International Study Tours

Short-Term International Study Tours Offering Academic Credit

Check this website regularly for updated information on programs taking place during 2014-2105.

For information about other short-term international study tours offering academic credit, call 559.278.0333.

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Click here for a list of all 2015 International Study Tours

Fiji 2015: Intergenerational Service Learning Adventure

December 29, 2014 – January 11, 2015
COM S 101 – 3 units
Fee:  $1,200 (travel grants of approximately $1,000 available for matriculated Fresno State students)

FijiParticipants will embark on a rewarding service learning project in the beautiful beach front village of Naboutini, Fiji. Fresno State Students and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute community members will be partnering with Madventurer, an international service organization, to work on rural community development in Fiji. Through a meaningful and lasting service learning project, students will be able to aid development by working on building a community center and engaging in the community through village events, sports, games, and educational opportunities. This is a cultural immersion trip as participants will get to experience local food, local accommodation, and daily life in Fiji. There will be opportunities for excursions throughout Fiji, waterfall trips, horseback riding, learning traditional dances, and many more cultural immersion experiences.

To download (PDF) a detailed flyer, click here.

Click here to download the Fiji registration form.

Click here for the Fiji Application

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Chile: Farm to Port

January 1 – 14, 2015
AGBS 185T – 3 units
Fee:  $4,080

Deadline to register and pay deposit has been extended to October 27, 2014.

Participants will visit Chilean agricultural fields to learn about the different agricultural production practices used with an English-speaking guide throughout the trip. Students will observe during site visits how products are tested, harvested, packed, cooled, stored, transported, branded, inspected, traded and so forth. Participants will tour facilities to learn how food products are prepared for the final domestic and export markets. Visits will include a briefing with the U.S. Embassy Staff Agricultural Attache, Chilean government agricultural research facility, as well as a tour of the port, farms and wineries. Chilean university faculty will provide expertise in different aspects of agricultural production, wine-making or food processing. This will bring about an exploration of ideas and cross-cultural exchange. During the program some days will highlight the main tourist sites of Chile.

For more information contact Dr. Patrick Berends, pberends@csufresno.edu or 559.278.3075 or Dr. Lynn Williams, lynnw@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2949.

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure, click here.

Rome, Italy

2015 Visual Communications Summer Program

June 15 – July 11, 2015
HUM 101T Roman History and Culture – 3 units
HUM 101T Media Studies – 3 units

Rome

AIRC’s Visual Communications summer program examines the politics, economics, religion, social structure, daily life, physical infrastructure, art, and historical development of Rome, from its beginning to the 6th century AD. The morning on-site lectures also offer numerous opportunities to discuss important issues such as conservation/ preservation of cultural heritage, new and ongoing excavations, and technology and media in the humanities. In the afternoons students work on their projects, which are designed to tell one of the Eternal City’s countless unique and timeless stories and are presented to faculty at course’s end. Students come away with a solid grasp of the layout of the modern and ancient city, its history, and its development through time, as well as a completed media project that communicates one or more aspects of Roman culture to a broad audience in a compelling way.

2015 Field School Excavation

June 8 – July 19, 2015
HUM 101T Archaeological Field School – 3 units

Whether you’re a postgraduate or undergraduate, archaeology or art history or anthropology major, or simply someone interested in learning more about the field of archaeology, this program provides an exciting and unique opportunity for a first-hand look at archaeological fieldwork at a one-of-a-kind Roman site.

The American Institute for Roman Culture’s Summer Archaeological Field School is an intensive, accredited six-week educational program in Roman archaeology led by AIRC faculty and affiliated expert archaeologists. The program offers students a unique combination of (1) one week of specialized academic instruction on the topography and development of Rome, including visits to major museums and open-air sites to augment field studies and provide participants with a broader context of what life was like in the ancient city, and (2) five weeks of hands-on fieldwork at an important archaeological site in the city and environs. In 2015 the program will be held from June 8 through July 19 and will take place at Ostia Antica, the harbor city of ancient Rome.

The AIRC Summer Archaeological Field School offers its participants both a synchronic (single-period) and a diachronic (multi-period) approach to the study of Roman culture. Through this dual approach, which provides depth and breadth simultaneously, participants will gain a comprehensive historical and cultural appreciation of Rome and Roman civilization, from its rise to power to its decline, understanding how it set a standard of cultural values that continues to exert influence over the entire Western world to this day.

