Study Abroad

Short Term Programs

Summer 2017 (two weeks) | Thailand | August 25-September 7

Extended Application Deadline: May 7, 2017


5 credits — ENGL 155

In this multi-city, 12-day exploration of Thailand, students will have the opportunity to experience Thailand and develop their understanding of Thai history, culture, and current events. Students will experience firsthand the importance of globalization and tourism and the impacts of these on the cultural and natural landscape of Southeast Asia, as seen in Thailand.

Students will begin in the bustling commercial city of Bangkok, where they will have the opportunity to explore the Grand Palace, marvel at the Reclining and Emerald Buddhas, and begin familiarizing themselves with Thai art and culture and how Buddhist philosophies impact everyday living. Students will explore the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam, and then travel to a national park and elephant sanctuary, where students can engage in Thailand's natural beauty and heritage. Students will have the opportunity to experience Northern Thai cuisine and shop at the Weekend Market of Chiang Mai, one of the largest outdoor markets in the world.

Following a cultural tour in the central and northern parts of Thailand, students will end their travels with a therapeutic retreat to the most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, students will learn about the recovery of the environment and tourism industry after the 2004 tsunami that decimated the region and crippled the local economy. Students will see how the country has persevered and worked to restore faith in tourism as they've rebuilt their local economies.

Accommodations and Transportation: These will be chosen to maximize time, location and cost for students. Students should be prepared to travel lightly as they will be expected to take buses and shuttles, and share basic accommodations. Should students prefer their own room an additional surcharge to the trip will be added.

Class Credit:This study abroad trip will be taken as English 155: Special Topics, where students will develop creative writing based on their experiences. This courses will require pre-trip meetings and readings, a daily journal while traveling in country, and a post-trip reflection. Course requirement: a laptop or other device for accessing wifi and writing while traveling in country.

Cities: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, and either Krabi, Phuket, or Koh Samui, depending on weather

Program Fee:$1,720 (this includes some meals, program activities included on schedule, and all intracountry travel; this does not include roundtrip international travel to Thailand, most meals, or spending money)

Summer 2017 (two weeks) | Tuscany, Italy | August 28-September 15

Extended Application Deadline: May 7, 2017

Tuscany, Italy

5 credits — ANTH 206: Cultural Anthropology through Italian Immersion

Study Cultural Anthropology like an Anthropologist, through travel, engagement, and connection.

Students will journey to Rome, Florence, and the Tuscan countryside, experiencing the culture of Italy through, food, art, religion, and ecology.

This is a unique and enriching learning opportunity, to undertake a deep exploration of Roman and Tuscan culture, past and present.

Italy has been a nexus of culture for thousands of years, and its rich, vibrant beauty thrives to this day.  Immerse yourself in the rich flavors and colors of this vibrant land and people, while earning Social Science Credit in Cultural Anthropology.

Florence, Rome, Pompeii, Positano, Dicomano, and Cortona

Contact Professor Gem Baldwin at for required paperwork and directions for making a deposit.

Program Fee:$2,420 (this includes some meals, program activities and all intracountry travel; this does not include roundtrip international travel to Italy, most meals, or spending money)

Summer 2017 (four weeks) | Costa Rica | August 19-September 16, 2017

Application Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017

Costa Rica

5 credits - Spanish Language

Costa Rica, land of many natural wonders: Caribbean and Pacific coastlines, luscious rainforests, abundant animal and plant life, and volcanoes. Students immerse themselves in language and culture while surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty and the warm, welcoming people of Costa Rica. 

Costa Rica offers students a safe and accessible place to study and to explore the peaceful beauty of her natural treasures. Whether studying Spanish or exploring the steaming volcanoes, pristine beaches, virgin forests, and the unique birds, mammals and ocean life all combine to make Costa Rica an idyllic place to live and study.

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