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Study Abroad Program at Shepherd to Expand

McMurran Hall at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown
Cecelia Mason
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
McMurran Hall, Shepherd University

Shepherd University was awarded almost $50,000 in federal grant money to expand its study abroad program.

Charles Nieman is the Director of International Affairs at Shepherd University. He says this grant from the U.S. Department of State will enhance the school’s study abroad program, switching it from part-time to full-time.

This means students who want to study abroad through Shepherd will have a better chance at studying for longer periods instead of just four or six weeks.

“We’ll be able to reach more students and encourage them to think about a semester abroad; think about even an academic year abroad, and as we develop partnerships with other universities, those experiences will all be credit bearing,” Nieman explained. 

Shepherd is one of only 18 colleges and universities across the country nationally awarded the Capacity Building Grant for Study Abroad. 

Shepherd is also working on establishing exchange agreements with Mexico, Japan, Turkey, Scotland, and Cyprus. Shepherd is also pursuing music and theater study abroad opportunities in Cuba.

Webmaster/Eastern Panhandle Bureau Chief/Part-time Education Reporter/Producer, emccormick@wvpublic.org, 304-876-9313, @LizMcCormickWV

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