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First Year Experience Exploration


The College of Charleston’s First Year Experience is designed to help students “go further faster.” Our newly developing study abroad programs for first year students are designed to challenge students to further explore a topic related to their FYE course choice. These academic programs will broaden the student's initial experience in a seminar or learning community and allow them to explore an area of strong interest early in their college career.  Ultimately, the programs aim to demonstrate the benefits of study abroad experiential learning and encourage students to make plans early to undertake a more extensive study abroad experience later in their college career.

Our 2013 offerings will be the UK Football Experience 2013, Biomedical Science in Berlin 2013, The Business of Culture: Moliere to Today FYSM, and a service Learning trip to Costa Rica.  For more information see the individual course tabs.

UK Soccer Experience 2012

The UK Soccer Experience 2012 was our inaugural first year abroad program created by Bruce Fleming (New Student Programs), Jimmie Foster (Admissions), and Cam Saleeby (Admissions).  The course was an experiential learning opportunity that combined book-based discussions with real-world learning in a global setting. Prior to the trip, Freshmen examined the cultural, socioeconomic, and historical impact of soccer in England through an exploration of the book Soccernomics.  The course culminated with a travel abroad experience where students toured stadiums, met with academics and club administrators, and experienced English “football” in action. 

The Business of Culture - Paris 2012

This particular course, The Business of Culture: Moliere to Today, is an FYSM that explores the current environment, opportunities, and cultural differences between US and France and the history of French business and the business of culture. Major topics include the exploring opportunities, understanding customs, defining customer preferences in the context of culture.  The course is taught by Dr. David Desplace from the School of Business.