Hendrix to Introduce New International Study Opportunities

CONWAY, Ark. (May 13, 2014) – Hendrix students will soon have even more international study opportunities.

The College has entered into a new educational partnership with the University of Roehampton, a collection of London colleges stretching back more than 170 years. The program will officially begin in fall 2015.

Roehampton identified Hendrix through common Methodist connections and expressed interest in hosting Hendrix students, said Dr. Peter Gess, director of the Odyssey and international programs at Hendrix, who visited Roehampton this spring and met with school officials prior to developing the agreement.

“It’s a great residential university, very liberal arts-focused and very international,” Gess said. “We felt it would be a great opportunity for students to study in the U.K. with a residential experience and to have a more comprehensive course selection.”

The Roehampton University program replaces Hendrix-in-London, a longstanding international program for Hendrix students. Through Hendrix-in-London, students took four courses, including three with British professors and one course related to British life taught by a Hendrix faculty member, who served as the program’s director and leader for a semester.

Interest and participation in the Hendrix-in-London program has declined in recent years, Gess said.

“Hendrix students now are hesitant to join an island program. They want to be immersed,” he said, adding that course selection was very limited. “The Roehampton program is a more holistic and culturally-immersive experience.”

The Roehampton program is also scalable and not dependent on a minimum number of student participants, Gess added.

The longstanding Hendrix-in-Oxford program is also evolving, as Dr. Frances Warner, who oversaw the program with his wife, Penelope, is retiring.

Hendrix has now joined the Oxford Programme for Undergraduate Students (OPUS).

OPUS operates nearly identically to the Hendrix-in-Oxford model, preserving the tutorial method of teaching but also offering more scheduling flexibility.

And through Dr. Warner, an Emeritus Fellow at Oxford University’s St. Peter’s College, Hendrix students are now eligible to participate in the Oxford Honors Program. The program is academically rigorous, requiring a 3.7 GPA, and is a true immersion experience, allowing students to become St. Peter’s students for a full year, Gess said.

Private donors have endowed two scholarships in the name of Frances and Penelope Warner to support Hendrix students in the Oxford Honors Program and the OPUS program, Gess added.

Also new in international study opportunities is a new summer arts program at Accademia dell’Arte (ADA) in Arezzo, Italy.

Hendrix has been the institutional accrediting partner for ADA for a decade and is now deepening that partnership, Gess said.

This summer, Hendrix creative writing professor Dr. Tyrone Jaeger and art professor Matthew Lopas will teach summer courses in the new program, and seven students are enrolled, Gess said. ADA has always provided exceptional, place-based education in the performing arts, and now with the addition of courses taught by Hendrix professors, students from Hendrix and throughout the US will be able to more broadly access the importance of Tuscany and the Renaissance, he added.

 “Nearly 40 percent of Hendrix students study abroad, and we are constantly striving to increase that number. As trite as it sounds, the cross-cultural competencies, vocational discoveries, and unique academic opportunities that come from time abroad can be truly transformational,” Gess concluded.

Read more about the new English Language and Culture Institute at Hendrix and partnership with the University of Arkansas Clinton School for Public Service here.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country’s “Up and Coming” liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.  Hendrix is featured in the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu