Costa Rica

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, 2020

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Galápagos

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Seals in the Galapagos

OPEN TO

Undergraduate Students

MAR 451: 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, 2020

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Greece

OPEN TO

Doctor of Physical Therapy Students

PTH 725: DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL THERAPY CULTURAL COMPETENCY EXPERIENCE

Faculty: Jennifer Audette, PT, Ph.D.

This spring semester course will provide PT graduate students with knowledge regarding cultural competency and sensitivity and the provision of care for people in refugee camps on 2 islands in Greece (Samos and Lesbos). Prior to the experience, classroom activities to prepare students to provide care to victims of trauma will occur. Students will learn about - and discuss - cultural competence and humility and other related issues. Students will travel to either Lesbos or Samos for 2 weeks in April.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2020

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Greece and Italy

OPEN TO

Undergraduate Students

BIO 290: ANATOMY THROUGH THE CLASSICAL & RENAISSANCE ART: A TRAVEL COURSE TO GREECE & 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, 2020

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Iceland

OPEN TO

Undergraduate Students

MAR 435: 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, 2020

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Ireland

OPEN TO

Undergraduate Students

EDU 242: COMPARATIVE EDUCATION IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

Faculty: Lane Clarke, Ed.D.

This spring semester course will investigate comparative education theories and philosophy to examine education in different contexts. By investigating contexts locally, nationally and globally, you will extend your knowledge about society and how this is enacted through the institution of its schools. In Ireland, students will visit schools and learn about Irish culture by touring castles, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Aran Islands. Other highlights may include the Ring of Kerry and the areas of Galway, Cork, Kinsale, and Killarney.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2020

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Kenya

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U N E Students in Kenya

OPEN TO

Undergraduate Students

ENV 348: 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, 2020

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Mexico

OPEN TO

Undergraduate Students

CIT 420: GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

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, 2020

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Morocco

OPEN TO

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Students

OTR 606: OCCUPATIONAL ENGAGEMENT IN COMMUNITIES & CONTEXTS

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

This spring semester elective course for second-year Occupational Therapy (OT) graduate students provides advanced study in occupational science, occupational therapy without borders, and interprofessional practice with emphasis on the cultural context of occupation. Students will explore the transaction of place, objects, and people as they engage in everyday occupation and service to expand occupational participation in Morocco. Occupational experiences with agencies and organizations in Morocco will provide population-based reflection and hands-on experiences. This course includes the development of a sustainable project with outcome measurement based in ecological theory. This course, designed to immerse the student in a new culture, will facilitate renewed perspectives of occupation, occupational therapy, interprofessional practice, and global understanding of the value of occupation in society. Students will travel to the University of New England campus in Tangier, Morocco in early January.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2020

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Panama

OPEN TO

Undergraduate Students

BIO 421: 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, 2020

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