(11-19-97) -- The Center for International Programs will launch five new initiatives next semester in Australia, England, Sweden, Ireland and Northern Ireland as it continues to diversify its study-abroad opportunities.
According to CIP Director Marian St. Onge, these and other recent additions to the center's offerings reflect CIP's intent to strengthen students' international experiences, especially those of undergraduates. As foreign study has become an integral part of college education, she said, there is a greater need to match students with programs best suited to their needs and interests.
"That's why, when we look at forming relationships with institutions abroad, we consider their disciplinary strengths and how they can enhance the range of programs available," she added. "These five new opportunities, which can be either for a semester or a full year, definitely accomplish that."
Beginning in January, the University will offer students a chance to study in western Australia at Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle or Murdoch University in Perth. Notre Dame Australia will be attractive to students in education or theology, St. Onge said, and Murdoch provides instruction in many fields.
Also in January, Boston College will inaugurate a program with the University of Uppsala in Sweden, which features a distinctive system of "student nations" or social and academic clubs. Uppsala has developed a substantial English-language curriculum, St. Onge said, but BC students in the program may pursue studies in Swedish language and civilization.
In the spring, BC will begin a formal program with University College Dublin -- the largest of the National University of Ireland colleges -- which will enable students to take courses in the arts, management or sciences. Students of Irish politics and history, meanwhile, will be particularly interested in the new program with Queen's University in Belfast, one of the most distinguished institutions in Northern Ireland.
The University's foreign study opportunities in England will expand with the addition of a program at Queen Mary and Westfield College, one of the largest colleges in the University College London system. Students can choose courses from across the disciplines and participate in monthly field excursions in and around London, St. Onge said, and the college is set in the city's lively East End section.
Though the students are far from Chestnut Hill, St. Onge said the University reaches out to them. "BC faculty and administrators also travel regularly to the host universities or colleges and check in with our students there," she said. "It's just a good way to keep students in touch with the University community, perhaps get them to start reflecting on how their experience abroad might shape the rest of their college years, and even beyond."
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