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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

ACC Study Abroad Program Travels Europe

ACC Study Abroad Program Travels Europe

The Alvin Community College Study Abroad program recently returned from a trip to Eastern Europe to study culture and history.

It was the second such trip for the program and organizers plan to conduct more in the future.

“Study Abroad provides a balance of both classroom and experiential learning that increases student engagement, stimulates critical thinking, and increases student success,” English instructor Charlie Bevill, who accompanied the students on the trip. “No matter what demographic or area of study students fall under, through a focused, faculty-led international experience students expand their horizons beyond their hometown and return with a broader understanding of their area of study and, more importantly, a cross-cultural perspective."

The Study Abroad program is a yearly opportunity for students to travel to foreign destinations as part of their educational experience. The inaugural year for the program included travel to Eastern Europe with a nine-day trip on May 15-26 to  Budapest, Hungary; Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; and Vienna, Austria.

“There was history around every corner,” said Donna Schnitker, ACC writing tutor and academic coach.

Five students attended the trip along with faculty and staff.

"You can always stay home and read about places,” student Jocelyn Smith, of Alvin, said. “But you can never truly experience the ambiance and history of a place without being there. The Study Abroad program allows that and so much more."

Smith was also the recipient of the first Study Abroad Travel Award.

While the trip was enlightening for the students, Bevill said she hopes the experience will have a long-term benefit for those who participated.

“Our students must become more culturally and globally aware, not only to understand the world around them, but also to be competitive in the job market, as employers are increasingly searching for international skills and experience,” she said.

For more information about the Study Abroad program, e-mail cbevill@alvincollege.edu

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