One hallmark of the Flinn Scholarship is two funded study-abroad experiences—a two-week group summer seminar and a destination chosen by the Flinn Scholar.
In the summer after their freshman year, the Scholars travel as a class to an international destination.
In the summer of 2022, the Flinn Scholars group seminar was held in France for the first time.
Scholars will spend time in Paris before traveling to Strasbourg, a city on the Rhine River on the German border, and then Montpellier in the south of France near the Mediterranean Sea.
The seminar program, “Water Sustainability in the Face of Extreme Events,” will include lectures and group discussions on the history of water and wastewater management, stormwater management, and water-based urban ecological infrastructure planning. Scholars will also visit these historic and scholarly cities, including urban research sites in Strasbourg, the Rohrschollen Island restoration project, and a field trip to explore rivers. The trip is being coordinated in France by Customized Educational Programs Abroad.
The first Flinn Scholar group seminars were held in Hungary and Romania. The program later shifted to China, where Scholars divided time between the capital city of Beijing and a rural province. The 2022 seminar in France will be the first since 2019, with two separate group seminars taking place for the 2020 and 2021 Flinn Scholars.
The seminar strengthens community among the Scholars while helping them build skills and preparing them to travel confidently and wisely in more independent settings.
In addition to the summer seminar, Scholars individually choose at least one other travel experience during their undergraduate years. Options include semester exchanges, language study, and volunteer opportunities that will enrich and complement their academic programs.
Study abroad complements and broadens a Scholar’s academic program and provides an opportunity to experience the culture and history of other locales and people. Study-abroad experiences for Flinn Scholars can range from a summer to a semester to a year.
The Flinn Scholars have traveled all over the world while undergraduates, spending time on all seven continents, in countries rich and poor, and in cities large and small.
And have amazing stories to share.
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