West Windsor, N.J. – College students and community members with a yearning for travel can combine the thrill of going to new places with an academically enriched itinerary. Faculty at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will lead six Study Tours to countries around the globe in Spring, 2015. Destinations include Cuba, Italy, Belize, China, Poland and Paris.
Information sessions for the tours will be held on Tuesdays, Sept. 23, Oct. 28, Nov. 25 and Dec. 9, 12 to 1 p.m., in the Communications Building (CM108) on MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Each of the tours is associated with an MCCC course; travelers may be current Mercer students or enroll only for the single travel-related course. Students enrolled in “Sociology and the History of Latin America” will spend a week in Cuba from March 14-21. Students taking “Anatomy, Health Professions, Radiology and Biology” will travel to Italy from March 13-20 to focus on the Italian health care system and the country’s major contributions to modern medicine. As part of “Ecology, Archaeology, Sustainability and Culture,” students will journey to Belize from May 15-22. A trip to China takes place May 18-26 for those enrolled in “Business and Chinese Culture.” Those enrolled in “The Holocaust” will travel to Poland May 22-31. The final tour is to Paris from May 30-June 14 for “French Immersion.”
According to MCCC Director of Global Education Andrea Lynch, each trip is preceded by a discipline-specific course with faculty members teaching course content that prepares students for what they will see and experience abroad.
“Once the students are abroad, a local tour guide takes them to sites of economic, cultural and historical significance," Lynch explains. "Instead of skimming the surface, these travelers come home with a deeper understanding of the course subject matter and a greater knowledge and respect for another culture. For full-time students, these tours are an unparalleled opportunity to supplement what they learn from books and lectures.”
Lynch notes that the Study Tour courses conclude with post-trip wrap-up sessions. “Everyone who has gone on previous trips has come back with new perspectives. The most common comment we hear is that ’this experience shrunk the globe for me’,” she said.