May 13, 2011 12:00AM
The spring semester isn't quite over, but already dozens of PSU students are packing for summer study-abroad programs in all corners of the globe. At least five groups will leave in the next week alone.
Two groups leave on Saturday, May 14. About 15 students will leave with Dr. Choong Lee for South Korea to learn more about international business. Another group will head south to Costa Rica with Dr. Dan Ferguson of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation to work with adults and children with disabilities.
On Wednesday, May 18, 20 members of the PSU Honors College leave for Greece and Italy. They will be accompanied by Dr. Craig Fuchs, director of the Honors College, and Jim Clanton, an instructor in the Department of Music.
Also on Wednesday, Dr. Janet Zepernick, a member of the faculty in the English Department, will lead a group on a study trip to England.
On Friday, May 20, 15 pre-med students, accompanied by Dr. Mandy Peak, a member of the faculty in the Biology Department and Vicki Webber, a physician's assistant at the Student Health Center, will leave for a medical service learning trip to Peru.
Megan Corrigan, assistant director in the Office of International Programs and Services, said interest in study-abroad programs grows each year.
"Students are seeing the value in international and cross-cultural experiences," Corrigan said. "Many of the programs are designed for students in specific majors who might not have a lot of study abroad opportunities otherwise.
Corrigan said the PSU study-abroad programs are also designed with cost in mind.
"Cost is often the biggest barrier to study-abroad," Corrigan said.
Even more trips are scheduled for the coming weeks, Corrigan said. Included are trips to Boliva to study ecotourism and globalization; Alicante, Spain, to study Spanish; La Rochelle, France, to study international business; Kazakhstan to study international business; Taiwan to study international business and Germany to study astronomy and astrophysics.