Faculty-Led Short-Term International Travel Study Programs

  • Travel Study in Santiago, Chile

  • Travel Study in Costa Rica
  • Travel Study in Spain
  • Travel Study in Fiji
  • Travel Study in Nepal

 

Check this website regularly for updated information on programs taking place during 2018.

For information about other short-term international study tours offering academic credit, call 559.278.0333.

Faculty Handbook - International Travel Study

Click here for a printable list of all 2018 International Study Tours (See below for detailed brochures on 2018 trips)

Forms

Students traveling abroad must complete and sign the Student Information Packet (7 pages) and Pre-Departure Form listed below. Please submit completed documents to Cyndy Trent, Continuing and Global Education, Kremen Education Building, Room 130.

Detailed information on 2018 trips

Belize—Tropical Diversity and Conservation

May 21 – 28, 2018
BIOL 189 T – 3 units
Fee:  $4,425

Blue HoleEver want to swim in a vibrant coral reef? Hike through a tropical rainforest?  See some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet? This course offers an 8 day tour of Belize including visits to pristine beaches, tropical rainforests, and snorkeling on beautiful coral reefs. The professor, Dr. Joshua Reece, is a terrestrial and marine biologist with more than a decade of experience working in tropical landscapes.The course will focus on the biodiversity of Belize’s birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and marine fish. You will get up close and personal with sloths, four species of monkeys, poison dart frogs, hundreds of species of fish, and hundreds of species of bright, colorful birds. There are no prerequisites and this course will offer learning opportunities for advanced students in biology, students from other majors who are simply interested in biodiversity and members of the public who enjoy ecotourism.

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Joshua Reece, joreece@csufresno.edu or 559.278.8440.

Chile, Santiago—Culture, Health and Globalization 

CANCELLED

January 6 – 14, 2017
PH 152T – 3 units
Fee:  $4,399

SantiagoThis course is designed to expand participant knowledge of global health and international health policy. The course focuses on learning about global health needs assessment, the design, implementation, management, and evaluation of public health programs in international settings.  

Students will take a panoramic city tour of Santiago and make visits to health care facilities. Participants will also have a free day in Santiago to explore on their own. A day trip to Valparaiso will take students through the central valley, famous for its wines, fruits, and cheese.  The day excursion will continue to Viña del Mar, the most popular beach resort in Chile. 

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Miguel Perez, mperez@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2897. 

Costa Rica—International Tourism

May 23 – 31, 2018
RA 130 – 3 units
Fee:  $3,395

Costa RicaExplore Costa Rica while learning about international tourism in an experiential environment. Through on-site visits, selected texts and readings, students will experience the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of tourism in Costa Rica. Students will also examine the development and meaning of ecotourism, alternative tourism, adventure, natural, cultural and heritage tourism options particular to Costa Rica. In addition to theoretical knowledge, students will be presented with experiential learning opportunities in commercial adventure recreation involving hiking, whitewater rafting, zip lining, kayaking and exploring jungles of Costa Rica. In addition to abundant physical activity, students will interact with the local communities and learn about being responsible tourists and stewards of the natural world. 

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Jason Whiting, jawhiting@csufresno.edu or 559.278.8749.

Jamaica—Stewardship and Service in Travel

CANCELLED

December 26, 2017 – January 8, 2018
RA 192T – 3 units
Fee:  $5,699

hammockWant to avoid the winter chill by escaping to Jamaica? Want to kayak, hike, and swim in a tropical paradise? Join us in Jamaica! You will learn to be an educated traveler. You will be become well versed in the Jamaican government and their personal and group impacts on the people and environment. You’ll have an opportunity for rafting, snorkeling, caving, to tour a Rastafari indigenous village, and to experience the Luminous Bay Lagoon, among other excursions.   Through multiple stewardship projects and cultural immersion, you will leave a lasting positive impact on Jamaica’s environment. 

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Alexandra Clifton, aclifton@csufresno.edu or 559.949.7673.

