Galápagos

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Seals in the Galapagos

OPEN TO: Undergraduate Students

MAR 452/452L: NATURAL HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF GALÁPAGOS FAUNA

Faculty: Kathryn Ono, Ph.D.

This is a spring semester course offered every other year that includes traveling to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands for 11 days at the end of the semester. Throughout the semester, students participate in lectures, discussions, research and presentations focusing on endemic species and the natural history, ecology, behavior and evolution of the animals and plants that inhabit the islands. The laboratory portion of the course consists of visiting the Galápagos Islands aboard a private yacht. Highlights of the trip include exploring the Otavalos Market (Ecuador’s largest indigenous market), walking in Darwin’s footsteps to explore the sites that inspired his legendary theory of evolution, up close encounters with species such as flightless cormorants, Galápagos penguins, Galápagos tortoises and marine iguanas, observing and discussing the effects of development on the islands, hiking on the islands, stargazing aboard the boat and snorkeling with Galápagos sea lions, turtles and other marine wildlife. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore one of the world’s most inspiring ecosystems.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

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OPEN TO: Undergraduate Students

BIO 241/241L: Anatomy and Art in Greece and Italy

Faculty: Kash Dutta

In this spring semester course discover the intriguing connections between human anatomy and the art of the Renaissance masters, including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Bernini. During your 10-day trip to Italy and Greece in May, you will tour historic sites in Athens, Rome, Florence, and Bologna, representing the birthplace of modern anatomical science in some of Europe’s oldest universities.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

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Guatemala

OPEN TO: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Students

OTR 699: Occupational Science in Guatemala

Faculty: Kristin Winston, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

This spring course will provide OT graduate students with knowledge regarding cultural competency and sensitivity through classroom learning and clinical observations in Guatemala. Students will begin by researching and examining some of the differences between the US and Guatemala in the areas of OT education, health care, and culture while on campus in Portland. As the course progresses, it will move the study of cultural competence beyond the classroom into the world around us. Students will travel to Guatemala for 12 days in late April and early May to visit hospitals, rehab settings, and non-governmental healthcare related organizations and local OT programs.  These experiences will provide students with opportunities to demonstrate cultural sensitivity with a variety of populations.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

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Guatemala

OPEN TO: Doctor of Physical Therapy Students

PTH 799: CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Faculty: Jennifer Audette, PT, Ph.D.

This summer course will provide PT graduate students with knowledge regarding cultural competency and sensitivity through classroom learning and clinical observations in Guatemala. Students will begin by researching and examining some of the differences between the US and Guatemala in the areas of PT education, health care, and culture while on campus in Portland. As the course progresses, it will move the study of cultural competence beyond the classroom into the world around us. Students will travel to Guatemala for 12 days in late April and early May to visit hospitals, rehab settings, and non-governmental healthcare related organizations and local PT programs.  These experiences will provide students with opportunities to demonstrate cultural sensitivity with a variety of populations.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

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OPEN TO: Undergraduate Students

MAR 436/436L: NATURAL HISTORY OF ICELAND

Faculty: Markus Frederich, Ph.D.

This spring semester course provides an in-depth study of the unique ecosystems for marine and terrestrial organisms, as well as the unique human history and culture of Iceland. You will explore geological features like volcanic craters and geysers, hike in the fault line between the American and the European plate and learn about adaptations to a subarctic climate. You will also explore the Viking history of Iceland, which is tightly related to the discovery of America, and Iceland's sustainable energy production.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

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Kenya

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U N E Students in Kenya

OPEN TO: Undergraduate Students

ENV 349/349L: ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN EAST AFRICA

Faculty: Richard Peterson, Ph.D.

This is a spring semester course offered every other year with a 22-day field experience in Kenya in late May/June. Semester studies focus on understanding Kenya’s contemporary environmental, health and community development issues within East Africa’s political, cultural and historical contexts. The field experience features visits to leading universities, museums and national parks, an overland journey from Nairobi to Kisumu through the Great Rift Valley, homestays with Kenyan families, hiking in the Kakamega Rainforest, boating and birding on Lake Victoria, working with local partner organizations on soil conservation projects, and learning from and with community-based conservation researchers at a Maasai-owned educational resource center and conservancy in Kenya’s South Rift.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

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OPEN TO: Undergraduate Students

BIO 459/459L: CONSERVATION & ECOLOGY OF A CARIBBEAN ISLAND

Faculty: Jeri Fox, Ph.D.

This spring semester course covers topics in history and geology of the Caribbean with an emphasis on the island of Boca del Toros in Panama. Students will study topics such as terrestrial, island and marine biodiversity, and the ecology and evolution of populations.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

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Iceland, Physical Therapy

OPEN TO: Doctor of Physical Therapy Students

PTH 799: CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Faculty: Erin Hartigan, PT, DPT, Ph.D., LAT, ATC

This summer course will provide PT graduate students with knowledge regarding cultural competency and sensitivity through classroom learning and clinical observations in Iceland. Students will begin by researching and examining some of the differences between the US and Iceland in the areas of PT education, health care, and culture while on campus in Portland. Students will travel to Iceland for 9 days in late August to visit the University of Iceland, attend a classroom learning activity with the PT students from Iceland, a PT clinic, ÖSSUR Motion Lab, and other clinical and cultural opportunities as available. These experiences will provide students with knowledge about PT education and practice in Iceland.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

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Open to: Undergraduate Students

BIO 422/422L: Coral Biology

Faculty: Jeri Fox, Ph.D.

