International Activities


In summer 2015, Seth Asumah, Africana Studies, led and taught SUNY in Africa: Ghana Summer Abroad for the fourth consecutive year.

In January 2015, Jeremiah Donovan, Art and Art History, conducted the study abroad program Belize Winter Study: History, Culture and the Arts for the third time. He also facilitated a day of service with the local San Antonio Roman Catholic School.

In 2014-15 more than 30% of the International Studies (IST) majors studied or will study abroad in Germany, France, India, Belize, and Spain. Most of them won scholarship support for their study abroad. Nearly 90% of IST majors study abroad at least once during their college career.

From Fall 2014 through Summer 2015 inclusive, 18 students in the Sociology/Anthropology department (two in ANT, one in ARC, seven in CRM and eight in SOC) studied abroad in 12 nations (China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Turkey, and the United Kingdom).


Faculty-led study abroad courses included a summer course in Ghana offered by Seth Asumah, Africana Studies and Political Science, a winter course in India led by Syed Pasha, Communication Studies, and a winter course in Belize led by Jeremiah Donovan, Art and Art History.

The fall 2013 issue of NeoVox (under the direction of Lorraine Berry) included collaborative work that was coordinated by Susan Peterson, Modern Languages, and Lori Ellis, Art and Art History. The art students produced works of art, and then Peterson's class wrote reactions (in Spanish) to the pieces.

This year fourteen International Studies majors studied or will study abroad (this summer) in Romania, Germany, Peru, Belize, Spain, Oman, and Mexico. Nearly all the IST majors won some sort of scholarship to support their study abroad.

Thirteen majors from the Sociology/Anthropology Department studied abroad over the past year in nine countries: Belize, Costa Rica, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Nepal, Peru, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Victoria Boynton, English, continued her collaboration with Lian Xu at Capital Normal University, Beijing. Boynton’s students in Turkey, Xu’s students in Beijing, and David Franke’s Senior Seminar students at Cortland exchanged writing and reviewed each other’s writing using Blackboard and a wiki. Lorraine Berry included selected works from the Turkish and Chinese students in this year’s NeoVox.

Craig Little, Sociology/Anthropology, continued to teach SOC/CRM 477 Social Control, an asynchronous globally-networked course with students in Cortland, Belarus, and Australia.

Looking to next year, Arts and Sciences faculty will work with the International Programs Office to develop high-quality international study abroad opportunities and faculty exchanges that are consistent with our mission. In particular, Brian Ward and German Zarate, Economics, are developing an international study abroad opportunity for students with the university in Costa Rica for the summer of 2015. Sharon Steadman, Sociology/Anthropology, and Girish Bhat, History, are exploring the development of a new academic exchange program for both students and faculty with St. Aloysius College (SAC) in Mangalore, India.


Africana Studies: Professor Seth Asumah organized, established curriculum for, and led students to Ghana during summer 2012 and again in summer 2013.

Art and Art History: Jeremiah Donovan conducted a new study abroad program, Belize Winter Study: History, Culture, and the Arts exploring the ancient ruins of Xunanchunich, CahalPech, and ActunTunichilMuknal. He designed a research project with the San Antonio Women’s Group (an organization of Maya women dedicated to preservation of traditional Maya ways) and Dr. Jaime Awe a pre-eminent archeologist of Belize.

Biological Sciences: Marine Biology (BIO 315) was taught by Dr. Rivest to 24 students during the fall semester.  The course included a two-week travel experience to Belize.  Students gained valuable international experiences by interacting with Belizeans and their culture, learning Mayan history and rainforest ecology, and studying marine biology on the second largest barrier reef on planet Earth.  Joyce Green served as a second instructor/supervisor to students at the marine outpost.

Economics: German Zarate hosted visiting scholar Kagan Ozdemir, from Anadolu University in Turkey during a two-week stay in Fall 2012.

The Dual Degree program in Economics with Izmir Economics University, Turkey, has shifted to a 2+2 model, enabling students to complete their first two years in Turkey followed by two years in Cortland. Izmir has agreed to allow students in the first two years of their regular program to enter the DDP, which may help to recruit additional participants.

The Economics Department has begun conversations with the International Programs office regarding a proposed change to the English requirement for the Dual Degree Program in Business Economics with Anadolou University, Turkey.

English: Victoria Boynton continued to build a collaboration between SUNY Cortland and Anadolu University, Turkey to develop a course for Cortland students to work with international students and to interact in a global context.  Professor Boynton   continued her collaboration with Lian Xu at Capital Normal University.  Boynton’s students in Turkey, Xu’s students in Beijing, and David Franke’s Senior Seminar students at Cortland exchanged writing and reviewed each other’s writing using Blackboard and a wiki.  David Franke, English, received a 2013 COIL Nodal Network grant to involve Professional Writing students in international editing through digital communication with Turkish students, live video feed, and a conference at the New York City Study Abroad Center.

Geography: Richard Hunter received a grant from SUNY Cortland’s Faculty Research Program to spend two weeks in Mexico collecting data for an NSF grant proposal.  Scott Anderson spent his sabbatical in Costa Rica working on a research project.

