Benton Native William Shirer Travels the World for College Credit
NASHVILLE — While some may be relaxing by the pool or working at a summer job, William Shirer from Benton, joined more than 700 other Belmont University students who participated in one of 45 faculty-led Maymester and Summer Study Abroad programs.
Shirer spent time in Belmont's France program for college credit this summer.
With programs based in Australia, Belgium, China, Czech Republic, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Israel, N. Ireland, Morocco, the Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania and more, students have the opportunity to learn in a non-traditional classroom by visiting historical sites and experiencing new cultures first-hand.
These short-term programs, lasting anywhere from a week to a month, are led and designed by Belmont faculty to explore one or two certain areas of study, while giving students the opportunity to travel to and discover a new place.
Belmont University Director of Study Abroad Thandi Dinani said Belmont's culturally enriching study abroad programs enhance a student's academic experience. "Classrooms come to life as faculty take students to visit places where history took place," she said. "Whether visiting Nelson Mandela's prison cell in South Africa, walking streets where Jesus walked in Israel or studying chemistry while taking a cooking class in Italy, students see how countries, concepts and cultures have shaped history and impact their world."
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