BETHANY, W.Va. — A record total of 14 students are participating in the Heidelberg Exchange Program between Bethany College and Padagogische Hochschule Heidelberg (the University of Education in Heidelberg) during the fall semester. More than 120 students from both sides of the Atlantic have benefited from this program since its inception in 1990. The 14 students who are taking advantage of the opportunity this semester represent the largest single group of participants in the history of the program.
“Bethany College has been a leader in creating innovative learning opportunities for students here and abroad for many years,” said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. “These exchange programs provide our students with invaluable insight and the international experience gives them a tremendous edge as they prepare to compete in the increasingly global marketplace of the 21st Century.”
Eleven students from Germany are wrapping up the first month of the fall semester on the Bethany campus and have already become an integral part of the college community. In addition to their classes, many of the exchange students have made a place for themselves on the women’s tennis team, the men’s soccer team, an upcoming Bethany College Theatre production and the College Choir.
Several of those students have also taken advantage of the opportunity to hone their teaching skills by serving as expert native language tutors under the guidance of German professor Dr. Harald Menz, who has served as coordinator for the Heidelberg Exchange Program since 1994.
Three Bethany College junior German majors — Kimberly Foflygen of Burgettstown, Pa.; Andrew Sell of Oakdale, Pa.; and Amber Yarnell of Wooster, Ohio — are currently on the ground in Germany where they are completing an intensive four-week German course at the Goethe Institut in the town of Schwabisch Hall. They will be starting their Study Abroad semester at PH Heidelberg in mid-October.
Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.