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DCCC study abroad

Three opportunities to study abroad will be offered by Davidson County Community College in the spring and summer of 2010 for students, faculty, staff and interested individuals.
An information session covering the trips is set for Thursday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Mendenhall Building, room 226, on the Davidson Campus in Lexington.
The trips are a May 21-June 4 trip to China, offered through Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) will focus on China’s economic, social and cultural impact due to globalization.
This program will be beneficial to business leaders whose companies have international economic ties, as well as people interested in learning about Chinese culture. CCID sponsors the trip in cooperation with Shanghai Finance University and Beijing Union University.
Students may earn college credit while traveling in the republic of Turkey from May 28 to June 11. DCCC is collaborating with Istanbul University and Ankara University to offer an experience in which participants will be immersed in the social and cultural aspects of the country.
A tour of the Eastern European countries of Hungary, Slovakia, Poland the Czech Republic and Germany, focusing on the cities of Budapest, Krakow and Prague, is planned for June 19-27. An option for a Berlin extension through June 29 is available.
The two-week China experience will take participants to Shanghai and Beijing. They will learn about the Chinese economy, financial markets and banking; discover interesting facts about Chinese culture and life; explore and improve inter-cultural competency; and exchange cultural perspectives with Chinese nationals.
English-speaking Chinese instructors will give lectures on academic subjects and facilitate visits to various business and banking institutions. The program includes cultural activities such as Chinese cooking, calligraphy and visits to the Great Wall of China and Tienanmen Square.
The estimated program fee is $3,000. In addition, students pay tuition to earn course credit or a $25 enrollment fee if not seeking college credit. Four $750 scholarships are available for qualified students. The completed program application, along with a $200 deposit are due by Feb. 5,. Payment of the remaining fee is due by March 12, 2010.
Istanbul will be the first stop in Turkey, as students experience a cosmopolitan city rich in history. Participants will visit some of the oldest mosques in the world and tour Topkapi Palace, home to Ottoman sultans for more than 400 years. The remainder of the trip will include stops in the capital city of Ankara and Cappadocia, a natural landscape of rock formation and cave-like ancient homes. Students will visit Turkish colleges and be able to sit in on and participate in classes.
Students selected for the study abroad program must register and pay for a Middle Eastern Culture humanities course. In addition, they must attend mandatory orientation sessions prior to departure.
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and either full- or part-time students. Applications should be submitted no later than Feb. 2, 2010. A $250 deposit is required. A $1,375 payment is due upon acceptance into the program, and a final payment of $1,375 due later in the spring term. Four $1,000 scholarships are available for qualifying participants.
In addition to the program fees, participants must pay for their own transportation to New York for departure with the tour group.
For more information and an application, call 336-249-8186, ext. 6155.
The Eastern Europe cross-cultural experience is open to college faculty, staff and students, as well as community members. The trip includes a tour of Budapest, including Matthias Church, Budapest Basilica and a Danube River cruise. Stops in Krakow and Prague will take participants to Wawel Hill, Glowny Square, Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane. Students will also visit Auschwitz.
Participants will have an option to extend the trip by two days for an excursion to Berlin. A guided tour will include visits to Brandenburg Gate, Kurf rstendamm, Checkpoint Charlie Museum and the remains of the Berlin Wall.
Total cost of the trip is $2,678 for students under the age of 23 and $3,013 for adults The two-day extension to Berlin is an additional $355. A $95 enrollment fee is due when submitting the application. The last day to sign up and make the final payment is March 1.
For more information on these study abroad programs, including payment, contact Ron Dougherty, director, International Education, at 336-249-8186, ext. 4740.

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