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Creating a global classroom

As Gamecocks, we believe being involved outside of the classroom will better prepare you for life after graduation. The University of South Carolina offers limitless opportunities to do just that.

Get outside the classroom, and even outside the country, like exercise science major Shannon Mumper. Under the leadership of a professor, she and 22 of her peers traveled to Limerick, Ireland, for 19 days to shadow health professionals and learn how health care in the U.S. compares to systems abroad.

"As much as I love Columbia and have enjoyed shadowing the many health professionals we have in the area, I was so excited to travel abroad to study what I'm passionate about. I think this course presents a truly unique opportunity to explore aspects of American healthcare and medicine that we may not be so familiar with. Education is a huge part of this field. Class credit for studying topics I'm interested in and adventures in a foreign country? It's the best of both worlds!"

Shannon selected a USC Global Classroom program to study abroad. USC Global Classroom is a faculty-led trip that focuses on a specific subject area or foreign language. It is also a great way to experience another culture while earning credit toward her degree.

But academics weren't the only focus – the students got to have fun and participate in Irish activities.

"After learning much about the Gaelic games and their rich histories, it was time to try them out for ourselves. Hurling is kind of a mix of field hockey, football, and soccer. Even Gaelic football involves some basketball skills. We did our best to follow the complex rules and geared up for a scrimmage! We fell short in both hurling and Gaelic football, but we all had a great time trying out the sports in the rain!"

Going to Ireland expanded Shannon's horizons and prepared her for her future career in health care.

"Before I enrolled in this course, I didn't think it was going to be possible for me to study abroad as an exercise science major who also happens to be graduating early. However, it's possible and it happened. I truly cannot put into words how much this experience has meant to me or all that I will take away from it."

Read the class' travel blog.