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Study Abroad


Houston Chronicle

An article was published in the Houston Chronicle highlighting the Study Abroad Program from last year.  Read the article to learn about their experience.

Program Overview

The island of Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, and is a vacation destination spot for many Europeans.  From the cool elephant inhabited mountains to the warm palm tree covered beaches, Sri Lanka offers a wide range of climate, culture, and adventure.  This program is designed to provide students with a truly global perspective of accounting.  It will generate an understanding of managerial accounting from a developing country’s vantage point, and provide a means to apply those skills in a “hands on” service learning project.


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Course Description

Principles of Accounting I (ACCT 2401)

An introduction to financial accounting including a study of financial statements of business entities and the measurement and reporting of assets, liabilities, equity, revenues, expenses and cash flows with emphasis on how business and economic information is generated in the accounting process.  In addition to the traditional course outcomes this study abroad course will provide additional outcomes.  Students will gain an international perspective of accounting.  Students will be exposed to a variety of cultures and ethnicities that differ from their current perspectives.

 The Facilities

Classes will be held at the American National College in Colombo, Sri Lanka.  This college is a four year school that has two-plus-two transfer programs to Universities in the United States, England, and Australia.  The campus is located in capital city of Colombo, and is less than a mile from the ocean.  This college began in 2002, which makes it about the same age as Lone Star College-CyFair.  The classrooms and labs at ANC are designed to be comparable to colleges in the United States, and provide an ideal “home base” for the study abroad program.









Fees and Cost

The price for the program is $3,500. This amount includes all program activities, roundtrip air travel to Sri Lanka, ground transportation, lodgings and meals, field trips and instructional costs.  Students can bring additional money for souvenirs and personal items.

Students will also be required to pay Lone Star College tuition and fees for the course. The tuition cost is the same cost that a student would pay if he or she took the class on campus.

Scholarships are available for this study abroad program.  The scholarship application can be downloaded and completed.  Applications are due by November 14, 2011.  A second round of applications will be accepted by February 6, 2012.  Students who are applying for a scholarship and/or would like to be eligible for financial aid must complete the FASFA.

Registration Process

Students planning to attend this program should complete student study abroad application and submit it to Shawn Miller.

Students planning to attend this program should make a deposit, payable to “Lone Star College-CyFair” in the amount of $500 as soon as possible to reserve their place. Payment in full of the program fee will be required no later than May 1, 2012. Pending available space, students may apply for the course after April 1, 2012, but payment in full of the program fee is required with the application.

During the standard registration period for Summer 2012 classes, students will register for ACCT 2401 as listed in the course schedule. Only students who have submitted a deposit toward the program fee may register for these courses. Payment of college tuition and fees must be done according to the payment terms of the college.

Students who are accepted to the program will receive a packet of participant forms to be completed and returned to Shawn Miller no later than May 1, 2012.

Contact Information

Shawn Miller - Professor of Accounting
Lone Star College-CyFair HSC 117G

Important Dates

  • November 14, 2011 - Scholarship Application Due
  • February 6, 2012 - Second Round Scholarship Application Due
  • April 1 - Study Abroad Application Due
  • May 18 - Travel to Sri Lanka
  • May 19 - June 1 Classes in Sri Lanka
  • June 2 - Departure from Sri Lanka