Education: Summer's Scholars

Climbing mountains and building houses for fun and credit

Hiking in the Himalayas, journalism in Jerusalem, fine arts in Florence. Exotic diversions? Not entirely. Overseas summer programs, once limited to dusty archaeological digs and guided museum hops, are turning higher education into high adventure. This year thousands of Americans are traveling abroad to take part in more than 400 U.S.-sponsored programs. Colleges throughout the country have found that with the scarcity of summer employment, students want to combine some solid learning with their summer fun. Better still, most of the courses offer credits...

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