Director of International Education Betsy Brewer and professors Pablo Toral and Amy Sarno visited universities in the United Kingdom over the spring break last week, to look at study abroad options for Beloiters.
"Our trip took us north to Sunderland, a former industrial center that was home to ship-building and glass manufacturing, where our students can take advantage of applied courses in media studies, journalism, and the arts, among others. The city of Sunderland has installed walking and cycling paths along the waterfront where ship-building and manufacturing used to take place. Some of the university facilities are state of the art, and the older buildings have been refurbished.
We then traveled to York to visit the University of York, which describes itself as a lovely campus on the edge of a lovely city, 20 minutes by rail from a big city (Leeds). York is college-based, with each college affiliated with one or more academic departments. A new campus, a 10-minute walk from the old one, is home to the law and business schools, media studies, and computer science. Of particular interest to Beloit students will be offerings in biology, math, economics, history, art history, archaeology (York has Viking and medieval sites), and English."
The Beloiters also visited Goldsmiths College at the University of London and the University of Essex, a research intensive university located outside Colchester, England's oldest recorded town. Their final stop was at the University of Sussex, “a university intent on reclaiming its interdisciplinary and international origins,” according to Brewer.