According to statistics published in the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors, the number of U.S. students studying abroad has more than doubled during the past decade. During the academic year 2005-2006, more than 8,000 students in North Carolina went abroad, an increase of 7.8% from the previous year. Because we live in a world in which countries are becoming increasingly more connected and economically interdependent, study of and in other cultures is now being promoted as a significant part of a liberal education. In fact, students can use their federal student aid toward a summer, a semester, or an academic year in U.S.-accredited program abroad. The U.S. Department of State also offers numerous scholarships (http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program) to ensure that students are not impeded from going abroad by their financial circumstances.
Greensboro College offers a variety of study-abroad opportunities. We have exchange programs with universities in England, Northern Ireland, and Germany for which students may apply their institutional scholarships. Furthermore, Greensboro College participates in the Greater Greensboro Consortium, which means Greensboro College students are entitled to participate in UNC-Greensboro exchange programs.
Greensboro College is also a member of the North Carolina Semester in Paris Consortium (http://web.me.com/michelbondurand/NCsite_principal/Bienvenue.html). Greensboro College students as well as students from the other participating institutions are eligible to apply to this longstanding, high-quality, and reasonably priced academic program in the “City of Lights.”
Check out testimonials and photographs contributed by former study abroad students who have participated in these programs as well as our exchange program in London.
Faculty-led seminars also offer Greensboro College students a short-term experience abroad for which they can receive 3-6 credit hours.
Greensboro College hopes that all students take advantage of the wide array of study abroad opportunities, both short- and long-term. Not only will living and studying in another part of world deepen one’s perception and appreciation of other cultures, but the addition of international experience to a resume also will impress potential employers.
Students are encouraged to speak with their parents, their academic advisor, and of course the study-abroad advisor, Georgieann Bogdan (firstname.lastname@example.org), about making study abroad an integral, significant part of their undergraduate experience at Greensboro College.
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The following programs/institutions offer additional funding to students who receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and use the Gilman Scholarship to participate on one of their programs
Greensboro College’s exciting exchange program can let you study at a college in London for a semester or a year … at no extra cost!
Called “The ConneXion” (spelled in the manner of Methodist founder John Wesley), this program joins two Methodist colleges – Greensboro College and Southlands College. Located in the suburbs of London, Southlands has an academic collaboration with Greensboro College that allows selected students to study abroad for one semester … or even an academic year.
You’ll receive full academic credit AND learn firsthand the history, charm and excitement of England!
The new College buildings form an impressive complex of modern teaching, residential and social buildings centered around a main quadrangle. The Queen’s Building provides facilities for the academic programs in the School of Sociology & Social Policy, the School of Business Studies and Applied Technology & Computing, the Department of Theology & Religious Studies and the Divisions of Music and Women’s Studies.
The Conference Hall houses musical concerts and a flourishing Music Society. The College’s impressive resources include a Steinway concert grand piano, an aural training laboratory and a double-manual French harpischord. Other special features include new textile laboratories, which house a range of hi-tech equipment for the testing of consumer goods.
The Lakeside building provides a dining room and a lively café, which is popular with staff and students. Nonresident students often arrive early, in time for breakfast, before they begin their lectures.
Student Union activities take place in the Hirst building, which is just two minutes’ walk along the campus. There are 285 study bedrooms, 76 of them in suite arrangements, including six with facilities for the disabled. The rooms are arranged in small self-catering flats with well-equipped kitchens. All the rooms are cabled to provide Internet access.
The grounds and buildings are owned by the Methodist Church, which has always had an interest in education. Prominent Methodist leaders actively support the College even to this day. At the entrance to the College is a circular chapel where daily activities take place and where the full-time chaplains are available to talk with students. The Chaplaincy Theological Society arranges programs of interesting lectures that are open to students and the public. The chaplaincy is at the heart of the community life and social outreach.
Southlands is one of four historic colleges that comprise the Roehampton University. You can learn more about Roehampton and Southlands on the Web at www.roehampton.ac.uk.
The normal costs for a traditional residential student at Greensboro College cover the corresponding costs at Southlands College.
Students must have earned at least 26 semester hours while enrolled at Greensboro College to qualify. Those credit hours must have been earned prior to taking part in the exchange.
The program is open to students in all majors who are in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing with Greensboro College.
Participants are selected based on these factors:
Michael Leigh, former College Principal and University Pro-Rector at Roehampton’s University’s Southlands College says: “Southlands College is a vibrant community of 1300 staff and students within the bigger community of the Roehampton’s University. The openness and good sense of Southlands’ Methodist heritage has left a legacy of tolerance and responsibility.
“Students and scholars live and work together in a stimulating community. The high spirits and positive vitality of normal young people sustain a College that bursts with life. Students of all ages and from all parts of the world develop skills and dream dreams together within the environment of beautiful grounds and brilliant contemporary architecture. Why not join us so that you can experience it for yourself?”
If you’d like to learn more about the ConneXion, contact Georgie Bogdan at email@example.com or at 336-272-7102, ext. 5312.
Greensboro College enjoys an active, very productive exchange with Ludwigsburg University of Education with regard to both students and faculty. In summer 2007, Professor Neill Clegg of the GC Music Department taught a three-week course entitled “Jazz and Stylistic Development” to LUE music majors. In spring 2008, LUE music professors Stefan Lenz and Susanne Moldenhauer taught master classes and gave a concert in the chapel at Greensboro College. In spring 2009, two LUE students will come for a semester to take courses in their field of study at Greensboro College.
Students interested in spending a semester at LUE will not pay more than what a traditional, residential student at Greensboro College pays. Students may also use their institutional scholarship money to cover tuition, room, and board costs. LUE offers a range of subjects for study. Students need not know German since many classes are taught in English. However, for those who wish to learn and improve their German, language and culture courses are offered at varying levels. The academic year in Ludwigsburg is divided into a winter semester and a spring semester. Logistically, it works best for students to go in the spring semester. For students who wish to take 1-2 courses in the summer, LUE is happy to make special arrangements. Similar to all exchange programs, students are expected to be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing.
How about spending a semester or two semesters studying at a university in Northern Ireland? Because of our affiliation with the United Methodist Church and our sponsorship of an Irish student in the Business Education Initiative (BEI) with the government of Northern Ireland, Greensboro College can nominate up to three students to be considered for selection as Irish-American Scholars. If selected, students’ tuition and fees will be waived at the institutions in Northern Ireland. Students are responsible for room, board, book, and travel costs and any charges at their home college or university; however, since this is an exchange program, students can use their Greensboro College scholarships to cover these costs.
There is a wide range of excellent colleges and universities in Northern Ireland to choose from:
If you have an minimum of 3.2 GPA and you are a sophomore, junior, or senior, consider applying for this prestigious scholarship and fabulous study abroad opportunity. The deadline for applications is the end of January. See your study abroad advisor for more information and application forms.