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March 21, 2010

Farmingdale State Student Chosen For Study Abroad Program To Egypt During Winter Intersession

Calls Trip "A Truly Great Experience"

Farmingdale State College student James Flagler, a freshman currently majoring in liberal arts and sciences, is still beaming from a 10-day winter intercession trip to Egypt.

For Flagler, a budding Egyptologist from Levittown, the program gave him the chance to explore first hand both ancient and modern-day Egypt. He toured the Pyramids, The Sphinx of Gisa, The Karnak Temple Complex, and the Cairo Museum. And yet while James was awestruck by these renowned marvels, he was equally inspired by observing the Egyptian people.

"I was able to get a better understanding of Arab culture. Walking down the street, I always heard 'Welcome to Egypt!'" said Flagler. "Everyone was always willing to help if I needed directions or help with something.  It was a truly great experience. I loved every day of it." Flagler added that Egypt is a very safe country and that as a tourist he felt especially secure thanks to the ubiquitous tourist police.

The trip was sponsored by St. John's Global Studies Program, which Flagler discovered through his Farmingdale State Arabic professor Wafa Daoud. Eager to participate, Flagler filled out an application, wrote an essay about his life-long dream of studying in Egypt, and included a recommendation written by his history professor, Kenneth Gutwein.

Now Flagler is considering switching his major to archaeology or anthropology, focusing on Egyptology and the study of ancient Egypt. "Studying in Egypt has helped me feel more inspired to study Egyptology and continue on with my dream," he said. "I definitely want to go back to Egypt, especially Cairo."

Farmingdale State students have many opportunities for international study. The State University of New York is making great efforts to expand its academic presence throughout the world and to make study abroad an accessible, viable, secure and rewarding option for SUNY students. Students will find more than 400 programs in 54 countries, in subjects that range from anthropology to music composition to zoology, in several languages and settings. For more information, contact Director of International Education Dr. Victor I. Bellard, at victor.bellard@farmingdale.eduor (631)420-2624.