Tuesday, June 23, 2015

HU set to blanket the globe over summer break

HU set to blanket the globe over summer break

The Hampton University International Office is sending a record number of HU students abroad this summer.

"There is a lot of students who are either abroad now or are departing this summer," said Ebony Majeed, International Office Director.  "It is going to be our largest summer since the creation of this office in Fall 2009."

HU will have 48 students studying abroad in 12 countries on five continents. Some students will be traveling in large groups, while others will be trekking the global  alone. 

HU Senior Regina Porter-Johnson
Regina Porter-Jordan, a senior architecture major, will be traveling to various parts France as a part of the Department of Architecture’s Urban Study Abroad summer session. During this session all Architecture majors are required to travel abroad after completing their third year. 

HU’s three winners of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship will also be studying abroad.  Juniors Rashad Williams, Justin Alvis and Leana Camille will use the prestigious scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to travel the globe this summer and fall.
HU Juniors Rashad Williams, Leana Camille, Justin Alvis (left to right)

Williams, a political science and communications double major from Raleigh, NC, will be spending the summer in Shanghai, China with the Center for Academic Study Abroad Global Cities Program and studying at East China Normal University. 

Camille, a political science major from St. Albans, NY, will travel to Thessaloniki, Greece and work with International Study Abroad and study at The American College of Thessaloniki.

Alvis, a strategic communications major from Cleveland, Ohio, will be in London, working with American Institute of Foreign Study and studying at The American International University - Richmond. 

“I chose China as my destination because I want to immerse myself in a culture that challenges me to escape my comfort zone,” said Williams. “I have never been out of the country, so I figured the best location to study was one that is over 7,000 miles away from home. Also, China is a great place to gain competitive work experience because of its leading economy and powerful government system."

Hampton University will make its presence felt in the international community this summer as students from various majors will visit countries that include: Spain, Italy, Brazil, Zambia, Greece, South Africa, Germany, Japan, England and more.

Are you studying or traveling abroad this summer? Let us know by using the hashtag #HUWorld when posting your pictures to social media. 

M.A. White - '10