Wilkes-Barre, Pa., May 16, 2022 - More than 40 King’s College students and faculty will travel to Spain, Ireland, and Canada this May and June as part of the institution’s study abroad program. Due to the global pandemic, the faculty-led program was last held in 2019.
As one component of the Office of Study Abroad, the College operates short-term, faculty-led programs where students pay an all-inclusive flat fee, attend pre-departure workshops, travel for approximately two weeks, and complete tailored assignments. Participating in the short-term program provides students with three college credits and helps fulfill core and major requirements.
As part of “Ireland: Celtic Culture,” 15 students traveling to Ireland this month will explore Irish culture through history, art, literature, and politics. In coordination with the National University of Ireland, students will spend two weeks tracing Ireland’s mythical, literary, and archaeological pasts as they experience Celtic culture. They will travel to Dublin, Donegal, Derry, and Belfast in Northern Ireland visiting sites including Irish Parliament, Giants Causeway, and Ireland’s Highest Sea Cliff at Sliabh Liag. Guided by Dr. Jennifer McClinton-Temple, professor of English, and Dr. Nicole Mares, associate professor of history, students will take classes on Irish language, Céilí dancing, and traditional Irish weaving.
For “Travel Writing in Spain,” 16 students traveling to Seville this month will experience art, architecture, history, and culture of southern Spain while learning the art of travel writing. For two and a half weeks, students will be immersed in Spanish culture through homestays and interaction with local students. From their base in Seville, they will travel to Granada, Cordoba, and the Roman ruins in Itálica and visit museums, landmarks, and churches, including the Alcazar, La Giralda, and Plaza de España. Guided by Dr. Michael Little, professor of English, and Dr. Beth Admiraal, professor of political science, students will participate in guided tours of the oldest local markets and neighborhoods, learn to cook Spanish cuisine, and attend a traditional Flamenco show.
In June, eight students traveling to Québec will study and experience themes related to globalization, the economics of global peace and justice, and Québécois culture in this French-speaking Canadian province. The 12-day “Globalization in Québec” program includes visits to St. Joseph’s Oratory, Notre-Dame Basilica, and District 3 Hub, a start-up incubator at Concordia University. Guided by Dr. Margarita Rose, professor of economics, and Ms. Renata Evan, adjunct professor of international business and study abroad coordinator, students will develop a broad overview of the environment in which international business takes place and explore the economics of local and global justice and peace issues, including the Canadian truth and reconciliation process for the mistreatment of Canada’s Indigenous people.
Ireland Study Abroad: First row from left: Emma Hart, Sean Murphy, Emma Dos Santos, and Megan Small. Second Row: Dr. Nicole Mares, Dana Sebastianelli, Shelby Carr, Kristen Ortiz, Kaylee Serbin, Alyse McKennetts, Marissa Jason, and Dr. Jennifer McClinton-Temple. Third Row: Devland Heffron, Hunter Landon, and Austin Morris. Also attending but not pictured: Hannah Farr and Aidan Temple.
Spain Study Abroad: Sitting from left: Theresa Kenny, Grace McNamara, Erika Castro Santana, Sidney Ryan, and Cortney Dushanko. Standing, Maria Perez, Ali Tedik, Chabee Patel, Gabriel Gillespie, Peter Scholl, Robert Kuznicki, Dr. Michael Little, Dr. Beth Admiraal, Kyle Saylor, Flynn Little, and Roben Jaoude. Also attending but not pictured: Christian Hernandez and Elias Neidhart.
Canada Study Abroad: First row from left: Paul Shoemaker, Kiersten Krouse, and Madelynn White. Second row: Dr. Margarita Rose, Alexander Rubbico, Alexander Kubishin, Emily Dreyfus, Ariel Mitkowski, and Ms. Renata Evan. Also attending but not pictured: Issa Dahdal.