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Local students go west for college experience in the US


Lisburn students Kevin McQuillan, Dervla McGivern and Chris Brown prepare for the US.

Lisburn students Kevin McQuillan, Dervla McGivern and Chris Brown prepare for the US.

THREE Lisburn students will be jetting off to the United States later this month to begin a year of study in American Colleges.

Kevin McQuillan, Deryla McGivern and Chris Brown will each be studying business courses at colleges across the Us.

100 undergraduate students from across the country have been chosen to study for one academic year at Church related colleges across the States, through the Business Education Initiative.

The British Council manages the BEI programme on behalf of the Department for Employment and Learning.

Kevin McQuillan, who has been studying Law at Queen's will be studying at Alvernia College in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Kevin said: "It is a good chance to spread your wings. You get to choose particular things to study during your degree and I will get to do a bit of travelling. My family are obviously sad to see me go but it will give them a legitimate excuse to go to New York."

He added, "The British Council have done well to prepare us for what we will face there."

Chris Brown, who has been undertaking an HND in Computing at SERC, Lisburn, will be studying in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Chris commented: "I'm really looking forward to it. I have gotten in touch with my roommate through email and he seems like a nice guy.

"I think it will be a great year."

Deryla McGivern added, "I'm a bit nervous going to university on my own but I'm also so excited. It will give me a chance to meet new people and I'll get to see a lot of the country."

Deryla, who is currently studying Communication Advertising and Marketing at Jordanstown, will be studying at University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

She added: "This is such a good opportunity, I'm very privileged to be given this chance. We have been so well prepared for every situation we may face by the British Council - they have been very good."

Ulster Star