Every summer, students and faculty travel to Harlaxton College in Grantham, England as part of Marian University’s integrative study abroad program.
An attraction within itself, Harlaxton College’s 151-room Victorian manor in the English Midlands is a picturesque location for learning and exploring while abroad.
For Professor Robert Schuttler, Clark H. Byrum School of Business, “The study abroad experience of just being there and seeing things you only see in textbooks brings the great breadth of learning into reality.”
Six faculty and 31 students stayed in England from May 9-21 as they took classes at Harlaxton College and spent many afternoons exploring London. Students were given the opportunity to take one of three classes offered abroad to fulfill cross-cultural requirements as well as credit for their specific class. Classes included The Modern British Service Economy, Mysteries of the Arts Revealed: Humanities Abroad in England, and Caring, Healing, and Self-Discovery through the Arts and Nursing.
“The opportunity to actually experience the music, art, and literature studied in the classroom is a life-changing experience,” said Jim Larner, Ph.D., professor of music and chair of the Department of Performing Arts in the Marian University School of Liberal Arts.
International business students gained hands-on experience while networking with local business owners, humanities students toured venues of famous artists and composers, and nursing students observed London’s health care practices in comparison to the United States.
Maria Schmitt said, “I feel that this course challenged my beliefs and previous assumptions about the world of international business.”
“Students see a different culture and take away an understanding of it. This is a unique aspect of their learning while on the trip” said Schuttler.
In London, students visited Westminster Abbey, the Globe Theatre of Shakespeare, the Houses of Parliament, and the house where Frideric Handel resided for over 35 years, among others. These enriching events incorporated the learning objectives from each of the classes.
“I learned so much from being in the presence of so much history in just the first few days,” said Nicholas Powell ‘15, a humanities student.
Bishop Simon Bruté Seminary student Andrew Thomas ’15 was encouraged by the wonderful conversations he had with the locals about their lives and businesses. “The best way to describe the experience of this trip is simply with a thank you. The people in England were kind and wonderful, the people on the trip were kind and wonderful, and the people presenting and teaching were kind and wonderful.”
After the Harlaxton portion of the trip, students could head back to the United States, take an optional four day stint in Paris, or continue European travels on their own.
Schmitt said, “This trip inspired me, intrigued me, and called me to a higher level of thought. Students should say yes to international travel—it is a true blessing.”
To attend next year’s trip or for more information, please contact Jim Larner, Ph.D. at firstname.lastname@example.org or Robert Schuttler at email@example.com.