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Wayne State College Expands Semester Abroad Opportunities to Asia

Published: 2-17-2012 11:30 am

Wayne State College will add a semester-long study abroad program in Asia starting in the Spring of 2013, according to President Curt Frye. The Asia program will serve as a companion to the current Semester Abroad in Greece that is now in its fourth year. 

“It is a high priority at Wayne State College to offer students experiences in other countries and other cultures,” Frye said. “The result is students have a broader world view, and these experiences stand out in the eyes of prospective employers.  I am pleased that we are able to add Asia to our already stellar portfolio of travel abroad experiences.”

Students in the Asia study abroad program will leave the United States in mid-March 2013 and return in late May after 10 weeks abroad.  Their initial home base will be at Providence University, in Taichung, Taiwan, where they will study language and culture.  Additional planned travel and experiences include visits to Taipei, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Changsha, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Xian and Beijing.

“The remarkable thing about our semester abroad programs is the affordability,” said Gerald Conway, Director of International Education at Wayne State College. “We have designed them so that if you can afford to attend Wayne State College for a semester, you can probably afford to include a study abroad experience. Since the programs are classified as full-time, semester long, students can use their scholarships, grants and financial aid just as if it were a regular semester.  Also, with proper planning, the credits earned can fit right into the student's requirements for graduation regardless of their major.” 

A distinctive feature of the semester abroad experiences in Asia and Greece is that they are faculty-led by professors from Wayne State and they are open to students attending any college or university in the region. 

“Asia seems like a long distance away, but Wayne State already has strong connections at our host institution, Providence University,” added Michael Marek, the Wayne State faculty member who will lead the semester in Asia.  “Our faculty and students have visited Providence in the past.  We know our way around, and they have good Internet so that our traveling students can talk back home every day.”

The curriculum for the Asian experience will include diverse experiences in Asian culture in areas such as art, history, music, martial arts and religion.  Language instruction in Mandarin will also be featured.

Students interested in studying in Asia or Greece in 2013 will have the opportunity to ask questions at an open forum from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in Humanities, Room 301.  Both programs are limited to 24 participants each semester. 

For information: Gerald Conway, International Education Director, (402) 375-7029 or e-mail:


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