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I stayed with a host mom and I am so happy I did. I dove deep into the culture, and made it a part of my everyday life. There were some times when I would get frustrated with the language barrier, but overall it was totally worth it. I grew in my Spanish, and grew as a person as well.
– Megan Gray
Central College

summer program: bangor, wales

Outdoor Pursuits

Summer 2016 Dates and Fees
Dates: July 16 - August 13, 2016
Credits: 6; 3 cross-cultural, 3 exercise science
Program Fee: $4,992

Learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes appropriate to a variety of outdoor recreational activities. Follow a process of experiential learning in the outdoors where you are required to be self-motivated and responsible for your own development. Course content includes rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, raft building, rappelling, camping, mountaineering, hiking and more.

Throughout the program you can expect to be challenged physically, mentally and socially, and by the end of the course you will demonstrate skills in problem solving, communication, group and team work, leadership and most importantly, reflective thinking.

Outdoor Pursuits takes place four days a week and courses are full-day adventures. Course content includes rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, raft building, rappelling, camping, mountaineering, and hiking. Possible complementary activities include canyoneering, coasteering, orientation/navigation, bouldering, zip wires, indoor climbing wall, and high and low level ropes courses. Each activity is structured along a learning continuum of experiences that progresses from the level of basic skills, knowledge and attitudes to the beginnings of intermediate level work in which core learning is developed and applied in more challenging and self-reliant situations.

Bangor is situated on the doorstep of Snowdonia in the hauntingly beautiful mountainous region in northwest Wales. Here is found the highest mountain in England and Wales – Snowdon. The Snowdonia National Park, with its mountains and lakes, fast flowing rivers and rugged terrain, is famous for its outdoor pursuits opportunities. As Bangor is located on the coast, many water-related activities await, as well.

Housing and Meals
All Central College Abroad students live in the modern residence halls at Bangor University, which include private rooms/bathrooms and a shared kitchen area. Meals are not included in the program fee, but take advantage of shopping downtown Bangor. Eat a meal out among locals or take groceries home where the communal kitchens are a popular place to gather and get to know other students.

Excursions will include (weather permitting) an outdoor experience in the beautiful Snowdonia region, day trips to Liverpool and Chester, visits to medieval castles and other sites of historical significance for Wales.

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition for 6 semester hours of credit (3 exercise science, 3 cross-cultural)
  • Housing in student dormitories
  • On-site orientation, advising and oversight by Wales program resident director
  • Personal Central College Abroad Advisor for pre-departure support
  • Optional online pre-departure course
  • Access to necessary outdoor activity equipment
  • Cultural activities
  • International Student Card
  • Transcript

*Airfare is not included. Dates subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until you receive your official program calendar.

Deadline for Applications: March 1, 2016. A completed application file must include: application, essay, transcript, two faculty evaluation forms, and study abroad approval form. Apply now
Program deposit: $500 (due within two weeks of acceptance).