Summer Study Abroad

Applications for Summer 2025 are open now. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will close once course capacity is reached or on November 4, 2024 11:59pm.

Non-refundable administrative deposit: $400 per student 

Further information and student application are available on CentreNet.

Summer 2024 Study Abroad Locations

Embark on a transformative journey in the Azores with "Catching the Wave," a 3-week program seamlessly blending surfing, mindfulness, and philosophy. Engage in daily surf sessions harmonized while practicing mindfulness and studying its Buddhist roots. Discussions will unravel the contemporary relevance of mindfulness, bridging philosophy and psychology with the physicality of surfing. The stunning Azorean backdrop becomes an integral part of our exploration, inspiring conversations on the intertwined aspects of nature, mind, and body. Immerse yourself in an interdisciplinary experience that effortlessly connects ancient wisdom with modern discourse, providing a profound understanding of self and the world. By the program's end, not only will you master surfing, mindfulness, and philosophical concepts, but you'll also carry a unique perspective on the psychology of meditation and the philosophies of Spinoza, Merleau-Ponty, and Deleuze. Join us for an unforgettable journey of self-discovery and intellectual exploration. 

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Faculty: Dr. Marc Demont

Dates: June 9 - July 1, 2024

Cost: $5,090 (includes $400 administrative deposit)

In this course, students will be making ceramics alongside Malaysian artisans and will consider how to make photographs as a member of a growing cross-cultural community, rather than slipping into the tourist habit of exotification. Malaysia fosters experiential and interdisciplinary learning in a wide variety of locations ripe for the study of ceramics and photography. Students will engage with landscape, culture, colonial influence, and community through activities in the bustling urban metropolis of Kuala Lumpur; the historic port cities of Melaka and Penang; and the lush biodiversity of both the mountainous rainforests of Cameron Highlands and the resort islands of Langkawi. This course invites both the beginner and the advanced student.

Faculty: Stephanie Galli & Michelle Burdine

Dates: May 22 - June 15, 2024

Cost: $4,700 (includes $400 administrative deposit)

In this program students will take part in the Graz International School, where they will learn alongside students from all over the world as well as international faculty and staff. The theme of the international school is Conflict, Challenge, and Change: State - Society - Religion- offering a discussion on how conflict, challenge, and change determine our lives as individuals and as a society.

Faculty: Dr. Satty Flaherty-Echeverria

Dates: June 28 - July 15, 2024 

Cost: $5,100 (includes $400 administrative deposit)

In this course, students will investigate Scandinavian environmentalism through both academic and experiential lenses. We will pay particular attention to three dimensions that affect our ability to make sound environmental choices: socio-cultural (e.g. minimalism); structural (e.g., public transit, recycling, education); and ecological (e.g.. Access to outdoors/wild spaces). This course is grounded in a comparative framework that invites students to consider what we might learn from looking at everyday experiences in a different setting and considering how it compares with our own. As such, students will engage in reflection opportunities that will facilitate our ability to critically consider the relationship between theories about environmental action with daily lived experiences.

Faculty: Dr. Ellen Prusinski and Dr. Kaelyn Wiles

Dates: May 22 - June 8, 2024

Cost $5,931 (includes $400 administrative deposit)


The class introduces archaeological field techniques and outlines a critical understanding of the methods and approaches by which the archaeological record and cultural heritage are understood and interpreted. Students will be introduced to the methods of archaeological survey, excavation, data and materials recovery, recording, and processing. Students will be involved in all phases of field excavation, will be trained in basic laboratory processing, and will assist with public interpretation when possible. Students will be encouraged to critically examine how archaeological knowledge is constructed and expressed. The remote location requires students to live and work together as a group while they contribute to the success of a long-term archaeological research project.

Faculty: Dr. Robyn Cutright

Dates: June 1 - July 5, 2025

Costs: $2,800 (includes $400 administrative deposit)

Students will trace the roots of mindfulness from Early Buddhism to Japanese Zen through surfing and meditation practice. This traditional understanding of mindfulness will be critically discussed alongside recent scientific research in psychology on the effects of meditation, and the longstanding philosophical Western tradition of the mind/body problem. Students will integrate these different perspectives to make sense of their own "mindful" experiences. Field trips will give students a broad understanding of mindfulness, such as mindful walking and therapeutic photography. Students will use key texts to understand the notion of mindfulness through a psychology and philosophy approach. Through this phenomenological and mindfulness lens local cultures will be approached. Instead of relying on a traditional anthropological 'objectivist' approach, students’ embodied subjectivity will be the main source of questioning, helping them to become conscious of the different sensations, emotions, cultural expectations, and biases that exposure to a new culture can trigger.

Faculty: Dr. Marc Démont

Dates: June 7 - June 28, 2025

Costs: $5,000 (includes $400 administrative deposit)

Students will adopt yogic practices into study abroad in Tahiti with an emphasis on post-colonial perspectives that de-center Western notions of self and ecology in favor of learning about local practices and perspectives. Select yogic practices serve as a conduit for models of self and ecology that facilitate the understanding and/or acquisition of other non-Western perspectives (in this case, Tahitian). In this sense “yoga” is itself a non-Western model of self and ecology, and an intentional pedagogical intermediary for getting from one set of cultural perspective to another. In other words, yoga represents a different cultural model while also having tools and philosophical perspectives that guide us from one constellation of meaning to another (e.g., in terms of self, religion, community, ecology).

Faculty: Dr. Christian Wood

Dates: May 27 - June 14, 2025

Costs: $4,738 (includes $400 administrative deposit)