For more information, go to the AIRC website: http://romanculture.org/programs/academics/

Seoul and Kyungjeu, South Korea: Food and Trade Systems

May 17 – 29, 2015
AGBS 185T – 3 units

Participants will visit Korean agricultural businesses to learn about the different agricultural production systems used with an English-speaking guide through the trip. Students will observe during site visits how products are tested, processed, packed, cooled, stored, transported, branded, inspected, traded, and so forth. Participants will tour facilities to learn how food products are prepared after they are imported into the country. Visits will include a briefing with the U.S. Embassy Staff Agricultural Attache, South Korean government agricultural research facility, as well as a tour of the port. Korean university faculty/students will provide expertise in different aspects of agricultural businesses and Korean culture. This will bring about an exploration of ideas and cross-cultural exchange. During the program some days will highlight the main tourist sites of South Korea.  

For more information, contact Dr. Todd Lone, tlone@csufresno.edu, 559-278-4455, or Dr. Pei Xu, pxu@csufresno.edu, 559.278.5685. 

Sevilla, Spain

May 17 – June 5, 2015
Spanish 3 (3 units) or Spanish 125 (3 units)
Fee:  $3,425

SpainA special session of SPAN 3 and SPAN 125 offers students the opportunity to live in and experience one of the cultures that has influenced many of the cultures in this hemisphere, while improving their skills in reading and writing the Spanish language.  Students live with host families and are immersed in Spanish language and culture.  Cultural excursions, such as a trip to Granada and a trip to Rome are included. 

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Isolina Sands, isands@csufresno.edu or 559.676.6005.

Administration of Justice and Culture in Hong Kong

May 22 – 29, 2015
CRIM 136T – 1 unit
Fee:  $2,969

Hong KongThrough readings, site visits and lectures, participants in this travel study program will examine Hong Kong’s criminal justice system and the country’s culture and history. The program includes special emphasis on the psychology of penal institutions, role of treatment in offender rehabilitation, incarceration and punishment of adults and juveniles, drug enforcement, and the administration of the law. Comparisons will be made between corrections, courts, law enforcement, and victim services systems in Hong Kong and the United States. Also Hong Kong’s administration of justice will be examined in the framework of its history and culture. 

For more information contact Dr. Bernadette Muscat, bmuscat@csufresno.edu or 559.278.1012, or Professor Bob McDonald, bobmc@csufresno.edu, 559.250.1959.

The Nordic Welfare Society – Tampere, Finland

May 25 – June 6, 2015
SWRK 122T – 3 units
Fee:  TBD

TampereJoin us to explore Finland, a country of 5.3 million that straddles the Artic Circle in the northeast corner of Europe to learn how well-being is constructed in institutions and practice. This three-unit course is targeted at those interested in learning more about the history, theory and practice of the Nordic welfare society. Consistently ranked among the happiest of nations and ranked at the top in the world in education, Finland has an extensive social welfare system.

For more information contact Dr. Kris Clarke, kclarke@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2985.

Language and Culture in France: Rennes and the Loire Valley

May 31 – June 14, 2015
HUM 101TZ – 3 units
Fee:  4,530

FranceImmerse yourself in French culture!  Study for two weeks in Rennes, France, the perfect setting for an authentic French experience.  Rennes is known as a center of technology in France.  In Rennes, you will study the French language at the Universite de Bretagne, Rennes II campus, live with a French family and embrace the distinct Celtic traditions particular to this region of France.  The city offers a variety of cultural events with national theater, opera, orchestra, cinemas, and sporting events.  You will visit other cities and monuments such as le Mont St. Michel and St. Malo and complete your French adventure with a tour of famous French castles in the Loire Valley.  

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Natalie Munoz, nmunoz@csufresno.edu or 559.278.7039.

Society and Culture of Renaissance Italy: Florence, Venice, Rome

June 1 – 21, 2015
HIST 129T – 3 units
Fee:  3,585

ItalyTravel to Florence, Venice, and Rome to discover the history and culture of the Italian Renaissance!  Investigate the social, economic, and cultural background which made possible one of the greatest art revolutions in the West, characterized by such masters as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael…while walking the very streets they walked!  Our goal will be to learn to appreciate not only the beauty of Renaissance art, but also its meaning and function as a mirror of the society which created it.  

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Tere López, mariterel@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2601.

