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New GCU Study Abroad Programs Announced for 2020

Global Education trip to Thailand

Five new study abroad programs will be led by Georgian Court University faculty in 2020, the university’s Global Education program recently announced. From learning about business in Germany to exploring history and education in South Africa, GCU faculty members will deliver lasting lessons as they travel the globe with Georgian Court students.

The 2020 faculty-led study abroad schedule includes trips to:

  • SOUTH AFRICA: Education & History (January 2020)
  • PERU: Nursing, Social Work & Spanish (January 3–12)
  • SWITZERLAND: English & Psychology (Feb 28–March 8)
  • BELGIUM, FRANCE, GERMANY: History & English—World Wars & Holocaust (Feb 27–March 7)
  • GERMANY: Business in Germany (May 23–June 2)

Study Abroad Creates Memories and Experiences for Life

The university’s global education
program offers a range of opportunities for students to experience learning
beyond the United States.

“Taking a risk and being out of
my comfort zone taught me a lot about myself and made me realize that helping
people truly is my passion in life and nursing is the right choice for
me,” said Kelsey Steen ’18, who did her service learning in Nicaragua. A year later, other students—mostly
nursing and social work majors—volunteered their time during a faculty-led experience in Peru.

These are experiences for life,
according to global education officials.

“For example, faculty-led study
abroad programs took students from a variety of majors to see the blooming
gardens of Munich, the concentration camps of Dachau, and the sparkling lights
of the Eiffel Tower,” said program director Laura Grodewald. “They
experienced the canals of Venice, enjoyed learning about (and sampling!) gelato
flavors in Rome and Florence, and made their way across dry dirt roads in
Nicaragua, giving them eye-opening perspectives of life and medical conditions
in a hurricane resettlement village.”

Daniel Ginchereau ’20 participated
in the study abroad program “World Wars & the Holocaust,” which
included stops in Belgium, France, and Germany in 2018.

“Studying abroad is important
because we must see that there is more than just the United States. It is also
critical in gaining an understanding of international politics and
policies,” he said. He also spent the Fall 2018 semester studying in London.

Interested in learning more about
global education at Georgian Court? Join our Global Lions Club on Facebook
(Georgian Court University: Global Lions) or follow us on Instagram @gcu_global
to see updates on global events on campus. Stay up to date with our student and
faculty members’ world travels at

All students wishing to get involved are welcome to contact Laura Grodewald at ytebqrjnyq@trbetvna.rqh.

Aerial view of GCU.

About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 15 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at BrookdaleGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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