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Summer 2016

Dominican Republic: Be the Change: Learning Through Service, May 10 - May 31, 2016

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" is a well-known Gandhi quote. On this program, students will see firsthand how one family is living out this quote and making a lasting impact on the community of Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. Students will be both challenged and inspired by this experience: challenged by the social justice issues they will encounter and inspired by the spirit of the Dominican people and the realization that every person has the ability to positively impact others and make a difference in the world.

Ecuador: Ecology and Evolution of the Amazon Rainforest and the Galapagos Islands (BIOL 373), May 14 - June 14, 2016 OR July 9 - August 11, 2016

Upon our arrival in Quito, we will familiarize ourselves with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) campus. An orientation and welcome lunch will welcome us to the country of Ecuador. The Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences (GAIAS), a department of USFQ, develops our trip in terms to our specifications.

Ecuador: Gender and Culture (GEND 180), June 6 - June 27, 2016

This program is located in the highland area of Otavalo, Ecuador. To participate students are required to enroll in 4 credit course: GEND 180 (GE, IC pending approval), ILPs or Internship. Students will participate in the course and spend part of their days working in collaboration with an indigenous community on a variety of projects based on student interest and expertise. Some of the ongoing projects  include a youth camp that provides English enrichment through a series of activities that include sports, art, and health components. This year there is also a possibility of facilitating dental care for the local communities with a dentist from Minnesota. Dr. Dennis Carreras from Dentistry for Children and Dr. Gustavo Peña from Centrasota Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons will be joining our group and will help us facilitate the dental clinics in two indigenous communities. 

England & France: Culture and Reflection (COLG280O):  May 9 - May 23, 2016

Spend one week in London going to the theater, visiting the British Museum, and taking a tour of both Stonehenge and Bath. Then, it is on to Paris for a week, where we will eat croissants in the morning before seeing some of the greatest paintings and cathedrals ever created in the afternoon. You will also be able to explore these culturally rich cities on your own. Not only will you get great pictures, Facebook posts, and memories, but you will also be inspired to create your own unique travel journal where you will be able to write about all you experience. This course has been approved for the Experimental Learning (EL) designation.

Honduras: Global Medical Brigades, May 9 - May 15, 2016

Ireland: Ireland's People & Culture (COLG 280I), May 13 - June 4, 2016

Galway, Ireland is located on the west coast of Ireland, and sits on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay. The area is rich in the tradition of the Irish culture, particularly the arts. The area we will be staying in is the largest of the Gaeltacht areas of Ireland (where the government recognizes Irish as the 1st language and the traditional music, dance, and singing are fostered). During the three week Summer Term, you will experience the welcoming people, performing arts, and the incredibly beautiful and diverse landscape of the west coast of Ireland. In addition, learning excursions will take you to other parts of the Island to visit sites that are course related and to give you a taste of the whole island.

Israel: Archaeological Field School (COLG 280P), May 28 - July 3, 2016

In this summer study abroad program, you will take part in a well established archaeological field school at Omrit for 5 weeks. Located in northern Israel, at a crossroads for several important trade routes, Omrit was the site of an impressive and now internationally renowned Greco-Roman temple complex. But this was only part of its rich history. Since 2013 excavation efforts have focused on the recovery of a Roman period settlement surrounding the temples. And in 2015 we brought our first team of students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University. It was a huge success! We will build on that success in the 2016 at omrit, which should prove pivotal in our effort to understand the character of this community. Here you will learn all the basics of archaeological methodology, including how to properly excavate, record, draw, and analyze ancient architecture, pottery, coins, and other significant artifacts.

Italy: Cultural and Ethical Aspects of Creative Writing (ENGL 280A), May 7 - June 7, 2016

CSB/SJU students will take this course together with English-speaking students of the University of Pavia.  The creative writing course centers on writing exercises and workshops within a larger thematic framework: the ethics of creative writing.   What ethical crises-moral, political, ecological-do American and Italian poets write about?  What concerns do our cultures share and in what ways might we approach the same concerns differently?  Through our reading of selected contemporary poets, we examine together the rich differences in perspectives we have on some of the challenges we share as humans in the modern age.  Professors of literature from the University of Pavia will provide supplementary talks, in English, about Italian poets and perspectives.  

Japan: Japan's Nuclear Ground Zeros (COLG 280R), May 7 - May 25, 2016

3/11/2016 will mark the 5th anniversary of the triple disaster of Northern Japan, culminating with the nuclear meltdown of reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, the worst nuclear incident since the Chernobyl disaster of 1986, and that led to the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents. Japan is the only country to have endured atomic bombs and dealt with decades of radiation that followed, and the meltdown at Daiichi constituted what writer Oe Kenzaburo referred to as a self-inflicted "third atomic bombing." The objective of this course is for students and instructor to collaboratively deeply reflect about the state of nuclear discourse and consciousness in Japan through hand-on experience of sites of nuclear destruction, and learn from vantage points much different than our own. We will be based out of Tokyo, where there are many exhibits and spaces that commemorate Japan's nuclear tragedies. We will make trips to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Kyoto, as well as safe areas outside of Fukushima.

Poland: World Youth Day, July 23 - August 2, 2016 

Scandinavia: Gender Equal and Happy? (GEND 180), May 16 - May 27, 2016

Spend 12 days in Stockholm and neighboring cities, Sweden, Copenhagen, Denmark, Oslo, Norway, and finally Reykjavik, Iceland, interacting with locals ranging from activists and non-profit workers to students, visiting organizations and academic institutions, touring museums and famous landmarks, and of course basking in the glorious natural beauty of these countries while absorbing, understanding and reflecting on the role played by cultural norms in advancing gender equality, one of the cornerstones to the success of these countries. The refreshing and breathtaking Scandinavian landscapes combined with egalitarian perspectives on human development make this an ideal destination to learn about cultures which have supported and enacted some of the most powerful legislations to transform gender roles and foster a more equal society. Not surprisingly, countries in this region are ranked among the happiest in the world. 

Spain: Spanish Language & Culture (HISP 200/211), May 12 - June 17, 2016 OR June 16 - July 22, 2016

The summer program in Valladolid, Spain, is mainly intended for students who are looking to fulfill their language requirement while completely immersing in the Spanish culture. Participants live with Spanish families for the entire duration of the five week program. The program includes visits to historical cities such as Salamanca and Segovia; visits to museums and castles (Coca and Peñafiel), among others, and some social events such as a welcome reception and a farewell dinner.

South Korea: Gender and Culture (GEND 180), May 9 - May 25, 2016

This year the IWL will be exploring gender in Seoul, and surrounding cities in South Korea. Each day will contain a variety of activities ranging from meetings with local students to walking around famous historical sites. Meetings will include: local businesswomen, politicians, representatives of organizations working on issues of gender equality, families, universities, and Americans living abroad.

Sweden: Student Teaching (COLG 380), May 10 - June 6, 2016

Sweden is one of those countries that many people know is beautiful and peaceful, but the details always seem a bit fuzzy. Famous for its neutral position in so many world conflicts, Sweden is the origin of Pippi Longstocking, the band The Hives and classic Hollywood actresses such as Ingrid Berman and Greta Garbo. Not to mention some of the most beautiful North and Baltic Sea coastlines dotted with picturesque hamlets and rugged archipelago inlets. The Swedish government invests a great deal of time and money into their education system, resulting in a reputation as one of the most effective student-centered learning environments in the world. This study abroad program sets participants directly into the cultural experience with homestays and local school placements which reveal Sweden's multicultural student population.