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May 6, 2011

UW-Eau Claire Finance Student to Spend Summer at Sea

Jade SchantzenJade Schantzen, a junior business student from Lake Elmo, MN, is one of two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students participating in the Summer 2011 Semester at Sea voyage sponsored by the University of Virginia.

Schantzen will travel to Europe and North Africa during a 66-day journey to eight countries. She will travel from the Bahamas to Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey and Morocco, and end in Boston, MA.

Schantzen, who is a finance major and international business minor, said she liked the idea of studying abroad in multiple countries instead of one.

"I am most looking forward to Turkey and Morocco," Schantzen said. "I think both of these countries vary the most from the U.S. and will provide a greater understanding of what life is like in other parts of the world."

Students receive credit from the University of Virginia for the courses they take while on the trip. The curriculum, which features a wide range of courses, includes a mix of upper- and lower-division courses. Courses are fully accredited and meet the generally accepted standards for transfer. The language of instruction is English.

Students travel on the MV Explorer, a passenger ship that functions as both a classroom and residence to 600-700 participants. On board, students find many of the amenities they would enjoy on a traditional campus, such as a student union, swimming pool, wireless Internet, and 8,000-volume library. The program also has multiple student organizations aboard the ship, themed days and presentations about each country on the itinerary.

Schantzen is not the only Blugold participating in the 2011 Semester at Sea program. Joining her will be Karen Hansen, a junior from Amery, WI; Dr. Beth Hellwig, UW-Eau Claire's vice chancellor of student affairs, who will take a leave of absence from UW-Eau Claire to serve as dean of students; and Kerry Day, UW-Eau Claire Towers North hall director, who will be a living-learning coordinator.


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