“Exploration of Cultures in Human and Natural Environments: Costa Rica Environment and Culture”
May 4-12, 2019
HDFS 4100/HDFS 6100: 6 credits
How is life for U.S. children and families different or similar from those living in Costa Rica? Students will have an opportunity to examine closely various cultural institutions (schools, hospitals, segregated or inclusive facilities for children and adolescents) and people’s daily lives, particularly interactions between adults and children, peers, family members and other community members on an ongoing basis as a part of this study aboard trip. Additionally, site visits, guest speakers will help students make connections between their coursework and experiences. Use of personal reflections/narratives and group discussions are an integral component of this study abroad experience
Open to Undergraduate and Graduate
For additional information please contact Dr. Anu Hegde email@example.com
“An Exploration of Cultures in Human & Natural Environments”
May 13 – 25, 2019
Australia and New Zealand
In this course, we will focus on understanding the strengths and challenges that exist among those individuals and families living in Australian and New Zealand societies. Students will examine how individuals and children interact with their peers, family members and other community members – both in the present day and historically. Students will also examine how issues such as poverty, using their resources, and aging impact daily living and well-being among individuals and families in Australia, and New Zealand. Students will have multiple opportunities to be immersed in these cultures to gain understanding about how individuals and families live. We will also spend time examining and discussing how these countries and their groups of people have been influenced by western civilization and the increase development of technology. Finally, students will examine how various modern and historical community components such as housing, markets, schools, and/or health facilities within these two countries impact families and might be similar or different from their experiences in the U.S. The course fosters personal reflection and critical thinking.
Open to all majors
2.25 minimum GPA will be required in order to participate. Applicants with GPAs below 2.5 will require faculty approval. (Dr. Alan Taylor’s Approval)
For additional information please contact Dr. Alan Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org
“Social Work Study Abroad Amsterdam & Paris”
May 13 – May 20, 2019
Amsterdam and Paris
Students will experience the cultural and policy aspects of substance use disorders in the Netherlands as compared to the US in and effort to develop changes in current US policies.
For additional information please contact Mr. Michael Daniels email@example.com
“Exercise & Motivation from Inactive to Athlete Populations”
May 15 – May 27, 2019
This program is designed for students to gain cutting edge knowledge that address the role of exercise (a) in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases associated with inactive lifestyles and (b) maximizing performance in athletes through effective training techniques. The course will be consist of interactive seminars, lectures, demonstrations, and experiential activities housed in Victoria University, Australian Catholic University in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia and the University of Otago in New Zealand. Students will participate in classroom and experiential sessions discussing strategies used in Australia and New Zealand to enhance motivation in health and wellness settings and physical activity promotion efforts as well as in sport. Supplemental tours will include athletic and cultural facilities and landmarks of Australia and New Zealand. This course is ideal for students in Kinesiology, Public Health, Nutrition Athletic Training, Psychology, and Recreation. However, students from all disciplines are welcome.
Students will be responsible for the international flight from the US to NZ and then on the return from AU to US. STA Travel will tentatively be used for flights during the course itself including flights from NZ to AU and from Melbourne to Sydney.
For additional information please contact Dr. Tom Raedeke firstname.lastname@example.org
“Early Childhood in Sweden & Denmark”
May 19 – June 2, 2019
Sweden and Denmark
This summer study abroad program includes one week in Copenhagen, Denmark and one week in Stockholm, Sweden. We will explore how the lives of children, families and communities in Sweden and Denmark are similar and different when compared with those in the U.S. Emphasis will be placed on examining innovative early childhood programs and practices in Denmark and Sweden.
