MCCC to Offer Short-Term Study Abroad
Program in May and June, 2010
Information Sessions Sept. 10, 23 and 29


Mercer County Community College invites students to pack their bags for Europe. MCCC faculty will lead two "Short-Term Study Tours" in May and June, 2010 with destinations to include Italy and Germany/Switzerland. The tours are incorporated into the curriculum of three credit courses; students may enroll on a credit or noncredit basis. The tour program is open to the public, including students from other colleges.

Dates for the Italy program are May 19-27, 2010. Students will spend four days in Campania and five days in Rome. On the itinerary are visits to Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii, the Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum, and many other sites, as well as a cheese demonstration and cooking class. The tour is part of the curriculum for two courses: "Food and Culture" (HOS 115) and "Architecture and Culture: International" (ARC 141). Leading the group will be faculty members Chris dePagnier (Food and Culture) and Marilyn Dietrich (Architecture). Tour costs total $3100 and include airfare, hotel accommodations and more. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by Oct. 5, 2009, with additional payments due Dec. 11 ($1300) and Feb. 12 ($1300).

Students taking MCCC's "Global Environment of Business" course (BUS 230) will travel to Germany and Switzerland from June 5-13, 2010, where they will spend three days each in Frankfurt, Zurich and Geneva. Led by Professor Laura Sosa, destinations will include the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, the European Central Bank, the World Trade Organization, the United Nations, European University and several businesses. The cost is $3350 and includes airfare, hotel, meals, activities and more. A $500 non-refundable deposit is due by Nov. 6, with additional payments due Jan. 8 ($1425) and Feb. 26 ($1425).

According to Professor Sosa, "The study tours will truly bring the textbook to life." She notes that business students will have a hands-on learning experience about factors affecting today's firms such as the impact of globalization, international trade theories, barriers to trade, the international monetary system, cultural differences, and legal, political and economic environments of business.

Community members who wish to take one of the tours without enrolling in the credit courses may do so through MCCC's Center for Continuing Studies.

Information sessions will be held Sept. 10 at 12 and 6 p.m., Sept. 23 at 6 p.m., and Sept. 29 at noon and 6 p.m. in the Communications Building on Mercer's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. More information is available here. For specific questions, email

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