Rowan Students to Head to Bangladesh

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Glassboro-Six Rowan University students will travel to Bangladesh May 13
through June 4 through a grant from the government-sponsored
American Institute of Bangladesh

Glassboro-Six Rowan University students will travel to Bangladesh May 13
through June 4 through a grant from the government-sponsored
American Institute of Bangladesh Studies.

The goal of the trip, which is being coordinated by Rowan University
foreign language professor Edward Smith, is for the students to learn
about and enhance their appreciation of the country, sharing their
knowledge when they return to the United States. The Rowan University
International Studies Program applied for and received the grant, which
will cover food and housing, with the students needing only $150 for
other expenses.

Students ? including alternates -- are taking a three-credit course this
semester (Studies in Bangladesh) to study the country's culture, history,
politics and economy. The course includes presentations by Rowan
University professors and guest lecturers. Students are required to
pursue independent research and to keep journals as part of the class,
with those making the trip continuing their journals while abroad.

In Bangladesh, the students will follow an itinerary they developed, focusing on topics of
particular interest to them. For instance, Clarissa Marin, 25, of West Deptford, is interested in
studying religion, so she plans to visit mosques in the primarily Moslem country.

Close to 200 Rowan University students expressed an interest in the trip
? a first for the University ? and 44 applied. Acceptance was on a
competitive basis.

NOTE TO REPORTERS: You are welcome to sit in on classes, which are held on
Thursdays.

In addition to West Deptford, students taking the trip and alternates come from Atlantic
City, Chatham, Glassboro, Hillside, Pennsauken, Pennsville and Washington Township
(07882

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