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Coal City student studying abroad

Piper spends fall semester at UE’s British campus

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Evansville student Arielle Piper of Coal City is spending the fall semester studying abroad at Harlaxton College, Evansville’s British campus near Grantham, England.

Piper, a sophomore majoring in Biology, is among 156 students who began classes Monday at Harlaxton, housed in a 120-room Victorian manor in the East Midlands countryside.

“For more than 40 years, studying at Harlaxton College has been a definitive part of the University of Evansville experience. Where else can students live and study in a grand manor house, travel throughout the United Kingdom and Europe on weekends, and form lasting ties with local residents?” Earl Kirk, Evansville director of study abroad, said.

“We’re thrilled to provide this transformational educational experience for students such as Arielle Piper, and we wish all of the fall 2013 Harlaxton students a semester of learning, discovery and growth.”

The Harlaxton curriculum features a core course, The British Experience, which offers an interdisciplinary introduction to British life and culture.

Literature, art history, economics, history and political science are part of the course, which combines lectures, seminars and field trips to locations such as Lincoln and London.

In addition to The British Experience, students enroll in a range of classes in the liberal arts and preprofessional studies.

Harlaxton College’s British faculty is supplemented by visiting faculty members from American institutions.

Optional weekend trips to destinations such as London, Paris, Ireland, Wales and the Lake District in northern England provide students with opportunities to engage the culture in Britain and beyond.

While at Harlaxton, students may participate in the popular Meet-a-Family program, athletics and other activities.

The University of Evansville is a private, liberal arts-based university with a full-time undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2,400.

The university’s diverse student body represents 42 states and 46 countries.

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