Students Study Cultural Differences in Europe Through 'Maymester' Program

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 21, 2012 – Eighteen High Point University students put the theories and methods they learned in a “Human Behaviors Across Culture” psychology course into action by traveling through Spain, Italy and France as part of the university’s Maymester program.

The students took the course in the spring and studied abroad through the month of May to obtain an experiential learning experience outside of the classroom that furthered their knowledge, says Heidi Fischer, Director of Study Abroad. They returned from their travels today.

“Students traveled with their classmates and two faculty – Dr. David Bergen, professor of human relations, and Dr. Jana Spain, professor of psychology – throughout Europe to experience how people from various cultures differ in their personalities, emotions, communication styles, gender roles and attitudes,” says Fischer. “They discovered the role culture plays in everyday behavior and relationships, learning and applying the principles of cross-cultural psychology in this exciting global experience.”

The trip was one of six Maymesters that HPU students participated in, with other trips including Guatemala, Ecuador and China.

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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