August 9, 2007
Students cruise for credit
Augusta, Ga. – Earning college credit while spending a week in the Caribbean may sound like a dream, but it is one that has come true for Augusta State University students. Cruising for Credit is a new offering from the Study Abroad Program that allows students to spend the week before Christmas on a cruise in the Caribbean to earn class credits toward their degree.
The cruising class will depart from Charleston, S.C., on Dec. 15 and visit ports of call such as Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Key West, Fla., before returning to Charleston on Dec. 22. And if earning credit wasn’t enough, at $750, Cruising for Credit is the least expensive study abroad program ASU has ever offered.
“This is such a unique and useful program for our students because it allows them to experience wonderful parts of the world that are relatively nearby and learn from that in a relaxing atmosphere,” says Holly Carter, assistant vice president for International Affairs.
Students have the choice of gaining credit for two, one-hour classes while on the cruise. Writing on the High Seas: Travel Articles from the Caribbean allows students to write about their experiences with the ports of call, shipboard activities, and the people and cultures they encounter. The results will be published in a special section of The Bell Ringer, ASU’s student newspaper. Wellness Selected Topics, the second class, includes instruction in activities like badminton, shuffle board, volleyball, walking, and swimming while on the cruise.
Participating students will be housed in a shared room on the Norwegian Majesty, of the Norwegian cruise line fleet. This ship has a variety of restaurants, fitness, and entertainment opportunities. The price of the trip includes all meals and services, field trips in the ports of call, and an International Student Identity Card.
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