Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian University, 2006 Page: 60
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Students got the chance to break out of their bubble and encounter
new experiences this year through participating in the Study =
Thirty one students studied abroad in the fall, 49 students studied
abroad in the spring and more than 100 students made plans to participate
during the Maymester and summer sessions. Each year, the
program grows, as more students make the decision to study abroad.
"The overall experience of being in a community together for four
months really helps you to get to know [the other students] better,"
said Todd Piersall, sophomore photojournalism major from Keller.
"I've made some of the best friendships that I've ever had":'
Piersall was just one of a group of students who went to study
abroad in Oxford, England in the fall semester of 2005. The students
stayed in one of two houses that were run by ACU. Classes were also
run in one of the houses.
During his time studying abroad, he was able to manage a 16-hour
course load and still take in the sights from surrounding countries.
"I got to go see the Fjords in Norway,"' Piersall said."I also got to
visit Wales, Scotland, Austria, Italy, and France. The experience of seeing
them and getting to explore them was amazing."
Erin Shoulders, sophomore Christian ministry major from Keller,
also studied in Oxford in the fall and enjoyed an experience that was _
like none other in her life.
"I had to get out of the box that I had been living inside of in order
to realize some things about myself," Shoulders said," People don't
realize how much there is to see and how big the world around them
Kevin Kehl, executive director of the Center for International and
Intercultural Education, said he encourages all students to take part of
the invigorating endeavor. He said the Study Abroad Program gives
students the opportunity to travel and experience other cultures while
receiving an education.
Kehl said one problem Study Abroad coordinators face is educating
students about the study abroad opportunities available. He said students
come to school and attend classes not realizing that more is out
there for them to experience. He said studying abroad gives students
the chance to apply the classroom knowledge they have attained and
broaden that knowledge in a hands-on environment.
"We want the Study Abroad experience to be something that our
students anticipate and equate with ACU, just as they do Welcome
Week and Sing Song," Kehl said.
Leaders of the Study Abroad Program plan to implement three new
initiatives beginning as early as fall 2006 to encourage more students to
participate in the program. _
Study Abroad coordinators made provisions to the program so that
Bible, missions and ministry majors can participate in Study Abroad
and benefit from a more flexible schedule. Students who wish to study
abroad or leave campus for a semester will be able to take a Greek
Photo courtesy of Courtney Cagle
course online beginning next fall.
ACU students enter the War Museum in London as part of a class trip
Coordinators also included a trip to Spain this year for students with the Oxford Study Abroad program in Spring of 2006.
participating in the Oxford Study Abroad Program during the spring
semester. A trip to Normandy is already included for students in Oxford
during the fall semester.
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