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Current Faculty-Led International Immersion Programs

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Summer 2023 programs

Applications for Summer 2023 are NOW OPEN!
Argentina: Culture, Society, and History

Program Location: Mendoza, Argentina
Program Dates: Summer, 2023: May 27-June 17, 2023 (tentative)
Target Student Population: Program will accept at least 12 students. All students are welcome. Students with interests in LAS, Spanish, and History are strongly encouraged to apply.
Faculty / Staff Leader(s): Dr. Cheryl Jiménez-Frei and Dr. Elena Casey
Corresponding Course: LAS 390: Latin American Studies Immersion Experience (3 credits)
Additional Attributes: R2

Abstract: This faculty-led international Immersion program introduces students to contemporary Argentina and the many issues facing the country and culture. Experiences on the program will include visits to various museums--including one to better understand the legacy of the "Dirty War," day trips to wineries as Mendoza is the "Napa Valley" of South America, learning about human rights, dancing the tango, engaging in discussions with local university students, participating in a cooking class to gain greater insight into the history and culture of Argentine cuisine, a hike in the Andes, and much, much more.

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CETS: Central European Travel Seminar

Program Location: Berlin, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; Budapest, Hungary; Krakow, Poland
Program Dates: Summer 2023: May 25-June 24, 2023
Target Student Population: Program will accept 21 students. All students are welcome. The focus for CETS 2023 will be History, Music, Gender Roles, and the History of Science
Faculty / Staff Leader(s): Dr. Chia-Yu Hsu, Dr. Teresa Sanislo, and Dr. Jim Rybicki
Corresponding Courses: Required Spring Prep Course: IDIS 339 (3 credits); Summer Travel Seminar in Europe: IDIS 340 (3 credits)
Additional Attributes: R2, I1

Abstract: This interdisciplinary faculty-led international Immersion program explores the history, music, geography, arts, politics, economics, identity, and challenges facing this historically complex and dynamic region. The program takes place in 5 countries, traveling by train from city to city. Students will be exposed to wide variety of customs, cultures, languages, and more by viewing Central Europe from a wide variety of perspectives. Students may stay after the program and continue to travel Europe on their own.

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Finland and Estonia: Sustainable Societies

Program Locations: Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia
Program Dates: Summer 2023; May 28-June 20, 2023 (tentative)
Target Student Population: Program will accept at least 12 students. All students are welcome. Students with interests in Geography, Environmental Studies / Sustainability, and European Studies are strongly encouraged to apply.
Faculty / Staff Leader(s): Dr. Paul Kaldjian and Dr. Ezra Zeitler
Corresponding Courses: Spring Prep Course: GEOG 491: Special Topics (1 credit); Summer Course in Europe GEOG 366: Travel Seminar (3 credits)
Additional Attributes: R2

Abstract: This faculty-led international Immersion will take place largely on bicycles (make sure you can ride a bike before signing up for this program!). This sustainability-themed experience will take students to the extremely progressive city of Helsinki where students will gain greater understanding of why Finland is recognized as an international leader in social wellbeing (e.g., education, health care, human rights) and environmental protection and enhancement (e.g. clean energy practices, green transportation planning, sustainable development). The program will then take students to Tallinn, Estonia, by ferry, to draw comparisons and contrasts between the two cities.

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Belize

Winterim 2023 Programs

India: Global Feminisms

Program Locations: Delhi and Agra, India
Program Dates: Winter 2023: January 3-18, 2023 (tentative)
Target Student Population: Program will accept up to 12 students. All students are welcome. Students with interests in WGSS, Social Justice, and Transnational Studies are strongly encouraged to apply.
Faculty / Staff Leader(s): Dr. Josephine Kipgen and Dr. Cathy Rex
Corresponding Course: WGSS: Advanced Travel Seminar (3 credits)
Additional Attributes: R2, 30 hours of service-learning credit

Abstract: This faculty-led international Immersion program provides a combination of pre-departure lessons, on-site lectures, and tours of important cultural sites to offer a basic overview of India today. You will have unique opportunities for a range of collaborative exchanges among various groups by working intimately with Indian university students and teachers, NGO leaders, and members of the local communities. In addition, the experience includes studying alongside Miranda House College students, Kamla Nehru College, and other students at University of Delhi as you all learn about gender in relation to Indian law and public policy.

PROGRAM NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2023

Biology in Belize: PROGRAM NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Program Locations: Monkey Bay, Punta Gorda, and San Jose, Belize
Program Dates: January 4-17, 2023
Target Student Population: Program will accept 12 students. Biology majors are strongly encouraged to apply.
Faculty / Staff Leader(s): Dr. Nora Mitchell and Dr. Todd Wellnitz (emeritus)
Corresponding Course: BIOL 320: Studies in Tropical Environments
Additional Attributes: R2, 30 hours of service-learning

Abstract: This faculty-led international Immersion program to Belize comprises active learning experiences that allow students to learn about the country’s biological legacy and diverse peoples, with particular focus on aquatic ecosystems and Mayan culture and history. Student experiences include: an overnight canoe trip on the Sebum River to sample aquatic organisms, guided tours to the famous archaeological sites of Caracol and the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, a homestay with indigenous Mayan families in San José village, a tour of organic cacao groves and processing methods in San José, studying reef ecology at the Tobacco Caye, and a visit to the Smithsonian Institution’s Western Caribbean Marine Research Station.

Program no longer accepting applications 

Guatemala: Social and Environmental Justice: PROGRAM NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Program Locations: Antigua, San Miguel Escobar, San Lucas Toliman  
Program Dates: January 3-18, 2023
Target Student Population: Program will accept up to 18 students. All students are welcome. Students with interests in LAS, Spanish, American Indian Studies, Social Justice, Geography, History, Biology, and Environmental Studies / Sustainability are strongly encouraged to apply.
Faculty / Staff Leader(s): Alex Vaeth and Alison Millis
Corresponding Course: None (no course credits are earned on this program)
Additional Attributes: R2, 30 hours of service-learning

Abstract: This faculty-led international Immersion program to Guatemala allows students to gain greater understanding of institutions of power on a global scale. The program is administered through our on-site partner, De La Gente--a "fair trade" (direct trade) social and environmental justice oriented coffee cooperative. Students will see and experience, first-hand, how our decisions on which products we purchase here in the U.S. can and do impact the lives others around the world--both positively and negatively. Students will also participate directly with the Ij'atz indigenous community for the service-learning project to help provide much needed labor to enhance their daily lives. 

Program no longer accepting applications 

Blugolds (from left) Samantha Maurer, Bekah Henn and Alyssa Hanson biked in the Wachau Valley during a summer immersion program in Central Europe. They visited multiple countries, learning about the history and culture of the region.

World travelers wanted, no experience needed

The Central European Travel Seminar (CETS) is an exciting way for Blugolds to be immersed in European history and culture over the summer. Recently, Blugolds Samantha Maurer, Bekah Henn and Alyssa Hanson, along with two faculty leaders, spent three weeks in Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia.

During the immersion, students learned about the complications facing Central Europe, a region caught between empires, world wars and the Cold War. Beyond learning the history of the region, traveling to Central Europe also helped the students learn to navigate foreign cultures, gain confidence in their ability to interact with people from different backgrounds and even help them discover potential new career paths.

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