Students and Faculty Participate in 2014 London Program
Six students – a mix of Communication/Journalism and Business majors – returned from a two-week journey at the end of January as part of the International Travel-Study Program to London, a joint study-abroad program organized by Cayuga Community College (CCC) with students from various local colleges. Dr. Jack Rosenberry, Chair of the Media and Communication Department, accompanied the students on the trip and taught a media course in the program.
While there, the students take one three-credit course, and take many non-credit hours of sightseeing! Robert Barlow, a senior Communication/Journalism major, said he was interested in the trip because it sounded like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, especially for the price.
“I did a little research and figured out that we would get a chance to see and do so many different things in just two weeks, as well as receive 3 credits, it was a no-brainer,” he said.
This trip was the first time Barlow had ever studied abroad, and was in fact the first time he had traveled to any other countries besides Canada. But he said that between the professors and other students on the trip, they made their own "home away from home" for the two weeks.
The group stayed at the Raddison Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt in Central London, a unique hotel that was converted from ten 19th century townhouses into one large hotel. They were stationed just minutes from the Tube (subway), restaurants, shopping, cultural attractions, and nightlife.
Barlow participated in the “Media: The British Experience” class group, where they learned about the similarities and differences between American and British media. They had an opportunity to take a tour of the BBC, stopped at the British Film Institute Film Library, took a backstage tour and saw a play at the National Theatre, and attended a taping of a local television show. In addition, they saw the Oscar-nominated film, “Gravity,” on Europe's largest IMAX screen.
Outside of the educational sightseeing visits, the group also took in landmarks including Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace (where they watched the changing of the guard), Westminster Abbey, Stonehenge, Greenwich, and Abbey Road. It's impossible to pick a favorite.
“The history found at Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace is unlike anything I have ever seen. Two of my favorites were going to Stonehenge and seeing the Prime Meridian line - where you can stand on the Eastern and Western hemispheres of the earth at the same time. I could spend days at the markets found all over London. The food and shopping is never ending,” Barlow noted.
Robert Barlow (far left) crossing Abbey Road.