Lander University encourages its students to experience another culture at first hand by living and studying abroad.
Since 2005, one-hundred-one Lander students have studied for a fall or spring semester at a university in Argentina, Chile, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Nicaragua, or Spain. An additional twenty-five Lander students have participated in summer programs at universities in Chile, England, France, 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 which 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.
- We recommend the programs offered by Academic Studies Abroad (ASA).
- We recommend the programs offered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC).
- We recommend the programs offered by the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).
- We recommend the programs offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, particularly the programs in Australia and New Zealand.
The ASA and USAC, CIEE, and Global Links programs require various GPAs (usually 2.5 or greater) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Lander's Honors Program requires four 3-hour honors seminar courses at Lander and six hours of study at an institution abroad. A $1000 Honors Study Abroad scholarship is provided to each student during their semester abroad. Entering freshmen and current Lander students with strong academic records may enter the program in the fall or spring semester. Students who wish to consider joining this exciting program should contact Dr. Lillian Craton. For additional information about the Honors Program (soon to become Lander's new 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
Dr. Sung-Jae Park is now leading a new initiative to bring students from Korea and China to study at Lander. He is also opening up some new study abroad opportunities in Asia for Lander students. Students who have a special interest studying in Korea or China or in going to Asia to teach English as a second language should contact Dr. Park or Ms. Boyoung Roh. Please click here for more information.
SEMESTER ABROAD RECOMMENDATIONS
FALL 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-three 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.
Fall semester dates for 2013 are September 16 - December 13. This includes a five-day orientation session for international students just before the semester begins. Lander students may also study at Winchester during a spring semester. The 2014 spring semester dates are January 9 - April 4 and this includes a one-day orientation session.
For more information about studying at the University of Winchester, click here.
FALL OR SPRING - OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
Consider the programs offered by these four "third-party providers" with which Lander University is affiliated:
- Academic Studies Abroad (ASA) offers programs in 10 countries.
- University Studies Abroad Consortium offers programs in 26 countries.
- Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) offers programs in 42 countries.
- GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs in 22 countries and is especially strong in Australia and New Zealand.
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 the study tours being planned for this year.
Spring Break 2013:
London - Professors Sansfacon and Woolbright - optional field trip for ENGL 214 or THTR 301
Honduras - Professor Myers - medical mission trip for nursing majors
England, Scotland and Ireland - Professors Craton and McMillan - literature and political science
France and Spain - Professor Mentley - walk a historic pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostela
NAZI Germany - Professors Cleveland and Paquette - history and psychology
Venice, Florence, and Rome - Professors Singletary and Snipes - studio art
Oregon - Professors Holloway and Snipes - a week of nature photography in Montana
For detailed information on any of these study tours, students should contact the persons listed above or the director of study abroad.
There will also be the following summer opportunities in Asia 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
The following opportunities for summer study at institutions in England and Scotland are recommended:
- 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.
- 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.
- Cambridge University offers a large number of courses in a special summer school format for international students. Lander students who have strong academic records (3.4 or higher GPA) are encouraged to consider this program. More information about this summer program.
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 email@example.com.
SUMMER PROGRAMS OFFERED BY ACADEMIC STUDIES ABROAD
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SUMMER PROGRAMS OFFERED BY UNIVERSITY STUDIES ABROAD CONSORTIUM
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SUMMER PROGRAMS OFFERED BY COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE
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SUMMER PROGRAMS OFFERED BY GLOBALINKS LEARNING ABROAD
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OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED BY OTHER INSTITUTIONS
Arrangements have been made for Lander students to take part in some of the study abroad programs offered by Clemson University, the College of Charleston, and Winthrop University. Language study may be required of students who wish to study in countries where English is not the language of instruction. Application deadlines tend to be in February or March.
Here are some programs which 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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, 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.
ATTENTION SPANISH, EDUCATION, & SCIENCE MAJORS
- Habitat for Humanity Global Village Program: Opportunities for short-term service projects around the world. Click here for more information.
- Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships: These scholarships promote goodwill by providing funding for various study abroad activities. 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.
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 (email@example.com).
Science courses are more difficult to find abroad and careful advance planning is useful. Students should confer with Dr. Paige Ouzts (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 which covers major medical expenses and which provides repatriation expenses in case of an emergency. We recommend the policy available from Cultural Insurance Services International which costs $31/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 Dr. DeWitt Stone, Director of Study Abroad, at (864) 993-7866 or email to email@example.com. He will assist you in finding a program that fits your needs and interests.