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Short-term Study Abroad Opportunities


Study Opportunities

These are trips led by MSSU faculty for academic credit in 2018. 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. 

Trips planned for 2019 will be announced by Nov. 1, 2018. Please check back for further information.

BelizeParisChina | ItalyIreland | Spain | Eruope | Scandinavia | Sweden

EMS Abroad in Belize

March 14-25, 2018Snorkeling spot in Belize

The experience in Belize will expose MSSU students to the health care Belizeans endure on a daily basis. Because this environment is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world as well as lush tropical rain forests and mountainous regions, it provides unique health care and injury situations not commonly found in the United States. MSSU students will act as peer professionals with the Belize Emergency Response Team while being exposed to the local culture – including a barrier reef snorkeling tour.

Estimated cost is $2,646 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in PARA 370, Clinical Practicum, for the spring semester. Contact Professor Edward Lee for more information.



International Media Seminar in Paris

March 15-25, 2018The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

A week-long seminar at the American University of Paris featuring sessions with international journalists, diplomats, foreign correspondents, Parisian writers, media executives, and TV personalities. Program includes media tours and plenty of free time for visiting historic sites and experiencing Parisian culture. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Chateau de Versailles via rail.

Estimated cost is $2,905 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in COMM 460, Global Journalism, during the spring semester. Contact Professor Kisa Clark for more information.



International Business in China

May 13-26, 2018Chengdu, China

The trip will consist of classroom visits, business visits, and cultural experiences in Beijing (five nights), Chengdu – the emerging “Silicon Valley” of China (three nights), and Shanghai (four nights). Students will study the international business environment, strategy, structure, and management specifically as it relates to China’s transition from a command economy to a market economy. Some time will be spent on the Chinese culture, with visits to the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Estimated cost is $4,000 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in IB 498. Contact Professors Tom Schmidt or Jeff Zimmerman for additional information.


Anatomical Italy

May 15-29, 2018Leonardo's Man

Italy will provide an excellent location for students to study the relationship between anatomy and art and to learn about a number of historically significant anatomists and artists. Students will travel to Florence, Bologna, Reggio Calabria, and Rome to visit art museums, pathological museums, anatomical collections, historical sites, universities, and a bone ossuary. They will use a variety of transportation modes, be encouraged to eat “like a native,” and learn to communicate with others who don’t speak English.

Estimated cost is $2,702 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in BIO 495, Roots of Science, during the spring semester. Contact Professors Vickie Roettger or Alla Barry for more information.



Literary Dublin

May 18-June 1, 2018Rock of Cashel

Students will enroll in Honors 495: Literary Dublin during the spring semester and then travel to Ireland as the capstone experience. The trip will include class meetings on a daily basis in both Dublin (10 days) and Killarney (four days). The trip’s major component will be generous amounts of time touring museums and literary sites associated with the international group of authors who found both provocation and inspiration in Ireland. The selected museums – the National Museum of Ireland, the Famine Warehouse, Dublinia, and Christ Church Cathedral, along with such important landmarks as Trinity College and the Book of Kells, Kilmainham Jail, and the Rock of Cashel – all house artistic and cultural works that encompass and embody the major works of literary creativity in Ireland. Other trip events include a formal dinner in an Irish restaurant with a storyteller, a historical walking tour of Dublin, a day trip to Newgrange and the Hill of Tara, and a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland.

Estimated cost is $2,758 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in Honors 495. Contact Professors Michael Howarth or Rachel Stanley for more information.



Summer Study Abroad to SevillaSpain

May 18-June 16, 2018Plaza de Espania

Students will participate in an all-inclusive immersion program in Sevilla, Spain that includes living with a local family, classes in the morning, activities during most afternoons, and weekend excursions to Granada, Córdoba, Itálica, and La Rábida. Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities in and around Sevilla, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its history and beauty. Students will have a free day in Madrid before departing for the U.S.

Estimated cost is $3,664 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in SPAN 399, Spanish Study Abroad. Contact Professor Ruben Galve Rivera for additional details.



Tour of Composers

June 2-23, 2018Charles Bridge, Prague

The trip is designed to be a complete educational experience for both the music major and the general MSSU student wanting to take Music Appreciation. The group will arrive in Paris and attend Mass at Notre Dame; take the train to Leipzig, Germany and visit St. Thomas Church, the Leipzig Bach Museum, and the Bach Festival; take the train to Prague and visit the Czech Museum of Music, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and Prague Castle; take the train to Vienna, see the Vienna Boys Choir and the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, and visit the houses of Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert, Strauss, and Haydn; take the train to Salzburg and visit Mozart’s birthplace and home, St. Peter’s Abbey, and St. Michael’s Church; take the train to Venice and visit Doges Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica; take the train to Rome and visit the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, and the Vatican; take the train to Florence and visit the Santa Maria del Fiore and a musical event at the year-long musical festival; and take the train back to Paris to visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and other historical sites.

Estimated cost is $3,300 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in MUS 298 or 498. Contact Professor Cheryl Cotter for more information.



Choral Studies Abroad: Scandinavia

 June 14-23, 2018Uppsala, Sweden

 Given that Fall 2018 will be the Scandinavia Semester at MSSU, the Chamber Singers will take advantage of the region’s rich musical heritage to visit Sweden, Estonia, and Finland. The group will present a concert in the famous Swedish university town of Uppsala, participate in a workshop with a world-renowned conductor, take an overnight ferry from Stockholm to Tallinn, present a joint concert with the Tallinn Technical University Men’s Chorus, take a ferry to Helsinki, and present a joint concert with the Academic Male Choir (one of Finland’s top male choirs). Students will receive guided sightseeing tours of Stockholm, Tallinn, and Helsinki and visit numerous historic sites.

Estimated cost is $3,963 before the $1,000 study abroad grant. Students must enroll in MUS 298 or 498, Choral Studies Abroad. Contact Professors David Sharlow and Susan Smith for more information.



Summer in Sweden

May 23-June 27, 2018Gothenburg, Sweden

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, Gothenburg, Oslo, and Stockholm. The trip begins with a visit to art museums and galleries in Dublin. 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 $6,939 before Art Department scholarships. Contact Professor  Frank Pishkur for additional details.