The Early Disbursement For Study Abroad Students experiment- permits Polk State College to disburse Direct Loan funds for some students enrolled in approved study abroad programs as early as 30 days prior to the first day of classes of the student’s enrollment for the loan period.

2017-2018 Study Abroad Trips

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To register, please contact Kim Simpson at ksimpson@polk.edu.

  1. GUADELOUPE - 2017 (FULL)

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    Date: November 16- 25, 2017

    Overview: Students will gain experience in Environmental Sciences while visiting Guadeloupe. Polk State students will work with student from the University of Antilles to collect water samples using robotic remote controlled vehicles, analyze the samples and record data. 

    Courses: ESC1000, EVR1000C, BSC1311C, BSC1930 (12 week courses – Starting 9/18/17)

    Leader: Professors Maier and Whitcomb

    Estimated Cost: $1400

    Deposit Due: $300 due by September 1, 2017

    Partial Scholarships Available: Up to (9) Students, scholarships range from $500-$1500 based on financial need and academic preparation.

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    GUADELOUPE – Environmental Science Program

    Deadline: August 1, 2017. Partial scholarships available towards the Polk State College Guadeloupe Environmental Science study abroad program, November 2017.

    SCHOLARSHIP DESCRIPTION: (9) Award recipients will receive scholarships for the science study abroad program to the Guadeloupe, November 16 – 25, 2017. Recipients must take BSC1311C, EVR1001C, or OCE2001C with the study abroad program and have it count towards their degree. Award values range from $500 – $1400 depending on financial need. Passport fee, course tuition and spending money is not included.

    • Take one of these courses, EVR1000C, BSC1311C or OCE2001C with the study abroad program.
    • Academic standing of 2.0 or higher.
    • Participant must write a 300-500 word essay  regarding why they wish to receive the scholarship and how this trip will benefit their life and career.
    • Fill out both forms attached below & essay and send to ksimpson@polk.edu or drop off at LTB1267 by August 1, 2017.

    Guadeloupe-Scholarship-Application

    Education-Abroad-FA-Needs-Form-Guadeloupe

    Things to Consider: Walking 3-5 miles per day, some travel will be in boats (bring Dramamine for motion sensitivity), swimming and snorkeling may be required (Practice ALL Gear) and hiking up steep inclines.

    CDC Recommendations:

    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/guadeloupe?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

    To register, contact Kim at ksimpson@polk.edu or at 863-669-4917.

  2. MEXICO - 2017 & 2018 INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP

    Date: March 5-25, 2018

    Overview: Students will live with homestay families and intern at local businesses. Internship fields include: business, education, healthcare, NGO, sports, and ESOL.

    Courses: AS Practicum/ MAN4940/SLS2930

    Leaders: Matina Wagner

    Estimated Cost: $2000

    50% Deposit Due: December 13, 2017 

    Things to Consider: TBD

    CDC Recommendations:

    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/mexico?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

    To register, contact Kim at ksimpson@polk.edu or at 863-669-4917.

  3. LONDON, ENGLAND - 2018

    Date: March 24-30, 2018

    Overview: Healthcare & Nursing

    Courses:  HSC3624

    Leader: Dale Anderson

    Itinerary: EFCST.COM/1955161NF

    Estimated Cost: $3520-$3695

    50% Deposit Due: TBD

    Things to Consider: TBD

    CDC Recommendations:

    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/united-kingdom?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

    To register, contact Kim at ksimpson@polk.edu or at 863-669-4917.

  4. PARIS, FRANCE - 2018

    Date: March 25 – April 1, 2018

    Overview: Humanities / Literature

    Courses:  HUM2020 / LIT1000

    Leader: Morris and Heintz

    Estimated Cost: $2400

    50% Deposit Due: December 1, 2017

    Things to Consider: TBD

    CDC Recommendations:

    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/united-kingdom?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

    To register, contact Kim at ksimpson@polk.edu or at 863-669-4917.

  5. SPAIN - 2018

    Date: May 7-17, 2018

    Overview: Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Costa del Sol, Seville, Madrid

    Courses:  SPN2930 (3 credits) Special Topics in Spanish

    Leader: Thelma Chicas

    Itinerary: EFCST.COM/1992040RU

    Estimated Cost: $3560-$3875

    50% Deposit Due: TBD

    Things to Consider: TBD

    CDC Recommendations:

    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/spain?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

    To register, contact Kim at ksimpson@polk.edu or at 863-669-4917.

