W&M summer study abroad applications now open

In summer 2013, William & Mary students have the opportunity to study abroad in 13 countries on one of 15 programs led by W&M faculty and bearing W&M course credit.

“William & Mary summer programs are designed specifically with William & Mary students in mind, making them the perfect opportunities for our students to take advantage of a wide range of classes abroad without sacrificing course quality, or worrying if credits will transfer,” said Molly DeStafney, assistant director for study abroad operations in the Global Education Office at the Reves Center for International Studies.

W&M summer programs are designed to be relatively short in duration, between four and eight weeks, allowing students to have a full study abroad experience yet fit a job or internship into their summer plans as well.

This year the Global Education Office will award more than $225,000 in scholarships to students studying on W&M summer programs. Scholarships are based on both merit and financial need. In 2012, summer scholarships ranged between $1,000 and $4,000, with an average award of $2,000 per student.

2013 program options include Beijing (China), Cadiz (Spain), Cambridge (England), Cape Town (South Africa), Florence (Italy), Galway (Ireland), Goa (India), Holetown (Barbados), Montpellier (France), Potsdam (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic), Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Siracusa (Italy) and St. Petersburg (Russia). New to this line-up is an intensive four week program in Athens and Nafplio, Greece.

“Athens and Nafplio is the first William & Mary program in Greece,” said Bill Hutton, associate professor of classical studies and 2013 summer program director.

“Half of the program will be based in the capital city of Athens and half in the historic seaside town of Nafplio, but we will spend much of the four weeks traveling around Greece, learning about its 3,000 years of history, admiring the spectacular landscapes of its mountains, islands and seashores, and enjoying the culture and hospitality of the Greek people.”

Students will also visit Delphi, Corinth, Sparta and Olympia while visiting archeological sites and studying monuments and works of art of classical antiquity in their original settings.

Participants of the Athens and Greece program will earn six to eight credits, four via CLCV 489: The Ancient City, which also fulfills GER 4a and 5, and two via CLCV 494: Undergraduate Research Abroad in Classical Studies, for a research project that the student will be working on while in Greece.   An optional two credits may also be earned pertaining to the research project, but are not included in the cost of the program.

More information on the Athens and Nafplio program, and all 2013 summer study abroad programs, may be found at the Global Education Office website.

The application deadline for W&M 2013 summer study abroad programs and scholarships is February 1, 2013.