This past summer, CLAS faculty and students participated in a record-number of UF study abroad programs in France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Russia, England, Morocco, Israel, Mexico, Brazil and China. The explosion of interest in study abroad programs and the careful crafting of our own UF-sponsored programs respond to the interest--and the need--for today's students to be conversant with other cultures and languages in an increasingly multi-cultural world.
The largest number of students--44 in all--studied in the new UF in Provence program with sites in both Avignon (for French language, literature and culture courses) and in Aix-en-Provence where courses were offered in French and in English. At both sites, students were hosted by local families and visited many historical and archaeological sites in the south of France.
Next in popularity was the Rome program, now in its fifth year, which attracted 36 students to the Italian capitol to study Italian, Anthropology of Religion, or Etruscan and Roman Art History. Classes were supplemented with field trips to Florence and Pompeii and a number of on-site lectures at museums, churches and synagogues. The Rome program is a joint CLAS/College of Fine Arts venture.
The fifteen-year-old Merida program in the Yucatan drew 30 UF students to study either Tropical Ecology or Anthropology of the Yucatan while taking intensive Spanish courses at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels.