Welcome to Faculty-in-Residence Semester Study Abroad 2012-2013
High Point University offers two very unique semester study abroad opportunities for the 2012-2013 academic year in which a faculty member accompanies students for the entire semester abroad, teaching, counseling, providing safety and assistance to ensure the best possible educational and cultural experience. Students may apply for study in Oxford for the fall semester of 2012, or in Prague for the spring semester of 2013. Under the supervision and guidance of a High Point University faculty member, students can enrich the university experience through the cultural and educational opportunities that abound in two of the most exciting cities in Europe. This is truly an opportunity of a lifetime!
About Oxford & the Study Abroad Experience – Fall 2012
High Point University has sent students to Oxford since 1991, first with an affiliation with Westminster College in Oxford, and at present with Oxford Brookes University. Many of our students have been enriched over the years by this incredible opportunity to learn, and travel from one of the great learning centers of the world. There is really no place like Oxford.
Oxford is a thriving city on the upper Thames, about 60 miles northwest of London. It is a busy, cosmopolitan city of approximately 150,000 residents, with 40,000 of these primarily students of Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University.
Oxford Brookes University is on the outside of the city with the Harcourt Hill campus about two miles from the city centre, and the Wheatley and Headington (C. S. Lewis wrote the Narnia Tales residing in Headington) campuses about two miles to the east on the road to London. Oxford Brookes is not part of Oxford University, but rather a sister institution within the city of Oxford.
Confusing to many is the term Oxford University, but keep in mind that this is simply the umbrella organization (the university) that encompasses 39 colleges under it, with such world famous colleges as Christ Church, Magdalen, and Merton among them. It is in the Great Hall of Christ Church and the campus along the Thames River that many scenes for Harry Potter were filmed.
The city of Oxford is a mix of ancient and modern, with many historic buildings, museums, and cultural venues. Matthew Arnold once described it as “this sweet city with her dreaming spires.” Oxford is one of the most respected leaning centers in the world with the Bodleian Library anchoring the vibrant college life. Knowing that such individuals as William Penn, John Wesley, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, and many others studied here is a humbling thought.
Students will have access to travel in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. Using a great public transportation network of buses, trains, and low-cost airlines such as EasyJet and Ryan Air makes it possible to be in some of the great cities of Western Europe in hours.
High Point University students will reside on the Harcourt Hill campus of Oxford Brookes, a short bus trip from the other campuses where classes may be taken, and a short distance to the city centre.
The deadline for application to High Point University Study Abroad is March 1, 2012, for this Faculty-In-Residence Study Abroad opportunity, but students are urged to get applications in early as space is limited.
Students may contact Dr. Marlon Winters for information regarding application. Dr. Winters is available to meet with interested students about the Oxford experience.
Dr. Winters will be available at the beginning of the fall semester to meet with incoming freshmen and returning students (and parents) to share more about this exciting opportunity to study in Oxford. Keep in mind that students are not eligible to apply for the Oxford experience until their sophomore year (at least 29 semester hours completed), but advanced planning can assist in selecting courses leading up to the semester abroad. Contact Dr. Winters for an appointment.
YouTube Clips About Oxford
About Prague & the Study Abroad Experience – Spring 2013
Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. Often referred to as the “city of a hundred spires” and the “golden city,” it is situated on the Vltava River in central Bohemia. Prague has been the political, cultural and economic centre of the Czech state for more than 1100 years. For many decades during the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was the permanent seat of the two Holy Roman Emperors and thus was also the capital city of the Holy Roman Empire. Today the city is home to more than 1.2 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 1.9 million.
Prague’s rich cultural history in music, art, literature, and theatre gave us Dvorak, Kafka, Capek, and Mucha, and continues to thrive today, inspiring inhabitants and visitors alike. If you tire of the amazing scenes that greet you on cobblestone streets in Old Town and Lesser Town, you can slip into one of Prague’s many cafés or pubs. There are several grand cafés remaining in Prague such as Slavia and the Louvre which Einstein, Kafka, and Capek frequented. Music is everywhere, and every night from the jazz clubs, concert halls, ballet, and opera.
Students will have access to some of the greatest cities of Eastern Europe including Berlin, Budapest, and Vienna. It is just a short flight to the great city of Istanbul.
High Point University students will study at the Prague Institute. The Institute has been a branch campus of the North Carolina University System since 2005, and was the first overseas facility of the North Carolina University System in Prague. The Institute occupies three floors in a beautiful facility just yards from Old Town Square. The facility has lecture rooms, seminar rooms, studio rooms, common areas for student use, two computer labs, kitchens for student use, and office space for the staff and faculty. Students will take a full load of 12-16 hours of study, 4-5 courses, taught by the faculty member from High Point University and faculty from North Carolina State University.
Students will reside in a Pension, apartment living with 2-3 students per room. The Pension is a short distance from the Institute using the tram and metro.
The final deadline for application to the High Point University Study Abroad Office and to the North Carolina State Study Abroad University Office is September 15. For priority space reservation, the Early Decision Deadline is May 1.
Students are urged to contact Dr. Marlon Winters at the earliest possible date in order to secure a place in this program for spring 2013.
Dr. Winters will be available at the beginning of the fall semester to meet with incoming freshmen and returning students (and parents) to share more about this wonderful opportunity. Keep in mind that our new incoming freshmen are not eligible to apply for study abroad to Prague until their sophomore year (at least 29 semester hours completed), but advanced planning will help in the selection of courses for your first year of study. Students may contact Dr. Winters for an appointment.
YouTube Clips About Prague