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Dec. 3, 2003


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NEW INTERNATIONAL COURSE BUILDS IN A WEEK ABROAD

    OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego's first campus class that incorporates a study-abroad experience filled to its limit a month before the registration deadline.

    Jeff Storch was one of the 40 Oswego students who leapt at the chance to learn in London during spring break as the culminating experience in an international studies class next semester called "London: A Global City."

    "Study abroad was not one of my goals and expectations of college, but when I saw the opportunity -- and saw that it was a good price -- I decided to take it," the junior accounting major said.

    "I don't know if I will have another chance in my life to go abroad," he explained. "Also, there is a class involved, so I can really learn a lot more this way."

    The college twice offered spring break noncredit programs in London and decided to build the first credit course around that successful experience, said Joshua McKeown of the International Education and Programs Office.

    "The trend in study abroad everywhere is shorter and shorter programs," he said. "The reality is that not every student can take a semester or even a summer away. Short-term, for-credit programs are more and more important."

    Nationally, almost half of all college students studying abroad take part in programs that last less than a quarter or semester, according to figures released by the Institute of International Education last month, and that is nearly a fivefold increase since 1985. Typically, these are summer or winter session programs, but one-week spring break programs are also growing.

    Tom Larson, a librarian who was involved in the earlier spring London program, will teach the class, which will meet once a week from Jan. 28 until the class leaves for London March 13.

    Students pay a $995 program fee that covers round-trip airfare from Kennedy airport to London, daily breakfast and hotel accommodations in the city's South Kensington neighborhood, field trips, a theatre ticket and tours. In addition to city sites, students will make a day trip to the ancient Stonehenge stone circle and the city of Bath.

    McKeown said he sees the London course as a model to build on. "Maybe we'll have a whole menu of courses abroad," he said.

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