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Program Descriptions

Arcadia University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Both Semesters

Are you the next Andy Warhol? A graffiti master? Want to combine foreign and domestic study as you immerse yourself in a new culture?  Do you know secrets about the Continental Congress and early Americana? Interested in Hispanic heritage in growing U.S. cities? Explore the history, urban landscape, arts, and diverse neighborhoods of Philadelphia while experiencing campus life at Arcadia University. Arcadia’s Philadelphia Semester moves the classroom into the city. You will explore everything from the National Constitution Center to the Ben Franklin Institute to Philadelphia’s world famous murals. Specialty courses include: Philadelphia Then and Now, Hispanic Philadelphia, and Philadelphia ART: Museums, Public Art and Murals. Explore languages and cultures in the Philadelphia region, connecting with local Guatemalan families, participating in service learning projects and completing a semester-long course that includes travel to Guatemala during spring break.       

Ellen Skilton-Sylvester
Director of Global Connections
Arcadia University
E sylveste@arcadia.edu
P (215) 572-2117

Belmont University
Nashville, Tennessee | Both Semesters

Do you know American music through and through, down to the bluegrass, honky-tonk past of rock and roll? Have a head for business? In the heart of Nashville, Belmont University is known for cutting-edge integrative programs like Music Business, Social Entrepreneurship, and Religion and the Arts. These programs not only bring the arts and the community to the classroom, but also help you to develop the skills necessary to work in an array of fields after graduation. In addition to the musical world, you may select courses in a diversity of majors from Asian Studies to Writing. Belmont promotes experiential learning, and faculty is committed to creative, engaged coursework that moves from campus to community, from collegiate to professional life, and back again.

Jonathan Thorndike
Honors Program Director
Belmont University
E jonathan.thorndike@belmont.edu
P (615) 460-5424 or 6472

Beverly Schneller
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Belmont University
E beverly.schneller@belmont.edu
P (615) 460-5630

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Drury University
Springfield, Missouri | Both Semesters

Want to trompe le monde? If you’re the globe trekker sort, Drury University will deepen your awareness of the politics of globalization and allow you to focus on a particular area, such as the Middle East or Asia. Drury’s Global Perspectives 21 curriculum offers a broad selection of courses that examine globalization, world cultures, and contemporary ethical issues, such as environmental ethics, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and comparative genocide.  Drury’s new Bob and Dorothy Jo Barker Forum on Animal Ethics provides a venue for meaningful applied ethical reasoning.   

You can develop spatial and cultural engagement in Drury’s nationally acclaimed Hammons School of Architecture, one of the very few accredited professional schools of architecture that emerged from and continues to privilege its roots in the fine arts.  Drury’s unique location, cosmopolitan but nestled in and tied by their mission to the natural beauty of the Missouri Ozarks, provides a unequalled living/learning experience for students interested in environmental sciences and advocacy, and is home to the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions, a home for applied environmental research and policy.  Students can enact their commitments to thinking globally and acting locally in every class at Drury University.

Michael Thomas
Associate Dean for International Programs
Drury University
E mthomas@drury.edu
P (417) 873-7503

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Nazareth College

Interested in human rights and social justice? Experience the city that was home to civil rights activists such as Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Susan B. Anthony, and George Eastman. Learn about social action taken in Rochester in the 1960s by leaders such as Malcolm X and Saul Alinsky. Find out about contemporary civil rights by exploring Rochester's rich public history and plethora of non-profit organizations which are the perfect place for students wishing to learn and intern.

In addition to public history, you may want to explore what it is really like to age in contemporary society. The Nazareth College Gerontology Program offers several curricular and co-curricular opportunities to work and play with older adults from various backgrounds in multiple settings from nursing homes, to hospitals, to those still in their own homes. Students in health care administration, nursing, social work, physical therapy, and psychology will greatly benefit from the hands-on experience that will be gained through moving out of the classroom and into the service-learningopportunities that make Nazareth College so dynamic.

Emily Carpenter
Director of Internships
Nazareth College
E Ecarpen1@naz.edu
P (585) 389-2571

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North Central College
Naperville and Chicago, Illinois | Fall Term Only

Want to learn why Norman Mailer called Chicago “the last of the great American cities?” North Central College offers The Chicago Term: An Urban Experience—a combination of academic courses, internships, and field experiences at the hub of one of the most vibrant and historically significant cities in the United States. Through this program, you will cover all things Chicago: arts, business, public policy, Windy City politics, intercultural communication, the local media, and the relationship between leadership styles, ethics, and engaged citizenship. You will explore the city of Chicago along with members of North Central’s distinguished faculty and learn about its history, architecture, institutions, neighborhoods, and culture. You will complete linked courses in the heart of Chicago’s “Loop” in combination with an internship that provides the best fit between your interests and the city’s resources. You’ll also enjoy the resources of North Central College’s dynamic Naperville campus with its vibrant local downtown in a community identified as one of the nation’s “Best Places to Live.”

Francine Navakas
Associate Academic Dean
North Central College
E fgnavakas@noctrl.edu
P (630) 637-5285

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Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama| Spring Semester only

Interested in the history of the Civil Rights Movement?  Want to experience first hand the city where the apogee of the movement took place in April of 1963--when thousands of men, women and even children, took to the streets of Birmingham to demand "Freedom Now!" You can choose from a number of courses on Civil Rights at Samford University and through the Birmingham Area Consortium of Higher Education at UAB and Birmingham Southern College. You may also access the archives and museum at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (www.bcri.org) and visit the shrines of the movement in Birmingham and Alabama: the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, the martyr’s trail from Hayneville to U.S. 80, and the Rosa Parks Museum in Montgomery. This is an exceptional opportunity for students with interest in American Studies, African-American Studies, sociology, museum studies, and history.

