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March deadline for London trip

The “chance of a lifetime” for area residents to see England and study in London June 17-July 23 has a deadline.

Those who want to attend this travel-study program opportunity through Bainbridge College (BC) must sign up by March 5.

Program fees cover round-trip airfare, weekly field trips, private accommodations, subway and bus travel, a BritRail pass, weekly grocery stipend and some lunches.

An information session, including payment details, is set for Wednesday, Jan. 27, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Charles H. Kirbo Regional Center on Main Campus at 2500 E. Shotwell St.

Those who cannot attend may contact david.nelson@bainbridge.edu. More about the program is at http://londonsummer2010.blogspot.com.

“It’s the chance of a lifetime,” said BC’s Dave Nelson of Quincy, Fla., who will teach the U.S. History course in London. The class is through the University System of Georgia’s European Council, which also has London classes in art appreciation, geography, literature, political science, psychology, theater appreciation and watercolor.

His class will be at the University of London’s City College. Two days per week will be in class, followed by a day of field trips that he will lead. The schedule gives time to study and sight-see.

The London courses may be taken for college credit, said Nelson, who helps coordinate international education at BC.

In-state tuition rates apply to residents of Gadsden County, Fla., and Alabama’s Henry and Houston counties.

Nelson said that, although the $5,300 cost may scare some, it is quite a bargain since it covers almost all expenses for five weeks.

“You can’t stay in London, one of the world’s most expensive cites, for five weeks at anywhere near this cost,” he said.

His class will give students a unique view of U.S. history.

“Imagine learning about the American Revolution—around the 4th of July, no less—while staying in the country we rebelled against,” he said.

Nelson has a bachelor’s in history from University of North Florida, and a master’s and Ph.D. U.S. History from Florida State University.