Approximately 100 Emory & Henry students have been extending their academic year with study abroad experiences throughout the world, representing a growing participation by E&H students in international education.
Among recent study abroad experiences have been a biology course in Costa Rica, an art course in Italy, a mass communications course in Zambia, physical education studies in France and Switzerland, and language studies in Peru, a psychology course in the Czech Republic, and a credit-earning concert series presented in China by vocal and instrumental music students.
“There has definitely been an increase in the number of E&H students interested in studying abroad,” said Dr. Celeste Gaia, who accompanied a dozen psychology students to Europe in May.
The students studied the social psychology of the Holocaust, visiting the Czech Republic and Poland for 12 days. They studied historical sites related to the Holocaust, including the Jewish Quarter of Prague, the Terezin concentration camp outside of Prague, and the former Jewish ghetto in Krakow, Poland. They studied the role of the Polish resistance in World War II and visited the Treblinka death camp near Warsaw.
On May 5, approximately 50-members of the E&H Brass Ensemble, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Ensemble began an 11-day concert tour of China.
During the trip, students visited Beijing to see the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Great Wall. From Beijing, the groups boarded an overnight train to Xi’an. While in Xi’an the group performed for a packed, standing-room-only audience at Xi’an International University. Between performances, students visited the Terra Cotta Warriors.
“I felt like I was completely immersed in that tradition and culture, and I just wanted to learn as much as possible about all the elements in their traditional and artistic architecture,” said student Emma Yankovich.
The next stop was Shanghai, where students performed on a live radio broadcast from the sold-out Shanghai Concert Hall. The concert was also video recorded for later broadcast on state television.
The E&H musicians traveled to Fudan University, where they shared the stage with singers and brass players from the university. Suzhou was the location for the final concert at a municipal concert hall.
“A majority of the students that went on this trip were not music majors, but extremely talented young men and women who major in other areas but are very accomplished musicians,” said Dr. Matthew Frederick. “These students truly embody the spirit of a liberal arts education that Emory & Henry College provides.”
Emory & Henry is planning numerous study abroad opportunities for the next academic year, including the following “Tropical Biology in Costa Rica,” “Environment and Sustainability in Belize,” “Comparative Education in Brazil,” “The Emory Odyssey in Greece,” and “The Wide World of Sport in Western Europe.”