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On Monday, Jan. 14, a select group of Lee University students, including Sydney Underwood of Shallotte, departed for the annual United Kingdom Semester Study Abroad trip. This year’s trip leader is Dr. Kevin Brown, a professor of English in Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature.
Twenty students from a broad variety of disciplines hugged family and friends goodbye, as they huddled in the 40-degree, rainy weather. Despite the unfavorable conditions, all seemed excited for the upcoming 10-week trip.
The study-abroad program offers participants the opportunity to earn 15 credit hours, while immersed in the historical city of Cambridge. The group will also visit celebrated sites across the United Kingdom, such as Stonehenge, London, the Lakes District, Bath, Durham and Edinburgh, Scotland.
During spring break, another side excursion will include independent travel through Ireland.
While in Cambridge, students complete courses in British history, literature and politics, as well as a C.S. Lewis class, all taught by some of Lee’s top-tier professors through a specially designed online program.
Participants will learn about influential writers as they merge their in-class studies with first-hand experience, including knowledgeable guest lecturers who meet with them at historic sites including Shakespeare’s Stratford home, Wordsworth’s home in the Lakes District, and Lewis’s Oxford residence.
The trip culminates with a two-week, independently arranged backpack tour across Europe. Students have the opportunity to arrange their own itineraries and travel accommodations to other European cities, like Paris, Prague, Barcelona, Venice and Rome.
The 2013 UK semester participants include: Kelsy Black of Franklin, Tenn.; Rachel Delvaux of Franklin, Tenn.; Liz Fehr of Knoxville, Tenn.; Katelyn Foust of Maylene, Ala.; Katie Freeman of Arden, N.C.; Jill Gibson of Cleveland, Tenn.; Madeline Goza of Ooltewah, Tenn.; McKenzie Hungate of Hoschton, Ga.; Ivey Lawrence of Charlotte, N.C.; Rachel Lesler of Knoxville, Tenn.; Peri McIntosh of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Cloe McMasters of Salisbury, N.C.; Kate O’Briant of Knoxville, Tenn.; Matt Orsag of Highland, Ind.; Loren Otten of Dublin, Ga.; Ashley Scheiderer of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Amanda Teague of Cleveland, Tenn.; Kristen Ton of Franklin, Tenn.; Sydney Underwood of Shallotte, N.C.; and Kathleen Woodall of Winter Springs, Fla.
For more information about Lee’s Global Perspectives program, visit http://leeuniversity.edu/global/ or call (423) 614-8357.