Testimonials

Review of NSU London & Oxford Study Abroad 2013

This trip avoids all the issues that companies such as EF Tours have: bad accommodations, wasted time on the tour bus, trying to do too much in too short a time. With Oklahoma study Abroad, all these aspects were very well managed. I’d recommend this trip as a fantastic time and a super value.

Dr. Brian Cowlishaw, NSU London & Oxford Study Abroad 2013

Dr. Christopher Malone

I would wholeheartedly recommend Oklahoma Study Abroad to any professor interested in organizing a study abroad experience for his or her students.  The program director, Christian Alyea, worked closely with me throughout the planning stage of the trip, almost a full year ahead of our departure date, carefully tailoring an itinerary that reflected my own vision of what students should experience while in Ireland.  One concern early on had to do with creating a trip that had educational value specifically tied to my teaching interests in modern Irish literature.  Not only did Mr. Alyea do everything possible to make the itinerary relevant to my sense of how to achieve that, but he brought a number of ideas to the table that helped me think about the educational value of the experience differently, more expansively.  And this in turn allowed the course that I developed in connection with the trip—focused on “The Sense of Place in Contemporary Irish Fiction”—to evolve and turn into something much more fulfilling for the students than I originally conceived.  It’s that kind of program development that professors won’t get from other larger student study abroad companies.  Having organized four other student trips at NSU over the last ten years, I can say that this study abroad experience was certainly the best, one measure of this being the enthusiastic response of those eleven participants which left no doubt in my mind that it was the experience of a lifetime for each of them.  Our two weeks in Ireland were filled with a perfect balance of structured sightseeing and free time, guided tours in coaches and walking tours, urban life in Dublin with nature walks at Glendalough and bike riding at Killarney National Park.  What’s more impressive is how the itinerary, as richly filled as it was, left time for independent excursions.  I had the opportunity one afternoon during our stay in Galway to take one student to the Aran Islands to explore his research interests in the Irish playwright John Synge.  That day trip to Innishmaan afforded us both an opportunity to meet with the granddaughter of the owner of the cottage where Synge stayed over 100 years ago, to tour that cottage as well as his famous rocky “chair” on the coast of the island where he composed the plays that the student is writing about in his MA thesis!  It’s this kind of educational value, tailored to the needs of specific students—rather than a “one-size fits all” approach to the itinerary—that I appreciate most about this experience with Oklahoma Study Abroad.  Keep up the great work for professors and students!

Dr. Christopher Malone, IrNSU Ireland Study Abroad 2014

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