Study Abroad 2018-19

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France and Ireland

ML 313/HUM 361 Special Topics in Language, Literature, or Culture : Celtic Folklore of France and Ireland

Program Dates: 6/30/19 - 7/14/19
Program Cost: $3015 (plus airfare)

Explore the rich Celtic cultures of Ireland and Brittany, France through regional folk tales. The first part of this course is designed to examine the how culture, place/environment, and history are intertwined in surviving written records of folklore. This provides the structure for the second half of this course: travel to France and Ireland. Traveling to the areas represented in the literature will give students context to the stories that they would not receive otherwise, increase their cultural competency, and gain a greater understanding of Celtic cultures as a whole.Students will have a chance to experience the history and sites in a different light than on the page: from ring forts, to standing stones, to King Arthur’s forest. Application deadline is March 18, 2019.

For additional information, please contact Rebecca Dixon .




AST 501-02/Comm 510-04/HIST 503-03 : Culture of India

Program Dates: 3/5/19-4/22/19 (Louisville segment) and 6/4/19-6/19/19 (India segment)
Program Cost: approximately $4500.00 (after scholarships)

Join us on a life-changing visit to India, a rapidly changing country with a rich culture and history. The class will cover: religions of India, gender relations, communication, performing arts, traditional clothing, spices, and a glimpse of Indian history from ancient to modern. After introductory classes in Louisville, we will fly to India for two weeks. For the first week, our base will be New Delhi, India’s vibrant capital in North India. For the second week, we will be in Manipal, a college town in South India. We will experience India’s history and natural beauty, from the world-famous Taj Mahal to the magnificent Western Ghat mountains. In North India, we will see sites from the 800-year-old Qutub Minar to Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation place. In South India, we’ll visit ancient Hindu and Jain temples, and the sweet Tunga River.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Margaret D’Silva or Dr. John McLeod.

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Northern Ireland

Psychology 408 : International Service Learning and Research 

Program Dates: TBD
Program Cost: $4,000

The Northern Ireland International Service Learning & Research Program (PSYC408 - 6 credit hours) is a spring term and off-campus cultural immersion experience (10-14 days) intended to expose students to applicable theories of intergroup contact, direct approaches to conflict transformation, and empirical research specific to "The Troubles" of the Northern Ireland conflict and its impact on behavioral and mental health. Emphasis is based on cognitive, social, and peace psychology perspectives. Students will gain practical experience working directly on a faculty member's on-going research and service learning project. Prior to international departure, students will complete the Human Subject's Protection Training and work as a team to develop a community engagement project. Once abroad, students will travel throughout Northern Ireland's spectacular countryside to conduct their workshop with groups of adolescents (ages 14-16). They will also meet with and learn from multiple community leaders. Applications are due October 11, 2018.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Melinda Leonard.

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COMM 350/690 : Intercultural Communication, SPAN 321 Communication and Conversation in Spanish, LALS 313/ML 551 Panamanian Culture

Program Dates: May 6 - May 26, 2019
Program Cost: $3500 (w/flight) or $2700 (w/out flight)

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 and to apply, please contact Karen Battoe at (502) 852-6976.

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BIOL 571 : Tropical Biology

Program Dates: April 30 - May 11, 2019
Program Cost: $4572

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 .