January 11, 2018 9:00AM
Pittsburg State University helps students overcome this challenge by offering opportunities to travel abroad on a short-term basis through faculty-led study-abroad programs.
“Traveling outside of the country, if even for a few days, provides you with a much better understanding of and appreciation for the world we live in,” said Study Abroad Coordinator Angela Moots. “Many of our students have limited travel experience, so faculty-led programs are excellent study-abroad opportunities.”
Faculty-led academic tour destinations this year include Belize, England, Scotland, South Korea, Spain and Portugal, and Switzerland.
While all programs are attached to an academic class, some are open to the public — including a May trip to London led by Susan Carlson, professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages.
“Because this trip is so well-structured, we’re able to open it up to the broader public,” said Carlson. “The itinerary is especially well-suited for those who haven’t traveled abroad before or who just love the historical beauty of London.”
The seven-day program to Great Britain which will include a walking tour of London, a theatre performance, and option of a trip to Bath and Stonehenge. It is open to all current students and faculty, as well alumni and community members.
Student Ryan Urban was a sophomore when he took advantage of a similar London program during Spring Break in 2016. The experience is one he will never forget.
“One of my favorite moments in London was walking through the streets and not having a map,” said Urban. “It was just like seeing it on television, and nothing short of amazing. I actually had the opportunity to meet up with a friend from high school who was visiting from KSU. We ended up touring the London Eye, and the National Gallery, with plenty of stops along the way. I highly recommend going. You won’t regret it.”
Susie Lundy, a two-time alumna whose mother, Kaye Lynn Webb, was a longtime PSU staff member, also travelled on a past faculty-led London program and agreed it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“The history and knowledge you gain from the educational aspect of the trip, coupled with the beauty of London, is priceless,” Lundy said.
Enrollment for the London trip is now open. The total cost of the trip, which includes airfare, lodging, entry to attractions, and expert tour guides is just over $3,000. The deadline to sign up is Feb. 1.
A special webpage has been created at Education First College Study Tours website at https://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/1916219PZ. To enroll or for more details about the London tour, contact Susan Carlson at email@example.com.
Information about Pittsburg State’s Study Abroad program and other upcoming programs is available online at http://www.pittstate.edu/office/study_abroad/programs/faculty-led.dot or by contacting Angela Moots at 620-235-4221.