April 21, 2008
08-081

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

Lidia Bor

New Study Abroad Options in Italy, Japan and Peru

VALDOSTA - Beginning this summer, the Center for International Programs at Valdosta State University will offer three new study abroad experiences in Italy, Japan and Peru for those looking to travel and learn from different cultures.

Students in Florence, Italy can feast on authentic cuisine and take in historic sights, while learning about art. In Japan, students will truly experience Japanese culture as they live with families, learn the language and pursue knowledge of Japanese film. The new Peru program will concentrate on learning intensive Spanish along with traveling and practicing the traditions and customs of the country. As with all summer abroad programs, the three new options are open to students in good academic standing and include six-hour courses with opportunities to travel.

“We try to bring new opportunities to students to go out and experience with different culture and language,” said David Starling, coordinator for study abroad programs and assistant director for International Programs.

Every year, the Center of International Programs looks for new study abroad experiences and opportunities to bring to students. Starling said one of the first new trips for 2009 will be to Waterford, Ireland, where the well-known crystal is produced. His team in International Programs is also considering a program in Nice, France.

Although summer break is convenient for students who want to travel, the Center for International Programs also offers study abroad as well as exchange options in the Czech Republic, Chile, Belize, China, Spain and many other locations. Exchange programs are geared toward students, who are willing to study in a different country with a collaborative university in the students respective major for a full semester.

To find out more about study abroad programs, please e-mail David Starling at dstarlin@valdosta.edu or visit www.valdosta.edu/cip . Look for future updates and information about Summer Study Abroad on the VSU News site, www.valdosta.edu/news .