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Students interested in spending this summer satisfying a long-frustrated wanderlust and, at the same time, continuing their academic activities will find almost unlimited fields of opportunity before them in the line of summer schools abroad.
All that us needed is most cases to qualify for these opportunities are a high school diploma, passport, smallpox, vaccination, and from $750 to $1000 to cover expenses, since there are almost no scholarships available.
Approximately 120 schools in Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the Near East will offer a wide scope of courses. On the agenda is everything from study of the Gregorian chant to Cuban flora and fauna, Shakespearean drama to Greek Arvin archeology.
Almost every large city of importance or cultural significance in Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Spain is represented by institutions giving summer work for foreign students. France, with 21 such groups. England, with 16, and Canada, with 14, offer the greatest number of schools to choose from.
Other countries with such facilities are: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Germany (American, British, and French zones), Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Israel.
The majority of the universities in these countries would offer primarily standard courses in the language and culture of the people. As a rule, science, business, and technical courses are not given, though there are notable exceptions.
Foreign institutions do not use the American credit system. A student wishing recognition of credit in this country must make prior arrangements with the dean of his own college or university.
The era of "working one's way" to Europe is over. 1950, a Holy Year, promises to be a crowded one for steamship lines, but it is expected that special student transportation will again be available during the summer. As soon as the program is announced it will be given wide publicity through travel agencies and newspapers.
The only scholarships for the summer appear to the from the Czechoslovak Ministry of Education, the Hague Academy of International Law, the University of San Andres in Bolivia, the Institute para a Alta Cultura in Lisbon, Portugal, the British Summer School Program, and (for teaching) the American Academy in Rome. Several of these require college degrees. There are no scholarships for summer study under the provisions of the Fulbright Act.
Since most foreign universities do not provide dormitory space, students will have to find rooms in boarding houses or with families. Schools usually provide lists of those available. Tuition costs vary, but in general are lower than those in the United States.
Full information on courses offered, application deadlines, and procedure, are available at the Institute of International Education, 2 West 45th Street, New York City.
Other summer projects abroad, such as study tours, work groups, and reconstruction jobs, are under the jurisdiction of the National Student Association, 304 North Park Street, Madison 5, Wisconsin, and Youth Service Projects, 203 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, 1, Illinois.
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