Baldwin The prospect of spending a semester studying in England attracted more than 50 Baker University students to a study abroad forum at the college's newly renovated Parmenter Hall on Wednesday.
Earl Kirk, study abroad coordinator and chairman of the foreign language department, said Baker has sent a group of students and one teacher to Harlaxton College each fall semester for the last two years.
Kirk and past participants of the program were on hand in Parmenter's Lincoln Room for much of the afternoon, providing literature and firsthand accounts of their Harlaxton experiences.
Harlaxton students study and live in a 100-room Victorian manor in the English Midlands, about 100 miles north of London. The college is owned and operated by the University of Evansville and sits just outside Grantham, England.
Kirk said Harlaxton offers numerous travel opportunities, in addition to student government, intramural sports and special interest clubs. He said one student who plays women's basketball at Baker helped coach the Harlaxton men's team.
"THE STUDENTS mixed very well," he said. "I was very pleased with that. They didn't stick with the group the whole time."
Schools from around the globe send students to the college, and classes are taught by professors from cooperating U.S. schools as well as by local British professors, Kirk said. He will join the Harlaxton delegation this fall to teach French and English.
The cost of participating in the program is about $1,700 more than a semester at Baker, but students with a grade point average of 2.5 or above can qualify for a $1,000 scholarship, Kirk said.
"If you can afford to be here, you can stretch a little further to go there," he said.
"As long as students are in good standing and have a recommendation from their academic adviser, they're qualified to go," he said. "Since it's in England, there's no foreign language requirement."
KIRK HAS received about 12 applications so far from students interested in spending a semester at Harlaxton.
Applications are available at Kirk's office, 103 Case Hall.
Fifteen Baker students studied at Harlaxton from late August to mid-December of 1990. Many attended Wednesday's forum with photo albums in hand to urge others to take part in the program.
"I tell everybody I can that they should go," said Eva Dunn, junior.
Brad Cox, junior, enthusiastically praised the Harlaxton program as something any Baker student would enjoy.
"If there's any way to do it, they need to do it," he said. "Be broke for the rest of your life, hit up all your relatives for money, look for sponsors, but just do it."