Fischer Joins HPU as Director of Study Abroad with Plans to Expand Program

HIGH POINT, N.C., March 13, 2012 – Heidi Fischer has been hired as the new director of Study Abroad at High Point University to expand and create new experiential learning opportunities for students.

Fischer will lead the department in developing new programs, coordinating promotional activities and advising students on their study abroad options. She will also oversee the curricular experience for students while abroad.

The number of Study Abroad programs at HPU has grown by 380 percent since 2005, with Prague being a recent addition. Prague is also the second faculty-in-residence program offered by HPU, meaning a professor accompanies students during the duration of the trip.

“I’m excited to develop new programs that will provide access for all HPU students to have an international experience that prepares them to become global leaders,” Fischer says. “I look forward to supporting HPU faculty and staff in providing education abroad opportunities.”

Jordan Oliver, a junior and journalism major who is currently studying in Italy, says the opportunity to study abroad has changed her life. Oliver is taking classes such as “Writing about Food” at the American University of Rome.

“I’ve been here for about seven weeks and have visited numerous historical sites in addition to going to class during the week, striking up conversations with my professors and with local Italians, and just soaking in everything there is to learn about this place,” Oliver says. “Being abroad truly opens your eyes to a world far bigger than the only one you once knew — you realize how much is out there, how much needs to be explored.”

Fischer is a native of Germany who first came to North Carolina through a high school exchange program. She went on to attend HPU where she received a Bachelor of Arts in French and a Bachelor of Arts in international business. She also earned a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University in Washington, D.C.

In her professional career, she has created similar study abroad programs and doubled the number of students participating in certain exchange programs.

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 over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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