Students who look closely at West Virginia Universitys summer schedule of courses will find nearly 2,000 classes to choose from. They can select from hundreds of classes in Morgantown, visit a foreign country, explore the beauty of West Virginias wilderness or earn credits at home with classes on the web.

International travel is always popular with students and several classes are already full, said Sue Day-Perroots, dean of Extended Learning. There are still opportunities to study graphic design, engineering or Spanish in Mexico. Music lovers can experience the sounds and the culture of Cuba or Ghana. In China, students can study ceramics or painting and drawing.

In Morgantown, students find they can enroll in classes that are difficult to schedule during the year, plus theres the added advantage of little traffic, Day-Perroots said. Many classes enable students to satisfy their cluster requirements, leaving time during the academic year to concentrate on their major.

West Virginias great outdoors also becomes a classroom through many courses offered by the Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences. Students can explore backyard wildlife, herpetology, fisheries biology, wetland ecology and the vegetation of West Virginia. Many of these classes only last a couple of weeks, enabling students to pursue other interests during the summer. For the adventurous student, there are also classes in whitewater rafting.

Students who want to go home for the summer can still move closer to graduation by taking classes on the web. Offerings include journalism, West Virginia history and West Virginia government.

The most up-to-date information on summer courses can be found at www.wvu.edu/~summer . Printed schedules can be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Records at 304-293-2121 or 1-800-3442-WVU1 (9881).