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Participating in a 2017 CentreTerm abroad trips involves two steps:

1) You must first apply directly to the faculty director of the course and get permission to join the course. Do this as soon as possible. Although professors establish their own criteria for selection and are the final arbiters of how many and which students may participate, most will give preference to seniors who have not studied abroad and consider the relevance of the course to the student’s academic and professional interests; some may ask students to fill out a form or write a short essay.
2) Once you have the faculty member’s permission, to hold your slot you must pay the first third of the course cost at the Cashier’s Office in Boles Hall by April 5, 2016, at noon. (The second payment is due on Sept. 8, 2016; the third payment is due on Nov. 3, 2016.) Waitlisted students will be notified by email as soon as slots become open.
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.

2017 Courses

Amsterdam, Ghent, & Vienna: Cabinets of Wonder: A History of Museums

(ARH 4xx)
Museums serve to shape the ways in which we understand ourselves by reconstituting and representing the past. This course will explore museums as sites that organize, structure, and produce knowledge about history, identity, art, and politics. In addition to our three host cities, we’ll tour Bruges, Brussels, Haarlem, and The Hague, and visit museums ranging from the Belvedere Palace in Vienna to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam during the three-week course. Price includes all breakfasts and some dinners. Contact Profs. Jay Bloom or Amy Frederick.
Estimated cost, $3850

Barbados: Research in Primate Behavior

(BNS 450)
This course offers students the opportunity to study feral monkeys in their natural habitat and gain a thorough understanding of their behavior; 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; and identify ways to improve or sustain a deteriorating natural habitat . The class will conduct field observations of the monkeys during the day and then 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. Contact Profs. Melissa Burns-Cusato or Brian Cusato.
Estimated cost: $3800

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.

Cuba: Exploring Cuban Culture/Cuba’s Post-Revolution Economy

(SPA 271/471 or ECO 3xx)
As we explore the island of Cuba in 19 days, students will be exposed to the myriad mysteries of this once “forbidden” destination. SPA 271/471 students will seek to develop a deeper understanding of Cuba and Cuban culture, experiencing multiple cities in different regions. The economics course will examine the evolution of Cuba’s economy since the Revolution, with a focus on recent efforts to privatize certain sectors of the economy. Students in both courses will learn about the political, social, and economic structures in Cuba. The class will begin in Miami, FL, with a visit to Little Havana, and then explore the Cuban cities of Santiago, Camaguey, Sanctí Spiritus, Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Havana, and the Valley of Viñales. Contact Profs. Genny Ballard or Marie Petkus.
Estimated cost from Miami, $4475

England: English Regional Theatre

(DRA 338)
An introduction to theatre through the viewing of numerous plays of all genres, in a variety of settings, in 21 days. Open to all majors; for drama majors, the course will count as an upper-level Dramatic Literature elective. Many visitors to England spend their time in London—which offers only a partial glimpse of England. This course will visit other major English cities (Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham) and some of the smaller ones (Nottingham, Stratford, Oldham, Northampton) to study the centrality of an active theatre scene to the cultural dynamic of “ordinary” towns and cities. Contact Prof. Anthony Haigh
Estimated cost: $3750

France (Paris and Provence): Molecular Modernism: Manet to Matisse

(ARH 264 or CHE 264)
This course will focus on the development of French painting from the 1860’s to the 1900’s—from Realism to Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism. Beginning with the rise of Impressionism in Paris and ending along the Modern Art Road in Southern France (including Aix-en-Provence, Arles, and Nice), we will study in three types of locations over 19 days—art museums, conservation studios, and actual painting sites of important artists, including Manet, Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse. Contact Prof. Jeff Fieberg.
Estimated cost, $3800

Ghana: Education in a Developing Nation/Community-Based Anthropology

(EDU 251 or ANT 315)
Within a community-based framework, students will observe and analyze another culture from the inside. In response to specifically framed questions, the class will enhance its critical thinking skills and written communication. Students’ culminating work will be the implementation of their educational or anthropological activities in a rural Ghanaian school. Students will learn about the culture as they interact with family members in their homestays, teach in a rural setting, practice anthropological fieldwork, and tour local/regional sites. Contact Profs. Sarah Murray or Andrea Abrams.
Estimated cost: $3800

