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Global Education Program

UNE Travel Courses

Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Faculty-led short term travel courses are another way to study abroad.  Students and faculty meet throughout the semester to prepare for travel academically and practically through readings, lectures, and coursework.  Travel takes place during a semester break or summer. 

Many of the travel courses fulfill requirements of the Latin American Studies minor. 

Application Process
Enrollment in a faculty-led travel course requires submission of an application to the Global Education Program in Decary 126. 
Application form

Students are encouraged to apply for a Global Education Scholarship when applying for a faculty-led program.   Scholarship form

Dr. Jennifer Morton and friends
Dr. Jennifer Morton and friends
Ghana - Summer 2014
Ghana Immersion in Healthcare
Dr. Jennifer Morton

The program offers a healthcare immersion experience in which students work alongside Ghana Health Service, Community Health Educators and the community.  Since 2008, UNE students, faculty and staff have been part of this long established partnership in the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi Ghana, West Africa.  Participants engage in direct health services, interprofessional collaboration, community education, and academic and cross-cultural exchange.  Brochure   Ghana website

Dominica, the "Nature Island"
Dominica - Fall 2014
Caribbean Sustainable Development +
Global Citizenship
ENV 376:ADV + CIT 420
Dr. Thomas Klak

Students will study throughout the Fall semester on campus, then travel to Dominica for two weeks in January to experience first-hand the challenges of, and progress toward, sustainable development in the self-proclaimed "Nature Island". 

Components of the course include exploration of tropical island ecosystems, engagement with Dominican partners who are working to achieve sustainable development, and hands-on participation in development projects.

ENV 376 + CIT 420 are open to juniors and seniors, and fulfill Advanced Studies and the Citizenship core requirements.  Brochure

Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor.

Health science majors will find the following of particular interest.  Dominica has
  • Among the highest number of centenarians per capita on earth
  • A way of life that includes bush teas, herbal medicines and traditional remedies
  • Rivers and streams clean enough to draw drinking water
  • Per capita health expenditure of only $487

Jeri Fox in Belize with UNE students
Belize - Fall 2014
Marine Topics: Coral Reef Studies
BIO 421
Dr. Jeri Fox

Dr. Fox presents an in depth study of the biology and taxonomy of corals while examining the ecology of the coral reef system, and the future of reefs.  The course concludes with a field lab carried out entirely on the reefs of Belize in January.  Students snorkel in the beautiful lagoons of Ambergris Caye, the Hol Chan and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserves.  The group is housed in a remote field station on the northern tip of Ambergris Caye with access to the reef ecosystem, mangroves, sea grass beds, and jungle.  Brochure

Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor.

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu
Peru - Fall 2014
Global Citizenship
CIT 420
Dr. Steven Byrd

This extraordinary service-learning course explores the complexity of Peruvian Andean culture and provides students the opportunity to participate in volunteer work with a healthcare focus.  Students will embark on a two week journey into one of Latin America's most fascinating cultures, the Incas,  and conclude the trip with a visit to Machu Picchu.  In Cusco, Peru, the royal city of the Inca Empire,  students will attend classes at Centro Tinku studying Spanish, basic Quechua (the language of the Incas) and Peruvian culture and history.   Brochure

Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor.

Kenya-UNE students with Masai
UNE students in Kenya
Kenya - Spring 2014
Environment, Health, and Community Dev. in East Africa
ENV 348: ADV
Dr. Richard Peterson

Dr. Peterson's course introduces students to the history of Kenya and the environmental, health and community development challenges it is facing today. 

During the field lab in Kenya, students will be introduced to the incredible people and organizations that are working to tackle these complex issues, and have the opportunity to work alongside them.  The field lab includes lectures at the University of Nairobi and the National Museums of Kenya, a visit to Nairobi National Park, exploration of the capital city, a trip through the Great Rift Valley to Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria, hands-on learning with a variety of community service, health, environmental, research and government organizations, weekend home stays with Kenyan families, and a two-day visit to one of Kenya's wildlife reserves.  

Students will attend class throughout the spring semester and travel to Kenya late May.  Brochure

For more information, please contact Sandra Larned in the Global Education Program, Decary 126.

