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Area Students of Belmont University Travel the World for College Credit

Jul 22, 2019 11:05AM ● By Hannah Ott
Kane County - More than 700 students from Belmont University, Nashville, TN, started their summer off by participating in one of 45 faculty-led Maymester and Summer Study Abroad programs. 

The short-term programs, lasting anywhere from a week to a month, are led and designed by Belmont faculty to explore one or two certain areas of study, while giving students the opportunity to travel to and discover a new place.

With programs based in Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Israel, N. Ireland, Morocco, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania and other countries, students have the opportunity to learn in a non-traditional classroom by visiting historical sites and experiencing new cultures first-hand.

The following area students are on their way to these study abroad destinations:
  • Shauna Winters of Batavia studied in Belmont's England program.
  • John Hix of Batavia studied in Belmont's France program.
  • Paige Eber of Aurora studied in Belmont's England program.
  • Anna Arrick of St Charles studied in Belmont's Spain program.
  • Kempton Swartwood of Saint Charles studied in Belmont's Quebec program.
Belmont University Director of Study Abroad Thandi Dinani said Belmont's culturally enriching study abroad programs enhance a student's academic experience. "Classrooms come to life as faculty take students to visit places where history took place," she said. "Whether visiting Nelson Mandela's prison cell in South Africa, walking streets where Jesus walked in Israel or studying chemistry while taking a cooking class in Italy, students see how countries, concepts and cultures have shaped history and impact their world."

Belmont's catalog of study abroad opportunities grows every year, with new programs this year that include studying cruise industry entertainment operations by sailing to the Bahamas, learning about island entertainment, food, music and sports in Jamaica, experiencing folk culture, music and nature in Norway, and even touring iconic civil rights locations right here in the U.S. Other new-to-2019 programs took students to Ghana, Czech Republic, France and Germany, among others.

Popular programs among students returning for the 2019 year include the Hawaii Maymester month-long program, Belmont in South Africa and Tanzania, as well as the return of the Belmont at Bonnaroo program.

"We're able to offer programs that accommodate a wide variety of students from different majors with different program preferences," said Dinani, who credits strong faculty support for the growing interest in and diversity of study abroad experiences.

About Belmont University: Ranked No. 6 in the Regional Universities South category and consistently named as a "Most Innovative" university by U.S. News & World Report, Belmont University is home to more than 8,300 students who come from every state and more than 36 countries. Committed to being a leader among teaching universities, Belmont brings together the best of liberal arts and professional education in a Christian community of learning and service. The University's purpose is to help students explore their passions and develop their talents to meet the world's needs. With more than 90 areas of undergraduate study, more than 25 master's programs and five doctoral degrees, there is no limit to the ways Belmont University can expand an individual's horizon.

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