Truman Faculty-Led Programs
Below is a list of Truman faculty-led study abroad programs. Please note that not all of these programs are offered every year. Please contact the instructors for more updated information about the program and availability. Current approved programs are listed here.
Europe in Transition
Credit Hours: 6
Instructors: Dr. Jason Lin and Professor Kristen Irwin
Course Description: Europe in Transition is an international study program combining field trips related to the economic changes of the European Union, as well as cultural and historical aspects. This year’s program will take students to Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; and Venice, Florence, Sorrento and Rome in Italy.
Nursing Experience in the Philippines and Transcultural Experience in the Philippines
Credit Hours: 5
Instructors: Professor Mariquit Hadwiger and Dr. Stephen Hadwiger
Course Description: This Nursing Experience course will be conducted in the Philippines and will focus on the nursing practice, health care systems, and baccalaureate nursing education in the Philippines. The Transcultural Experience in the Philippines will also be conducted in the Philippines and will focus on cross-cultural differences between the students’ culture and the Philippine culture. The specific context of culture will focus on communication patterns and health care systems in the Philippines.
Ecuador Field Research
Credit Hours: 3
Instructors: Dr. Steve Hudman
Course Description: The course explores the diversity of tropical terrestrial floral and faunal communities and the ecological processes that shape them. This course will expose students to the complexity of a tropical rainforest ecosystem, introduce them to the diversity of plants and animals and introduce field research methods that help researchers better understand the organisms within this ecosystem.
For more information, please contact Dr. Stephen Hudman
Communication Disorders Experience in Mexico
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite: CMDS 380: Principals of Clinical Management
Instructor: Dr. Janet Gooch
Course Description: The purpose of this study abroad program is to give Communication Disorders students an opportunity to work with Spanish speaking populations. The heart of the program will be a service learning opportunity that will immerse students in a variety of settings in Mexico, including an orphanage/school and a day care center for students with significant disabilities. The focus of learning will be on relevant issues in Communication Disorders, practice in school settings, working with Spanish speaking families and learning about the cultures in Mexico. The class will spend ten days in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico working 5 days in an orphanage/school and/or a day care for children with significant developmental disabilities. The other days will be spent visiting museums, art galleries and historical sites.
For more information, please contact Dr. Janet Gooch
Summer Study Abroad in Salamanca, Spain
Instructor: Dr. Silvia Pites
Course Description: This is a 12 credit Spanish language and culture program held at Academia Mester in Salamanca, Spain. In addition to daily class work, students are immersed in the native culture by living with a host family and by taking part in the many group activities. In addition to the six weeks of instruction in Salamanca, the program includes field trips to Madrid, Malaga, Granada, Cordoba, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Seville, Toledo, Segovia and Avila.
For more information, please contact Dr. Silvia Pites
Bethsaida Archaeological Dig and Mideast Study Tour
Credit Hours: 6
Instructor: Dr. Mark Appold
Course Description: A six hour credit course with six weeks of travel and study in ancient and modern Middle East cultural center and archeological sites. Central to the course are training and hands-on experience in archeology at Bethsaida, Israel, one of Antiquity’s most important Biblical sites. Truman State University is part of the Bethsaida Consortium. Living in a Jewish Kibbutz, learning the skills of dating pottery shards and other ancient artifacts, and experiencing a two week evening lecture series on related historical-cultural and archeological topics is augmented by weekend tours to representative sites throughout the Galilee and Judea. An additional stay in old and new Jerusalem gives students exposure to historical sites and contemporary points of culture, political, religious, and social interest. Time is also spent in the West Bank areas where contacts with Palestinian students and families are provided, volunteer work on a Palestinian farm, and introduction to refugee camps are arranged. The first two weeks of the program will be spent in Turkey: Istanbul, Antioch, Tarsus, Ephesus, Patmos, Pergamon, Troy, Cappadocia, and other. Reading and writing assignments are required in preparation before departure and a research paper, diary and book reviews are requested at the conclusion of the course.
For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Appold
Costa Rica Summer Program
Credit Hours: 12
Instructor: Professor Danion Doman and Vera Piper
Course Description: This is an 8-week program of complete linguistic and cultural immersion, based in Alajuela, Costa Rica, where each student stays with a host family. Students take four courses (12 hours of credit total) at the Universidad Técnica Nacional, in grammar and composition, conversation, Latin American culture and civilization, and Costa Rican literature, taught by both Truman professors and UTN professors. As part of this program, students also have many opportunities to travel and experience different cities, cultural sites, and natural areas throughout this beautiful country, which is world-renowned for its incredible biodiversity and its warm, inviting people. For example, the program includes regular weekend excursions to such places as the National Institute of Biodiversity, volcanoes, a hot-springs resort, colonial-era churches, waterfalls, museums, a working coffee farm, fabulous beaches, the cloud forest, and San José (the capital), and activities like a crocodile tour, zip-lining, canopy tours, horse-back riding, and snorkeling in the Pacific Ocean.
China Summer Study
Credit Hours: 6-7
Instructors: Professor Julie Minn
Course Description: A five week program providing language and culture instruction at Shanghai University in Shanghai, China. Students may participate without prior knowledge of Chinese. Language courses will be offered at all levels. The program will be taught by a Truman State faculty member and professors of Shanghai University. The students will take field trips, visit museums and historic sites in and near Shanghai. During the first week of the program, students will visit the capital of China: Beijing. This includes a visit of the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall.
For more information: please contact Professor Julie Minn