Study abroad in Czech Republic, Slovakia

Tuesday, April 10, 2001

Iowa Central Community College is planning a study seminar that will take a group of community college instructors to the Czech Republic and Slovakia for four weeks this summer.

Iowa Central has received a $52,000 grant through the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Fulbright Hays Program which encourages education and cultural exchanges. The trip will begin on June 11 and end on July 11. There will be 13 participants attending, led by Dr. Mary Sula Linney, language arts and humanities department chair at Iowa Central.

The seminar is open to community college instructors in the arts and science and humanities programs only from any school. Persons interested in making the trip should contact Linney at 515-576-0099, ext. 2624. Applications are due by April 15. A registration fee of $300 will be required by each participant.

The group of instructors will spend two weeks in the Czech Republic and two weeks traveling throughout Slovakia, studying local history, politics, art, health issues and rural life.

"We feel like it was our Focus study in 1999 on the Czech Republic and Slovakia that led up to us receiving this grant," said Linney. "Very few community colleges get this type of thing. We were in competition with four-year schools."

The community college representatives will be guided by a series of objectives they hope to accomplish as a result of the study trip, dealing with increased understanding, communication, education and interaction between Czech and Slovak students and students in United States colleges.

For more information, call Linney at 1-800-362-2793.

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