The month of May has been an exciting month for International Programs because it brought the return of study abroad. On May 11, the Harding University in England (HUE) group departed for the summer and Harding University in Greece (HUG) followed in their footsteps just a few days later on May 13. Summer Undergraduate Research in Florence (SURF) and Art & Design International (ADI) both departed the U.S. on May 25. A fantastic summer of travel and learning awaits all of our students and we're happy to share some of their adventures with you so far.
HUE is spending the first few weeks of their semester abroad at the HUF villa in Florence, Italy. They've been exploring Florence and visiting other nearby places such as Pisa and San Gimignano, as pictured below.
HUG has been settling into their home in Porto Rafti with walking tours of town, hikes up HUG mountain and sunrise visits to a place HUG students call "the Point," a rocky piece of land that juts out into the Aegean Sea just beyond the port.
ADI & SURF
The Art & Design International (ADI) and Summer Undergraduate Research in Florence (SURF) programs departed on Tuesday, May 25. ADI students will spend a month traveling Italy and the United Kingdom studying art while SURF, a program for biochemistry majors, will spend a month working in a research lab in Florence, Italy.
HUE arriving in Florence
Sightseeing in Florence
Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa - Photo from Gabi Gonzalez
Visiting San Gimignano
HUG at the port of Porto Rafti
HUG at "the Point" for sunrise
Student on top of "HUG Mountain"
ADI group departing the U.S.
SURF group departing the U.S.
New Employees & Graduations
Meet New HUG Assistant Rachel Bible
Please join us in welcoming Rachel Bible to the International Programs team! She is the new assistant to the director at the HUG program. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Rachel graduated this past spring semester, majoring in Public Relations and attended HUG as a student in the spring of 2019. When asked what she was most excited about with this new job and what some of her favorite memories were from her HUG experience, she had the following to say.
"I am over the moon to be working for the Greece program, my time there as a student was a pivotal point in my life. I am most excited to be a part of the journey with students, to see how they are able to embrace the semester and to learn from them. One of my most vivid memories during my time abroad was the week we were able to be in Egypt, I have never felt the power of history as much as I did during that week. I am really looking forward to being able to watch the students feel the same effect each semester. I am also so excited to be able to see the sunrise and set every day in Porto Rafti, there is truly nothing like it."
Assistant Director of HIZ, David Gardner, Graduates with Masters
We want to congratulate Assistant Director of HIZ David Gardner for graduating with a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Harding School of Theology earlier this month!
Meet Summer Student Worker Ethan Brazell
Ethan has joined the International Programs office for this summer as our student worker. He is a senior Information Systems major from Ennis, TX and he studied abroad at HUG in the spring of 2019. You will likely see him around campus a lot this next year as he is the Student Association president. We're glad to have Ethan helping us this summer! When asked what his study abroad experience meant to him, Ethan said, "Studying abroad at HUG shaped who I am today. I came to understand that I’m a part of a much larger global community. I was amazed at God’s creativity and beauty displayed through people and His creation. I’m thrilled to be working at International Programs and to be helping others have their own special abroad experience."
Attend HUF or HUG this summer, or both!
Study abroad starts back up this summer with a variety of programs seeking to provide the perfect opportunity for each student. Due to the schedules of two of our programs this summer, students have the unique opportunity of not only having a HUF or HUG experience, but both. Allow us to explain. HUF
This summer HUF has been divided into two, one-month sessions. Students will either attend HUF in June or July. The June session is full, but July can still accommodate 14 more students. July HUF will run from July 5th-August 2nd and include six hours of tuition. HUG in August
At HUG, HUF and HULA in August, we are offering a short study abroad experience where students will take a two or three-hour Bible course that will count as their fall 2021 Bible course. August HUF and August HULA are full. August HUG (led by Dr. Monte Cox) has a few more spaces available and makes it ideal for students to pair up with July HUF. Combine July HUF & August HUG
August HUG begins August 3rd and concludes August 18th, just in time to make it back to Searcy for the fall semester. A student could attend July HUF and then hop over to HUG for the two-week August experience, earning 8-9 hours of credit, 2-3 of which would count as their fall 2021 Bible class. If a student signs up for both July HUF and August HUG, they will receive a discount of $2,000 off the August HUG program cost.
Space still available at HIZ Fall 2021, with new itinerary
Summer programs are not the only programs with exciting news, we've made some big changes to the Harding in Zambia (HIZ) itinerary and cost sheet for the fall 2021 semester! HIZ 2021 students will spend the beginning of their semester in Zambia, as well as one week in North Africa in Egypt and then close out the semester with a visit to Greece before returning back to the US. These new additions will allow students to learn more about the rich history of Africa, as well as the missionary efforts in this part of the world, with Greece serving as an immigration converging point where missionaries can minister to people migrating from Africa and the Middle East and into Europe.
While in Egypt, HIZ students will
Visit numerous pyramids
Visit the Sphinx
Cruise on the Nile
Tour a variety of Egyptian temples, tombs and ruins
While in Greece, HIZ students will
Tour Athens (the Parthenon, Mars Hill & more)
Work with the local church and missionaries in Athens to minister to locals and migrants from numerous countries
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