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More than 80 Lafayette students are participating in a variety of faculty-led and other study-abroad programs in countries around the globe this fall.

A close relationship between faculty leader and students is the hallmark of Lafayette’s faculty-led semesters abroad in Athens; London; Brussels; Dijon, France; and Antigua, Guatemala.

Seventeen students are studying in Athens with Deborah L. Byrd, associate professor of English and coordinator of Women’s Studies, and four students are in Dijon with Mark-Antoine Crespi, visiting assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures.

They are taking classes taught by the Lafayette faculty member and by faculty of host institutions and taking part in field trips planned and led by Lafayette faculty and local organizers. The cost is the same as a semester on campus, and grades and financial aid are fully transferable for the extent of each semester abroad.

“This is my fourth group I’ve led to Greece, and I love it,” Byrd says. She is teaching two courses, Greece Through the Eyes of Nineteenth Century Poets and Gender, Race and Classics with Modern Responses to Ancient Greek Texts.

The Athens program is coordinated with College Year in Athens, an institution that offers courses taught in English. Students take courses in both classical and Mediterranean studies and visit archeological sites and museums in the Peloponnese, Delphi, and Crete. Students live in apartments within walking distance of the classroom building in the center of Athens. The semester includes an orientation program and informal meetings and dinners with faculty.

Dijon is located at the head of the French wine region of Burgundy, one of the world’s most important viticultural areas and one of the most scenic and historic regions of France. Students take intensive French language courses at the Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones, a part of the University of Burgundy, and engage in a wide range of field trips and cultural fieldwork in and around Dijon, Paris, the Loire valley, Strasbourg, and Provence. Students live with French-speaking host families, making this an ideal opportunity to acquire or improve their mastery of French while taking courses on the culture and society of modern France.

The Lafayette faculty members help students with problems they may encounter in living with their host family, local transportation, or other aspects of adjustment to a new culture and living environment. Students can travel on their own and integrate themselves into the new culture.

In spring 2001, students will study in London with Stephen E. Lammers, Helen H.P. Manson Professor of the English Bible in the department of religion; in Brussels with Chester J. Salwach, associate professor of mathematics; and in Guatemala with Susan A. Niles, professor of anthropology and sociology.

In addition to the faculty-led programs, Lafayette has affiliations with many colleges and other organizations that allow students to study abroad in many countries. Grades and financial aid are fully transferable. Lafayette students are currently studying abroad through programs at Butler University, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University, and Syracuse University.

They are studying in London at Huron University USA; Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London; and Westminster College. Elsewhere in the British Isles, they are at St. Catherine’s College of Oxford University; the University of Edinburgh, and University College, Cork, of the National University of Ireland.

Other current study destinations in Europe include Paris, Florence, Maastricht, Madrid and Seville.

In Australia, Lafayette students are studying at the University of Sydney; Macquarie University, Sydney; and James Cook University, Townsville, North Queensland.

In addition, this is the 23rd year in which Lafayette is offering concentrated, three-week courses abroad during the interim session between regular semesters. Taught by Lafayette professors who are particularly well-suited to lead them by virtue of their experience and expertise, the courses are academically rigorous. In many of them, the students meet and speak with prominent business people, major cultural figures, government officials, and leading academics, learning directly from these experts about the subject matter they are studying in the foreign nations.

In January 2001 more than 100 students will take courses in the Bahamas; Berlin, Prague, and Munich; Ireland; Kenya and Tanzania; London; South America (Brazil, the River Plate, and Peru); and Turkey.

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