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Lining up for adventure

More than 100 rising juniors and a few seniors recently lined the hallways of McEwen Hall, preparing to camp out overnight to claim a spot on a trip of a lifetime.

Danielle Phillips, a sophomore from Knoxville, said she arrived around 1 p.m. with her laptop and a pillow, and was one of the first five in line.  "I'm hoping to go to Israel with Queens because I know I'd never go there on my own and I want to experience the culture there first hand," she said.

Other students said they were eager to claim spots on tours to Costa Rica and South Africa.

Through The John Belk International Program all traditional undergraduate students participate in faculty-led study tours, language and cultural immersion programs, semester- or year-long exchange programs or international internships.  In fact, more than 90 percent of our traditional undergraduates study abroad.

Students enjoy hearing new languages spoken, encountering strange and wonderful new foods, and seeing landmarks and architecture first-hand.  For many, the JBIP experience is enriched by the opportunities to bond with other students they did not already know through sharing transformational experiences that come from exploring the world together.

Students start lining up the afternoon before the trip sign-ups happen as tours are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis. Some bring air mattresses and even portable TVs.

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