Study Abroad 2017-18

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Northern Ireland

Program Dates: TBD
Program Cost: $4,000

The Northern Ireland International Service Learning & Research Program developed by Prof. Leonard is intended to expose students to direct approaches to conflict resolution, transitional justice, and empirical research specific to “The Troubles” of the Northern Ireland conflict (1960s-1990s). Emphasis is based on cognitive, social, and peace psychology perspectives. Students receive training in human subject protection, field research methodologies, surveying and interviewing skills, and diversity issues during the spring semester prior to going overseas. Once abroad, they assist with data collection as well as community workshops.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Melinda Leonard at

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Program Dates: June 7  - July 4, 2018
Program Cost:

Program Participants will have a great opportunity to become acquainted first hand with Brazilian culture, a mix of influences from the Portuguese, the Africans, Western Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Program participants will experience its rich tradition in music, food, dance, art, and religion and will study how current day Brazilian culture developed from combining the autochthonous and the traditions brought from abroad. The program takes place in São Jose do Rio Preto, located 280 miles (450 km) northwest of the city of São Paulo. UNESP (The State University of São Paulo) hosts the students and welcomed them to its campus. The classes taught by UofL and UNESP faculty take full advantage of this optimal setting to explore up close major issues surrounding this booming Latin American country. As part of the UofL/UNESP agreement, and at the center of the UofL Brazilian Studies Program, the places we visit do wonders for students who are eager to explore the rich cultural heritage offered by this fascinating country

For additional information, please contact Dr. Manuel Medina: (502) 852-0501, or Charles Nasby: (502) 852-8748,

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Program Dates: May 4 – June 8, 2018
Program Cost: $3935

Hosted by the Xiamen University (XMU) of China, students will develop flexibility, adaptability, self-confidence, and other personal skills. Strengthen your Chinese language skills by interacting with locals in everyday life. Develop intercultural skills for the global marketplace. Students will have the opportunity to continue their studies of Mandarin Chinese and Chinese culture, and earn 4 U of L credits in 5 weeks at one of China’s leading comprehensive universities, travel, and participate in cultural events in Xiamen, Shanghai and Beijing.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Li Zeng (502) 852-0493, or Dr. Ming Wu (502) 852-0490,

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Program Dates: May 2-26, 2018
Program Cost: $3,900

The Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Department of Communication offer an Annual Study Abroad Program in Panama, during the month of May. The total program cost includes: 6 to 7 credit hours of tuition, round-trip airfare to Panama, all ground transportation expenses for excursions and transportation to and from the airport in Panama, lodging at a hotel in Panama City, and organized excursions. Some of the special features include: visits to the Panama Canal, El Casco Viejo and the Presidential Palace in the colonial part of the city, the Causeway in the Canal Zone, the Emberá Indigenous Community in the Gamboa Rainforest, Aldeas Infantiles SOS Orphanage, and a trip to Bocas del Toro and Boquete, near the Costa Rican border. All students will receive a Panama Scholar Award. Other scholarships are available.

For additional information, please visit the LALS website.

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Buenos Aires

Program Dates: May 18–May 31, 2018
Program Cost: $4,095 (final cost may decrease)

LGBTQ Global Studies program. Studying LGBTQ issues in Argentina offers a unique opportunity. Argentina is one of the most progressive countries in the world on LGBT issues. In Buenos Aires, participants will visit the Remembrance and Human Rights Center that documents human rights abuses under the dictatorship and Argentina’s commitment to transcend them. Participants will meet with local activists who support Argentina’s pro-LGBT legislation, who work on issues for queer youth, and who focus on rights for travesti and transsexuals.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Anne Caldwell: (502) 216-4668, or Brian Buford: (502) 852-0227,

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Program Dates: TBD
Program Cost: TBD

This 12-day field course will take place the Amazon rainforest near Iquitos, Peru.  The course will provide students with first-hand research and educational experience on a broad range of topics including biodiversity, chemical ecology, behavior, community ecology, ecosystem processes, and conservation biology.  The course will emphasize practical training through structured field activities and independent research.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Chris Frost or Dr. Steve Yanoviak

Students posing together in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago

Program Dates: TBD (mid-July – August 2, 2018)
Program Cost: $3,500

Students will experience the celebration of Trinidad's independence. Students will stay in campus apartments at the University of West Indies, where they will study. Program cost covers travel, lodging, tuition, and some meals. Students will be guided by student coordinators, who will arrange excursions geared towards immersing in Caribbean cultures. 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Theresa Rajack-Talley: (502) 852-7802 or