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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:

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.  

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.  

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.

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.

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!