Study Abroad programs offer cool adventures

In its sixth year, the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Study Abroad Program offers amazing opportunities to live and study in the heart of Prague. The first of a series of information sessions will be held 6 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at Glendale Community College in the Student Union’s Royal Palm room. If you cannot make this session, two more opportunities will be offered at Gateway Community College (see below). Studying abroad in Prague is a no brainer. What is hard is choosing from the eight programs of study.

Those interested in traveling May 31 to June 28 can choose from the following four-week programs: Art History, Contemporary Cinema, Introduction to the Holocaust or International Business.

Those interested in traveling July 2 to Aug. 2 may choose from Digital Photography, Introduction to Multiculturalism, Psychology of Religion or World Religion. Past participants claim the classes and excursions exceeded their expectations.

Classes are held in a modernized sixteenth century building. A short distance away, double room dorm style accommodations are comfortable and participants share a community kitchen and living room on each floor. The price of $2,664 covers all lodging, classes, excursions and local transportation. Airfare, food, and spending money are not included in the price of the four-week programs. While your friends and relatives battle the summer heat at home, you’ll be enjoying Prague’s cool, mid-seventy degree weather.

The Study Abroad program is open to the public. Come for college credit or simply for the adventure. GCC English Professor and adjunct professor at Gateway Community College, Dr. Ruth Callahan is GCC’s contact for the Prague Study Abroad program. Please visit Dr. Callahan’s web site for more information. Registration is through Gateway Community College.

In addition to the GCC information session, two other sessions will be held at Gateway Community College from 3 – 4 p.m., Monday, Feb. 20, and from 6 – 7 p.m., Monday, March 19, in Gateway Community College’s Main Building.

Please visit the GCC Study Abroad website for more information. And if you’re strapped for cash but passionate about going on one of these excursions, be sure to look for the information about a possible scholarship grant.

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