Study Abroad 2018-19

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Northern Ireland

Program Dates: TBD
Program Cost: TBD

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 at

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Program Dates: TBD
Program Cost: TBD

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 6 - May 26, 2019
Program Cost: TBD

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 visit the LALS website.

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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