Summer 2015 Honors Study Abroad Program


The Summer 2015 Honors Study Abroad Program will be sponsored by West Chester. Students will explore strategies that leaders employ as they seek the establsihment of peace, reflect on their own gifts of leadership, and apply these gifts to the community. Students will also learn about the impact of natural and anthropogenic climate change in the nrothern hemisphere over the past thousand years.

For more detailed information, check out the following.
West Chester University Summer Study Abroad Brochure: here
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The course titles and descriptions are given in the brochure.
Course Syllabi:
A Nobel Idea: The Norway Experience for Promoting Peace and Developing Leaders
Climate Change, Human Migrations, and the Moral and Political Challenges of the Twenty-First Century

Eligibility: All Honors students in good standing are eligible to apply, except those students who have previously participated in a Summer Study Abroad Honors Program. Freshmen Honors students who will have completed 15 credits by the end of the Fall 2013 semester may apply. Applicants must commit to return to BU in the Fall 2014 and must additionally commit to remain in the Honors Program.

Good Standing: This is a relative, somewhat subject phrase, and good standing varies, depending upon your year. To be in good standing, an Honors student must have a GPA above 3.00. The following general rules also apply.

Freshman: Completed one Honors course by the end of this semester (does not include Honors Composition).

Sophomore: Completed at least three Honors courses by the end of this academic year and involved in service to the Honors Program and university.

Junior: Completed at least four Honors courses by the end of the academic year, currently enrolled in or completed Introduction to Research, significantly involved in service to the Honors Program and university.

Senior: Must be graduating in December 2014. Completed at least four Honors courses by the end of the academic year, completing HIS and plan to finish by graduation in December, significantly involved in service to the Honors Program and university.

Application Procedure

(1) Complete the application here. This is the first page of your application.
(2) Complete the Waiver Form here. This form must be completed and included with your application. Applicants must provide individual proof of insurance.
(3) Write a brief (no more than two pages) personal essay indicating interest in this program and specifically how this opportunity will benefit you and the Honors Program. Please use the title: Summer Honors Program: The Canadian Maritimes: Geological Wonders Living From The Land and Sea.
(4) Write a separate, short essay (no more than two pages) describing your involvement in the Honors Program. Specifically, describe in detail the Honors courses (including independent study) completed with additional appropriate comments, and Honors activities including field trips, service, and social events. Please include information about any other significant service activities at Bloomsburg University. Please use the title: Honors Portfolio.

Additional BU Requirement: BU Honors students must also commit to return to Bloomsburg University, remain active in the Honors Program, and present a summary of your experience at the first general meeting of the Honors Program in the Fall. Successful applicants will be asked to sign a letter of commitment indicating these stipulations.

Deadline: Completed applications are due in the Honors Center by Friday, November 15, 4:00 pm. Applications will be reviewed by the Honors Advisory Committee. Two scholarship recipients and two alternates will be selected by January 24, 2014.

Notes: Students are strongly recommended to apply for a passport in conjunction with their application in order to receive this document in a timely manner. Each student selected to participate in this program will receive a scholarship covering the cost of tuition, room and board, travel and transportation for required field trips. Students should bring extra money to cover meals not provided by the program, incidental expenses, and optional travel or entertainment. There may also a mandatory program orientation at Mansfield University.

Previous Honors Summer Study Abroad Programs


The Bloomsburg University Honor Program is a community of students and faculty with strong academic, social, and service aspirations.


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Phone: (570) 389-5481
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