2.5 GPA or better required to participate
For additional information please contact Dr. Sandy Lookabaugh email@example.com or Dr. Sharon Ballard firstname.lastname@example.org
“An Examination of the Natural and Human Built Environments & Culture of Italy and Greece”
June 8 – June 22, 2019
Italy and Greece
Students can earn up to six credits (HDFS 4100/6100)
In this course, we will focus on understanding the strengths and challenges that exist among those individuals and families living in Italian and Greek societies. Students will examine how individuals and children interact with their peers, family members and other community members. Students will also examine how issues such as poverty, using their resources, and aging impact daily living and well-being among individuals and families in certain regions of Italy, Mainland Greece and the Greek Islands. Students will have multiple opportunities to be immersed in these cultures to gain understanding about how individuals and families currently live or have lived for centuries. Finally, students will examine how various community components such as the housing, markets, schools, and/or health facilities within these three countries impact families and then determine how these might be similar or different from their experiences in the U.S. Students will be given ample free time within Rome, Florence, Athens, and various Greek Island locations to see and feel what community life is like in each of these cities/islands.
Open to all majors, Undergraduate and Graduate
“Fashion Merchandising Study Abroad in Spain, Portugal, and Morocco”
June 9 – June 18, 2019
Spain, Portugal, and Morocco
Students will participate in a 10 day faculty led study abroad program to Madrid- Spain, Lisbon- Portugal and Casablanca- Morocco to complete these courses. To be successful in the apparel industry, it is important for students to have a global outlook, spot international trends and translate them to local markets. An understanding of the strength and weakness of each country is essential for apparel merchandisers to bring the right merchandise to the right place, at the right price, in right quantities and qualities.
The Fashion Forecasting course will introduce students to the forecasting process, identify the role forecasting plays in the fashion industry, align product development with consumer preferences and understand how forecasting creates a competitive advantage for apparel companies. They will experience first-hand how different cultures influence fashion trends and predict trend diffusion, acceptance and adoption globally and how different culture’s attitudes influence consumer behavior and how it impacts international merchandising.
Open to Undergraduate
This study abroad program is primarily for students majoring or minoring in Fashion Merchandising and Consumer Studies.
For additional information please contact Dr. Tiffany Blanchflower email@example.com or Dr. Marina Alexander firstname.lastname@example.org
“Family Life and Well- Being of Children and Families in Ghana”
June 20-July 2, 2019
HDFS 4100/ 6 credits
This course will explore how the lives of individuals, families and communities in Ghana are similar and different compared with those in the U.S. Students will have opportunity to examine educational opportunities and community services that support children, family life, and their well-being.
For additional information please contact Dr. Bernice Dodor email@example.com
“Australia and New Zealand Sport and Social Change”
June 22 – July 2, 2019
Australia and New Zealand
This course aims to provide an overview of sport in Australia/New Zealand and the role of sport has played in society. Students will visit and meet with Australia/New Zealand sport organizations including professional teams, amateur sport organizations, international sport federations, and corporate sport entities to better understand sport history, organizational and institutional structure, cultural patterns, and the dynamics of sport in Australia/New Zealand society. Specifically, the purpose of this program is to examine the societal impact sport within Australia/New Zealand society has had; the social organization from amateur to professional sport; sport operations in the global economy; media and marketing of sport in Australia/New Zealand; and the cultural implications of sports.
Preferred 2.5 GPA or better to participate
For additional information please contact Dr. Stacy Warner firstname.lastname@example.org
“Global Health in Switzerland, France, and Italy”
July 28 – August 8, 2019
Switzerland, France, and Italy
This program is designed to provide undergraduate students in health or health-related disciplines an overview of global public health issues. Geneva is arguably the epicenter of innovation in global health policy and programs. Program participants will have the unique opportunity to attend classes at the most recognized global public health agency on the planet–the World Health Organization. Students will also make site visits to the Red Cross International Headquarters, European Headquarters of the United Nations, Doctors Without Borders and the world-renowned University of Geneva Hospitals. Faculty will lead focused discussion on the public health system of Switzerland as it compares to ours in the United States with an emphasis on healthcare reform. An exploration of the Swiss healthy lifestyle (ranked in the top five in the world) will conclude the trip as we travel across the country and into France and Italy. Click here for more information.
Open to undergraduate Public Health or other health-related majors/intended majors
2.75 GPA or better required to participate
For additional information please contact Mrs. Karen Vail-Smith email@example.com or Dr. Don Chaney firstname.lastname@example.org