TnCIS study abroad available to students at Pellissippi State

With three new exciting educational opportunities—Iceland, Turkey and Eastern Europe’s Best—the list of study abroad options offered by the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies to college students in summer 2013 has now reached 18.

Hagia Sophia, located in Istanbul, Turkey, was once a church, later a mosque and now a museum.

TnCIS, which is located on the Hardin Valley Campus of Pellissippi State Community College, sponsors study abroad programs for students at Pellissippi State and other institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents system. TBR governs all public colleges and universities outside the University of Tennessee network. Students now have a smorgasbord of programs from which to choose: Austria, Brazil, China, Eastern Europe’s Best, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, England, France, Great European Capitals, Greece, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Scotland, South Africa, Spain and Turkey. Pellissippi State supports study abroad for its students through scholarships funded by an international education fee. Financial aid, student loans, Hope scholarships and academic scholarships also may be applied to the costs. Higher education students interested in participating in one of the TnCIS programs must apply to and be accepted at Pellissippi State. Iceland—a scientist’s wonderland “Students on the science-based Iceland trip will have a July they will never forget,” said Jerry Burns, the Iceland trip’s program director and Chemistry professor at Pellissippi State. Students will earn credits in General Chemistry II under Burns or in Physical Geology under Kathleen Affholter, a Pellissippi State Geology professor. The group will stay in several different locations across the country during the three-and-a-half week trip. Students will have access to lab space at the University of Akureyri and the University of Reykjavik. Highlights of the chemistry class include analyzing the iron content of the sand on the Black Sand Beach and determining why some glaciers are blue. Affholter’s students will focus on plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes and glaciers. “Iceland is on a divergent plate boundary that goes all through the Atlantic Ocean,” Affholter said. “It’s in Iceland where it’s at the surface. I hope we can stand with one foot on the North American Plate and one on the Eurasian Plate.”

Spice bazaar in Turkey.

East meets West in Turkey Students who need credits in programming, economics or advanced CAD are in luck. Their courses are available through study abroad in Istanbul, Manisa and Izmir, Turkey. TnCIS participants take coursework in all three locations. Part of the time is spent at Manisa’s Celal Bayar University, one of the country’s largest academic institutions. The Turkey program is directed by Ali Sekmen, chairman of the Computer Science Department at Tennessee Technological University. Principles of Economics 2010, Java Programming 3110, and Advanced CAD Techniques will be taught by faculty from TTU and Dyersburg State Community College. Students will be based in Manisa, a large city in western Turkey on the Aegean Sea. Classes visit cultural and historic sites in the cities of Istanbul and Izmir. Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and the second largest metropolitan area in Europe. Izmir is the third largest city in Turkey and the second biggest port after Istanbul. Eastern Europe’s Best Study abroad students have the opportunity in 2013 to take history, photography, and art in the capitals of Eastern Europe’s Hungary and Czech Republic and Central Europe’s Austria. David Key, TnCIS’ assistant director and a Pellissippi State faculty member, looks forward to teaching History 2020 with a Cold War emphasis in Budapest, Prague and Vienna. “It will give the students a unique opportunity to study the U.S. and understand its place in the world,” he said. The Prague (Czech Republic) Museum of Communism, the Sigmund Freud Museum in Vienna (Austria) and Budapest’s House of Terror—a kitschy museum that focuses on the city’s struggle against fascism and totalitarianism—are on his course to-do list. Annette Fournet, a Southwest Tennessee Community College faculty member who directs the Eastern Europe program, will teach photography. Stacy Jacobs with Roane State Community College will teach Art Appreciation and Special Topics in Art History. To learn more about TnCIS study abroad opportunities, go to For more information about Pellissippi State, visit or call (865) 694-6400.