Increasing Cultural Competency in Puerto Rico

June 15 – 23, 2015
COUN 180T – 3 units
Fee:  $3,980

This course is designed for human professionals to identify specific tools and strategies for tackling the challenges in today’s complex, client-centered, culturally diverse environment. Your experience in the Puerto Rican culture will include religion, dance/arts, language, history, and an educational perspective. You will engage in lectures, journals/reflections, and culturally immersive activities geared at helping you foster an appreciation for the multicultural perspective and to increase your empathic skills for interacting with diverse populations. Become aware of your own cultural values, biases, and ethnic identity. Explore personal attitudes, values and behaviors, as well as explore your own racial/cultural identity with respect to the culturally different. Gather information and gain social/historical understanding regarding a selected non-mainstream, socio-cultural population in Puerto Rico. Your skills and perspectives relevant to the counseling profession will be enhanced through this international experience. 

In addition, enjoy a private city tour of San Juan, Puerto Rico, visit Old San Juan sites and the Museo del Arte de Puerto Rico.  Learn the art of salsa dance, participate in learning at the Universidad de Puerto Rico.  See El Yunque Caribbean National Forest and Luquillo Beach. Learn to surf and kayak at Bioluminescent Bay. Participate in two days of service learning experiences.  

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure, click here.

For more information contact Ms. Cheri Cruz, ccruz@csufresno.edu or 559.278.0340 or Dr. Albert Valencia, albertv@csufresno.edu or 559.278.0283.

Exploring Global Health: Dominican Republic

June 20 – 30, 2015
PH 152T – 3 units
Fee:  TBD

This global health program designed to allow students to see first-hand the health care system in a middle-income country while gaining hands on experience in a service learning activity. Students will work with health officials, university faculty and other students in assisting in health education and health promotion activities. Open to individuals that are interested in field experience related to the UN Millennium Development goals while learning heritage, culture, and healthcare delivery systems in the Dominican Republic. Basic Spanish skills are recommended.

For more information contact Dr. Miguel Perez, mperez@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2897.

Global Wine, Food and Ag Tourism in Puglia, Italy

June 23 – August 1, 2015
AGBS 185T and AGBS 180
Fee: $7,935

Italy

Puglia’s Mediterranean climate and warm people create an enticing location to learn about Italian culture, local wine and olive oil production, agricultural tourism and global business. This fertile agricultural region located between the Adriatic and Ionion seas is the largest of Italy’s wine and olive oil producing regions. Puglia is also known for its fine cuisine, local traditions, fascinating history, and breathtaking architecture. In 2013 the Wine Enthusiast named the Puglia region one of the world’s Top 10 wine-travel destinations.

 

This project-driven, multi-disciplinary academic field studies program uses various wineries, farms, tourism and related industry organizations as a laboratory for learning about the business challenges and opportunities of Puglia, Italy. The program includes a week of orientation in Vicenza in northern Italy, followed by 5 weeks of academic and cultural explorations, research, reflective activities in the Puglia region.

 

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Annette Levi, alevi@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2949.

WWII and the Holocaust: Berlin, Munich, Warsaw

July, 2015
HIST 149T – 3 units
Fee:  TBD

For more information contact Dr. Michelle DenBeste, mdenbest@csufresno.edu or 559.278.5154.

Shanghai, China: International Exchange via Music and Dance

September 9 – 17, 2015
CLAS 180T – 1 unit

This one (1) credit unit course will provide an intensive course of study in the area of Mexican folk music and dance, focusing on technique, style, and performance that will prepare students for the culminating experience – performing in Shanghai, China as part of the Shanghai Tourism Festival, September 12-16, 2014. This course is also designed to enhance the awareness of Mexican culture by studying and performing some of its regional dances and juxtaposing with the music and dance traditions of various countries participating in the festival.

International Social Work: Study Travel Program to
Hong Kong

December 30, 2014 – January 11, 2015
SWRK 271T – 3 units
Fee:  $2,225

Hong KongParticipants will spend 11 days in Hong Kong, a former British colony, and learn about social welfare system and services for the treatment and prevention of HIV-AIDS, substance abuse, mental health, and services for asylum seekers and torture claimants, through organized visits and service learning engagement. The course will discuss the historical development of international social work practice, global social issues, and effects of globalization. Students will reflect on the experience in a journal, an oral presentation, and an academic paper. You will gain personal and cultural insights, and incredible adventures through this study travel program.

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Martha Vungkhanching, marthavu@csufresno.edu or 559.278.8741.