The modernist cathedral La Sagrada Familia designed by Antonio Gaudi, people watching along the famed boulevard Las Ramblas, laundry dangling on lines strung across waterfront buildings in the neighborhood of Barceloneta, and the medieval Gothic cathedral tucked away in the city’s old quarter. These are just a few of the sights which unfolded in front of 10 Elizabeth City State University students when they made a trek to Barcelona, Spain earlier this year.
Trips abroad such as this one to Barcelona have been a regular feature for ECSU students interested in seeing the world. According to Dr. Mary-Lynn Chambers, who hosted this latest journey, students have visited a number of countries, including most recently London, England, and look forward to touring parts of Eastern Europe next year.
“The trip was a wonderful opportunity for the students to gain a more global perspective that expanded their knowledge of a country, and what it means to travel abroad,” said Chambers. “It opened their eyes to new opportunities that are available to them in the global marketplace.”
Chambers says that the travel abroad program not only provides students with new experiences, but also lessons. If ECSU students choose, they can earn an academic credit as long as they are willing to do the extra work involved, says Chambers.