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UHV offers study abroad in London

By Victoria Advocate
Feb. 23, 2013 at 1:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 8:23 p.m.

London 2012 study abroad students pose in front of Queen Mary, University of London. University of Houston-Victoria students can apply for the 2013 summer program until March 15.

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• FOR MORE INFO: contact Magen Besancon at besanconm@uhv.edu or 361-570-4185.

The University of Houston-Victoria is partnering with Midwestern State University to provide a study abroad program in London this summer.

This year's program is July 4 through Aug. 3 and is hosted at Queen Mary, University of London. Students participating will earn six credits, with a combination of lectures and research.

Courses available include photography, international business, criminal justice, Shakespeare, sociology and public health. The program also has history courses about the English language, World War II or Tudor-Stuart Britain. Courses are taught by American professors and are accepted for credit by UHV.

The study abroad program is more than learning in class, said Magen Besancon, the UHV international student services coordinator.

"The study abroad program does a great job of mixing classroom time with site visits and guest lectures from industry leaders," she said. "Students get a real-life view about what they are studying. I've received excellent feedback from UHV students who have learned so much from this study abroad experience."

Umaima Mal, a UHV senior biology student from Denison, participated in the program last summer. She said she was able to use what she learned in her sociology class while exploring London.

"The professors encouraged us to go out and experience the city and culture," she said. "This really allowed me to have a candid experience in London. It opened my eyes to how another society works compared with the U.S. I learned more than I would have just sitting in the classroom."

The program also brings together students from a variety of universities that partner with the program.

"I made new friends who I never would have met outside of the study abroad program," Mal said. "I've remained friends with several people I traveled with last year and plan on getting together with them again soon."

The application deadline is March 15.

To be eligible for the program, students must be in good academic standing, finished with their freshman year and completed 26 undergraduate hours by the time the program starts.

The cost for the program is $6,400 for undergraduates and $6,650 for graduate students.

The cost includes tuition and fees, airfare from Dallas to London and single-room housing for one month in London.

Financial aid is available to students, and a limited number of $1,000 scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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