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July 11, 2012
By Elisa Lanter, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University student Paul Poe is publishing a travelogue based on his study abroad experience this summer with the Missouri London Program, which he completed along with Northwest faculty member Jason Offutt.
The Missouri London Program, established in 1982 by Centers for Academic Programs Abroad, incorporates courses from American and British academics. Missouri universities provide faculty to instruct select courses, using their own curriculum and styles. All academic credits earned by students in the program apply to authorized course offerings at their home universities.
Poe, a sophomore psychology major from Stanberry, participated in Offutt’s travel writing class in London, which focused on developing travel writing skills and translating experiences to written stories. The course culminated with a blog-style travelogue, to be submitted to newspapers and magazines when the students returned to the U.S.
Poe’s travelogue will be published in his hometown newspaper, the Stanberry Tri-County News as well as the Student Support Services newsletter at Northwest.
“Writing the travelogue gave me an eye for travel writing and an ability to translate experiences into something people can read,” Poe said. “The writing style can vary from humorous to entertaining to informative.”
The summer program offers student apartment accommodations, classroom lectures, course-related excursions and a day trip to Stonehenge. In addition, Poe took a weekend leisure trip to Scotland.
“I would recommend this program to anyone,” Poe said. “Studying abroad can be life changing. It gives a feel for another culture, and London is a very international city.”
This was Offutt’s first time teaching in the Missouri London Program, and he said he plans to participate again in the future.
“As an instructor, the trip gave me different ways to teach things,” Offut, an instructor in the Department of Communication and Mass Media, said. “The majority of the course was taught outside of the classroom. We saw and experienced the historic sites firsthand.”
The application deadline for the spring 2014 Missouri London Program is Oct. 15. Students must be in good standing with a minimum grade-point average of 2.5. The total estimated cost is $10,394.Along with the Missouri London Program, Northwest offers many other study abroad opportunities. For more information about the study abroad programs offered, click here.
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