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Student News: Study Abroad programs


Updated: 07-17-2013

Students in the Department of Government and Sociology at Georgia College have numerous opportunities to participate in Study Abroad programs, including those sponsored by the European Council which operates under the guidance of the System Council for International Education of the University System of Georgia.

Dr. Stephanie McClure, Associate Professor of Sociology traveled with students to Italy this summer and the group recently returned from their study abroad experience.  The program was based in Montepulciano, a hill town in the heart of Tuscan wine country, home to the famous Vino Nobile.  Program participants had the opportunity to take course-based field trips to Siena, Rome, Pisa, Assisi, Florence, and the Vatican, and for weekend travel to many additional places, including Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, Venice, and the Cinque Terre.

Dr. McClure’s sociology courses (Introduction to Sociology and Social Theory) offered students an opportunity to view several of the monuments of Italian fascism and learned about the legacy of Antonio Gramsci in post-WWII Italy.  They also toured various locations in Perugia and visited the Podere Il Casale farm outside of Pienza, where they learned about the agriturismo industry, the art of cheese making (particularly the pecorino cheese for which the region of Pienza is justly famous), and got a lesson in bread making from the staff of Il Casale.

Sociology minor participant Katelyn Benson reflected on her experience by noting that: “In a liberal arts education, experience abroad is vital, and I think every student should be pushed to study abroad.  My time in Italy felt full, and exhausting; it felt like too much, too fast, and too good all at once. Taking classes, while admittedly a struggle occasionally, enriched my experience beyond words, because it added context. I felt educated about and aware of my surroundings, so the appreciation for duomo after duomo, or Roman ruins and public bathhouses galore came much more easily to me. The group we traveled with became our family, because through our trials we grew to love them ...  More than any of that, though, Montepulciano became my home over the course of five weeks, and it will always live in my heart as such. Study abroad grows us and challenges us, and yet leaves us asking for more. My experience was wonderful in every way (even when it didn't feel wholly wonderful at the time), and I'd encourage every single student to go abroad.”

If you are interested in participating in a study abroad program, please contact the Department of Government and Sociology or the International Education Center.

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