History: In April 2013 Interim Clark Center Director Gigi Peterson visited Fulda University in Germany and met with administrators, faculty, and staff involved in programs that are serving international students.  One of Peterson’s students attended Fulda in Fall 2012 and another Cortland student attended in spring 2013.

Modern Languages:  Professor Hongli Fan,  incorporated an online project into ESL 300, Theoretical Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language. TESL majors at SUNY Cortland exchanged emails with Chinese students at Capital Normal University (a sister school with an exchange program with Cortland) on topics including American and Chinese cultures.

Philosophy: Sebastian Purcell and Philosophy Chair Andrew Fitz-Gibbon arranged for Armando Santa Ana to serve as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Ethics Peace and Social Justice (CEPS).       

Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Philosophy, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Mecke Nagel, Philosophy, was a DAAD Visiting Professor at Hochschule Fulda, Germany.

Psychology: Five students studied abroad during 2012-13. The department hosted a Visiting Research Scholar, Dr. Martin Graff, from the University of South Wales in April 2013. Dr. Graff conducted research with Dr. Peggy Anderson, gave two open talks and two class talks. 

Sociology/Anthropology: 22 majors and minors from the department studied abroad in 6 countries over the past year.  Craig Little, Sociology and Anthropology, is active with the SUNY Global Center's Collaborative On-Line International Learning (COIL) initiative. He teaches distance learning classes in Belarus, Russia, and Australia.


Seth Asumah developed the first ever faculty-led study abroad program/course in Africa,
“SUNY in Africa: Ghana Summer Abroad” in collaboration with the University of Ghana.
This course attracted 17 SUNY Cortland students from 14 different majors to participate
in ethnographic research in Ghana.

The Economics department hosted a visit by Professor Kagan Ozdemir from Anadolu University, who taught two courses in fall 2011.

The Gospel Choir (AAS 241) has travelled to England, Germany, Belgium, and the
Netherlands and the Choir is in the process of fundraising to travel overseas next year.

The China Summer Study program headed by Professor Donovan included explorations of the three major
porcelain places of origin, Jingdezhen, Haungshan, Longquan and Li Shiu. Cortland
students had numerous opportunities to work directly with their Chinese counterparts.
An exhibition was curated in Jindezhen, China, which included work from six visiting
SUNY Cortland students.

Hongli Fan, Modern Languages, was awarded a 2012 SUNY Nodal Network Collaborative Online 
International Learning (COIL) Course and Module Faculty Development Grant for her initiative 
and ideas in integrating globally networked course elements. 
Dr. Syed Pasha conducted site visits to India and Turkey in support
of Study Abroad program development efforts. While abroad he met with a variety of civic,
educational, and government leaders. 

This year thirteen International Studies majors studied abroad in Costa Rica, France, Ghana, Germany, Ireland, Spain, and Romania. One student won the Atlantis Grant to study in Romania.  

Susan Peterson, Modern Languages,  led the Cuernavaca study abroad program between fall
and spring semesters this past year.


In 2010-11 alone  eight International Studies majors studied abroad in Argentina, Costa Rica, Senegal, Azerbaijan, France, and Rwanda. 

Dr. Mecke Nagel, Philosophy, has helped to establish a Memorandum of Understanding between SUNY Cortland and Fulda University in Fulda, Germany.

Students from Anadolu University in Turkey continue to impress in the Cortland TESOL program.

A new exchange program has been developed in partnership with University of Ghana beginning in 2009.

Dr. John Hartsock, Communication Studies, was awarded a Visiting Professorship at the University of Paris, where he taught in September and October 2010.

Dr. Zarate (Economics), Mary Schlarb, and Dr. O'Callaghan (Arts and Sciences) traveled to Turkey to participate in a SUNY DDP (Dual Diploma Program) conference. They also visited our exchange partners in Izmir and Anadolu University

The SUNY Cortland Gospel Choir traveled to Europe, with performances in England, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium.  Closer to home the Choir has also performed in Canada.

Jeremiah Donovan and Vaughn Randall routinely bring students to China for a summer art program.

Dr. Steven Broyles has developed a new course in Neotropical biology that includes a field trip to Costa Rica. Biology courses are also taught in Belize.

The Economics department has hosted visiting scholars from China and Turkey. The Economics department has also co-sponsored an economics conference with faculty in Izmir University of Economics—the conference is held in Cortland and Izmir in alternate years.

Through the work of  Dr. Ralph Dudgeon Cortland received National Endowment for the Arts  support for a visit from the Chinese ballet Troupe from Capital Normal University, Beijing.

Dr. Tom Pasquarello coordinates the Belize Zoo project and has traveled to Belize with groups of students.

Dr. Henry Steck continued his involvement with the Project on Eastern and Central Europe and made presentations at the Alliance of Universities for Democracy (AUDEM) annual conference in Baku, Azerbaijan.  

Cortland has established a dual degree exchange program that will bring business economics students from Turkey’s Izmir University of Economics to Cortland.

International Highlights from prior years.

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