China visit
Top photo: Honors College students in China
Bottom photo: Venice, Italy

UTSA offers Italy, China, Germany programs

By Pauline Janert
Administrative Associate, Honors College

(Oct. 7, 2008)--The UTSA Honors College will host three study abroad opportunities in spring and summer 2009 in China, Germany and Italy. The China program is scheduled for May 11-May 29 and the Italy program is July 12-31. The Germany opportunity begins with three weeks of study at UTSA, followed by two and a half weeks in Munich.

>> An information session on the China program is 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30 in the John Peace Library Denman Room (4.02.12), 1604 Campus. A session on the Italy program is 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, also in the Denman Room. At these meetings, students will learn about costs, academic requirements and scholarship opportunities for the programs.

>> Short informational meetings on the Munich program are noon, Thursday, Nov. 6 and noon, Friday, Nov. 7 in Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 4.02.04, 1604 Campus.

The China program will include visits to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Zengzhou and Beijing. Focusing on the culture and history of China, visits to the Shanghai Stock Exchange, Songshan Mountain, Songyang Academy of Training, Tiananmen Square, Olympic Village and Great Wall will highlight centuries of change. Students also will tour several universities, visit classrooms and meet students.

The 2009 Italy program will include visits to Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi and Venice. The focus of this program will be on the art, history and architecture of Italy and its influence on Western civilization. Students will visit the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Vatican and St. Mark's in Venice, along with Tuscany and central Italy.

Students who cannot attend the China or Italy information sessions can make an appointment with Richard Diem, Honors College dean. For more information, contact the UTSA Honors College at (210) 458-4106.

Created through the collaboration of the Honors College and the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Honors College students can earn credit for a study visit to Germany in summer 2009. HON 3233 German Culture, taught in the second summer session, begins with three weeks of study on UTSA's 1604 Campus then moves to Munich, Germany, for a two-and-a-half week program in the Bavarian capital.

Students will return a few days before the start of fall classes. The cost of the program is projected at $2,990 including flight, accommodation, meals, cultural activities, transportation and expenses -- but not including UTSA tuition for the three credit course.

The focus of the course is the history and culture of Munich and Germany and contemporary life in a modern European city. The program of study in Munich includes palaces, art museums, churches, museum of science and technology, Dachau concentration camp, music, and sessions with local experts on language, the holocaust, the White Rose resistance movement and Hitler's Munich, as well as excursions to Salzburg, Regensburg, and Ulm.

For more information, visit the UTSA Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Web site or contact Christopher Wickham, College of Liberal and Fine Arts associate dean and associate professor of modern languages, at (210) 458 4350.

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