     

    Thelma Chicas Biography:

    I was born in El Salvador in Central America. In 1991, due to the Civil War in my country, I moved to San Francisco, California. I am now married and have a twenty one year old daughter who is a student at USF. I graduated from Polk Community College with honors in 2005 and in 2010, I obtained my Bachelor degree in Science from Florida Southern College. After substituting my mentor in one of her classes, I discovered my passion for teaching and decided to pursue my Master Degree in Education. I received my Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Foreign Language Education from the University of South Florida in 2013.

    I am currently working on my Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Florida Southern College. I am planning to graduate in the spring of 2019. I hold a teacher certification K-12 in Foreign Language Education; IB Spanish Certification and AP Spanish Certification. My work experience includes 10 years teaching Spanish at different levels: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, IB Spanish, AP Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature; Spanish for Business and Spanish at the College Level.

    I have participated in many conferences and workshops related to Foreign Language Education: La Cosecha (Dual Language Education), ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). My work experience at Polk State College includes: Program Coordinator, Foreign Language Professor, Professor Spanish Honors Program, and Advisor for the International Circle (Because Everyone is International). My teaching philosophy is to provide my students with the necessary tools for learning, hands on activities, multiple opportunities, instructional technology, and the application of strategies and educational methods proven effective in foreign language education. My Main focus is to embrace ethnicity, culture and diversity in a caring learning environment and to grant the personal attention necessary to help my students achieve their educational goals.

    My extracurricular activities include: Member of the Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, Member of the Cultural Affairs Committee, and AP Spanish Language Examiner for the College Board. Also, dancing, cooking and spending time with my family.

     

  6. MARSEILLE & PARIS, FRANCE - 2018

    Date: May 7 – 18, 2018

    Overview: Humanities / French

    Courses:  HUM2930 / FRE2930

    Leader: Barberet and Jones

    Estimated Cost: $3000

    50% Deposit Due: December 1, 2017

    Things to Consider: TBD

    CDC Recommendations:

    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/united-kingdom?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

    To register, contact Kim at ksimpson@polk.edu or at 863-669-4917.

  7. ITALY & GREECE- 2018

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    Date: May 14-23, 2018

    Overview: Rome, Sorrento, Delphi, Athens

    Courses:  HUM2020 / LIT2120 / LIT1000 / ENC1102

    Leader: Faten Morris

    Itinerary: EFCST.COM/1943825EY

    Estimated Cost: $3556-$3856

    50% Deposit Due: TBD

    Things to Consider: TBD

    CDC Recommendations:

    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/greece?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/italy?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

    To register, contact Kim at ksimpson@polk.edu or at 863-669-4917.

  8. FARNBOROUGH AIR SHOW - ENGLAND - 2018

    Date: July 15-22, 2018

    Overview: Students will attend the Farnborough Air Show and gain experience in aerospace and trade in Farnborough and London, England. This program will include historical and cultural aspects of the city.

    Courses: TBD

    Leaders: Professor Crump

    Estimated Cost: TBD

    50% Deposit Due:  TBD

    Things to Consider:

    · Will be sharing a room with one other participant

    · Walk 3-5 miles per day, long periods of standing

     

    CDC Recommendations: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/united-kingdom?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

    To register, contact Kim at ksimpson@polk.edu or at 863-669-4917.

  9. ROME & FLORENCE, ITALY

    Date: July 2018

    Overview: Rome AND Florence

    Courses:  HUM2930 / REL2000

    Leader: Rosa and Russum

    Estimated Cost: TBD

    50% Deposit Due: TBD

    Things to Consider: TBD

    CDC Recommendations:

    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/italy?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

    To register, contact Kim at ksimpson@polk.edu or at 863-669-4917.

  10. CENTRAL EUROPE - 2018

    Date: July 2018

    Overview: Students will gain experience in Art, Ceramics, and Music while touring Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; and Berlin, Germany. This program will include historical and cultural aspects of the 3 cities. Students will tour the Berlin Wall, Museum Island, Meissen Porcelain, State Opera, and many other sites involving art, ceramics and music.

    Courses:  TBD

    Leader: Scoggins, Coombs, Manzi

    Estimated Cost: TBD

    50% Deposit Due: TBD

    Things to Consider: TBD

    CDC Recommendations:

    Germany

    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/germany?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

    Austria

    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/austria?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

    Czech Republic

    https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/czech-republic?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-leftnav-traveler

     

    To register, contact Kim at ksimpson@polk.edu or at 863-669-4917.