STUDENTS OF THE WORLD
at Carolina now study abroad at some point
during their time here. The range ofpro-
grams that act as passports to foreign
countries is staggering.
Despite their growing popularity, many
ofUNC's international programs never
have been fully embraced by UNC's admin-
istration, and one has to look hard to find
them- physically or fiscally. Most operate
on meager budgets in dark basement offices
or nondescript off-campus locales.
"I think we're a little bit behind," said
David Griffiths, a history professor and
chair of the curriculum in international
studies. "UNC was focused a little inward
in the 1970s and '80s."
Richard Solloway, a professor of history
and senior associate dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences, said UNC is chal-
lenged to keep up with a world becoming
virtually smaller because of quantum
leaps in communications, technology and
"Obviously, our society is increasingly
part of a global society- driven by global
416 UNC students participated in Study Abroad from summer 1997 through
spring 1998. The top 10 countries visited by UNC students:
I. England , 135
2. Italy, 82
3. France, 34
4. Australia, 30
5. Germany, 24
6. Scotland, 21
7. Netherlands, 17
8. Ecuador, 12
9. Japan, 10
10. Mexico, 10
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economics," he said. "Any universiry that
fails to appreciate and adjust to this
changing world is doing a disservice to
its students ."
Interest in the international studies
curriculum can be viewed as a gauge of
what students are seeking. "The last time
I checked," said Griffiths, "if we were a
department we would be the eighth or
ninth largest in the University among the
40 or so departments."
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