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Looking Back: Fall 2012
Author: Kathryn Kirkland
Posted: September 4, 2012


50 years of education abroad

SPRING TERM in London and summer term in Paris lured students to join the first-ever study aboard program offered by Portland State. The year was 1962, the school was still a college, and American Heritage Association served as the program provider.

Portland State College students and their professor, Charlie White, joined students and faculty from two universities for the program. They first traveled by bus to the East Coast to tour historical sites and cities.

Once in Europe, London and Paris served as base cities for the more than 65 students and faculty members. The group stayed mostly in hostels, which were turned into classrooms for history and literature lessons.

“They were smart kids and their papers were pretty good,” remembers White, now a professor emeritus of history. He continued to direct education abroad at Portland State for many years after that initial program.

Today, PSU offers over 200 different study aboard programs in more than 80 countries—ranging in duration from a few weeks to a full year.

Photo captions: Students Rene Fritz, Rosemary Hinsvark and history professor Charlie White ham it up for the camera before leaving for the East Coast and Europe in 1962. Oregon Historical Society, #47580. During a more recent PSU Education Abroad program, Denise Martin ’06 skateboards in Morelia, Michoacán, in central Mexico.

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