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London Study Abroad Program Unites Arts and Sciences, Business Students

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2018 - 12:00 AM Business , All News , Arts and Sciences

Program Moves to Regent's University London

With a personal send-off from University President Anthony S. Caprio, 15 students from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and Business bid farewell to the chilly Western New England campus and said “Hello” to a life-changing academic experience in the first-ever combined London Study Abroad semester program. In the latest iteration of the seven-year-old London semester opportunity, freshman Arts and Sciences and sophomore Business students are traveling to a new international partner institution: Regent’s University London. Professor of History Ted South, a veteran London trip leader of 17 years, is accompanying the students to Regent’s and will teach two cultures courses. Dr. South is codirector of the program along with Associate Professor of Sport Management Curt Hamakawa.

Regent’s University in downtown London offers students a more centralized location over Richmond, the American International University, where previous trips had been based. The new destination provides opportunities for cross-disciplinary interaction and proximity to London’s major historical and cultural sites. Mr. Will Mant, the study abroad advisor for Regent’s, described the institution as the best of city life while resting within the beautiful Regent’s Park, one of England’s royal parks.

“Students are separated from the hustle and bustle of urban London, but at the same time it is right at their doorsteps,” he said. Attractions within walking distance or a short Tube ride include the British Museum, Windsor Castle, London Zoo, Camden Town, and popular tourist hubs such as the Tower of London and Big Ben.

Reflective of London’s multiculturalism, Regent’s student population is more than 3,000, representing 140 countries, while the number of study abroad students each year is about 400. This makes Regent’s an ideal location for Western New England University students to gain insights into cultures, businesses, politics, and histories beyond the UK as they form new friendships.

“Academics are the top priority, but we have everything set up so that students can easily branch out and meet new people from other countries through our clubs and frequent activities,” Mant added. The Student Union at Regent’s University plays a major role in connecting students to social events. Mant says students also have access to a robust Student Services Office, which organizes events and trips for the whole student body and helps students find out the best ways to travel alone. “We offer students an essentials guide for how to thrive in London, with helpful insights concerning things like shopping and eating.” Mant said.

To learn more about participating in the London Study Abroad program or other short-term seminar trips available to University students, visit the Study Abroad webpage.