London and Edinburgh—Transcultural Nursing and Global Healthcare

May 21-29, 2018
NURS 180T – 3 units
Fee:  $4,704

BagpiperExplore two of the world’s most exciting cities: London and Edinburgh! Discover the intriguing history of medicine and nursing where so much of modern medicine began. Join us as we learn how the UK system of healthcare differs from the US current healthcare system and consider using this knowledge to influence the future of health and wellness. See the Florence Nightingale Museum and the lasting impact she has had on social reform and modern nursing.  Sherlock Holmes fan? We will explore Edinburgh’s Surgeon’s Hall and find the connection to the famed detective, along with seeing one of the largest and most historic collections of surgical pathology in the world.  

Early registration is strongly encouraged. Proof of a valid passport is required prior to the trip. Any disability requiring special attention must be reported in advance to an instructor. 

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Shauna Miller, shaunam@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2041.

Nepal, Annapurna Himal and Kathmandu —Cultural Landscape and Environmental Change in the Himalayas

May 21 – June 7, 2018
GEOG 177T – 3 units
Fee:  $4,200

NepalThis study abroad course will take students to the interior of the third pole, the Nepalese Himalayas, to learn about cultural landscape and environmental change. Participants will spend a few days in Kathmandu Valley, known for its historic sites, ancient temples, religious shrines, and captivating villages. Activities include a tour of the primeval city of Bhaktapur and Patan along with Kathmandu Durbar Square. Students will travel to the picturesque town of Pokhara and trek through Nepal’s largest protected range, Annapurna Conservation Area, where they will have a rare opportunity to interact with Pun communities and their agricultural practices in Sikha village nestled at the foot of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks.   A seven days’ trek will bring students through the interior of a temperate broad-leaved rain forest with breath-taking views of the tallest peaks in the world. Participants will encounter the hidden Kingdom of Mustang and tour deep gorges and magnificent lakes with stunning views of the Himalayas from Pokhara, then return to Kathmandu for student presentations and a celebration in the evening.  

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Mohan B. Dangi, mdangi@csufresno.edu or 559.278.4857.

Spain—Global Wine and Agritourism 

June 23 – July 29, 2018
AGBS 185T – 3 units
AGBS 180 – 3 units
Fee:  $6,500

EatingIn addition to rigorous academic work, this program includes regional explorations, intensive language and cultural training, and an engaging, hands-on competition where student teams create and market their own wine blends! 

The project-driven, multi-disciplinary academic field studies program uses various wineries, farms, tourism and related industry organizations as a laboratory for learning about the business challenges and opportunities of wine and agricultural tourism in Spain.  Students will use a field study experience to develop case study results based on the local business environment and work culture. 

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Serhat Asci, sasci@csufresno.edu.

Sevilla, Spain—International Study Tour 

May 20 – June 9, 2018
SPAN 3, SPAN 117 OR SPAN 125 – 3 units
Fee:  $3,470

SevillaSevilla is a culturally rich city in the historical country of Spain. A special session of SPAN 3 or SPAN 117 or SPAN 125 offers students the opportunity to live in and experience one of the cultures that has influenced many of the cultures in this hemisphere, while improving their skills in reading and writing the Spanish language. Students live with host families and are immersed in Spanish language and culture. Included in the overall cost of the trip is lodging with families, half-day classes, excursions, lectures and cultural tours. Cultural excursions include trips to Granada and Córdoba, as well as a weekend trip to Almuñécar, an historical coastal town. 

Early registration is strongly encouraged.  Proof of a valid passport is required prior to the trip.  Any disability requiring special attention must be reported to the instructor.  

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Isolina Sands, isands@csufresno.edu.

United Kingdom—Explore Healthcare in London and Dublin

May 22 – June 5, 2018
HHS 100T or HHS 200T – 3 units
Fee:  $5,907

DublinExperience the culture, lifestyle, history, accessibility, and health services within the UK and Ireland while visiting two beautiful cities and learn about their similarities and differences in the delivery of healthcare and accessibility for people with disabilities. This program is a study abroad opportunity traveling within the UK and Ireland. The course will expose students and faculty from multiple disciplines in the College of Health and Human Services to a powerful, once-in-a-lifetime international immersion experience that provides the participants an invaluable perspective on different regions within the UK and Ireland. Historical and cultural sites will be visited, as well as experiences related to the culture and health of citizens living in these regions.  

Early registration is strongly encouraged. Proof of a valid passport is required prior to the trip. Any disability requiring special attention must be reported in advance to an instructor.

