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Participating in CentreTerm abroad trips involves two steps:

1) Apply directly to the faculty director of the course by February 25. Although professors establish their own criteria for selection and are the final arbiters of how many and which students may participate, most will consider the relevance of the trip to students’ academic interests; some may ask students to fill out a form or write a short essay. Soon afterwards, the faculty director will notify you by email if you are approved or are waitlisted for the course.
2) Once accepted, to hold your slot you must pay the first third of the course cost at the Cashier’s Office in Boles Hall by Wednesday, April 1, at noon. Waitlisted students will be notified by email as soon as slots become open. (The second payment is due on September 7; the third on November 3.)
NOTE: You may need to store your belongings at Centre while you are away and move into a different residence hall when you return for spring term.

2016 Courses

Argentina/Uruguay: The Other Southern Cone

SPA 271/471 or Latin American Studies 220 [no Spanish required])
Known as South America’s “two White nations,” Argentina and Uruguay have had a complicated history integrating marginalized groups. Students will spend 18 days studying the Jewish presence in Buenos Aires and the African presence in Colonia del Sacramento and Montevideo. Topics included in this trip are discourses of social identity, memory, popular culture, and place within the nation. The course includes visits to the AMIA building, Gran Templo de Paso (Jewish synagogue), Carnaval, and the Afro-Uruguayan house of culture. If interested, please contact Professors Daniel Arbino or Núria Sabaté-Llobera. One course will be conducted in Spanish; the other in English.
Estimated cost: $3,750

Costa Rica and Panama: Diverse Cultural Perspectives

(SPA 271/471 or LAS 220 [no Spanish required])
As they travel throughout several different regions of Costa Rica and Panama, students learn about Latin American cultures while developing a greater understanding of the political and socioeconomic factors that led to their production. Students will consider local responses to globalization and environmentalism as we visit farms, markets, ports, and multinational corporations. They will also critically analyze sustainability initiatives such as eco-tourism and agricultural cooperatives. The class will travel to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, the San Ramon coffee region, the Caribbean town of Puerto Viejo, the islands of Bocas del Toro, Panama, and the city of San José. Contact Prof. Genny Ballard.
Estimated cost: $2950

Brazil Internships: Rio Internship Program

Centre has recently started exploring possible internships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for students to complete during CentreTerm and/or the summer.
Cost: transportation, housing, and meals.
Contact Mindy Wilson in Career Services and click here for more information.

Ecuador: Tourism and Cultural Sustainability in the Andes and Amazon

(ANT 320)
This course includes an anthropological study of the history and evolution of various kinds of tourism, including pilgrimage, in Ecuador. Fieldwork will be conducted among the native peoples in both the highland Andes mountains and in the lowland Amazon Basin’s tropical rainforest. Tourism is approached as a main force for globalizing change, raising issues of sustainability, and indigenous cultural survival. Contact Prof. Phyllis Passariello.
Estimated cost: $3,700

Egypt: 5000 Years of Transition

(POL 457)
Egypt’s recent political transition is of monumental significance when placed in the context of 5000 years of authoritarian rule. This 18-day trip will introduce students to Egypt’s political development spanning the pharaonic period, centuries of rule by Christian and Muslim conquerors, and the modern military republic. Students will spend time in Cairo at sites that include the pyramids and Tahrir Square, travel on a four-day Nile Cruise tour from Aswan to Luxor to see ancient sites such as Abu Simbil and Valley of the Kings, and visit Sharm el Sheikh in the Sinai peninsula, where important diplomatic missions have taken place. Destinations will highlight the sources of political continuity and change and help students consider the viability of democracy in Egypt. Contact Prof. Dina Badie.
Estimated cost: $3900

Japan: Roots of Mindfulness

(PSY 451)
“Mindfulness” is a ubiquitous term in Western mental and physical healthcare. The majority of concepts and practices involved are adopted from Japanese Zen Buddhism. This course is designed to provide an immersive exploration of these concepts, through direct practice, in the culture from which they emerged. During this 14-day course, students will explore Zen temples and Shinto shrines in the cities of Kyoto, Nara, and Yamaguchi and experience their practices firsthand while addressing their application in mental and physical well-being. Contact Prof. Aaron Godlaski.
Estimated cost: $3825

India: Life, Death, and Religion in Varanasi, India's Holiest City

(REL 458)
On the banks of the river Ganges, students will observe religion as it is practiced by each of India’s major faiths. From Hindu temples and cremation grounds to the birthplace of the 23rd Jain Lord Pārśva in the mosques and the Muslim quarter to the Central Institute of Tibetan Studies, students will see how Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, Muslims, and Sikhs experience and enact their beliefs, traditions, and rituals. We will ask how on-the-ground religion in India compares to depictions in Western media and universities. This 21-day course includes a visit to the Sikhs’ Golden Temple in Amritsar and two weeks in Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world and the destination for millions of Hindu pilgrims. Contact Prof. Chris Haskett.
Estimated cost: $3500

Mérida Internships: Centre-in-the-Yucatan

Students live in homestays and do a carefully selected internship with a Mérida firm or organization. Intermediate Spanish is necessary. Participating students will register for INT 400; internships cannot count toward major or minor requirements. Contact Mindy Wilson in Career Services or Leigh Cocanougher in the Center for Global Citizenship.
Cost: $950 plus airfare (a non-refundable $200 deposit is due April 1 with the remaining $750 due September 7).
If interested, come to the meeting at 11:15 on February 12 in the Davidson lounge of Old Carnegie.

Morocco and Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims

(REL 459)
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share a long history of interactions in these regions dating back to the 8th century, when much of the Iberian Peninsula came under the control of Muslims who crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco. The class will visit historical sites and active communities in Marrakech, Casablanca, and Fes in Morocco. The class will then cross the Gibraltar by ferry into Spain and explore historical, architectural, and cultural sites in Seville, Granada, Cordoba, Toledo, and Madrid. Contact Profs. David Hall and/or Matthew Pierce.
Estimated cost: $3800

New Zealand: The Physical Science of Volcanoes

(NSC 250)
Students in this course will be introduced to the physical science of volcanoes during 21 days in New Zealand. The course will explore basic geology, how volcanoes are formed, the different types of volcanoes, volcanic hazards, and other geothermal features like hot springs and geysers. Good physical fitness is required since much of the course will involve hiking on rough terrain on and around volcanoes. Prerequisite: any introductory physical science course or permission of instructors. Contact Prof. Kerry Paumi or Prof. Joe Workman. Estimated cost: $3900


(HIS 435)
Students will experience life and culture in eastern Africa: food, languages, histories, and taboos. In Buganda, the class will learn about Africa’s ancient kingdoms. Among Iteso, they will explore Late Iron Age rock paintings and clan politics. On the Nile, they will study the history of Africa’s global economies. At sites of massacre in Rwanda, they will rethink the regional and international complexities that resulted in genocide. In addition, the 24 days on the ground include white water rafting the Nile and a fabulous safari. Contact Prof. Jon Earle.
Estimated cost: $3800

Spend a semester in one of eight countries:

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