Short-Term Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs for 2020

PERU: Tropical Ecosystems: Forests of the Peruvian Amazon

3 Credits: BIOL/ENST 401M

Dates: May 19 - June 5, 2020

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: June 2 - June 17, 2020

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. 

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

3 Credits: MKT 390 or COMM 345

Dates: May 25 - June 6, 2020

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.

UGANDA: Uganda: Safari of Hope

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

Dates: May 19 - June 9, 2020

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.

SPAIN: Travel Writing in Spain

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

Dates: May 24 – June 12, 2020

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.

ECUADOR: FIMRC: Healthcare in Ecuador

1 Credit: Service Immersion Program Abroad

Dates: May 29 - June 14, 2020

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 up to 100 clinical observation hours.

JAPAN: Global Learning In Athletic Training

Non-credit program

Dates: January 14 – January 20, 2020

Estimated Cost:  $3050

This one-week program will be led by two King’s College Athletic Training faculty members. The program involves two and one half days of cultural activities in Tokyo followed by two and one half days of the conference: “International Sports Science Medical Conference” – a prestigious gathering of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the Japanese Athletic Trainer's Organization (JATO) at the Tokyo Midtown in Tokyo, Japan. King’s College as well as non-King’s College students of advanced standing enrolled in CAATE-accredited programs are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the JAPAN Athletic Training Program and application materials contact: Briget Ford, King’s College, Wilkes Barre, PA USA;


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