Study Abroad - Past Trips
Study Abroad Destinations: Past and Present
Our study abroad sites are carefully chosen in relationship to courses in the humanities and social sciences that meet Global Diversity requirements. Read on to learn more about our most recent trips:
Cuba - 2017
Students explored Cuba and interacted with community leaders who shared their day-to-day lives, culture, work and family traditions. Participants were immersed on a vivid and mesmerizing landscape, which has lodged itself into the imagination of artists, dancers and writers. Students felt the rhythms of Havana while learning about Cuban history, culture and contemporary issues as Cuba welcomes Americans after President Obama renewed diplomatic relationships. Travelers experienced Old Havana and the city of Trinidad (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), engaged in service-learning activities, and practiced some conversational Spanish.
Tanzania - 2017
By exploring the Serengeti to the streets of Stonetown, on the island of Zanzibar, students traveled to Tanzania and experienced the interplay of cultures within this East African nation, and the challenges to development and sustainability. The trip included a brief safari and site visits to see a wide range of wildlife and to understand environmental issues. Through various lectures, tours, service learning and various exciting cultural activities, we also investigated historical as well as contemporary challenges in today's Tanzania. Students learned with professors Randy Libros (researching issues of energy use/conservation) and Lucia Gbaya-Kanga (cultural heritage preservation and art).
Belize - Archeology Option 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Students learned the essentials of field archaeology in a tropical forest setting filled with previously uninvestigated buildings and artifacts left by the ancient Maya civilization. Additionally, students learned excavation techniques and the use of hi-tech approaches to archaeological mapping.
Belize - Tropical Ecology Option 2011, 2013, 2015
Students explored the natural wonders of the tropics while staying at a wildlife sanctuary. Participants learned about landforms, geology and the rich cultural history of the area including the Creole, Maya, Mestizo and Garifuna peoples. The challenges of sustainable development, globalization, trade, and how fisheries and forest management are being addressed were also discussed.
South Africa - 2014
Students spent eleven days in Capetown, South Africa. They enjoyed breathtaking sights of Table Mountain, Cape of Good Hope's nature reserves, safaris and Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Additionally, the group participated in sobering visits to many cultural and historical landmarks such as the District 6 and Slave Lodge museums, the Drakenstein Correctional Centre where Nelson Mandela was transferred to after Robben Island, the Crypt Memory and Witness Center, and local empowerment centers associated with the Capetown's formal and informal settlements in Langa and Khayelitsha townships. The group also attended two lectures at the University of Capetown and spent very touching moments at St. Joseph's Home for ill children, as well as experiencing the live performances, diverse and rich cuisine, craft markets, malls and so much more!
Merida , Mexico – 2011, 2012, 2014
The Merida, Mexico “Cross-Cultural Workshop” explored different aspects of the Yucatan Peninsula and its peoples, including the past and contemporary Maya. Students learned about the economy, history, art and architecture with visits to the most iconic Maya sites: Chichen-Itza, Uxmal and Dzibilchaltun.
Istanbul, Turkey - 2011, 2012, 2014
Traveling to Istanbul dispels many myths about what is called the Middle East. Students who participated in the Turkey program stayed in a family-run, small hotel while exploring the magnificent architecture and diverse neighborhoods. The historic sites of Istanbul lead to an understanding of the Christian history of the Byzantine Empire, the Ottoman Muslim period and the modern secular Turkish state.
Cambodia – 2012, 2013
Since one of the trip leaders is from Cambodia, this group experienced culturally distinctive urban and rural lifestyles. On this trip, students explored ancient and historical sites, the contemporary capital of Phnom Penh, and varied geographical features of the country. In addition to other sites, students visited the famed temple of Angkor Wat.
Peru - 2011, 2013
The Peru trip offered students the opportunity to earn three college credits in Spanish. Students taking part on this trip lived with Peruvian host families for 2 weeks and were immersed in the fascinating culture of the city of Cusco. Additionally, the group visited breath-taking Inca archeological sites, including Machu Pichu and the Sacred Inca Valley.
Israel - 2012
The group who traveled to Israel visited Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as well as the countryside to explore the country’s extraordinary history and contemporary concerns. The professors leading this study-tour provided a focus on renewable energy issues and sustainable architectural designs.