Concord University Offers Study Abroad Program in England in Summer 2006

For Immediate Release: 
Nov 03 2005

Concord University Offers Study Abroad Program in England in Summer 2006

Athens, W.Va. - The David R. Bard Study Abroad Program provides an opportunity for college and university students to travel and study in the United Kingdom and earn six hours of credit from Concord University. The next three-week program begins July 19 and concludes August 10, 2006. It will be based at Schiller University in London and includes trips to Scotland and Wales and an optional weekend in Paris.

The Program costs $3,900 per student and includes travel, room and board, tuition, some miscellaneous expenses and pocket money. Students who opt for the final weekend in Paris should expect to add approximately $400 to the cost of the trip.

Dr. David Bard developed the Program in 1978. Despite Bard’s recent retirement from the University, the Program continues and was recently named in his honor.

“I was concerned in the 1970s that students did not have the broad-based experience generally considered typical for a college-educated student, noted Dr. Bard. “I was shocked when I discovered that many students had not even been out of West Virginia. Even today, it is more true that we would like to think. To me, the opportunity to take students to visit a foreign culture for a summer of study abroad has proven its worth over the years. The group experience is really valuable. The students learn how to function, live and work in a foreign culture.”

Dr. James White, associate professor of political science, and Dr. Joseph Manzo, professor of geography, will be facilitating the study abroad course in 2006. The program will include morning lectures, afternoon trips to points of interest in downtown London, and evening cultural events, including trips to the theater. The course content will focus on British history, theater, and culture. The reading portion of the class will be completed during the spring semester and the lecture portion of the class will be conducted in England.

“Thanks to Professor Bard's leadership, hundreds of students have benefited from this Study Abroad Program during the last quarter century. He has developed a curriculum that balances classroom and experiential learning at the lowest possible cost. Professor Manzo and I are looking forward to carrying on the tradition with twenty university students this summer,” said Dr. White.

Interested persons are asked to contact Dr. White or Dr. Manzo as soon as possible due to a limited enrollment of 20 students. A $100 deposit is required to make a reservation. A $500 payment will be due on December 1, 2005, and a second payment of $1,000 will be due on March 15, 2006.

For more information, contact Dr. White at 1-800-344-6679 extension 6061, 1-304-384-6061, or, or Dr. Manzo at 1-800-344-6679, extension 5208, 1-304-384-5208, or


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.

Jesse Call, a junior majoring in political science and history departments, wrote this press release. His hometown is Pocahontas, Va.