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March 7, 2003

ULM Offers Summer British Studies Program

Students at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will have the opportunity to study abroad this summer through the British Studies Program being offered during the second summer term.

As a participant of the British Studies Program, students will explore the world of the British monarchy at Windsor Castle and Canterbury Cathedral, enjoy the distinctive Celtic cultures of Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, and experience London theatre at its finest. Students must have 28 hours of university credit to participate. Both undergraduate and graduate credit may be earned.

Cost for the four-week program is $4,699 for undergraduates and $4,999 for graduate students and includes tuition, fees, housing and airline ticket. Students will be responsible for food and personal spending money. A $250 commitment payment is due by May 10.

"The British Studies Program has provided international educational opportunities for thousands of young Americans," said Dr. Martha Upshaw, Director of Continuing Education at ULM and Coordinator of the University's British Studies Program. "The experience broadens the students' global perspective. Never before has it been more important for our students to understand the world and its people," she observed.

Six ULM students have already committed, which is more than have participated in the past, said Upshaw. British professors will teach students and 35 US professors serve as mentors.

The program is organized by the University of Southern Mississippi through an academic consortium, which includes the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Cameron University (OK), the College of Charleston (SC), Henderson State University, Hinds Community College, Midwestern State University, Mississippi College, Southeastern Louisiana University, Texas A&M--Commerce and the University of Memphis. The purpose of the consortium is to promote a more profound understanding of British culture and society among students and faculty through scholarly and educational activities in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

Courses will be offered in the following areas: anthropology, art, computer science, criminal justice, English, geography, history, journalism, political science, sociology, speech communication, speech and hearing sciences, theatre and business.

Financial aid is available to interested students. For more information about the program contact Dr. Upshaw at 342-1030.

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