Short-Term Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

Faculty-led study abroad programs are set tor return in summer '22. Stay tuned for updates!

To prepare for applying for the summer '22 programs:

Future Short-Term Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

ENGLAND and IRELAND: Multinational Marketing and Communications in England and Ireland

3 Credits: MKT 390 or COMM 345

Approximate Travel Dates: May 24 - June 5

Estimated Cost:  $3,600

This program, led by Dr. Karen Mercincavage (Mass Communications) and Dr. JC Blewitt (Business and Management), will be centered on short-term study abroad to London and Dublin.  The goal of the program is for students to better understand the international market environments in which businesses operate with an emphasis on the role of environmental and cultural differences.  This course will expose students to the global nature of business, to the creative and design elements of marketing communications, and to a bucket-list destination of culture and history.  Prior to and during travel abroad, students will work on a project of creating and developing an implementation plan for a selected marketing strategy catered for a business featured on the trip. This report will be shared with the firm for which it was prepared.  Students will leave this course empowered with the experience of creating a plan for a multinational enterprise and expanding their professional network.

CANADA: International Business: Commerce, Culture, and Mission

3 Credits: IB 241, Fulfills Intercultural Competence Core Requirement

Travel Dates: One week, Late May

Estimated Cost:  $1,500

This program, led by Mr. Mark Leffler and Dr. Joseph Lohin, will prepare students for today’s diverse global marketplace by combining a special section of spring term International Business 241 with a late May weeklong travel experience in French-speaking Montreal, Canada. In class and in real-life encounters with businesspeople and scholars in Canada, students will develop a working knowledge of international financial documents, international reporting requirements, and regulatory issues, which they may encounter in their future business experiences. The course will also cover monetary policy, currency issues international taxation as well as import and export treaties, such as NAFTA and USMCA. Throughout, students will have the chance to develop intercultural competence via learning about Francophone culture and tradition including conversational French, basics of French cuisine, etiquette, and intercultural sensitivity.  The dynamics of experiencing the French-Canadian culture can be applied to living and working within the framework of other cultures that the students may experience in their future business encounters.

SPAIN: Travel Writing in Spain

3 Credits: ENGL 327 or ARTS 122, Fulfills Intercultural Competence Core Requirement

Approximate Travel Dates: Early June

Estimated Cost:  $3,600

Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Little (English) and Dr. Beth Admiraal (Political Science) this short-term faculty-led study abroad program based in Seville, will allow students to experience the art, architecture, history, and people of southern Spain while practicing the art of travel writing.  In pairs, students will room with homestay families, which will allow them to settle a bit, to live in Seville more than just visit. The goal for this course is to use those experiences to understand how that place is different from other places, how it’s different from what the students already know, and ultimately to help students develop writing skills, cultural awareness, and, ultimately, afford them an opportunity to think meaningfully about who they are.

PERU: Tropical Ecosystems: Forests of the Peruvian Amazon

3 Credits: BIOL/ENST 401M

Dates: Approx. 3 Weeks, Late May

Estimated Cost:  $4,000

This program, led by Drs. Garrett Barr and Tammy Tintjer from the Biology department, will be centered on a short-term study abroad to Peru, and is designed to enhance students understanding of:

  • the importance of biological diversity in tropical forests and the Amazon River Basin,
  • environmental issues related to the extraction of natural resources, 
  • the process of scientific research,
  • cultural differences within and among nations.

Much of the time in Peru will be spent at a remote research station or ecotourism lodge in a lowland Amazon forest.  Students will also briefly experience the very different cultures of Lima on the coast, Machu Picchu and Cusco in the mountains, and Puerto Maldonado or Iquitos in the lowland jungle.  Note that part of the course credit will be earned during a seminar course that meets once per week during the spring semester before travel.

SARDINIA: The Health and Nutrition of the Sardinian Blue Zone

3 Credits: AT/EXSC 245 or AT/EXSC 325, Fulfills Intercultural Competence Core Requirement

Dates: Approx. 3 weeks, Early June

Estimated Cost:  $4,000

This program, led by Drs. Heather Grimm and Jan Kretzschmar from the Exercise Science department, will be centered on a short-term study abroad to the Blue Zone of Sardinia.  Blue Zones have been identified as places where people live the longest and are healthiest due to their lifestyle and environment.  Due to their geographic isolation, the Sardinian Blue Zone consists of a cluster of small villages which have kept their traditional lifestyles.  For this program, students will explore the Sardinian Blue Zone lifestyle in relation to the dimensions of wellness.  It is from this, that we may learn how to reverse the decreasing life expectancy and health outcomes we see in the United States and the Wilkes-Barre, PA area.  This program will explore the features of health in Sardinia in order to allow us to suggest changes that would need to take place in order to make Wilkes-Barre, PA one of the healthiest locations in the world. 

UGANDA: Safari of Hope

3 Credits: ECON 161, ECON 356, SA 300, Fulfills Intercultural Competence Core Requirement

Dates: 3 Weeks, Late May

Estimated Cost:  $3,800

This three-week journey (safari) in Uganda, under the leadership of Dr. Margarita Rose of Economics Department, will offer students an unforgettable experience with local people, global influences, and the natural environment. Through contacts with members and ministries of the Congregation of Holy Cross, participants will engage with students and staff in Holy Cross-sponsored schools and clinics, as well as with owners of micro-enterprises and national firms.  Visits to a national park, a rhino sanctuary, and the shores of Lake Victoria will deepen appreciation for the rich, natural resource endowments of the country known as the “Pearl of Africa.”  Along with these components of the program, basic instruction in the Lusoga language and culture will enable students to achieve the intercultural competency and global connections outcomes of the Core Curriculum.

ECUADOR: FIMRC: Healthcare in Ecuador

1 Credit: Service Immersion Program Abroad

Travel Dates: Approximately May 29 - June 14, 2021

Estimated Cost:  $3,600

This medical service immersion program abroad is affiliated with the King’s Chapter of FIMRC (Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children).  This 1-credit, 2-week program, led by Physician Assistant professors, will take place in Anconcito, Ecuador.  This service immersion program is open to students in all majors but may be of special interest to those interested in health-related professions.  During this inter-disciplinary program abroad, students will be involved in clinical, health education, and other activities that will benefit the medical needs of children and their families in the local community.  Prior to the trip, the faculty leaders will conduct pre-departure workshops with training on basic medical knowledge, Spanish language, and cultural competency … proficiency in Spanish language is NOT required.  Students will have the opportunity to earn clinical observation hours.

PERU: In the Holy Cross Tradition: Healthcare in Peru

1 Credit: Service Immersion Program Abroad

Dates: 15 days late August, 2021

Estimated Cost:  $1800

Led by Physician Assistant faculty members Lorraine Novinger and Jean Denion, this medical mission program to Canto Grande, Peru, in conjunction with the Congregation of the Holy Cross, will be an invaluable experience for students interested in providing medical care to those experiencing marginalization and inequality in healthcare in our world.  During 15 days in-country, students will conduct medical screenings and observe and assist with medical care at the St. Andre multi-specialty clinic as well as provide health education and screenings in community settings such as schools and churches. In 2019, this program treated and provided health screenings to over 1000 patients in a primitive health care setting.  Students will have the opportunity to screen for anemia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, vision, dental, and women’s health issues and counsel patients on their findings as well as disease prevention. Students will be trained and supervised by the program faculty. Students will live in the residential facility of the Holy Cross community, which regularly hosts large groups from the United States. The group will have ample time to experience the rich culture and history of Peru and challenge their Spanish speaking abilities.  Spanish is not required. Juniors preferred but sophomore applications will be considered.