CHADRON – Twenty-seven Chadron State College students will travel to London, England, and Dublin, Ireland, May 6 through May 20 as part of the Study Abroad program. The CSC groups also have a day-trips planned for Oxford in London, and Belfast and the Cliffs of Moher and Burren in Ireland.
A majority of the student travelers are majoring in Business, Education, or Justice Studies, and all will earn three to six credit hours. They will be accompanied by faculty from each of the three programs – Dr. Tracy Nobiling, Dr. Patti Blundell, and Dr. Nathaniel Gallegos – as well as Project Coordinator Kate Pope.
This year is the 39th year for Justice Studies students to travel overseas, the sixth for Education and second for Business. In all, more than 400 CSC students have studied abroad.
“Studying abroad is such a rewarding experience for students since they have a chance to be totally immersed in another culture during the weeks of travel,” Pope said. “This year, we are excited to take three departments with specific itineraries dedicated to their programs of study and still experience the historic landmarks and sites.”
The program itineraries will provide specific focus points for each major, but the CSC groups will also come together as a large contingent a few times during the 14-day experience. Some of the combined events include guided tours of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament in London, a walking tour of Dublin’s City Centre and Dublin Castle, and a one-day trip to Belfast where they will have a taxi tour of the Peace Walls and Murals.
“Dublin and Belfast were added to London as destinations in order to expose students to additional countries and cultural perspectives. It is increasingly necessary to understand the international dimension of social problems and to appreciate the complexity of the global challenges and opportunities we face as part of life in the 21st century,” Nobiling said. “Our hope is that students will enhance their awareness of the world around them by studying abroad and these new locations will broaden students’ horizons even more.”
The students will be busy during the two-week trip. In London, Justice Studies majors will receive court and magistrate tours and take part in the London Legal Walk with Inns of Court and Courts of Justice. In Dublin, they will tour Kilmainham Gaol, take part in an interactive tour of Arbour Hill Prison, and visit the Garda Museum to learn about the history of policing in Ireland.
In London, Business students plan to tour an entrepreneurial incubator, visit a collaborative café, and learn about supply chain and production at the BMW Mini Cooper Factory. In Dublin, Business students will visit a technology incubator, discuss business culture in Ireland with the American Chamber of Commerce and visit Urban Volt, an energy saving lighting company.
Some highlights of the Education itinerary include visits to Dulwich College and Ingatestone, an Anglo-European school, and a visit to the American Embassy. While in Dublin, Education students will tour St. Mary’s Primary School and the Trinity School of Education.
Nobiling, who has accompanied students several times overseas, said the experience will stay with students for the rest of their lives.
“Gaining an appreciation for other cultures and seeing one’s own culture through a new lens will serve Chadron State College students well as they enter their chosen professions and become active members of their communities,” she said.
Six Education students and 14 Justice Studies’ students, as well as Nobiling, Blundell, and Pope, will be maintaining personal blogs during the trip. To read more, visit: https://www.csc.edu/justicestudies/programs/studyabroad.csc or https://www.csc.edu/education/studyabroad/index.csc.
—Alex Helmbrecht, Director of College Relations