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These are trips led by MSSU faculty for academic credit in 2015. MSSU students who have a 2.5 GPA and full-time status are eligible for $750 study abroad grants. Please contact the faculty group leader to apply. 

Trips for 2016 will be announced by Nov. 1, 2015 and showcased at the annual Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

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British Virgin Islands | Paris, France | Costa Rica | France & Spain | Ireland | Czech Republic, Poland & Denmark | Spain | Japan | Sweden| France

Community Health in the British Virgin Islands, March 12-20. Dental hygiene students will provide dental screenings, fluoride treatments and preventative dental education. Nursing students will complete physicals, including immunizations, and provide care in selected clinics and the clients' home. Respiratory therapy students will perform Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs) and provide education for children in the islands where there is a high prevalence of asthma.

Estimated cost is $2,215 before the $750 study abroad grant. Students must be enrolled in one of the following courses for Spring 2015: DH 331 Community Dental Health Practicum, NURS 450 Community Health Nursing, RESP 125 Respiratory Therapy Clinic I or RESP 307 Cardiopulmonary Assessment. Contact Professors Grace Ayton, Chrys Corcoran, Janice Dunaway, or Gail Taubel for additional information.

A student checks the temperature of a child in the Virgin Islands.

International Media Seminar in Paris, March 20-28. A week-long seminar at the American University of Paris featuring sessions with international journalists, diplomats, Parisian writers, media executives and TV personalities. Program includes media tours and plenty of free time for visiting historic sites and experiencing Parisian culture.

Estimated cost is $2,430 before the $750 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in COMM 460 Global Journalism in Spring 2015. Contact Professors Olive Sullivan or Shanna Slavings for additional details.


Picture of a gargoyle in Paris

International Health: Focus on Climate Change Impacts in Costa Rica, May 10-26. Students will examine first-hand the impact of climate change on the environment and visit some of the jungles, cloud forests, and urban areas of Costa Rica to see what the impacts can be. There will be other visits to research facilities, biology stations, wildlife parks, agricultural areas, and universities to better grasp the possible global impacts of climate change. Estimated cost is $3,082 before the $750 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in EH 352 International Environment Health for Spring 2015. Contact Professors Michael Kennedy or Anna Rinner for additional details.


climate change in Costa Rica

Global Experience in Business, May 11-21. Students will spend five days in Paris and four days in Barcelona visiting such businesses as Citroen, Ogilvy, ARPSA (information systems), Rexam (manufacturing company), El Jardi (Internet graphics), Daniel Ramirez (Internet startup), and Morillas (brand representation). Students will develop a cross-cultural sensitivity and get a taste of what it would be like to live and work in another country.

Estimated cost is $2,702 before the $750 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in IB 498 or MRKT 498 for Summer 2015. Contact Professor Nanette Philibert for additional details. .


Information systems study abroad

Literary Dublin, May 11-25 .A trip to Dublin (10 days) and Killarney (four days) will serve as the capstone for a related course, ENG 498 Literary Dublin. Students will tour museums and literary sites associated with the international group of authors who found both provocation and inspiration in Ireland. By traveling outside of Dublin, the students will see more of the Irish countryside and develop a better understanding of the pastoral novelists and poets they will have read and discussed during the semester.

Estimated cost is $3,040 before the $750 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in ENG 498 Literary Dublin for Spring 2015. Contact Professors Michael Howarth or Karen Kostan for additional details.


Literary Dublin

Roots of Science, May 18-June 1. This course will explore four scientists − Gregor Mendel, Robert Koch, Copernicus, and Niels Bohr – who each made significant contributions to the various fields of science. Mendel is known as the “Father of Genetics,” Koch was a co-developer of the “Germ Theory” and developed Koch Postulates, Copernicus collected data to support the heliocentric theory of the universe, and Bohr developed the model of the atom. The field portion of the class will entail travel to the Czech Republic, Poland, and Denmark, where students will visit museums, hear lectures, and interact with “the locals” and other travelers.

Estimated cost is $2,787 before the $750 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in BIO 495 Roots of Science for Spring 2015. Contact Professors Gerald Schlink or Scott Wells for additional information.


roots of science

Summer Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain, May 15-June 13. 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.

Estimated cost is $3,600 before the $750 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in SPAN 399 for Summer 2015. Contact Professor Leslie Smith for additional details.


summer study in salmanaca

Intensive Japanese Program in Kyoto, May 18-June 15. The program features daily intensive lectures, academic activities related to the courses taught, weekend excursions to various places near Kyoto, and week-long travel around Japan. The weekend excursions will expose students to Japanese traditions, culture, society, and historical artifacts.

Estimated cost is $3,200 before the $750 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in JPN 203, 204, 305, or 306 for a total of 6 credit hours for Summer 2015. Contact Professor Sherman Hou for additional details. 


japanese program in kyoto

Summer in Sweden, May 20-June 24. Students will complete a Swedish Photography Seminar (3 hours) with 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 Paris. 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 $6,770 before Art Department scholarships. Contact Professors Kyle McKenzie or Frank Pishkur for additional details.  



Summer French Language Intensive Course in Orléans, France, June 24-July 25. Students enroll in classes at the University of Orléans, where they will mingle with other international students, adjust to French professors and assignments, and join in activities with people from around the world. Most students will live with a French family during the week. The faculty in Orléans plan at least one excursion to the chateaux region, where students typically see Chambord or Chenonceau as well as one of the smaller villages, such as Vouvray. Before arriving in Orléans, students will spend a long weekend in Paris seeing the sights and learning how to navigate the City of Light so that they can return on their own.

Estimated cost is $4,490 before the $750 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in FREN 350 (6 hours) for Summer 2015. Contact Professor Karen Turman for additional details.  ls.


Orleans, France