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Study Abroad Program Enhances Educational Experience


Study Abroad Program Enhances Educational Experience

Every year, Fisher students pack their bags and take advantage of one of the many study abroad programs offered by the College, traveling to faraway places and getting an experience of a lifetime. And the program is now accepting applications for summer 2013 programs, which include travel to Italy (Florence), Spain (Seville), France (Caen), and Ireland (Waterford).

Chelsea Spain participated in the Spain program last summer, and said it was one of the greatest experiences of her life so far.

She lived in a Spanish family's home and said she felt welcomed into the family. Every week day, she attended classes and also participated in class excursions around the city to the different historical sites such as the cathedral, Christopher Columbus' tomb, and the Plaza de Espana. On weekends, she enjoyed short trips to cities close by including Cordoba, Cadiz, Rocio, Huelva, and Granada.

“Studying abroad was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I wouldn't change for anything. It is one thing to learn a language, but it is another thing to be immersed in the culture. When I studied abroad, I wasn't just a tourist in Sevilla, I was a Sevilliana,” said Spain.

Dan Kelley spent last June studying in Caen, France, with the Fisher in France Program. He was with six other students, and each spoke the language on different levels. But he said once they arrived, they were completely immersed in French culture — the language, the attitudes, and most importantly, the food.

On a typical day, he attended morning classes taught by a French professor. The group would have lunch with Dr. Marc Papé, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures, who traveled with them. After lunch, they would either have class or enjoy an excursion — which Kelley says were the highlight of his time there. They spent a week in Paris, and caught up with Dr. Terry May, former program director, and he showed them around the city.  

“Going to France was easily the most important and beneficial decision that I have made in my life. Every day, I woke up with such excitement to go to class, meet someone new, see something amazing, or generally take in life. I highly recommend that every Fisher student, no matter the major or knowledge of language or culture, experiences a foreign culture, whether it be through a semester program or a summer program,” said Kelley.

He also said when he arrived home, he felt more confident in himself after learning how to live independently in a foreign country.

“I also made great friends, some of whom are Fisher students and we reminisce about the time we spent together, and some of whom are spread across the country, with whom I keep in contact through Facebook,” he said. “Participating in the Fisher in France program has truly changed my life and I cannot wait until I get the opportunity to go back.”

Students who are interested in summer 2013 programs can contact Dr. Kathleen Costello, Associate Professor of Spanish, Director of Foreign Study. She is accepting applications for the following programs:

Fisher in Italy (Florence, Italy)
Program Director: Dr. Caterina Shahbaz
Courses: LITL 210D  Italian Culture and Civilization (in English) (CC – 3 credits) and LITL 107, 207, or 307 (Italian Language course – P4 - 4 credits)
Dates:  June 1st – July 2nd , 2013
Cost:  $7,250 (includes tuition, airfare, lodging and two meals a day (breakfast/dinner); lodging with an Italian family in Florence; visits to Siena, Venice (1 night), Rome (2-3 nights), Cinque Terre (1 night), St. Gimignano, “Castello di Gabbiano” vineyards and wine cellar, and museum entrance fees)
*Application deadline Dec. 14, 2012 with $1,500 deposit for airline/room reservations.
Contact:  Dr. Kathleen Costello (         

Fisher in Spain (Seville, Spain)
Program Director: Rubén Gómez
Courses: LSPN 210C Spanish Culture and Civilization (CC – 3 credits) plus LSPN 107, LSPN 207 or LSPN 307 (P5 – 4 credits)
Dates:  May 24 - June 29, 2013
Cost:  $6,000 (includes tuition, airfare, lodging plus three meals a day with Spanish families; afternoon activities; and field trips to Granada, Córdoba, Cádiz and the beaches of Costa de la Luz)
*Application deadline December 14, 2012 with $1,300 deposit for airline/room reservation
Contact:  Dr. Rubén Gómez ( ) or (585) 385-7348

Fisher in France (Caen, France)
Courses: LFRN 210D – French Culture and Civilization (in English)  (CC – 3 credits) and LFRN 107C , LFRN 207D or LFRN 307D  (P5 – 4 credits)
Dates:  June 9 – July 4, 2013
Cost:  $6,000 (includes tuition, airfare, all lodging, allowance for two meals a day; excursions in Normandy to D-Day Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Mont St. Michel, St. Malo, beach resort towns, Versailles and six nights in Paris)
*Application deadline Dec. 14, 2012 with $1,300 deposit for airline/room reservations.
Contact:  Dr. Kathleen Costello (         

Fisher in Ireland (Waterford, Ireland – in conjunction with SUNY-Brockport)
Courses: HIST-257 History of Ireland (P3 - 3 credits) and INT-X Irish Culture (CC - 3 credits)
Dates:  June 19 – July 14 2013
Cost:  $4,800 (includes tuition, lodging, transfers to/from Dublin/Shannon airport, 100 euros on WITCard for meals; field trips to Dunbrody Famine Ship, Jameson Distillery, Blarney Castle, Dublin (including Kilmainham Jail); weekend tour to Killarney and the Ring of Kerry, and Irish National Heritage Park (Costs /dates subject to minor changes; airfare is not included)
*Application deadline January 15, 2013 with $1,300 deposit for airline/room reservation
Contact: Dr. Tim Madigan ( or (585) 385-5259



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