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European Studies Program Returns For 2008

January 4, 2008

An OBU tradition from the 1970s is returning in the summer of 2008, as the University offers students an opportunity to study abroad in Europe.

"Through the European Studies Program, OBU will provide students exposure to European culture, arts and history. Program participants also will have the chance to gain a better understanding of the art of western civilization, and of the Reformation and modern church history, according to Gene King, associate professor of business, who has worked with Dr. Kaylene Barbe, director of study abroad programs, to create the program.

"Students will discover how Europeans see the world, some of the challenges Europe is facing and how Europe impacts our lives in the United States and in other parts of the world," said King.

The four-week study abroad program allows students the option to earn up to six hours of academic credit. Three courses will be offered for the summer of 2008. History of Christianity: Reformation and Modern (REL 2543, cross-listed with History and also available as a History elective), taught by Dr. Jerry Faught; Arts and Ideas (FNAR 2163), taught by Dr. Carolyn Cole; and Literature of the Western World II (ENGL 2053), also taught by Cole, will be conducted during the overseas journey. Independent studies in literature also are available through the program.

The OBU team will depart Oklahoma City May 19 and return on June 12. The group will be based at the Chateau de Pourtales in Strasbourg, France, for two weeks. Students also will spend three days in both Berlin and Paris. Other cities to be visited include Germany's Wittenberg, Wurzburg, Baden-Baden, Erfurt, and Buchenwald concentration camp, as well as Colmar, France.

Total cost for the 2008 European Studies Program is $4,950, which includes tuition, airfare, lodging, ground transportation, entry fees and 25 meals. The group is limited to 20 students.

A non-refundable $250 deposit is due by February 18, 2008. Students may download the ESP2008 application from the OBU website and pay deposits at the OBU cashier's window in Thurmond Hall.

For more information, please contact Barbe at 405.878.2348 or