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Johnson C. Smith University Issues Free Passports

Charlotte, N.C. (February 20, 2013) – As part of its Go Global initiative, Johnson C. Smith University is covering passport application expenses for all freshmen and transfer students for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Students will have the opportunity to use their passports to explore and learn firsthand about other countries and cultures. Ronald L. Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University, created the free passport program to encourage students to think globally as they take advantage of study abroad opportunities in 11 countries around the world.

One such opportunity will take place in China this summer through the Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad. The grant will provide opportunities in China for university students over the next four years as they experience an advanced and intensive training program in modern Chinese language and culture. “This language emersion experience falls in line with our mission to offer a global education experience to every student,” said Dr. Adelheid Eubanks, director of Liberal Education and International Studies at Johnson C. Smith University.

In the past, students have traveled to Italy, Egypt, Israel, Senegal, Spain, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and China. Jenne Norris, a student at JCSU, said she will be using her passport to study abroad in May when she will be traveling with faculty members to Russia. “I wanted to get my passport this year because I was very excited about the opportunity to travel to Moscow and Saint Petersburg,” she said. “I knew this opportunity would be a once-in-a-lifetime chance. One of our focuses while studying abroad is to study the various ethnic groups located in Russia and I hope to see these diverse people,” she continued. In addition to Russia, students will also travel this summer to China and Brazil in 2014.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is an independent, close-knit urban university located in Charlotte, N.C. It has a growing national reputation for integrating the liberal arts with business, the sciences and technology in ways that empower tomorrow’s diverse entrepreneurial citizens and leaders. Offering 23 fields of study to more than 1,600 students from a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, the university’s excellent academic programs focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility. For more information about JCSU, visit or follow the university on social media sites Facebook , Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.   

Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing


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