Wanderlust: JSU’s summer exchange programs

JSU students interested in traveling or studying abroad are in luck. This year, JSU is offering several study abroad trips. These trips give students the opportunity to travel all over the globe to a variety of countries. Most trips have been held in past years, allowing students to learn a lot and tour many historic sites such as the Coliseum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Shanghai, a 2000 year old restaurant in China, and other incredible places in history.

By studying abroad, students get the opportunity to experience a brand new country with different and new outlooks, new customs and activities. Most people that take these trips find that by immersing themselves in the education system of a different country is the best way to experience and understand the people, traditions, and culture of that country. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right trip is a very important factor. Luckily, JSU offers students many different options.

The JSU history department is sponsoring one trip to Rome trip this year. There are currently three seats available. They will be traveling from May 6 to May 27. Students interested can contact Dr. Donald Prudlo at dprudlo@jsu.edu.

If you want to travel to Italy but would rather study the art rather than the history, the JSU art department is also hosting a trip to Florence, Italy during the summer. This trip will take place from May 6 until June 26. For further information, contact Professor Jauneth Skinner at jauneths@jsu.edu.

The JSU Honors Program is hosting their annual trip to study at Taizhou University in Linhai, China. This trip has been held each year since the summer of 2012, and has been a great success in the Honors department.

Yet another trip students can experience is a trip to Japan in the summer through a program offered at our partner school: Kansai Gaidai University.  This course is a 6-week program offered by the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai, located between Kyoto and Osaka.  The deadline for applications will be March 20. More information and the application can be found on the JSU website.

If none of these trips spark interest, never fear—there are a few more study abroad trips available through JSU’s consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. There are a variety of different locations to travel and study. For more information about these, you can contact Dr. Joe Delap at jdelap@jsu.edu.

Lyndsey Bonner
Staff Writer

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