UD study abroad sends 1,103 students around the world
The New Zealand study abroad group at the active marine volcano of White Island, which Art Trembanis described as “an otherworldly delight of geologic processes and features.”


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2:21 p.m., Jan. 21, 2010----A total of 1,103 University of Delaware students are studying abroad in countries around the world during Winter Session, with more than 80 programs offered in more than 40 subjects in 45 nations -- and all led by UD faculty.

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“Our study abroad programs are designed and directed by faculty who are extremely committed to student learning in a way which has lifelong impact,” said Lesa Griffiths, associate provost for international programs from the UD Institute for Global Studies. “Their willingness to create such enriching student experiences makes our program unique among most other study abroad programs in the U.S.”

Griffiths added that UD students “embrace study abroad because they have so many choices and can find a program that is related to their major and or personal interests. Because students and faculty travel together, this program really exemplifies learning and mentoring outside the classroom.”

Several of the study abroad programs are communicating what they are learning through blogs.

A marine science and geology program in New Zealand, led by faculty directors Douglas Miller, associate professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and Art Trembanis, assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences, is reporting at this blog site.

The faculty members are accompanied by geology graduate student Adam Skarke and 28 undergraduate study abroad participants.

New Zealand's Waikato Times newspaper ran a feature about the study abroad program, which is making use of UD's automated underwater vehicle (AUV) in cooperation from researchers at Waikato University. The article notes the participation of Craig Cary, who is on the faculty of both UD and Waikato.

The AUV, nicknamed Dora, was used to study the effects of algal blooms and human activity on lakes.

Traveling in Brazil is a study abroad program in plant and soil sciences, led by faculty directors Susan Barton and Julie Bruck, both assistant professors in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. They are reporting at this blog site.

Students from the School of Nursing are involved in a study abroad program that is taking them to Australia and also Hawaii. The program is led by faculty director Amy Johnson, professor in the School of Nursing. They are reporting at this blog site.

Also in Australia is an ecology and wildlife conservation study abroad program being led by faculty directors Jacob Bowman, associate professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, and Jonathan Cox, a skilled photographer and instructor in the Department of Art. They are reporting at this blog site.

Traveling around the world is a study abroad program in disabilities studies, led by faculty directors Kim Musheno, supplemental faculty in the School of Education, and Laura Eisenman, associate professor in the School of Education.

This group includes 23 students who are studying in Ghana, the United Arab Emirates, Nepal and Thailand. They are reporting at this blog site.

Article by Neil Thomas