New International Program Expands Semester Abroad Choices for Juniors BURLINGTON, VT – Champlain College is expanding its international study abroad program with the fall opening of Champlain College Dublin, a new program that will offer juniors the chance to spend a semester studying in the heart of Irelands economic, administrative and cultural center. The official grand opening of Champlain College Dublin is Sept. 22 and will be marked by a reception attended by Champlain College President David F. Finney, members of the Colleges Board of Trustees, students, local officials and Dublin dignitaries. “This is another way to offer Champlain students an international perspective and prepare them to be global professionals,” said Dr. Lynda Reid, director of recruiting for Champlain Abroad. The program also offers a similar program in Montreal, which opened in September 2007. Both international Champlain College programs provide students with an intimate academic setting in which to experience the local culture while taking classes taught by Champlain College faculty. “Almost half of Ireland’s 4.5 million people are under the age of 28, giving Dublin an active, energetic, non-stop pace. The economic growth that has been fueled by a booming communications technology sector has made Dublin a magnet for high-tech professionals from all over the world. It is a natural location for us since the economic drivers match our academic programs so well,” Finney said. “Courses will include a range of professional, liberal arts and interdisciplinary options. All courses are based on Champlain requirements and adapted to take advantage of all that Dublin has to offer,” Reid noted. Originally founded as a Viking settlement, Dublin is a city steeped in ancient Celtic heritage. Since medieval times Dublin has been the hub of much of Ireland’s history. Today, Dublin serves as Ireland’s economic, administrative and cultural center. “Since Dublin’s leading employers are Microsoft, Dell, Intel and Google, students in Champlain’s Business and Information Technology may be particularly attracted to this experience,” she noted. Dr. Stephen Robinson, a British-born, Canadian-trained geographer with degrees from the University of Waterloo, Queens University and a Ph.D from McGill University in Montreal, has been named director of Champlain College Dublin. “I believe that all students should take advantage of studying abroad to expand their horizons, experience immersion in a different culture and understand a bit more about the world around them,” Robinson said. The importance of international experiences for students is underscored by an economic development trip planned for Nov. 15-20 led by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). He plans to bring representatives from small- to medium-sized U.S. exporters to explore the Irish market through the U.S. Commercial Service group and Vermont Global Trade Partnership. Plans are in the works for Champlain College Dublin students to meet and interact with the members of that trip. Champlain College also offers grants to its full-time faculty members to spend professional development time traveling during the summer for research projects that bring international awareness and experiences into the Burlington campus classrooms. A group of faculty visited the Middle East in 2008 and plans for 2009 include visits to China. Courses offering interaction with the Dublin community include Brand and Account Management, Global Business Career Experience and Cybercrime. General education courses include Cultural Immersion Through the Arts, Modern Irish History, Global Environmental Earth Science, and Contemporary World Issues to name a few. Other Champlain online courses will be available to students who satisfy the curriculum requirements and have special program needs. A full co- and extra- curricular program compliments the Champlain Abroad experience, Reid said. Activities at the Dublin campus will include market visits, museums, exploring city landmarks, and tours of the traditional Irish countryside, castles, cathedrals and festivals. Champlain College Dublin Centre comprises two buildings, including the Academic Center on 43 Lower Leeson St. and a residence hall. The Academic Center is close to St. Stephens Green and in the heart of Dublins Georgian office district and located directly on major bus lines. The five-story historic Georgian building has four classrooms, a computer lab and a comfortable lounge for students to relax. “The academic center in Dublin is a substantial building with potential for growth in the number of students participating,” Reid added. The College hopes to have between 30 and 40 students in the spring program and anticipates opening the program to non-Champlain College students in Fall of 2009.For more information The registration deadline for studying in Dublin during Spring semester 2009 is Oct. 15. For more information about cost, housing and academic requirements, visit www.champlain.edu/Champlain-Abroad.html(link is external). Or contact Dr. Lynda Reid, Director of Champlain Abroad Recruiting, (802) 860-2742, [email protected](link sends e-mail).Champlain College was founded in 1878 and currently has 2,000 undergraduate students. It is ranked 12th in the top tier of Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the North by 2009 America’s Best Colleges. The College is a leader in educating students to become skilled practitioners, effective professionals and global citizens. Champlain College also offers study abroad programs with campuses in Dublin, Ireland and Montreal, Quebec and extensive online and continuing professional education. To learn more about Champlain College, visit www.champlain.edu(link is external).