Upcoming international education opportunities

With the Spring 2020 semester underway, here are a few updates from the Office of International Education about upcoming travel courses. Please consider sharing this information with other faculty members or students.

Application deadlines for students to participate in UW-Green Bay’s upcoming travel course programs are quickly approaching. Below is a list of travel courses departing this summer 2020 that are still accepting students. Faculty interested in developing and/or leading a Travel Course in the future are encouraged to submit proposals by April 1 using the form available here.

Ecuador: Following the Inca Trail – This two and a half week course, led by Prof. Marcelo Cruz, will follow and survey the Inca trail throughout the Ecuadorean Andes. Students will learn the story of the Inca’s conquest and the impact that Spanish colonization had on the Inca Empire. Students will study Inca architectural style and Inca urban planning, as well as the relationship between settlement patterns and diverse ecological niches. The three upper level Environmental Policy and Planning credits can fulfill General Education requirements in Writing Emphasis, Global Culture, Social Science or Sustainability Perspective categories. More information is available here.

England: “The Oxford Imagination” – This month-long, six credit course being team-taught by Profs. Emily Ransom and Eric Morgan combines history, literature and creative writing into one phenomenal literary experience. The upper level English course can fulfill Writing Emphasis, Humanities or Global Culture General Education Requirements. More information is available here.

Portugal: European Innovation Academy – The European Innovation Academy is an extreme entrepreneurship accelerator program. Students from all over the globe form teams to take an idea to a tech start-up in 15 days. Students are mentored by global experts in IT, design, marketing, intellectual property and pitching. Students have access to investors (including some from Silicon Valley) to move dreams to reality. To be eligible for this program, students must participate in the UW-Green Bay Student Business Idea Competition or the Innovation in Aging Competition and meet with program leader, Prof. Ryan Kauth.  More information is available here.

Florida: Ecology of the Florida Keys – UW-Green Bay students will travel to Marine Lab in Key Largo, Florida for seven full days of ecosystem study. Students will engage in discussions, fieldwork and plenty of snorkeling. This three credit Biology course can fulfill General Education Requirements in Biological Sciences, Natural Sciences or Sustainability Perspective. More information is available here.

France: Nutritional Science and Psychology –Students participating in this three credit program, taught by Profs. Deb Pearson and Georjeanna Wilson-Doenges, will learn about the connection between health and nature. Using electric-assist bicycles, participants will travel through the Provence region of France while delighting in farm-to-table cuisine, locally sourced wines and developing an understanding of the role food plays in culture. This upper level Nutritional Science and Psychology Course will fulfill either the World Culture or Sustainability General Education requirement. More information is available here.

Norway: Viking Reenactment & Living History – This three credit course, led by Profs. Heidi Sherman and Katie Walkner, give students the opportunity to study history and experimental archaeology by living as a Viking in Gudvangen, Norway. Students will learn Viking-age craft such as bone-working, nalbinding, storytelling, weaving, blacksmithing and leatherworking. This upper-level history course fulfills Writing Emphasis, Fine Arts, Ethic Studies, Humanities or Global Culture General Education Categories. More information is available here.

Slovakia: Community Health Nursing Practicum – This service-learning program, led by Profs. Becky Hovarter and Janet Reilly, allow students the opportunity to understand the cultural, social and health issues within the vulnerable Roma population of Slovakia. This course satisfies all requirements for the N455 Community Health Nursing practicum. More information is available here.

Spain: UWGB in La Rioja – This six credit program, led by Prof. Cristina Ortiz, will teach students about some of the most important cultural movements and historical events of Spain. Students will explore Madrid before moving on to the La Rioja region. More information is available here.

Italy, England, and Scotland: UWGB in Europe: Mysteries of the Bubonic Plague – This three credit travel course, led by Profs. Brian Merkel and Georgette Heyrman, will retrace the steps of The Black Death throughout the European continent. A focus of the course is to investigate the genetic resistance 1% of Caucasians have to HIV/AIDS and the relationship of this resistance to the plague epidemic that affected Europe during the Middle Ages. This course is offered as either upper-level or lower-level Human Biology and satisfies Biological Sciences, Sustainability Perspective or Global Culture General Education Requirements.  More information is available here.

Included in the list of faculty-led programs departing this summer is the first-ever travel course to take place within the continental United States. The Office of International Education has authority to pilot some of these cost-recovery domestic programs. If you have ever considered developing a Travel Course to destination(s) within the United States, now may be the time to do it. Please reach out to Brent Blahnik at blahnikb@uwgb.edu to get started.

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