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Summer 2012 marked the first Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity arranged study abroad summer session at Harlaxton College, the British Campus of the University of Evansville. Taking place May 11-June 13th with optional travel, classes met Monday through Thursday with excursion opportunities on weekends. Excursions included London, York, Cambridge, Edinburgh, and Paris.
Dr. Michael Cullen taught a three semester hour upper level course in Neurobiology. Dr. Cullen, Professor at the University of Evansville, and former professor at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, ensured this class matched a graduation requirement and helped students familiarize themselves with MCAT relevant material and medical school preparation.
Nina Youssefnia, IL Beta, shares "Naturally, I thought the dissection day was incredibly fascinating and informative...I did enjoy the class field trips...and found out that bringing the course work outside of the classroom really blended the study abroadÂ experience, as was done in seeing the Wellcome Trust exhibit in London."
Kelly Ring, CA Mu, states: "I thought the exams were extremely representative to the course material and they were very fair. There were never any surprises and everything on the test was thoroughly covered. The fact sheets were a great study tool and it was useful to my learning. ..it was such an amazing summer experience!"
Students at Harlaxton College live and learn on the grounds of a 19th century English manor house in the East Midlands, the heart of historic England. They visit London which is only one hour away by any one of the 18 trains daily that serve the great capital city.
Surbhi Jain , IL Beta, says, "Harlaxton College is unreal. It is this beautiful manor located in the heart of the countryside. The inside of the manor is straight out of a movie, complete with hidden staircases and doors. The grounds and gardens are equally as beautiful! Coming to Harlaxton is ideal for anyone wanting to travel Europe. Being located in the countryside in a small town allows us to see the real England, not just the big cities of London. The manor is beautiful and full of amazing history. Also, there is a train station and airport close by so traveling is very easy."
Saif Alzwaideh, CA Mu, explains, "If I had another chance to go to Harlaxton College to study abroad, I would do it in a heartbeat. It had been the best things I have done in college and the best experience I have had in my undergraduate life. I urge everyone to go; it is worth every penny especially because after undergrad and into medical school, you will not have an opportunity to do something like this for a long time. I would recommend this study abroad experience to anyone, but especially science majors because, as a premedical student, it's difficult to study abroad and this class meets requirements and allows you to have an amazing summer, meet people outside of your school bubble and know the world for its wonders and see how other people of different cultures interact."
Marist College student, Samantha Stokes shares, "Going abroad is a concern for most science students and this opportunity is almost one of a kind. You get to have the experience of studying in a new country as well as taking a science course for credit that a US school will recognize. I have not only learned a lot about neuroscience but about myself and other cultures as well. This is truly an unbeatable experience that everyone deserves the opportunity to have and you should take advantage of it!"
Nina also wants you to know, "What makes this program so unique is not only the fact that you are studying abroad in a castle and taking a course related to pre-medical studies, but also it is the fact that you are here with your fellow PhiDE family members. It took a trip abroad for me to realize how much of an impact PhiDE has on an international scale. To get the opportunity share stories and make memories with your brothers, even if they live on the other side of the country, is truly priceless. Any study abroad opportunity will be memorable because of the travels you will do, but being with PhiDE is what makes this opportunity so special."
Jamie McDowell, Chapter President at Azusa Pacific University, says "Everyone needs to study abroad. Period. Whether it is Harlaxton or some other program, it is the best thing you could ever give do for yourself. You will grow in ways that you never knew possible and become someone you never thought you would become in the best possible way. There is so much beauty in the world and so much to be discovered. England is so rich in scientific history and I saw things I could have never seen anywhere else. For example, I saw drawings straight from the pen of Cajal, one of the most influential neurobiologists of all time. I am still in awe of the things I have been able to see and learn in England."