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Long Island University’s Global College Secures Funding for Local
Community College Students to Attend Summer Program in Costa Rica

$40,000 Grant Will Enable Eight Students from Community Colleges in Brooklyn and Queens
to Study Abroad

Brooklyn, N.Y. – Long Island University’s Global College has received a $40,000 grant from The New York Community Trust for a youth travel program that will enable eight students at community colleges in Brooklyn and Queens to take part in a Global College study program at its Costa Rica Center this summer.

Funding for the grant comes from the Trust’s DeWitt Wallace Fund for Youth. This is not the first such grant that Global College has received.

"Over the past five years, the DeWitt Wallace grant has provided dozens of low-income Brooklyn students with the opportunity to study abroad with Global College,” said Dr. Robert Glass, dean of Global College and dean of international education at Long Island University. “These students have commented how their time abroad was a life-changing event."

The community college students will participate in a four-week, six-credit summer program at Global College’s center in Heredia, Costa Rica. During their stay, students will be immersed in the language and the culture of the region, combining coursework at the center with weekly three-day field experiences in different parts of the country.

Students will take a three-credit intensive Spanish course and will live with a Costa Rican family, where they will practice the language, learn about the culture and make new friends. They also will complete a three-credit course comprised of seminars and field trips that will help them gain an appreciation for the country’s cultural and ecological diversity. The program is scheduled to run this summer from June 30 to July 29. Dates are subject to change.

Sarah Moran, director of Global College’s Costa Rica Center, stressed that the summer program in Costa Rica is an amazing opportunity for students.

“Through a combination of courses, cultural immersion and exciting group field experiences, students will develop language skills and discover new understandings about other cultures and themselves," Moran said.

In addition to the center in Costa Rica, Global College maintains centers and program sites in China, India, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey. Students can study abroad for a semester or a year, or can pursue a four-year course of study leading to a B.A. in global studies. Graduates emerge prepared for a broad array of career opportunities as well as a lifetime commitment to global citizenship, diplomacy and service. To learn more about Global College, call Amy Greenstein, director of admissions at Global College, at (718) 780-4320 or visit www.brooklyn.liu.edu/globalcollege.

Global College offers the only program in the world that integrates a series of yearlong cultural immersions into a progressive, four-year Bachelor of Arts degree. During its 45-year history, Global College (previously the Friends World Program) has established itself as a leader in experiential education, providing students with an individualized international experience as well as a broad-based background in liberal arts. Students spend their first three years living and learning at overseas centers and program sites in China, Costa Rica, India, Australia, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey, engaging with a variety of cultures and people through coursework, fieldwork, service learning projects, internships, independent studies and immersion. The final year of study begins with an independently designed research project in a location of the student’s choice and culminates in a capstone semester in New York City. Over the course of the program, students build language skills, gain hands-on experience and acquire a cross-cultural education that is valuable to employers in today’s globalized economy. Global College graduates emerge prepared for a life of committed action in the interest of the world community.

Press contact information:
Helen Saffran
Associate Director of Public Relations, Brooklyn Campus
718-488-1419
E-mail: helen.saffran@liu.edu

Posted: January 25, 2010

 
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