WMU News

Scholarship available for popular study abroad program

Oct. 13, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Students looking for a short-term study abroad experience, as well as help to pay for it, are encouraged to sign up now for Western Michigan University's Grand Tour of Europe course.

Although Feb. 15, 2005, is the deadline to enroll, this popular course is expected to fill up quickly because one lucky student participant will win a $1,595 scholarship in honor of the program's upcoming 20th anniversary.

The merit-based scholarship will cover the course's program fee, which pays for tuition, fees, instructional costs, and health and accident insurance. The travel/lodging package for the course costs and additional $4,025, but students who are eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for study abroad.

The Grand Tour of Europe is four-credit survey class focusing on the art and culture of the Italian Renaissance, Dutch Golden Age and Impressionist movement. It will be offered during Summer Session I from May 3 to June 2, 2005, and may be taken for either undergraduate or graduate credit.

Dr. Larry ten Harmsel, dean of WMU's Lee Honors College, will direct students on a fully escorted tour of Florence, Italy; Lausanne, Switzerland; London; Paris; and Rome.

"These cities are all beautiful, stunning, historic sites--they are the textbook for this class," ten Harmsel says. "We discover new and interesting things every year. For instance, we were in Europe when the Berlin Wall came down and over the past 10 years have been able to witness the restoration of Sistine Chapel frescos by Michelangelo and Da Vinci."

Enrollment in the Grand Tour of Europe is limited to 18 students in good academic standing. The scholarship winner will be selected from among all of the students who are admitted to the course. Acceptance will be determined by a committee from the Office of Study Abroad, which will review the academic records and required essays of all applicants. Once the number of participants reaches 18 students, enrollment will be closed.

For more information, visit the Web at <www.wmich.edu/studyabroad> or contact ten Harmsel at (269) 387-3230 or <larry.tenharmsel@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, 269 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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