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Time spent abroad experiencing other cultures and gaining new knowledge has been part of the College of Arts and Science experience for thousands of alumni.

Groups of students recently traveled to Australia, Britain, China, Egypt, Germany, Greece and Canada (with Washington, D.C. thrown in for good measure) for intensive learning experiences known as Maymester. Thanks to new Global Summer Fellows Scholarships, need-based financial awards created by the Vanderbilt Student Government and the provost’s office, 25 students who otherwise would have been unable to participate experienced the four-week Maymester session or another study abroad program.

Exploring China participants at the Great Wall. In what students say was one of the most powerful experiences of the class, they also visited Tiananmen Square on the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests.

Berlin 2009 participants made a visit to St. Nikolai Church, Leipzig, Germany, center of peaceful protests against the communist regime of East Germany in 1989.

Students took time out of their Artistic Escape to London course to see the city’s iconic sights.

Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (left) met with Politics and Leadership students in Washington, D.C., led by Mark Dalhouse (center), director of Vanderbilt’s Office of Active Citizenship and Service.

Students in the Uncovering Greek Religion session gather before the Temple of Poseidon during a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity.

Conservation Biology participants experienced Australia from rainforest to barrier reef to the world-renowned sandstone formation, Uluru/Ayers Rock.

Riding camels to the pyramids of Giza was only one unforgettable adventure for students in the Egypt Culture and Society class.

photo credit: Amanda Benson, Andrea Clabough, Rachel Dyer, Andy Enkeboll, Alessandra Leemputte, Allegra Noonan, Bronwen Wickkiser

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