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Students Depart for UK Semester


Students Depart for Semester in UK

Twenty Lee University students departed for the annual United Kingdom (UK) Semester Study Abroad program on Monday, Jan. 15.

Throughout the semester-long trip overseas, participants are able to earn 15 credit hours while living in the city of Cambridge. In addition to attending class in Cambridge, students will also visit multiple other sites and cities throughout the UK including Bath, London, and the Lake District in England; Caerwent and Chepstow in Wales; Edinburgh in Scotland; and Dublin in Ireland.

“This trip is our only full semester study abroad program,” said Angeline McMullin, director of global perspectives at Lee. “Out of the trips we run out of the university each year, it is the only semester-long program where the students actually live and take classes there in Cambridge and spend time traveling to other parts of the UK.”

The group will take courses while in Cambridge taught by Lee faculty through a specially-designed online program. Classes include The World of C.S. Lewis, British Cinema, British Theatre, From Papyrus to the iPad: A History of Shared Information, and the Cross-Cultural Experience course.

During the last two weeks of their semester abroad, students will have the opportunity to arrange their own independent travel itineraries and accommodations. From past experiences, participants have traveled to countries such as Austria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, and Spain. At the end of their travel, students will finish their tours in London, where the entire group will then fly back together to the United States to return on Saturday, April 7.

“Each student who goes on this trip can always pinpoint the moment when they get irritated with a tourist and realize they are not a tourist anymore; the UK has become where they live,” said McMullin. “This has become a very special experience for our students when they have this realization.”

This year’s faculty trip director is Brian Conn, director of the Office of Public Relations at Lee. Conn is the trip’s first director who also went on the trip as a student.

“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to lead this trip,” said Conn. “Looking at the list of past directors is humbling to me. Having traveled there as a student in 1994, I am aware of what a powerful experience this UK semester can be, and the idea that I will help bring these 20 students through such a transformational program is simultaneously thrilling and daunting.”

This year’s participants include Seth Austin, McKenzie Bennett, Olivia Blandin, Chase Chamberlain, Allie Collier, Mandy Dermott, Sarah Hagelberger, Alexis Hinden, Hannah Holley, Allie Karnes, Sarah Beth Locke, Sarah Mackey, Katheryn Marley, Tyler Puckett, Lily Scott, Israel Shepard, Savannah Stone, Hannah Swearinger, Tyler Webb, and Mallory Wickam.

For more information about Lee’s Global Perspectives program, call (423) 614-8357 or visit Global Perpsectives.
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