London Study Abroad program hosts British Food Festival

On Monday April 25, 2016, DMACC’s Ankeny campus hosted a British  Food Festival to promote their Spring Semester in England program. This program allows students the opportunity to spend eight weeks studying in England. The ten week semester is split; two weeks are spent at DMACC to begin classes and get used to class expectations then the following eight weeks are spent in London, taking classes and taking in the culture.

1 squareMusa Bojang, International Business major, Michee Chinyama, Management Information systems major, Stallon Pereira, Liberal Arts major, and their friend Ahmad, were standing at the Study Abroad information table trying samples of Scotch eggs and scones with jam and cream. About the Scotch egg, which is a meatball with a boiled egg inside, Musa said “It’s awesome!” They said they are planning to do this program and expressed excitement about going to London in the spring.

In addition to the food samples, the pub sold classic British food like Fish & Chips, Brats & Chips, and Burgers & Chips.  Standing in line to buy fish and chips was Jennifer Leonard, 25, who is finishing her EMT certificate training. She was happy to see that DMACC was offering some “native cooking.”

She said she “loves trying different food from other countries.” She recommends students to take advantage of the study abroad opportunity. Leonard herself spent a year in New Zealand working as a nanny and said “it was a great way to really get to know the country.”

Lauren Rice, assistant professor of English at the Newton Campus, will be taking students to London in the spring. She explained that the program works like an exchange program. She will stay with a family in London and students are matched with another student in the program and are also placed with host families. Rice said that she has visited other countries, but never London. She heard from others what a great program it is and is looking forward to teaching there in the Spring.

Rice said they brought the British Food Festival to the Ankeny Campus to raise awareness of the program and recruit students to join them. Rice said in order for students to be able to study abroad, the program needs to have at least ten students signed up.

Rice encourages students to sign up for the program and start saving money now. “Ask Grandma for money for Christmas and save your birthday money.”

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