Study Away 2022 courses

Four diverse topics and destinations are slated for May 2022.


Springtime in Paris
Dr. Elizabeth Appleby and Dr. Kevin Ludwick



A Journey of Wellness and Self-Care in the Age of Transpersonal Exploration (Peru)
Dr. Kelly Veal and Dr. Sarah Holden



Cayman Islands Economy and Ecology
Prof. Cindi Bearden and Dr. Molli Newman



Education, Sport and Society of Ancient Greece
Dr. Sharon Livingston and Dr. Don Livingston

Recent travel experiences have included:

Service and Sustainability in the Philippines
This travel course provides an opportunity to experience service learning in the metro area of Manila, Philippines and tropical ecology in a remote area of the Philippines.  The Philippines  includes 7000 islands and 80 local languages. The Philippines ecology also is diverse and beautiful, including volcanoes, rain forests, beaches, and some of the world’s most diverse coral reefs. Since English is the language of instruction in schools, communication with locals is easy. Filipino culture has an Asian foundation, but has been modified by 3 centuries of   Spanish and American colonial rule. Students will find Filipinos to be exceptionally warm and hospitable people and have the opportunity to form lasting friendships. Jan Term in the Philippines

Cultural Explorations of Thailand
The objective of this travel away course is to gain an understanding of Thai culture through excursions in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and the surrounding mountain regions of northern Thailand. Students will have an opportunity to experience the culture of Thailand through a program provided by Chiang Mai University and local expert guides. Experiences include working with hill tribe ethnic groups and other populations. Through visits to selected venues students will learn about the economic, religious and social practices of Thailand. 

The Mayan Riviera: Archaeology, Animals, and Adventure in the Yucatan
The Yucatan peninsula is a safe, welcoming, Mexican province where the Mayan people historically built great cities and continue to live today in an environment filled with stunning archaeology, an impressive diversity of birds and wildlife, and a friendly, traditional culture.  This course will explore the people, culture, food, flora, and fauna of the Yucatan, focusing on the tropical coastline known as the Mayan Riviera. 

Costa Rica and Georgia:  Children and Communities from the Capital to the Coast
This course will take a comparative look at schools and communities from the Capital to the Coast of Costa Rica and Georgia. Students will spend the first week of the course investigating, visiting, and participating with schools and community outreach programs for children and families in Atlanta and coastal areas in Georgia. After exploring local issues and needs, students will spend 10 days in Costa Rica visiting schools and participating in community outreach programs in the capital city of San Jose and the coastal town of Manuel Antonio. Discover how schools and communities interact in local and international locations. Other activities will include visiting the city market in Quepos, exploring the sights around San Jose such as the Poas Volcano, Doka Coffee Estate and La Paz Waterfall, touring the beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park, cruising on a catamaran around the National Park, and spending afternoons and evenings interacting with locals in a variety of contexts.

Jan Term in RomeA Journey through Music History
Take a journey through some of the most important centers of western music history including Prague, Vienna, Venice, and Milan. In Prague, visit the Estates Theater where the premiers of some of Mozart’s most famous operas and symphonies took place. In Vienna, see where Mozart and Haydn lived and worked including the famous Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt. In Venice, see the famous St. Mark’s Basilica where many famous composers worked and where polychoral music was invented. Visits to the La Pieta Church (Vivaldi) and the famous opera house “La Fenice” are also included. The trip culminates in Milan with visits to La Scala opera house and to see da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

The Art and Architecture of Italy:  Naples, Rome and Florence
This course includes visits to three of Italy’s most significant cities:  Naples, Rome and Florence. In Naples, students will visit the Archeological Museum, with many artefacts from the excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as the Museum at Capodimonte. They will also tour underground Naples, together with Pompeii and Paestum, the site of several Greek temples. In Rome, students will visit the Pantheon, the forum, the Colosseum, Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and several recently opened archeological sites, such as the Crypta Balbi. In Florence, they will visit the new museum of the Duomo, the Uffizi, the Accademia, which houses Michelangelo’s David, the Baptistery, and Santa Maria del Fiore, where they will climb up to the cupola of Brunelleschi’s celebrated dome.  Some free time will allow for private explorations.