February 25, 2009

RSU to Hold Information Session about Studying Abroad in Wales

An information session will be held for students interested in spending a semester studying at Swansea University in Wales on Monday, March 9, at Rogers State University.

The information session will be presented at 4 p.m. in Room 205 of Preparatory Hall on the RSU campus in Claremore.

"Studying abroad is one of the most eye-opening and mind-expanding experiences a student can have," said Dr. Carolyn Taylor, RSU associate professor.

RSU students interested in studying in Wales must submit applications by March 23. Applications are available in Room 159 of the Health Sciences Building. Interviews for the study abroad program will be conducted on March 27.

RSU will send one student to Wales for the fall 2009 or spring 2010 semester as part of the Brad Henry International Scholars Program. The program is funded and coordinated by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Swansea University.

This spring, Nicholas Michael, an RSU graphic design major from Claremore, is studying at Swansea. He writes a blog about his experiences on the RSU web site at

Last fall, Desiree Mitchell, an RSU student from Elk City, Okla., spent the fall semester in Wales, where she studied history, humanities and German. While in Wales, she also completed courses online from RSU. After graduating from RSU, she plans to attend law school to become an international human rights attorney.

During their study abroad experience, both students had the opportunity to travel extensively through several European countries.

Swansea is a research university with 12,500 students, overlooking Swansea Bay on the Gower Peninsula in southwest Wales. The institution is relatively new by English standards, established in 1920 when King George V laid its foundation stone. However, its first academic building, Singleton Abbey, which was donated by the city of Swansea, is a neo-Gothic mansion dating back to 1780. In 1921, the university appointed the first woman professor at a British university. More recently, the institution was given the Times Higher Education Supplement Award for the U.K.'s Best Student Experience.

For more information, contact Dr. Taylor at 343-7627 or