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February 19, 2003

Community members invited to study abroad this summer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Non-Purdue students looking for an international experience can sign up for short-term, summer study abroad trips.

"There is no age limit when it comes to studying abroad," said Brian Harley, director for Study Abroad Programs. "Studying abroad can help teachers, business people and other community members learn the value of establishing international connections. This also is a rare opportunity for adults who did not have study abroad opportunities during their college years."

There are three short-term programs still accepting student and non-student participants: Greece and Turkey: History, Art, and Archeology; France and Italy: International Retailing and Fashion; and Switzerland and Italy: The Magic Swiss Alps.

In addition to the costs associated with the program, community members need to fill out a non-degree seeking application for Purdue and pay a $30 fee. The application deadline is March 3. This also is the deadline for fall and academic-year study abroad applications for Purdue students. The online application can be found at

Reto Gieré, associate professor of geochemistry, has led the Magic Swiss Alps program the past two summers. The class spends 18 days in the mountains exploring geology and the culture in Switzerland and Italy.

"This class is designed for anybody," said Gieré, who is from Switzerland. "You don't need a science background. I have even had high school teachers and community members participate in the course."

More than 500 students participated in study abroad during 2001-02, and that number is expected to grow this year, said Michael Starks, marketing and publications coordinator. This fall 62 students spent the semester studying abroad. This semester 120 students will be studying overseas. In addition, 33 students are studying abroad during the 2002-03 academic year, and three students are abroad for calendar year 2003.

Study abroad programs are available to students in every major and include opportunities in more than 40 countries in Western and Eastern Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, and Latin and South America. Program options include the entire academic year, a semester, spring break or summer session. There are three types of study abroad programs, including a direct exchange with universities overseas or a co-sponsorship that is arranged through an outside organization.

Half of the students participate in Purdue faculty-led programs, which generally take place during the summer.

Students can apply online or pick up an application at the Study Abroad Office in Young Hall, Room 105. For more information, make an appointment with a study abroad adviser or students can attend weekly general information sessions, which are from 3:30-4:20 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Study Abroad Office.

CONTACT: Harley, (765) 494-2383,; Gieré, (765) 494-0044,; Starks, (765) 494-9866,

Related Web sites:
Greece and Turkey: History, Art, and Archeology
France and Italy: International Retailing and Fashion
Switzerland and Italy: The Magic Swiss Alps

Writer: Amy Patterson-Neubert, (765) 494-9723;

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

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