St Paul's Fleet Street
St Paul's along Fleet Street
England - Spring 2014

Three travel courses explore one of the world's greatest cities from its earliest inhabitants to its contemporary multi-cultural life.  In the spring semester, participating students enroll in one or more of three courses: HIS 299, SOC 290, or HIS 410.   

In May, the three professors will travel with students to London for a 12-day study abroad experience.  Students will share their knowledge with one another as they explore Victorian cemeteries, royal homes, art, theater, politics, grand department stores and the ritual of afternoon tea. They will follow the trail of Jack the Ripper, visit Westminster Abbey and the Museum of London, explore the treasures of the British Museum and the British Library.  Excursions beyond London include Stonehenge and Cambridge.  Brochure

Tower of London
Tower of London
City of the Dead, City of the Living: Histories of London
HIS 299: EXP
Dr. Eric Zuelow

This course explores the interplay between life and death in London from earliest times.  Lectures trace not only the history of the city, but also how Londoners at various points dealt with the relationship between life and death.  Topics will range from the arrival of the Romans to the death of a deeply loved princess and the public outpouring of grief that resulted, addressing much of what came in-between.  Brochure

British Royal Guard
Royal Guard
British Cultural Studies
SOC 290: SGA
Dr. Alex Campbell

This course focuses on the society and culture of contemporary Great Britain within the context of a rapidly shifting world order.  Drawing on sociological and cultural studies theory, explore, in particular, the concepts of Britishness and British identity in a postcolonial nation.  Toward this end, examine images of Britishness, from the tabloid press to literature, pop music to ideas about race, class, and gender.  Brochure

Sex and the City
HIS 410: ADV
Dr. Elizabeth De Wolfe

In the nineteenth century, eager young men and daring young women headed to the rapidly growing cities for adventure, for jobs, for romance, and to experience a new independence previous generations had not know.  In this seminar, explore how urban life shaped and challenged "proper" young men and women in two of the most important cities of the age, New York and London.  Students will delve into original sources and encounter people from all walks of life.  Brochure

Irish countryside
Irish countryside
Ireland - Spring 2014
Comparative Education in a Global Context
EDU 242
Dr. Lane Clarke

This course investigates comparative education theories and philosophy to examine education in different contexts, and includes spending eight days in Ireland in mid-May following final exams.  Students will extend their knowledge of society and how this is enacted through the institution of its schools.  In Ireland, students will visit schools and learn about Irish culture and history by touring castles, the famous Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.  Other highlights may include exploring the Ring of Kerry and spending time in Galway, Cork, Kinsale and Killarney.  Brochure

Blue Lagoon Iceland
Blue Lagoon
Iceland - Spring 2014
Environmental Physiology
EXS 430
Dr. Lara Carlson

Dr. Carlson invites students to consider this course which examines the various forms of environmental stress and how the human organism responds physiologically to them.  Students will study how physical performance is affected by environmental stressors such as heat, cold, hypobaric, hyperbaric and the microgravity environments both in lecture and in the laboratory component.  

EXS 430 is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors with particular interest in human physiology or health science.  Pre-requisite: BIO 209

The course culminates with a one week field lab in which students gain hands-on experience studying acute thermal exposure on the cardiovascular and  respiratory systems.  In previous years, students have conducted research at high altitude in the Rocky Mountains, and in glacial areas of Iceland.   Brochure

Brittle stars on sponge
Brittle star on sponge
Panama - Spring 2014
Conservation & Ecology of a Caribbean Island
BIO 421
Dr. Jeri Fox

This course will cover topics in history and geology of the Caribbean with an emphasis on the island of Boca del Toros in Panama and will include topics such as terrestrial, island and marine biodiversity, and the ecology and evolution of populations.  Discussions will include the impact of an agriculturally-based economy versus a tourist economy on the environment in general and the reef in particular.  The course will examine NGOs and international environmental treaties, and focus on particular national and international conservation approaches using the Caribbean as an example.  Other topics include community-based management and local wildlife policies, the history of the establishment of a rainforest as a natural preserve, ethnobotany, and the natural history of the region. 

