This life changing educational experience focusing on the Ancient Maya Civilization in Belize is the perfect winter study program. You will have the opportunity for full cultural immersion and research as you explore the remains and ruins of ancient Mayan archaeological sites while learning of the ritual practices and customs of this mysterious civilization.
Led by Professor Jeremiah Donovan, recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Internationalization, you will be introduced to the ecological wonders of the tropical rain-forest while experiencing Belizean homegrown hospitality and culture.
The final days of this program will allow you to experience a day of snorkeling on one of the last remaining living Barrier Reefs in the world, off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea.
Belize is an English speaking country with Spanish and Mayan often spoken in rural communities.
Undergraduate or Graduate students are welcome to apply!
Led by Professor Jeremiah Donovan, recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Internationalization, you will be provided with historical, cultural, and creative perspectives of Cuba, while exploring three uniquely different cities of Havana, Cienfuegos, and Vinales. Take part in historical walking tours of these locations while gaining an understanding of changes within Cuban society and culture brought on by the Cuban Revolution.
Excursions include a visit to El Cano village, meeting with individual families engaged in traditional pottery making, a half day meeting with San Geronimo University students for cultural exchange, and an opportunity to explore traditional and contemporary music scenes. Other experiences include a bicycle tour of rural landscape in the countryside of Vinales, a visit to the botanical garden, a half day horseback ride to a state-run tobacco farm, and a visit to the Bay of Pigs region.
Additional field excursions to explore Spanish and French 16th Century architecture, museums, archaeological sites, and modern Cuban communities will expose students to the value of artistic expression in the culture past and present.
This program can appeal to all majors while providing an opportunity to fulfill the G.E. 8: Arts, Presentation Skills requirement.
Spanish-language skills are not required, but can help with understanding. A guide or translator will be available throughout most of the program.
Undergraduate or Graduate students are welcome to apply.
The Dingle peninsula on the southwest coast of County Kerry is world famous for its magnificent scenery: mountains cascading into the ocean, lush green farmland, and charming fishing villages. The town of Dingle is colorful and lovely, with sandy beaches, seafood restaurants, art galleries, craft shops, summer theater, and pubs filled with fantastic musical performances.