2011-2012 Global Studies Seminars

Winter break 2011-2012

Spring break 2012

Summer 2012

Winter Break 2011-2012

RomeRome: The Eternal City as Art and Museum (ART 110SA or ART 166SA)

Celebrate the New Year in Rome, the Eternal City. Students in the fine arts class will be on visual sensory overload as they experience firsthand some of the greatest art and architecture the world has ever produced. On this program, students explore how cemeteries, palaces, and churches, and in fact, how a city can become a museum. While in Rome photography students will also have the opportunity to capture the splendor of the Eternal City on film.

Participation in this program will fulfill the Fine Arts General Education Requirement. Students may enroll in either "Introduction to Visual Art" (ART 110SA) or "Photography 1" (ART 166SA).

VietnamVietnam (ENGL 373SA)

Explore one of the most fascinating countries in Asia. This program is designed to introduce students to Vietnam's rich cultural heritage, while experiencing hands-on the reality of present-day Vietnam through lectures, visits, and interaction with the Vietnamese people. Particular attention will be given to the American war and its impact on contemporary culture, especially literature.

The Bahamas: The Ecology of the West Indian Reef System (BIO 314)


Dive into the ecology of the West Indian Coral reef ecosystem. Students will learn to identify the reef species and will study the life history, ecology, and behavior of these organisms. The program will largely take place on San Salvador with some visits to nearby islands and reefs. (Requirement: BIOL 111 or ENVS 101)

Spring Break 2012

This program is part of a semester-long course at LC.

France: Identité française (INTL 377U)


An unparalleled journey through French contemporary culture that includes visits to Mount St. Michel, the D-Day Beaches at Normandy, the Loire Valley, and Paris. After visiting la France profonde, participants spend three days in the capital. This program is part of a semester-long course offered on campus at LC. While abroad, students will have the opportunity to see their classroom discussions come to life and continue the experience for the remainder of the semester after they return to campus.

Summer 2012

There is generally a week of instruction on campus prior to departure following graduation. The dates listed below are for travel only.

Experiential Learning Grants(ELGs), available for summer study abroad programs, offer students a 50% reduction in tuition fees. The ELGs do not apply to program fees which cover flights, accommodations, site entrances, some meals, insurance, etc.

Costa Rica 1Costa Rica: Spanish Language and Tico Culture (SPAN 201SA and SPAN 202SA; upper level classes also available)

Improve your Spanish language skills and complete your foreign language requirement through experiencing the vibrant culture of Costa Rica. Students will take classes at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Costa Rica (UNA) in Heredia and live with host families to maximize their language learning and cultural experience. Excursions will include visits to points of interest in San Jose, national parks, and activities related to eco-tourism.

Students will receive transfer credit for their participation in this program provided they earn a "C" or better in their coursework.

Prerequisite: SPAN 102 or placement into SPAN 201 from testing

Costa Rica 2Costa Rica: Tropical Ecology (ENVS 377N)

Students will study ecology and environmental science at the Instituto Monteverde field station in the Costa Rican rain forest. The Monteverde zone is a rural highland where the main industries of dairy farming, coffee production, and eco-tourism co-exist adjacent to pristine, primary cloud forest reserves. In the last two decades, it has experienced rapid growth due to eco-tourism. Monteverde is world-famous for its role in creating the Monteverde Reserve complex, a collection of private and public preserves protecting more than 100,000 acres of endangered tropical forest. While in Costa Rica, students will also visit the capital city of San Jose and coastal regions.

EU SeminarEuropean Union Seminar: The Politics and Economics of the EU (ECON 377M and POLI 377M)

Examine the historical and contemporary context of European integration and the expansion of the European Union. The program will include site visits and lectures at European institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg, two cities known as the "Crossroads of Europe." Between Belgium and Strasbourg, students will visit battlefields from the wars of the 20th century. While in Austria, the group will spend time at LC's sister school, Fachhochschule Vorarlberg, and continue on to Vienna and Hungary. One of our final briefings will be a meeting with parliamentarians in the Hungarian legislature.

ItalyItaly: Literary and World Heritage (ENGL 201SA and MST 377O)

Experience classical literature, art, and architecture firsthand through Homer's and Virgil's classic works as well as visits to Italy's numerous World Heritage Sites as identified by UNESCO. This program includes visits to Rome, Naples, Pompeii, and destinations in Sicily, where sites and lectures will enhance students' understanding of ancient Rome's contributions to Western heritage and civilization.

Quebec CityQuebec City: French Language and Culture à la Québecoise (FREN 377N)

Enjoy a "European" experience in one of the oldest cities in North America while studying at LC's newest sister school. Laval University will host LC students for a language and cultural immersion program, which includes language instruction, a home-stay experience, and cultural activities. The beautiful city of Quebec and its environs on the St. Lawrence River will provide some great sight-seeing.

Students can fulfill their foreign language general education requirement by taking the equivalent of FREN 201 at Laval University after completing FREN 102 at LC.

St. Lucia: Island Exploration through Service Learning (EDUC 377M)

Make a difference and interact with the local culture by participating in an international service learning experience. Education students will have the opportunity to engage in classroom observation and instruction at local schools and conduct developmental screenings for young children to assess their readiness for school entry. Students will also have the opportunity to explore this tropical island as they work jointly with St. Lucians during their service learning projects.

Students in this program enroll in G S 277: Cross-Cultural Explorations for an additional credit hour. This course takes place prior to departure.

South KoreaSouth Korea: An Intercultural Exploration of Korean Culture at Hannam University

Students will experience a new culture and way of life during their visit to LC's sister university in Daejeon, South Korea. Classes focus on Korean language and culture while students explore Buddhist temples and taste Korean cuisine with their Korean "buddies." The program's "buddy system" pairs LC students with Hannam students who introduce their international friends to Korean life and culture. This system enhances the student experience, fostering cross-cultural understanding and friendship building. Activities include pottery-making, karaoke night, and a two-day excursion to Seoul, the South Korean capital. Students enroll in a three-credit course at Hannam University and receive transfer credit through this experience.

UgandaUganda: Community Health in the Global South (HP 377M)

Travel to the Gulu region of Uganda where you will work directly with local leaders and citizens to promote public health initiatives. Dr. Olsen and the Sports Outreach Institute (headquartered in Lynchburg) have extensive experience within the region. This hands-on experience will allow students to examine the importance of community health and well-being and its impact on development in countries of the Global South.