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Short-term Study Abroad Opportunities

Study Opportunities

These are trips led by MSSU faculty for academic credit in 2024. 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.


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March 15-24, 2024

Students enrolled in ART 367 or 598 will travel to Vancouver and Montreal to learn about Canadian art, history, and culture. Through guided tours, museum visits, and plein air painting/drawing, the group will explore ways that the Canadian landscape informs the creation of artworks. Highlights include participating in a “Talking Trees” tour and plein air painting/drawing in Vancouver’s Stanley Park, attending a Canucks vs. Buffalo Sabres hockey match, taking a walking tour of Old Montreal, and a day trip to Quebec City/Montgomery Falls. Upon returning, students will create artwork based on their travel experiences and collaborate to create an exhibition at MSSU for the Fall 2024 Canada Semester.

Estimated cost is $3,200 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Contact Kyle McKenzie for more information.

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May 9-19, 2024

Honors students will gain firsthand insights into British history by enrolling in HNRS 298 or 495 and visiting York, England and Edinburgh, Scotland. In York, students will walk along the medieval city walls, explore the layers of Roman and Viking history, and visit the awe-inspiring York Minster Cathedral. Key destinations include the York Viking Centre, Clifford’s Tower, the Castle Museum, and the seaside town of Whitby. In Edinburgh, top sites on the itinerary include Edinburgh Castle, the Scottish Parliament, and the National Museum of Scotland.

Estimated cost is $5,191 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Contact Diana Fordham for more information.



May 12-29, 2024

Students enrolled in ENG 371 or ENG 272 in Spring 2024 or those who completed ENG 272 in Fall 2023 will spend seven days in the Lake District of England, six days in Scotland, and three days in London. The group will see where William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth, and their literary friends lived and worked and take a guided “Walk with the Wordsmiths.” Visits to Ambleside, Grasmere village, Lake Windermere, the Ten Lakes, and Keswick will round out the Lake District experience. In Alloway, Scotland, participants will visit George Burns’ cottage and enjoy an evening with a Burns impersonator. Day trips to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling Castle, and Loch Lomond will be additional highlights of the time in Scotland. The group will travel by coach to London on May 26, stopping at Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, along the way. Students will have an array of activities to choose from in London.

Estimated cost is $4,800 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Contact Dr. Amy Gates or Dr. Chad Stebbins for more information.



May 13-25, 2024

The course/trip will study the history of medicine and anatomy, specifically the relationship between art and medicine. The primary focus will be the history of anatomy and its use by visual artists during the Renaissance in Italy. Cultural sites associated with the scientists and artists will also be visited to emphasize society’s role in their conclusions. Students will travel throughout Italy exploring art and science in Florence, Bologna, Siena, Venice, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast/Pompeii. This course is limited to students within the MKEAP cohort and Honors students.

Estimated cost is $3,835 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Contact Dr. Christine Bentley or Dr. Victoria Rhodes for more information.


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May 15-25, 2024

Trip highlights: arts and culture in San José, visit to Turrialba volcano, tour the pre-Columbian archaeological site at Guayabo, the Afro-Caribbean culture of Puerto Viejo, camping and immersion with the Bribri indigenous community, jaguar rescue center, and La Tirimbina Biological Reserve. The price includes 27 meals.

Estimated cost is $3,700 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Contact Dr. Bill Fischer or Dr. Rachel Bechtold for more information.


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May 19-June 3, 2024

With its rich culture of art and architecture, its long tradition of crafting exceptional food and wine, centuries of revered music composition and performance, and more recent aesthetic achievements in areas like fashion and perfumery, Italy offers opportunity to explore our psychological drives for beauty in both ancient and modern contexts. Students will enroll in the summer class, PSY 498, spend a week in the classroom, and then travel to Rome, Siena, and Florence. Highlights include visits to the Colosseum, Galleria Borghese, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum, taking the Savor Siena walking tour and shopping for a picnic dinner, exploring the vineyards and olive orchards in the Tuscan countryside, and attending an evening opera performance in Florence.

Trip Flier

Estimated cost is $3,660 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Contact Dr. Karen Kostan or Dr. Holly Hackett for more information.


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May 23-June 2, 2024

Students enrolled in MRKT 498, Doing Business in Europe, for Spring 2024 will travel after the semester to Dublin and Galway. Highlights in Dublin include visiting the Guinness Enterprise Centre, a specific business that will be identified at a later date, the Silicon Docks, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, and the Hugh Lane Gallery. After moving on to the west of Ireland, students will experience the Galway Market, the Latin Quarter, the Galway City Museum, and the Cliffs of Mohrer.

Estimated cost is $3,850 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Contact Dr. Dominic Buccieri or Dr. Larry “Dan” Cravens for more information.


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May 23-June 27, 2024

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, Gothenburg, Jonköping, and Stockholm. The trip begins with a visit to art museums and galleries in 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 $7,614 before Department of Art and Design scholarships. Contact Frank Pishkur for more information.