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Short-term Study Abroad Opportunities

These are trips led by MSSU faculty for academic credit in 2016. MSSU students who have a 2.5 GPA and full-time status are eligible for $1,000 study abroad grants. Please contact the faculty group leader to apply.  

British Virgin Islands | UK | Paris| England & Scotland | Spain | Ghana| London | Belize| Sweden | Costa Rica


 Community Health in the British Virgin Islands, March 10-18. Dental hygiene students will provide oral screenings, cleanings, and fluoride application to school-age children. Preventative individualized dental health education will be provided related to identified areas of concern. Nursing students will provide direct nursing care, including complete physical examinations, immunizations, women’s health screenings, and interviews and assessments for communicable diseases. Students will have a free afternoon at The Baths National Park on the island of Virgin Gorda for beach combing, swimming, and snorkeling.

Estimated cost is $2,615 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses for Spring 2016: DH 301 Community Dental Health Practicum or NURS 450 Community Health Nursing. Contact Professors Chrys Corcoran or Gail Taubel for additional information.


BVI photo

Contemporary Art & Design of the United Kingdom, March 15-26. Upperclassmen art majors will travel to London, Wales, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, and Nottingham in order to organize and create an exhibition of their work for the Fall 2016 Great Britain Semester at MSSU. While traveling, each student will record his or her experiences by keeping a written journal and a visual/sketchbook journal. The group will also visit contemporary art museums.

Estimated cost is $2,205 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in ART 498 International Art Seminar. Contact Professor Devon Estes for additional information.


UK Contemporary Art and Design

Literary Paris, May 14-25. The course examines memoirs, novels, poems, and short stories written by American expatriate writers who lived in Paris between 1900 and 1960. A trip to Paris will serve as an empirical and geographical demonstration of Paris’s allure as a site for literary creation. The trip’s major component will be generous time touring museums and literary walks and sites associated with the American authors who found inspiration in Paris. The authors include Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Edith Wharton.

Estimated cost is $3,050 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in ENG 333 Literary Paris. Contact Professor Dustin Faulstick for additional information.


Literary Paris

Law & Order: United Kingdom Edition, May 15-25. The Criminal Justice Department will explore the justice system and culture of England and Scotland. A retired London “bobby” will guide the students through London, providing a prisons and punishments walking tour, a RIB (rigid inflatable boat) ride on the Thames, and a trip to Old Bailey. The group will travel to Edinburgh by train on May 22 to learn about the differences between English and Scottish law systems and the current move toward “devolution” or independence from England.

Estimated cost is $3,795 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in CJAD 302 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. Contact Professor Michael Hulderman for additional information.


Law and Order UK edition

Summer Study Abroad to Salamanca, Spain, May 16-June 14. Students will participate in an all-inclusive immersion program in Salamanca, Spain that includes classes in the morning, activities in the afternoon, and weekend excursions. Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities in and around Salamanca, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its history and beauty. Excursions are to Madrid, Segovia and Avila, Andalusia, Zamora and Valladolid, and Lisbon.

Estimated cost is $3,500 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in SPAN 399 Spanish Study Abroad. Contact Professor Leslie Smith for additional details.


summer study in salmanaca

Ghana: Africa’s Emerging Economy, May 17-30. With a growing stock market, an improved banking system, and a renewed emphasis on direct foreign investment as well as a growing export sector, Ghana has become the focus of the international business and finance community. This International Business, Economics, and Accounting trip will consist of business visits and cultural experiences in Accra, Tema, Elmina, and Mole. Students also will have the opportunity to be involved in a service learning project at an orphanage, a school, or a peace initiative.

Estimated cost is $3,000 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in IB 498, ECON 498, or ACCT 498. Contact Nii Abrahams or Chris Moos for additional details.


study abroad ghana

The Lasting Geographical Influence of Enlightenment Age London, May 18-31. Students will visit and interpret various Enlightenment Era sites – museums, cathedrals, palaces, gardens, universities, transportation routes – and their enduring presence across the landscape of the United Kingdom. The class will study the contributions of scientist Christopher Wren and his many architectural achievements, including Saint Paul’s Cathedral and Hampton Court Palace. A trip will be made to Oxford University, where Wren taught and openly conversed about scientific undertakings and philosophical perspectives.

Estimated cost is $3,100 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in GEOG 498. Contact Professor John Davenport for additional details.


Enlightenment Age London

Psychological Topics in the Caribbean: Behavior and Culture in Belize, May 22-June 5. The group will discuss animal behavior challenges and adaptations specific to marine and tropical species. It will also address the relationships between local culture and wildlife, particularly as it relates to conservation and use in industries such as agriculture and fishing. The trip features a cultural psychology component, including ancient Mayan cities and more modern plantations, ranches, and music venues. Guided snorkel or scuba dive trips will round out the experience.

Estimated cost is $2,251 to $2,686, depending on optional activities, before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in PSY 498. Contact Professor Karen Kostan for additional details.


Behavior and Culture in Belize

Summer in Sweden, May 25-June 29. Students will complete a Swedish Photography Seminar (3 hours) with renowned Swedish photographer Örjan Henriksson and an Art of Scandinavia seminar (3 hours) during weekend field trips to world-class museums and galleries in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, and London.

Participants will stay at the Mullsjö Folkhögskola during the week and enjoy an intercultural experience in a setting of beautiful lakes and villages.

Estimated cost is $6,733 before Art Department scholarships. Contact Professor Frank Pishkur for additional details.


Summer in Sweden

General Biology and Hiking in Costa Rica, June 2-July 2. Daily lectures and labs will be held at the Costa Rica Institute of Technology in Cartago. Weekend field trips will be to the Carara National Park and Manuel Antonio National Park, Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, and the Butterfly Farm. Students will hike into various habitats to explore the biological treasure house that Costa Rica is. Students will live with host families near the university and experience Costa Rican food, culture, and customs.

Estimated cost is $2,940 before $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in BIO 101 and KINE 101 for a total of five hours of credit. Contact Professor Michael Kennedy for additional details.


climate change in Costa Rica