New winter programs offered in London, Australia

Overview of the London skylineA new study-abroad program at SUNY Oswego will allow students and members of the community to experience life in London or Australia in January.

The WinterSession courses offer historical and cultural cross-sections of these foreign communities for around two weeks in January. It represents a more concise version of courses last year that included a week abroad during spring recess complemented by regular class time during the semester.

“It’s more compact,” Josh McKeown, director of study abroad and exchange programs for SUNY Oswego’s Office of International Education and Programs, said of the WinterSession program. “It doesn’t involve any coursework during the semester. The bottom line behind this effort is trying to find as many ways as possible to encourage studying abroad.”

Another difference is that, because all of the course requirements are fulfilled during the visit, members of the community can sign up for the opportunity as well.

The London session, Jan. 2 to 14, will allow participants an opportunity to study the art, music, politics, theatre or broadcasting industry of this historic city. The experience will include courses taught by full-time Oswego faculty, tours of relevant historical London locations and visits to other cities around the British isle.

The selection of courses available will include Art 490, “New British Art”; Broadcasting 470, “British Broadcasting”; English 319, “An Introduction to Shakespeare”; Music 355, “Music Fit for Royalty”; Political Science 300, “British Politics”; and Theatre 470, “Theatre Arts: Costumes and Culture in London.” Each class carries three upper-division college credits.

The program in Australia will consist of a number of daylong modules introducing students to the nation’s politics, history, society, art, drama and indigenous peoples. The experience will include instruction by LaTrobe University professors and travel to a diverse selection of Australian locales. Participants will receive three credits in Political Science 300, “Australia: Society, Politics and Culture,” for satisfactory completion of course requirements.

Deadline for applications to either program is Oct. 15.

For more information on these study-abroad experiences, required qualifications, costs, logistics or application procedures, contact the SUNY Oswego Office of International Education and Programs at 312-2118, e-mail or visit

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(Posted: Sep 14, 2005)