CLA programs give students plenty of study abroad options

CLA programs give students plenty of study abroad options

Twelve Auburn University students recently returned after experiencing the opportunity of a lifetime in London.

Dr. Susan Waters, from the Department of Communication and Journalism in the College of Liberal Arts, created and ledstudent at a table the two-week study abroad program in London that not only provided students three credits for the course, international public relations, but also left them with unique and unforgettable memories. In addition to planned class time, the students visited with public relations firms and public relations departments within a variety of corporations, such as the premier public relations firm Ogilvy and Mather, newspaper publisher The Daily Mirror and the grocery retailer Sainsbury’s. The students learned about marketing, public relations, journalism and communication from a business perspective and blogged about their experiences at

“The primary purpose for being in London was to experience another culture and to be exposed to the professional world of public relations,” Waters said.students

In addition to the direct public relations opportunities the students were involved in, they also took in the sights and popular landmarks the United Kingdom has to offer. These included taking a bus tour to Bath and Stonehenge; riding the London Eye; mastering the London Underground Tube; touring Oxford, Hampton Court Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and Trafalgar Square; watching the Changing of the Guard; seeing “The Tempest” at the Shakespeare Globe Theater and the Spice Girls inspired “Viva Forever” at the Piccadilly Theater; shopping at Harrod’s and the vast array of stores on Oxford Street, in Spitalfields Market and Covent Garden; enjoying a sublime high tea at Kensington Palace; taking in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum and the unique National Portrait Gallery; and  enjoying a full sampling of culinary treats offered by a variety of restaurants. A day trip to Paris via the 186 mph high-speed Eurostar train provided a fascinating change of scenery and culture for the group.    

Hannah Berryhill, junior public relations major, wrote, “I still can't believe I had such an amazing opportunity with the public relations department to see the world.” 

studentsAnna Beth Jager, pictured left, also a junior in public relations and new intern for the Office of External Affairs, blogged, “It’s real now, no longer simply pictures on a poster or images on a movie screen. We left our own world behind and took a different culture head on, not knowing exactly what to expect, and left understanding the immense differences between two seemingly similar countries.”

Katie Beck, a senior in public relations, summed up the group’s experience: “I met so many great people, learned so many things and had an experience that I will never forget!”

The College of Liberal Arts continues to provide students with study abroad experiences through several established programs and new endeavors. The Department of English, for example, recently sent 21 students to Central London to study at Regent’s University. This program is in its sixth year and their excursions are being chronicled on Facebook here.  

Recently 40 members of the Auburn University Singers were led by Dale Farmer, of the Music Department, to embark upon a 10-day performance tour of Europe. They visited Brussels, Paris, Strasburg, Munich and Salzburg with performances in Brussels, at Palais de la Femme in Paris, at La Scène, Espace Cultural Pfaffenhoffen near Strasbourg, in Salzburg at the Heckentheater of Mirabell Gardens and in Munich at the BlackBox Theater of Gasteig. The group experienced cultural and sightseeing tours in each city and were joined by several other Auburn faculty, including dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Anna Gramberg; chair of the Music Department Chair, Sara Lynn Baird; and members of the Dean's Advisory Council.

As an established program, our Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures sends about 200 students abroad every summer. This year, the students will be visiting Costa Rica, Vienna, Italy, France, and Spain. Students stay in a variety of living quarters including in dorms, with host families, in residence halls and in boarding houses. These trips are all led by CLA faculty and are a duration of 4-5 weeks each, which allows students to fully experience the languages and cultures of the host countries in an immersion setting.

For more information on these programs, please email the following contacts:

Public relations study abroad program in London – Dr. Susan Waters.

Department of English study abroad program in London at Regent’s University – Dr. Craig Bertolet or Dr. Anna Riehl Bertolet.

Auburn University Singers in Europe – Dale Farmer

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures study abroad programs


Editor's note: Dr. Susan Waters contributed to this report

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