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Peggy Trueblood, peggyt@csufresno.edu or Dr. Nancy Nisbett, nancyni@csufresno.edu.

Past Travel Study Programs

Armenia, Yerevan – Armenia Today

May 24 – June 9, 2017
ARMS 120T – 3 units
Fee: $1,595

Armenia Today is designed to acquaint students with the modern Republic of Armenia. Course requirements will include site visits to museums, important cultural sites, and interaction with college students in Armenia. Students will write reports on various aspects of their visit to Armenia. Lectures/classes will be provided on topics such as modern Armenian history, economics of modern Armenia, politics, etc.

Course is open only to current Fresno State students.

For more information contact Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, barlowd@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2669.

COURSE IS NOW CLOSED

Australia and New Zealand – International Tourism

May 25 – June 5, 2017
RA 130 – 3 units
Fee: $5,300

AustraliaExplore Australia and New Zealand while learning about international tourism in an experiential environment. Through on site visitations and selected texts and readings, students will experience the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of tourism. Students will also examine the development and meaning of ecotourism, adventure, natural, cultural and heritage tourism options particular to Australia and New Zealand. In addition to theoretical knowledge, students will be presented with experiential learning opportunities in commercial recreation involving hiking, snorkeling and exploring the Great Barrier Reef, visiting Maori villages, riding a skyline gondola, visiting the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and cruising Sydney Harbor.

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Jason Whiting, jawhiting@csufresno.edu or 559.278.8749.

COURSE IS NOW CLOSED

Central Europe, Budapest, Prague & Berlin– Explore Healthcare

May 26 – June 10, 2017
HHS 100T or HHS 200T – 3 units
Fee: $3,750

BudapestExperience the culture, lifestyle, and history within Central Europe while visiting three beautiful cities and learning about the delivery of healthcare and accessibility for people with disabilities. This interdisciplinary course is a study abroad opportunity traveling within Central Europe, exposing students to a powerful international immersion experience providing an invaluable perspective on different regions of Central Europe. Students will spend time in Berlin, Prague, and Budapest. Historical sites will be visited, as well as experiences related to the culture and health of individuals living in these regions. Planned highlights include visits to medical spas, hospitals, healthcare agencies, and learning about health, education, and accessibility practices in the region.

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Peggy Trueblood, peggyt@csufresno.edu, 559.278.3008 or Dr. Nancy Nisbett, nancyni@csufresno.edu.

COURSE IS NOW CLOSED

China, Lanzhou – Multicultural Exchange

May 20 – June 3, 2017
COMS 101 – 3 units
Fee: $480

Visit China, particularly the north-central region of the Gansu province and the city of Lanzhou, and learn about its culture, diversity, and educational system by attending/living at Gansu Agricultural University (GSAU). Living accommodations and meals (along with Chinese students) are provided by GSAU, and there will be plenty of opportunity to interact with the locals and provide conversational English opportunities to students and faculty.

For more information contact instructor Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea, calalea@csufresno.edu or 559.278.4080.

COURSE IS NOW CLOSED

Dominican Republic – Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

June 3 – 13, 2017
PH 152T – 3 units
Fee: TBD

Dominican RepublicPH 152T: Exploring Social Determinants of Health in the Dominican Republic, offers 3 units of Fresno State academic credit taught by Dr. Miguel Perez.

This global health program is open to individuals who have basic Spanish skills and who are interested in exploring social determinants of health while learning about the health care system in the Dominican Republic. Students will gain hands-on experience working with local health professionals and Dominican university students while engaging in a service learning project. 

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information, please contact the instructor: Miguel Perez, Ph.D., mperez@csufresno.edu, 559.278.2897.

COURSE IS NOW CLOSED

Fiji – Naboutini—International Community Engagement

December 30, 2016 – January 10, 2017
COMS 101 – 1-3 units
Fee: TBD

Participants will embark on a rewarding community engagement project in the beautiful beach-front village of Naboutini, Fiji. Fresno State will partner with Madventurer, an international service organization, to work on rural community development. Students will contribute to the village by working with the local community members on construction, public health and youth service projects. This is a multicultural, international trip, with participants immersing themselves in local culture, food, village accommodations, and daily life in Fiji. There will be opportunities for excursions and cultural immersion experiences such as waterfall trips, horseback riding, learning traditional dances, and more.