The course will culminate with 10 days of travel and field work in Panama at the end of May.  Activities in Panama include snorkeling on reefs, canopy access training, caving, a tour of the Panama Canal Zone, and lectures by the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation faculty.  Brochure

Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor.

Amatlan community
UNE students in Amatlán
Mexico - Spring 2014
Global Citizenship
CIT 420
Dr. Samuel McReynolds

This course fulfills the Citizenship graduation requirement and includes spending nine days in Mexico in late May.  Students will stay in both Cuernavaca, an important cultural center in Central Mexico, and in Amatlán, the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the primary Aztec god.  In Cuernavaca, students will receive presentations in Mexican culture, history and politics.  In the village of Amatlán students will engage in hands-on service including teaching English in the local school, helping farmers plant crops, and working with the local cooperative to prepare products such as gladiola bulbs for market.  Students will be immersed in Spanish language and stay with local host families in Cuernavaca. The course also includes a city tour of Cuernavaca, a visit to the Cortez Palace, an opportunity to view a Diego Rivera mural, and a visit to the ancient pyramid of Xochicalco.  Brochure

Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor.

Dominican Republic
Spring Break 2014

Global Citizenship
CIT 420
Donna Gaspar Jarvis

Students in this course will spend spring break in the Dominican Republic teaching English to children in the small community of Monte Cristi.  They will work with the grassroots community organization Outreach 360, and the course will satisfy the UNE core curriculum Citizenship requirement.  The program is of particular interest to Education majors, Latin American Studies minors, and students wishing to increase Spanish language skills, though Spanish is not a prerequisite.   Volunteers are responsible for developing and facilitating curriculum, and creating learning games and activities to engage children ages preschool through high school.

Through evening programs, discussions and films, UNE students will have the opportunity to learn more about the culture and history of the Dominican Republic.  They will also have the opportunity to visit the Dajabon market on the Haitian border and explore a beautiful beach in the El Moro National Park.  Brochure

Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor.

Blue Footed Booby
Blue-footed Booby
Galapagos Islands
Spring 2015

Natural History and Evolution of the Galapagos Fauna
MAR 451
Dr. Kathryn Ono

Imagine earning advanced biology credits while cruising aboard a private yacht in the Galapagos Islands.  This 4-credit course meets throughout the Spring semester on the University's Biddeford campus, followed by travel to Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Archipelago, May 21-31, to cruise throughout the islands and conduct the field lab.  Brochure

The lecture portion of the course is designed to familiarize students with the biota of the Galapagos Islands, as well as island history, ecology, and the behavior and evolution of the animals that inhabit them.

Following the success of the 2009 and 2011 expeditions, the course is now being offered every other year.  Students trace the steps of Charles Darwin whose 1831 exploration of the archipelago inspired his revolutionary theory of evolution.  While exploring the islands, UNE students have encountered blue-footed boobies, Galapagos tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions, and Antarctic penguins.  2013 expedition blog

Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor.

Currais Novos, children
Children in Currais Novo
Brazil - Spring 2015
Global Citizenship
CIT 420
Dr. Paul Burlin

Dr. Paul Burlin, who has lived and taught in Brazil, accompanies students on this extraordinary service-learning course which fulfills the Citizenship core curriculum.

The program includes classes at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte on the history of Brazil and an introduction to the Portuguese language.  Students spend four days volunteering in poverty-stricken neighborhoods.  Brochure

Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor.

Resources for UNE Faculty

Faculty interested in leading a short term study abroad program should contact Emily Dragon, Director, Global Education Program.  There are guidelines that must be followed and all of the information on submitting a proposal can be obtained from Global Education Program staff.  Proposals for new faculty-led Travel Courses are strongly encouraged.  Grants are available through the Global Education Program for faculty to research new destinations with the end goal of developing a future travel course for students.  Here is the application for a Faculty-Led Course Development Grant

Global Education Program
Decary 126
University of New England
11 Hills Beach Rd.
Biddeford, ME 04005
207-602-5980 fax