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In the summer of 2017, Centre is offering several options for study around the world. As we do each summer, we offer a program in Strasbourg that runs for three weeks immediately following Commencement. Another summer 2017 option is the popular program in Barbados, led by two Centre professors.

Centre faculty members Genny Ballard and Willie Costley will also lead students to Costa Rica for a Kentucky Institute for International Studies (K.I.I.S.) program. And there are more than 20 additional K.I.I.S. programs in North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Summer Programs

France: Early Summer Strasbourg Program

France and the World Wars (HIS 329)
May 22–June 12
Students are introduced to Strasbourg, Alsace, France, Germany (across the Rhine River), and the European Union while living in Centre’s Strasbourg apartments and exploring the historic city and region. The class, taught by Strasbourg director Dr. Amos Tubb, will cover France’s experience from 1914-1945, focusing on Strasbourg and Alsace in particular. It is an examination of how World War I influenced the roaring twenties and the Depression and how World War II shaped not only the borders between Germany and France but French policies and attitudes after the war. Students with no French will have some “survival French” at the beginning of the course. The second weekend, from Thursday through Sunday, is free for individual travel in Europe; students spend the last three nights of the course in Paris. Course requirements include readings on the history and culture of Strasbourg, Alsace, and France, as well as in-class quizzes and a final reflection paper. You must get permission from Dr. Reigelman in the Center for Global Citizenship before making a non-refundable $500 deposit by Wednesday, February 15 , to hold your spot. The land-only cost of the course is $2000: $500 deposit due Feb. 15 and the remaining $1500 due on Monday April 17. The cost including air travel is $3300: $500 deposit on Feb. 23 and the remaining $2700 due on Monday April 17. More detailed information about the program will be available at a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, in the Davidson Room in Carnegie.

Barbados: Research in Primate Behavior

BNS 450
June 1–22
This course offers students the opportunity to study feral monkeys in their natural habitat. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the behavior of green monkeys; develop proficiency in the methods and data analysis techniques commonly used in field research; gain an appreciation for the rich culture, history, and ecology of Barbados, especially as each relates to green monkeys; and identify ways to improve or sustain the deteriorating natural habitat of the green monkeys. Throughout the course, students will conduct field observations of the monkeys during the day and review book chapters and articles as the basis for discussion during class meetings. After familiarizing themselves with the behavior of the monkeys, students will develop a research question, collect appropriate behavioral data, conduct statistical analyses, and present their findings. Profs. Melissa Burns-Cusato and Brian Cusato. For more information, see one of the directors. Applications due Wednesday February 15; $500 deposit due Wednesday, March 1; the balance is due Wednesday, April 5. Estimated cost: $3600 (includes airfare)

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The K.I.I.S. program in Costa Rica

(6 hours of Spanish, Latin American Studies, or Health and Wellness courses)
May 24-June 21
Through classroom activities and excursions, students have the opportunity to explore the country—living with families, visiting coffee plantations and hot springs, and exploring beaches. Students take up to six hours of classes in Public Health, Spanish, or Latin American Studies. The program begins at the Arenal Volcano and includes two homestays and a three-night excursion to rainforest beaches of the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific, home to monkeys, sloths, turtles, and dolphins. All meals, housing, in-country transportation included. Visit and see Profs. Genny Ballard or Willie Costley. Cost (without airfare): $3575 (Scholarships available! See for more info.)