COURSE IS NOW CLOSED

Italy, Rome – (2017 Archaeological Field School Excavation)

June – July 2017 (TBA)
HUM 101T Archaeological Field School – 3 units
Dr. Daius Arya

Whether you’re a postgraduate or undergraduatearchaeology or art history or anthropology major, or simply someone interested in learning more about the field of archaeology, this program provides an exciting and unique opportunity for a first-hand look at archaeological fieldwork at a one-of-a-kind Roman site.

The American Institute for Roman Culture's Summer Archaeological Field School is an intensive, accredited six-week educational program in Roman archaeology led by AIRC faculty and affiliated expert archaeologists. The program offers students a unique combination of (1) one week of specialized academic instruction on the topography and development of Rome, including visits to major museums and open-air sites to augment field studies and provide participants with a broader context of what life was like in the ancient city, and (2) five weeks of hands-on fieldwork at an important archaeological site in the city and environs. In 2016 the program will take place at Ostia Antica, the harbor city of ancient Rome.

The AIRC Summer Archaeological Field School offers its participants both a synchronic (single-period) and a diachronic (multi-period) approach to the study of Roman culture. Through this dual approach, which provides depth and breadth simultaneously, participants will gain a comprehensive historical and cultural appreciation of Rome and Roman civilization, from its rise to power to its decline, understanding how it set a standard of cultural values that continues to exert influence over the entire Western world to this day.

COURSE IS NOW CLOSED

Nepal, Kathmandu – Cultural Landscape and Environmental Change in the Himalayas

May 21 – June 6, 2017 
GEOG 177T – 3 units
Fee: $3,400

NepalThis study abroad course will take students to the interior of the third pole, the Nepalese Himalayas, to learn about cultural landscape and environmental change. Participants will spend a few days in Kathmandu Valley, known for its historic sites, ancient temples, religious shrines, and captivating villages. Activities include a tour of the primeval city of Bhaktapur and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Students will travel to the picturesque town of Pokhara and trek through Nepal's largest protected range, Annapurna Conservation Area, where they will have a rare opportunity to interact with an ethnic Gurung community in a world famous Ghandruk village nestled at the foot of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan peaks. The program will conclude with a field tour of deep gorges, magnificent lakes, and stunning views of the Himalayas from Pokhara and wrap up in Kathmandu.

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Mohan B. Dangi, mdangi@csufresno.edu or 559.278.4857.

COURSE IS NOW CLOSED

Spain – Global Wine and Agri-Tourism in Ronda

June 23 – July 30, 2017 
AGBS 185T and AGBS 180
Fee: $6,988

SpainIn addition to rigorous academic work, this program includes regional explorations, intensive language and cultural training, and an engaging, hands-on competition where student teams create and market their own wine blends! The project-driven, multi-disciplinary academic field studies program uses various wineries, farms, tourism and related industry organizations as a laboratory for learning about the business challenges and opportunities of wine and agricultural tourism in Spain. Students will use a field study experience to advance primary research for regional tourism and develop case study results based on the local business environment and work culture.

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Annette Levi, alevi@csufresno.edu or 559.278.3004.

COURSE IS NOW CLOSED

Spain – Sevilla

May 21 – June 10, 2017
Spanish 3 (3 units) or Spanish 125 (3 units)
Fee: $3,100 plus airfare and one excursion

SevillaSevilla is a culturally rich city in the historical country of Spain. A special session of SPAN 3 and SPAN 125 offers students the opportunity to live in and experience one of the cultures that has influenced many of the cultures in this hemisphere, while improving their skills in reading and writing the Spanish language. Students live with host families and are immersed in Spanish language and culture. Included in the overall cost of the trip is lodging with families, half-day classes, excursions, lectures and cultural tours. Cultural excursions are included to Granada and Córdoba, as well as a weekend trip to Barcelona.

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Isolina Sands, isands@csufresno.edu or 559.676.6005.

COURSE IS NOW CLOSED

Highlighted International Travel Study Videos

International Tourism in Costa Rica 

Fiji 2016: Community Engagement Adventure


Fiji2014 | Ryan from Ryan Brisco on Vimeo.

Exploring Global Health: Dominican Republic

Fresno State students led by Professor Miguel Perez spent two weeks in the Dominican Republic, learning about Global Health issues.