The OIP now coordinates international programs administered by the University in over 25 countries, said OIP Director Marian St. Onge, and more collaborations are in the planning stages.
"In just the past few years, the percentage of BC students studying abroad has increased significantly and that is a trend we obviously want to encourage," St. Onge said. "We are establishing relationships with institutions in a number of different countries and there are some exciting possibilities ahead."
New opportunities available for undergraduates this year include exchange programs with the University of Melbourne and Monash University in Australia, "a very popular destination" for students, St. Onge said. Monash offers particularly strong curriculums in management and the sciences, she said, while Melbourne, one of Australia's top-ranked research universities, has excellent programs in arts and sciences, and management.
The University has programs in Italy debuting this academic year. "Classical Studies in Rome" enables juniors with a major or minor in classical studies to study Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, archeology and ancient art through the Intercollegiate Center For Classical Studies, a consortium of American universities in Rome, while the University of Parma Exchange Program focuses on intensive language classes.
Another new offering is "Advanced Studies in Bath," a humanities program run in collaboration with University College at Oxford, or in an exchange program with Loyola College in Madras, India, a Jesuit institution with curriculums in the liberal arts, commerce and scientific studies. The latter program runs from May to October, St. Onge noted, which gives students another option in arranging their schedule.
Other new programs scheduled for later in the academic year include a multi-disciplinary program at Iberoamericana Universidad, a Jesuit institution in Mexico City, and the University of Comillas in Madrid, Spain, which offers a management program and coursework in philosophy and history. In addition, St. Onge said a graduate fellowship exchange will begin in January with the University of Eichstatt, a Catholic university near Munich, Germany.
St. Onge said the percentage of Boston College students studying abroad has increased from 10.5 percent to 20 percent since the 1991-92 academic year. However, there are many students who plan to go overseas - and even more who are at least interested in doing so - but are unsuccessful, sometimes because they lack information about available programs and resources. The office is exploring ways to provide more outreach and recently introduced its own home page on the World Wide Web (http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/acavp/inprg/default.html).
"We look upon OIP as a growing resource center for information about international opportunities for both students and faculty," St. Onge said.
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