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In the summer of 2015, 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. Other summer offerings include a program in Barbados, an archaeological dig in Israel, and more.


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

2015 Summer Programs

France: Early Summer Strasbourg Program

(HUM 269)
May 26-June 16
Students are introduced to Strasbourg, Alsace, France, and the European Union while living in Centre’s Strasbourg apartments and exploring the city and region. Class excursions take students across the Rhine River to Germany and to the nearby Vosges Mountains in Alsace. 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. Like all study abroad courses at Centre, this course must be taken for a letter grade. 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. This option is not available to French majors or students who have studied or plan to study for a semester in Strasbourg. Directed by Prof. Mark Rasmussen. More information will be available at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, January 12, in the Davidson Room in Old Carnegie. You must get permission from Dr. Reigelman in the Center for Global Citizenship before making a non-refundable $500 deposit on January 19. The land-only cost of the course is $1250, with the remaining $750 due March 30. The cost including air travel is $2900, with $1150 due March 30 and the remaining $1150 due April 27.

Barbados: Research in Primate Behavior

(BNS 450)
May 25—June 15
This course has been offered to Centre students regularly since 1999. The course exposes students to research techniques commonly used to study primates living in their natural ecosystem. Daily observations of the free ranging monkeys, supplementary readings, and evening discussions will lead students to develop thoughtful research questions about primate behavior. Students will work in small groups to collect data relevant to their hypothesis. Findings will be presented at the end of the course. Students will gain a better understanding of the morphological and behavioral adaptations made by the primates studied. Directed by Profs. Melissa Burns-Cusato and Brian Cusato. For more information, see one of the directors.
Estimated cost: $4,000

Archaeological Excavations in Israel

May 28 – June 27
Students are invited to be part of the team that will be excavating Cana of Galilee in the summer of 2015. Professor Tom McCollough will be directing the excavation with Professor Lee Jefferson serving as associate director. The excavation will focus on a Christian pilgrimage cave complex that dates from the Byzantine through the Crusader period. In addition to the excavation work, we will take excursions to the Mediterranean cost, around the Sea of Galilee, and to Jerusalem on an extended excursion. The excavation team will be lodged in a hotel in Nazareth, five miles from the site. A course that is cross-listed in religion and history may be taken for credit.
Cost (covering airfare, lodging, three meals per day, and transportation within Israel): $4125

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

(6 hours of Biology, Geography, and/or Spanish courses)
June 14– July 16
Through classroom activities, homestays, and excursions, students have the opportunity to walk under tropical rainforest canopies, interview locals, visit coffee plantations, and hike along the beaches of Costa Rica. The program begins at the Arenal Volcano and then moves San Marcos de Tarrazu, where students meet their host families. K.I.I.S. Costa Rica continues with a four-day visit to the beaches of the Osa Peninsula on the Pacific Ocean. This area is home to monkeys, sloths, scarlet macaws, iguanas, turtles and dolphins. The program continues in the rural town of Colorado with a trip to an organic farm, school visits, palm plantations. Finally, the program ends in San Jose. Choose from classes in environmental science, Spanish, and education. No Spanish required. See Professor Ballard for more details.
Cost: $250 application fee and $3,995 (without airfare)

The K.I.I.S. program in Istanbul

(3 or 6 hours of History and English courses)
July 1—July 31
This K.I.I.S. program, which is directed by Centre Professor Tom McCollough, qualifies for a Centre senior subsidy. Students in the program explore Istanbul, Turkey, one of the world’s most enchanting and historic cities. Built on the shores of the Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara, the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires features stunning architectural monuments from both ages. Students are housed at a private university and take weekly excursions in Istanbul and an excursion to the Aegean coast. These three courses are offered: HIST 479 (The Ottoman Empire: A Social, Political, and Religious History), ENG 203 (Creative Writing), and ENG 330 (Istanbul in Contemporary Literature). See Professor McCollough, the director, for more details. Apply by January 20 and save $100; application deadline February 15. Cost: $250 application fee and $3550 (without airfare)

Spend a semester in one of eight countries:

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