Vol State travel study opens up the world to students

Submitted on June 09, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Volunteer State Community College students are traveling the world as part of travel study programs. The countries span the globe from India to Argentina.

"I loved my study abroad learning experience and I am living proof that you can learn and enjoy at any age," said Karen Yates, who visited Segovia, Spain.

"I am in Agra, India mesmerized by the inspiring and enchanting beauty of the Taj Mahal. We arrived here early morning around 6 a.m. to be ahead of the crowd and of course the heat. Pictures cannot describe the beauty of this massive structure," said Tina Newman in a recent trip report.

"Brazil is so different from America in so many ways. And I have only been here a week! I am excited to see more and learn more about this culture that is so different from my own," said Samantha Hearn. "I already feel that being here has opened my eyes more to the world. Instead of reading about it or seeing pictures of it, I feel like I am living it."

Twenty-three Vol State students traveled to 12 different countries for travel study programs this spring and several other programs have been held this year. The international education initiative at Vol State provides scholarships for the students to help cover travel expenses. The Tennessee Consortium of International Studies (TnCIS) organizes many of the trips, providing years of experience in planning the itinerary and the course work. That expertise goes into everything from travel logistics to student safety.

TnCIS programs involve an immersion in the culture of another country and an opportunity to study at foreign site. Each program involves visiting historical and cultural sites and cities in the host country. Students from Vol State can apply for scholarship assistance through the International Education Committee. The travel study trips begin just after the completion of the spring semester each year and usually last about three weeks.

The purpose of International Education at Vol State is to engage students in thinking about the greater world and prepare them for global competition. International Education involves student and faculty travel to international locations for study. It also brings international learning events and speakers to the Vol State campus. The International Education Committee at Vol State holds seminars and guest lectures featuring distinguished faculty from colleges and universities all over the area.

See what students have been learning by visiting the Vol State blog at www.volstate.edu/blog.

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