This fall semester course 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, concluding with a field lab. Students will snorkel in the beautiful lagoons of Ambergris Caye, the Hol Chan and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserves. The group is housed in a field station on the northern tip of Ambergris Caye with access to the reef ecosystem, mangroves, seagrass beds, and jungle.

Application Deadline:April 1, 2022

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Cuba

Open To: Undergraduate Students

CIT 420: Global Citizenship Seminar: Cuba

Faculty: Sam McReynolds, Ph.D.

Travel to Cuba to explore an exciting new era of U.S.-Cuba relations, while simultaneously fulfilling the Citizenship graduation requirement. During the course, you will learn about Cuban history, society and culture with a focus on the impacts of the Cuban Revolution. Highlights of your time in Cuba include engaging in cultural learning through discussions with Cuban people, visiting an organic farming cooperative and a local elementary school, and sharing in popular Cuban pastimes of music, dance, and dominoes.

Fall semester course with travel in January.

Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

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OPEN TO: Doctor of Pharmacy students, fourth year

PHP 405: GLOBAL HEALTH

Faculty: James Krebs, Pharm.D.

This fall semester Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) explores the concepts of global health as well as contemporary health issues in Thailand. Through lectures and experiential learning, you will learn about social and environmental healthcare in the tropics, traditional and alternative medicine, border health and care of displaced persons, as well as clinical diseases in the tropics.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2021

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Open to: Undergraduate Students

BIO 257/257L OR BIO 455/455L: TROPICAL FORESTS AND GLOBAL CHANGE

Faculty: Greg Zogg, Ph.D.

This is a spring semester course that includes travel to Costa Rica for nine days over spring break, where you will explore the amazing biodiversity of both tropical rainforests and so-called dry forests.  Students will conduct fieldwork examining how human-induced changes in the environment — such as defaunation, invasive species, and global warming — impact these two forest types.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to zipline through the forest canopy, spend some time at the beach, and simply enjoy the sights and sounds of tropical forests. Upon return to the U.S., students will spend the rest of the semester drawing upon their travel experience to help them identify strategies to protect these natural systems from further human disturbance.  Note that this course can be taken at either the 200- or 400-level, with students enrolling at the 400 level having greater expectations in terms of both depth of study and workload, and serving as research team leaders on group projects before, during, and after travel to Costa Rica.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

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Iceland, Arctic Adventure Tourism

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Reykjavik Geothermal Pool

OPEN TO: Undergraduate Students

ORM 2XX: Arctic Adventure Tourism

Faculty: Aimee Vlachos, MS, EdD, CPRP

Tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the world, thus the demand for proficient workers is increasing continuously. In its 2017 Global Economic Impact Report, the World Travel and Tourism Council reported that, "Over the next 10 years, the sector will support 23% of new jobs created." This course will focus on Arctic marketing, management and communication relevant to the adventure tourism industry. Students will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to design and produce sustainable nature-and culture based experiences. The program's values are based on respect and concern for nature and culture. This course has a travel component which includes travel to Iceland in May where we will participate in activities related to Arctic adventure tourism and meet with local business owners in this field.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

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OPEN TO: Undergraduate Students

MAR 436/436L: NATURAL HISTORY OF ICELAND

Faculty: Markus Frederich, Ph.D.

This spring semester course provides an in-depth study of the unique ecosystems for marine and terrestrial organisms, as well as the unique human history and culture of Iceland. You will explore geological features like volcanic craters and geysers, hike in the fault line between the American and the European plate and learn about adaptations to a subarctic climate. You will also explore the Viking history of Iceland, which is tightly related to the discovery of America, and Iceland's sustainable energy production.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

Apply

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OPEN TO: Undergraduate Students

Global Citizenship Seminar: Mexico

Faculty: Sam McReynolds, Ph.D.

This spring semester travel course fulfills the Citizenship graduation requirement and includes a nine-day trip to Mexico during spring break. Students will spend their first few days in Cuernavaca, an important cultural center in Central Mexico, where they will live with host families and immerse themselves in the community. They will then travel to the nearby village of Amatlán, where they will stay at an ecotourism center, teach English in a local school, and learn about Amatlán’s unique cultural heritage.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

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Spain

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Toledo, Spain

Open to: Undergraduate Students

ENG/SPA 3XX: Spanish Golden Age Literature and Culture

Faculty: Steven Byrd, Ph.D.

This spring semester multidisciplinary travel course aims to enhance students’ literary and cultural knowledge of Spain and Golden Age Spanish Literature (in English translation), including reading a portion of Cervantes' masterpiece, Don Quixote. The course satisfies an ADV requirement of the core curriculum, and counts toward the Latin American Studies Minor, Global Studies Major, and English Major. Travel to Spain will be over spring break and includes visiting cosmopolitan Madrid, and the historic cities of Toledo and Salamanca.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

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Spain

OPEN TO: Doctor of Pharmacy students, fourth year

PHP 405: GLOBAL HEALTH

Faculty: James Krebs, Pharm.D.

This Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) provides you with a Spanish language and cultural immersion experience, as well as two courses at the University of Granada. Through lectures and experiential learning, you will examine the Spanish healthcare system within the European and U.S. context and reflect upon the changing healthcare landscape in the U.S. and abroad.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2022

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