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HPU Students Gain Great Experience During Study Abroad

07.19.2010

HIGH POINT, N.C., July 19, 2010 – High Point University students want to get the most out of their time in college ? that’s why many have opted to participate in the ever-growing study abroad program. Italy, Spain, Greece and more – students are flocking to other countries to broaden their horizons and education.

Dr. Kelly Norton, director of experiential learning, says the program has become so popular, that in fact, summer 2010 marks the largest summer study abroad group in HPU history.

This summer, students are spending their time learning about the culture and way of life of countries such as Australia, China, England, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Spain, and even on the high seas.

Norton explains that a number of factors contribute to the increased numbers of HPU students studying abroad during the summer, but one reason stands above all: “Students typically have more flexibility to be away from campus and from home during the summer,” Norton says. “Since many families take vacations during summer breaks, students have come to associate summertime with travel. But in the case of study abroad, they trade some of their sun-and-fun time for traditional and non-traditional classrooms.”

And it’s a win-win situation for the students ? as they have the opportunity to learn through firsthand, hands-on experiences in countries that may be similar or very different from the United States. They also make time for fun experiences as well during their time abroad.

For rising junior Nicholas Lincoln, nothing compared to his time spent abroad.

“Studying in Sevilla was an amazing and life-changing experience,” says Lincoln, an accounting major. “After studying the language and learning about Spain’s culture, it was very cool to get hands-on experience instead of just reading about it in a book. Sevilla is truly a place of dreams. I can?t wait to go back.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 4,225 undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” HPU was included in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For” 2009 listings. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/ or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/highpointu.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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