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. SCOTLAND - 2018

    Date: June 10-20, 2018

    Overview: Students will gain experience in Photography and Art while visiting a variety of castles in Scotland. While touring you will visit Edinburgh Castle, Eilean Donan, and traveling on the Jacobite Express Steam Train. 

    Courses: PGY2801C – Digital Photography I, PGY2802C, ARH2000

    Leaders: Professors Woods and Coombs

    Estimated Cost: $3500

    Partial Deposit Due: $395 Due by January 20, 2018

    Things to Consider: TBD

    CDC Recommendations:

    http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/extended_student/united-kingdom?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001

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

  2. 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.

     

  3. BONAIRE - 2018

    Date: June 16-23, 2018

    Overview: Economic Analysis – Students will  work with the Bonaire Tourism Board to conduct research for a tourism study and learn how tourism has impacted Bonaire’s economy. They will also tour historical sites on the island including the salt flats, marine park, slave huts, lighthouses, and visit the Washington Slagbaai National Park – Indian inscriptions.  Students will research tourism and conduct interviews with local divers and dive resorts.

    Courses:  GEB4376 and GEB4891

    Leader: Herb Nold & Paul Howe

    Estimated Cost: $1850

    50% Deposit Due: March 5, 2018

    Things to Consider: TBD

    CDC Recommendations:

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

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

  4. 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: February 1, 2018

    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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. ROME & FLORENCE, ITALY - 2018

    Date: July 2018

    Overview: Rome AND Florence

    Courses:  HUM2930 / REL2000

    Leader: Rosa and Russum

    Estimated Cost: $3200

    50% Deposit Due: March 1, 2018

    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.

  8. 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: $3250

    50% Deposit Due: February 1, 2018

    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.