Angela D. Ferguson
Director of International Education
Samford University
E adfergus@samford.edu
P (205) 726-2915

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The Sage Colleges
Albany, New York and Troy, New York | Both Semesters

Are you the next Creative Director in the publishing world? Interested in getting a leg up for a future in consulting? The I.Think curriculum at Sage College of Albany integrates academic programs and encourages creative, team-based approaches to problem solving among students and faculty. This interdisciplinary approach offers exposure to all fields in the School of Professional Studies—Business and Management, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Communications, and Information Design. If you are interested in Gender Studies, Russell Sage College in Troy is one of the only women’s colleges in the country that still requires a robust women’s studies curriculum. In two specific courses, students come to understand how women throughout history have struggled, adapted, changed, and flourished. Russell Sage College encourages women to take risks, discover their strengths, and apply what they have learned.

David Salomon
Study Abroad Director
The Sage Colleges
E salomd@sage.edu
P (518) 244 3118

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The University of Scranton
Scranton, Pennsylvania | Both Semesters

Are you interested in being more and not just doing more? If so, then consider joining the engaging community of students and faculty at The University of Scranton. A Scranton education is about you, just as you are—cura personalis. With nearly 60 undergraduate majors and scores of minors and concentrations, Scranton is ideal for finding just the right match for your area of interest. Its core curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts and served by outstanding and engaged faculty in three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, Panuska College of Professional Studies, and Kania School of Management. A Jesuit institution located in Pennsylvania’s scenic Pocono Northeast, Scranton’s campus is minutes from shopping, skiing, hiking and biking in the heart of “The Electric City.”

Joe Dreisbach
Interim Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
The University of Scranton
E dreisbachj1@scranton.edu
P (570) 941-7520

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Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, Indiana | Both Semesters

Are you a classical musician? Have a sixth sense for solar cycles and changing barometric pressure? Want to become a television weather forecaster? Interested in the study of Buddhism and serious about learning Chinese? At Valparaiso deepen your knowledge of meteorology, 19th and 20th Century American art, television communications, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Chinese Studies. Located near the Indiana Dunes/ Lake Michigan shore, Valpo offers art students a chance to work with the curator of the Brauer Museum of the Art, music majors the ability to participate in the Bach Institute, and environmental science and engineering undergraduates the occasion to work closely with world renowned researcher, Professor Robert Palumbo. Meteorology or communications majors can sharpen their presentation skills in the state-of-the-art weather forecasting studio, a part of the prestigious meteorology program. Humanities students may choose to study at one of the oldest and most respected honors colleges in the United States, Christ College. To top it all off, Valpo has a Confucius Institute, a rare gem that allows students to concentrate on the study of Chinese language, culture, and art with Chinese nationals who are master scholars in the field.

Kathleen Gibson
Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Valparaiso University
E Kathleen.Gibson@valpo.edu
P (219) 464-5318

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Wagner College
Staten Island, New York | Spring Semester Only

How’s this for your morning commute? Jump on the free Wagner shuttle bus, ride ten minutes down the hill to the Staten Island ferry terminal, walk onto the free ferry to Manhattan, pass Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, debark at the tip of Manhattan, only steps from Wall Street, and proceed to your internship. Wagner’s New York semester takes a bite from the Big Apple, allowing you to jump-start your experience with a course on the Future of the City, a smattering of additional tailored classes just for you, and an internship of your design in the bustling metropolis. Your studies center around the position of New York as a world city, including exploration of its economic, political, social, and cultural characteristics. Outside of your studies, regardless of your co-curricular interests, you’ll be primed and ready to check out the endless bounty of people, culture, history, sports, and entertainment in NYC! At the end of the day, or night, you will be delighted to hop back on the ferry and return to Wagner's 105 tree-filled acres, which offer breathtaking views of New York Harbor, and make for a great place to live and study. Enjoy the best of two worlds in one semester!

Ruta Shah-Gordon
Dean of Campus Life and Internationalization
E intercultural.advancement@wagner.edu
P (718) 420-4534

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Westminster College
Salt Lake City, Utah | Both Semesters

Are you an environmental activist?  A fan of winter sports? Want to enrich your business degree with specialized classes in aviation management? Then a semester at Westminster is ideal! The College’s prime location, next to the Rocky Mountains and Salt Lake City, plays a major role in undergraduate study and student life. You’ll be just five minutes from downtown, where you can find the Utah Jazz, REAL soccer, and great internship opportunities. Mountaineering and skiing/boarding are easily accessible, and you will be highly encouraged to explore the area’s ecology either as part of coursework, or on your own.  In the spring semester, you can combine academic coursework with participation in once-in-a-lifetime winter sport experiences through the College’s Winter at Westminster program. As an added bonus, you’ll have access to year-round world-class, mountain recreation at seven major resorts just 30 minutes away.

Frances Peacock
Assistant Director, START Center
E fpeacock@westminstercollege.edu
P (801) 832-2279
F (801) 832-3118

Widener University
Chester, Pennsylvania

Do you have a passion for civic engagement and leadership? If so, we invite you to join us at Widener, a leading metropolitan university just outside Philadelphia. Our students enrich their learning by helping communities in the Philadelphia region, across the U.S., and around the world. 75% of Widener students participate in service or volunteer activities. The Oskin Leadership Institute inspires our students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage, and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world. Widener offers courses in the Arts & Sciences as well as professional programs such as business, engineering, social work, and nursing. Our beautiful 110-acre main campus in Chester, PA (just outside Philadelphia) is a great place to live, study, and have fun!

Anne Krouse
Associate Provost/Professor
E amkrouse@widener.edu
P (610) 499-4238




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