Holy Lands: Journey to Israel and Jordan

(REL 111/HIS 430)
This course explores the ways the land of Israel has been conceptualized and monumentalized as sacred space. Students will engage and reflect upon the ways in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims have in the past and continue to enfold this land into their theological and ritual worlds. Contact Prof. Tom McCollough.
Estimated cost: $3250

Italian Innovation: Beyond Stradivarius

(HUM 23x or MUS 23x)
Prior musical experience is not needed for this 16-day course, which will begin in the small hometown of the world’s most famous violin maker, Stradivarius, and work its way south to Rome by way of Florence. We will ask how Stradivarius’s innovations in violin-making created a tidal wave of musical change whose ripples are seen in the Italian painting and sculpting of the 17th century and are still heard throughout the musical world today. Student performers will perform with local university ensembles, and all students will meet local musicians and see the process of music being made. Contact Prof. Jaemi Loeb.
Estimated cost, $3900

Italy: A People's History of Roman and Renaissance Italy

(upper-level POL or CLA 346)
Students visit Rome, Pompeii, and Florence to discover how ancient Romans and renaissance Florentines experienced daily life. The class will explore how culture and politics affected city design and how social status and gender affect how one experiences these cities. Students will participate in a simulation of the Roman Senate about the Catalinian conspiracy. Contact Profs. Danielle La Londe or Chris Paskewich.
Estimated cost, $3700

Malaysian Borneo: Ethics and Diversity

(PHIL/ENS/ASN 2xx or 4xx)
Students will apply and analyze several models of environmental ethics to the environmental challenges of biodiversity loss, natural resource consumption, and human disruption of nature in Borneo. Students will study the customs, culture, and ethical systems of the indigenous people. There will be strenuous outdoor activities: daily hiking expeditions, a river excursion, and extended camping trips to tracts of tropical forest and a rugged terrain rich with natural formations and endemic species including organisms like orangutans, giant stick insects, and plants that produce the world’s largest flowers. Preference given to students who commit to registering for the A&E summer language institute and fall lab. Contact Profs. Daniel Kirchner or Matthew Klooster.
Estimated cost, $3925

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 8).
If interested, come to the meeting at 11:15 on February 16 in the Davidson lounge of Old Carnegie.

New Zealand: Invaded Paradise: Invasive Species Ecology and Management

(BIO 3xx)
Hitching a ride on globalization, invasive species have quickly spread, displacing native species, altering ecosystems, and negatively impact human health and the economy. Over 21 days, students will learn the fundamentals of invasion ecology in the context of New Zealand’s struggle with exotic species. Along with field research, students will study the environmental and societal benefits and costs of different management strategies. Good physical fitness is required for field work on coastal islands, mountains, and rainforests. Prerequisite: BIO110 and MAT110 or permission of instructor. Contact Prof. Mark Galatowitsch.
Estimated cost: $3800 plus food, which should cost no more than the board reduction on your spring bill.

Thailand: Aquaculture & the Environment

(ENS or ASN 2xx/4xx)
An ecological, cultural, and political study of Thailand’s cities, jungles and coasts. Students will investigate coastal mangrove wetlands, aquaculture operations, and remote farms and beaches to investigate environmental degradation and sustainability. Students will work alongside multiple stakeholders—researchers, activists, businesspeople, and farmers—involved in one of the world’s largest aquaculture industries and investigate contemporary Thai environmental issues and their impact of religion and politics. There will be strenuous outdoor activities: good physical fitness is necessary because students will be hiking in a hot tropical environment. Preference will be given to students who commit to registering for the A&E summer language institute and fall lab. Contact Profs. Kyle Anderson or Brett Werner. Estimated cost: $3900

Spend a semester in one of eight countries:

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