin America.

Teacher Education students may have the opportunity to do their student teaching practicum in England through the University of Brighton. Interested Lander students should contact Dr.Dava O'Connor (doconnor@lander.edu).

Science courses are more difficult to find abroad and careful advance planning is useful. Students should confer with Dr. Paige Ouzts (pouzts@lander.edu) about studying at an appropriate university abroad.

A SPECIAL NOTE TO STUDENTS AND PARENTS
Lander University assumes that students who wish to study abroad are responsible individuals who can conduct themselves appropriately and manage their own affairs while traveling with a faculty-led study tour or while studying at an institution in another country. Each participating student must sign a liability release form releasing Lander University and its representatives from legal responsibility during their study abroad activities. Each student must also sign a code of conduct form. To see these Lander legal forms click here.

The university requires that each student have insurance that covers major medical expenses and which provides repatriation expenses in case of an emergency. We recommend the policy available from Cultural Insurance Services International that costs $34/month (the cost is higher for students over 25 years old). CISI insurance is included in the cost of each summer study tour. Click here for more information about this insurance.

Study abroad programs usually involve expenses in addition to the regular expenses associated with attending Lander University. Students must also provide their own airfare to and ground transportation within their host countries. Additional personal travel or touring will incur additional expense.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Contact the Director of Study Abroad (studyabroad@lander.edu) who will assist you in finding a program that fits your needs and interests.