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Courses Taught in Exciting Places World-Wide!
Have you thought of exploring Germany, Italy, the Philippines, Uganda, Mexico, Taiwan, Spain, Costa Rica or Ireland as part of a University of Scranton class? If so, you might want to consider participating in a University of Scranton Faculty-Led Study Abroad course.The University offers a number of Faculty-Led Study Abroad courses every year. Some of the courses are offered during the month of January (Intersession) and others are offered during the summer session and sometimes during spring break. All courses carry academic credit and the grades earned in the courses will be factored into your grade point average. 

Some Faculty-Led Study Abroad Courses courses are taught on campus prior to traveling abroad and others are taught in their entirety abroad. Certain courses will fulfill a variety of General University Education requirements while others are specific to academic major or minor requirements. Note that some courses will have pre-requisites, while others require no previous study in the discipline.

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Courses Tentatively Scheduled for Intersession 2017 

Global Health Policy Seminar for Nurses
The nursing program will be offering a Global Health Policy seminar as an elective this January. The travel course will include a two week trip to Dublin, Ireland to attend the International Winter Program at Trinity College's School of Nursing and Midwifery. The program in Ireland is designed to provide nursing students with experiences of nursing in Ireland from multiple perspectives including 2 days of observing nurses in clinical hospital sites. The program includes seminars with Trinity's lead researchers to talk about innovations in practice/ research, the distinctive features of nursing in Ireland, the professional and health services systems, marginalized/vulnerable groups within Irish society, so that students are in a position to make some comparative analysis between US and Irish healthcare/nursing. 
The seminar is open to junior and senior nursing students.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ann Feeney or
Dr. Barbara Buxton
trinity college

Contemporary Mexican Culture and Language
Nestled in the middle of Mexico, under the imposing view of the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes, Puebla was named a “heroic” city for being the site where Mexican troops’ defeated the French army in May 5th1862 (Battle of Puebla); and it was also named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.

The trip includes:

20 nights room and board (3 meals per day) with a Mexican family selected by the Office of Internationalization at La Ibero,
Half-day tour of historic Puebla and nearby Cholula, including the world-famous Cholula pyramid, museums and typical market places,
Weekend trip to the beautiful city of Oaxaca in southwestern Mexico,
Weekend trip to nearby megalopolis of Mexico City, including visits to the world- famous Anthropological Museum, Coyoacán, and the amazing pyramids of Teotihuacan,
30 hours of instruction in Spanish by native speakers at Universidad Iberoamericana under the supervision of University of Scranton faculty,
30 hours of instruction in contemporary Mexican culture and politics by full-time Ibero faculty with assistance of University of Scranton faculty,

Transfer from La Ibero to the Benito Juárez International airport in Mexico City for return trip.Cost: $4,000

For additional information, contact: Dr. Yamile Silva
mexico students
Biology 295: Philippine Tropical Organisms and Ecosystems
This course will focus on field observations and study of the physical factors, the flora and fauna, the interrelationships that exist in different tropical ecosystems, and the interaction between the environment and the cultural minorities that inhabit these regions.  The course involves a three week trip to the Philippines over Intersession.  Local trips in the Philippines will focus on tropical rainforests, coral reefs, mangroves, and sites of recent and old volcanic activity.

Prerequisites: Biology 142, or instructor approval

For more information please contact Dr. George Gomez
Christianity in Africa (T/RS 295)
The course which travels to Uganda, focuses on the history of the Christian churches in Africa, and their power and presence in the people’s daily lives.  Special attention is given to the interaction between cultures that springs from Christian missions.  We follow the story of Christianity’s arrival in the late 19th century and the subsequent martyrdom of 45 Ugandans whose deaths inspired Christianity’s dramatic spread.  We will also explore differences between Anglican and Catholic Christians, learn of cooperative mission work to dispossessed peoples like the Batwa Pygmies, and see Christians at work in schools, hospitals and AIDS clinics.   

For more information, please contact: Dr. Charles Pinches or Dr. Cyrus Olsen
EDUC 310: Crossing Border - Travel Course to Honduras

This internship course is designed for students who wish to have an immersion experience in a global community in which they interact with members of that community.  Through guided reflections, students will begin to develop a plan for how the Jesuit mission of social justice can be made manifest in their role as a professional.  Participants will interact with children and adolescents from the Copprome Orphanage and also visit a bilingual school and after school program.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Vanessa Talarico
ARTH 184 & INTD 184: Art and Society & Math and Society in Renaissance Florence

This is a 3-week Intersession travel course to Florence, Italy following Fall semester courses in Art and Society in Renaissance Florence and Math and Society in Renaissance Florence. Students who wish to participate in this Faculty Led Program must have permission from the instructors and complete the Fall semester courses.

Course work in Italy includes daily journaling on specific topics; reflection papers; one presentation; and a summation paper.
Weekends are set aside for travel to nearby Renaissance cities: e.g., Pisa, Siena, Assisi, Lucca, Arezzo.
There is a service component to this program as well.

Please contact Dr. Josephine Dunn or Dr. Anthony Ferzola for more information.
ENTR 484 - Old World Entrepreneurship

In this course we will be visiting old world entrepreneurs and industries in Morocco(e.g., food/produce, textiles, leather tanneries, oil, wine) and learning about their historical context within their modern day culture. We will visit the cities of Rabat, Chefchaouen, Fes, Marrakesh, Essaouira, and Casablanca. We plan to visit 8-10 entrepreneurs and enjoy 12-15 cultural activities. This course will be an elective for entrepreneurship majors and a free elective for all other university majors. Course fulfills "diversity" elective. Course limited to 20 students. Must be at least a junior/senior to attend trip.

Please contact Dr. Jeremy Brees for more information
TRS 285: Christianity in the Middle East

Through a series of visits to holy sites in and around Jerusalem and meetings with local Christians, this course will introduce the history, people, traditions, and politics of Christianity in the Middle East.

For more information please contact Dr. Michael Azar
NURS 495: Health Issues in Africa  

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Courses Tentatively Scheduled for Summer 2017
MGT 484 - Multicultural Talent Management

This 5-week course on the island of Mallorca, Spain students will learn how to create a high performance, sustainable organization that meets its strategic and operational goals through talent management processes. Each week we will cover one major topic - how to (week 1) recruit and hire top talent, (week 2) onboard and train top talent, (week 3) manage top talent, (week 4) develop top talent, and (week 5) retain top talent. We will spend 2hrs/day in a classroom Monday - Wednesday and then visit Spanish businesses on Thursdays to see how they execute talent management processes. Three full day fun/cultural trips are included. This course is a 400 level MGT elective course or a free elective for all other university majors. Course fulfills "diversity" elective. Course limited to 20 students. Must be at least a junior/senior by summer 2017 to attend.

Please contact Dr. Jeremy Brees for more information
Ireland Study Abroad Course

Visit Dublin, Howth, Bray, Galway, Tara, Newgrange, the scenic west coast and the rural heartland of Ireland.
Learn about the culture and people of Ireland, both historically and in contemporary society.

Includes:Ground Transportation
Admissions and visits
Full Irish breakfast daily
Additional side trips
Round trip airfare from U.S. to Dublin
Hotel accommodations (double occupancy)
For more information please contact: Dr. Matthew Reavy    

*Students pay for 1 credit Summer tuition, but receive 3 credits for the course.