During the month of June, we were thrilled to offer eight incredible study abroad programs in different regions of the world. Our programs took students on exciting journeys across Europe, to the southwesternmost point of Africa, and even to the far eastern corner of Asia. These experiences were truly unforgettable for everyone involved. We invite you to read on for a glimpse into the unique activities of each program during this month.
Harding University in Florence
HUF began the month of June in Rome, touring places like the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Catacombs, the Trevi Fountain, the Vatican and so much more. After that, students scattered all over Europe for a week of independent travel. Shortly after returning from independent travel, the group set out for Southern Italy to visit places such as Naples, Paestum and Pompeii. Finally, a day trip to Pisa and Lucca (complete with a bicycle tour) brought June to a close.
Harding University in Greece
With May's Egypt trip complete and July's trip to Israel on the horizon, the HUG group spent June exploring their home country of Greece. They toured the Acropolis and the museums of Athens in the first few weeks. Midway through the month, the group headed to the northern parts of Greece to visit places such as Delphi, Meteora, Thermopylae, Vergina, Thessaloniki and Philippi. At the conclusion of the Northern Greece trip, students even had the option to hike Mount Olympus!
Harding in Zambia
HIZ landed in the capital of Zambia on June 1st and students were immediately immersed into life at Namwianga. They shadowed health care providers, played with children at the Haven, sang with Ba Nelson's school choir, and made friendships with aunties, school children, and workers. Later in June, they took a trip to Victoria Falls where they went white water rafting, dined at the Elephant Cafe, and enjoyed the wildlife at Avani Resort. They then continued their journey to the picturesque Cape Town. Some of the highlights of their visit included exploring the popular Boulder Penguin Colony, Cape Point Nature Preserve, Table Mountain, District 6 Museum, Tree of Life Ministries, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, and Robben Island. The students also savored various international cuisines, went shopping at the renowned V&A Waterfront, and enjoyed the local beach access.
College of Business Abroad
After a busy three weeks in May touring places in Italy, Paris and London, the last week of COBA's tour brought them to Scotland. Here you can see the group standing on the Swilcan Bridge at St. Andrews Links, which is considered the "Home of Golf."
Art & Design International
In their pursuit of studying art around the world, the ADI group wins the award for greatest distance traveled this month. They kicked off June having just arrived in Egypt where they toured numerous temples, pyramids and ruins, some of which while cruising the Nile River for several days. After nine days in Egypt, the group moved to India where they spent a week touring sites in Amritsar, Varanasi and Delhi. Lastly, the group flew to Japan and spent time in Kyoto, Hiroshima and Tokyo. From Japan, the group finished their trip around the world by flying home to the US through Honolulu, Hawaii.
Bison Athletes in Training
BAT was one of the two summer programs that launched in June. Since arriving in Greece on June 20th, the group has spent time touring Athens as well as the Peloponnese region of Greece, which included stops at Corinth, Mycenae, Olympia and more! In the last photo, you can see BAT student Brian striking a celebratory pose after winning a race in the original Olympic Stadium in Olympia, Greece. In a few days, the group will move to Italy and then eventually to Germany. We'll cover those two countries in next month's newsletter.
Summer Undergraduate Research in Florence
The SURF program provides biochemistry students with a great opportunity to complete some of their required coursework at a research hospital in Florence, Italy. This picture only tells half of the story of SURF. When our students are not in the lab, they join the HUF group on several tours of Florence and the surrounding area. This month-long program came to a conclusion on June 16th.
Scholars Abroad is a 16-day trip for recent high school graduates where they tour Greece (and Rome, Italy this year) to learn about the Mediterranean World that the Apostle Paul would have encountered in his travels and letters. This year's group spent time in Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Meteora, Sounio, and Epidaurus in Greece, as well as Pompeii and Rome in Italy. The application for next summer's tour will open soon. If you know someone who will be in between their senior year of high school and freshman year of college next summer, please encourage them to learn more about this program on our website.
Centennial Alumni Tours
Harding University International Programs is pleased to invite alumni and friends of Harding University to travel the world with us in celebration of Harding's Centennial. We are offering trips to locations that are connected to each of our six semester-long study abroad programs. You can read more about each program by clicking the links below.
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