Murray State College announces 2018 study abroad opportunities


  Murray State College launched a new global education program in 2014 that has allowed students to explore new and exciting places around the world.  Since creation of the study abroad program, participants have traveled to Ireland, England, Sri Lanka, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, and Belize.  This year, the college is planning trips to Iceland in May of 2018; France in July, 2018; and Scotland in August, 2018.
Travel opportunities are designed for students, but community members can engage in MSC Study Abroad adventures as well.  The program is led by MSC Assistant Professor Michele Elmer who also teaches conservation courses as a full-time faculty member in the science department.
“I’ve heard Michele Elmer say that experiences gained in study/travel abroad courses often change the lives of students and all who participate,” MSC President Joy McDaniel said.
“We also know graduates with degrees that include evidence of global awareness and education are often selected first in a competitive job search,” added McDaniel.

Murray State College offers an associate of science degree in international studies that can lead to a bachelor’s degree at several four-year institutions in Oklahoma.  Study abroad courses may also be used for humanities credits or elective courses in many degree programs.  Highlights and additional details about study abroad may be found on the Murray State College webpage at

Travelers interested in the Iceland trip should contact Michele Elmer at or 580-387-7504. In Iceland the group will explore many areas including the Geysir geothermal area, Thorsmork Glacier Valley,Gullfoss waterfall, the National Museum and tour the official residence of Iceland’s president.

Those interested in the France trip should contact Dr. Rebecca Jacobs-Pollez at or 580-387-7512; or Dr. Margaret Cotter-Lynch at or 580-745-2986 or 580-745-2770. Highlights of this trip include walking tours of Paris and Montmarte, exploring the Catacombes, visiting Notre Dame, the Louve and the Eiffel Tower. There will also be day trips to Provins, Treign and St. Denis, a bike tour and a boat cruise on the river Seine.  This trip is being offered in conjunction with Southeastern OK State University.

For the Scotland trip, contact Lisa Coulter or 580-387-7463; or Jeana West or 580-387-7464. While in Scotland, explorers will visit the Fringe Festival and attend five theatrical performances. Also on the itinerary will be a ride across the Scottish countryside on the steam engine train featured in Harry Potter. Travelers will also take a cruise on Loch Ness and visit both Stirling and Edinburgh castles.

For more information contact Michele Elmer at or 580-387-7504.  

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