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Austrian students continue tradition
Continuing a quarter-of-a-century-old tradition initiated by John Dolibois (vice president emeritus), 26 Austrian students spent a summer session at Miami, attending classes, enjoying weekend trips and developing friendships with students, faculty and community residents.
The program was developed after then Ambassador to Luxembourg John Dolibois talked with his Viennese counterpart, who complained about anti-American sentiments and wondered if it would be possible to give Austrian students the chance to see the United States for themselves.
This year’s group attended a wide range of courses, from finance to French, criminology to marketing, English composition to tennis. Faculty members reported appreciating the European perspective on a number of questions discussed and the students marveled at the approachability of the Miami faculty, according to John Jeep (German, Russian and East Asian languages).
The program began with a one-night stay with Oxford residents. The visitors were then paired with American roommates in Hahne Hall.
The six weeks were structured so that studies remained the students’ focus, Jeep said, but the visit also included field trips to Chicago, Conner Prairie, Dayton, Cincinnati and American businesses such as Procter & Gamble, Jungle Jim’s and Encyclopedia Britannica.
Miami students interested in studying in Vienna, Austria, should contact the international programs office, the School of Business or the department of German, Russian and East Asian languages.
Date Published: 09/01/1999