Study Abroad Programs

 

2018 Study Abroad Opportunities: Middle East and Cuba

 MIDDLE EAST

More information: http://www.uvu.edu/international/ims/international_outbound_programs/middle-east/me-outreach/

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 1, 2018

PROGRAM DATES

May 20-June 12, 2018

PROGRAM DETAILS

The program will take place in Jordan and Israel; specifically, we will be studying at the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan; Birzeit University in Ramallah, Israel; and Tel Aviv University in Israel. Students will learn conversational Arabic and Hebrew to help them communicate while they are in Jordan and Palestine. We will have individuals from the Middle East speak to them about the political, cultural, and religious traditions of people in the Middle East so they can be knowledgeable and prepared to interact with the people in Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. Students will also learn about conflict resolution and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict so they can be prepared for what they see and experience while in the West Bank and Jerusalem. Students will learn about both sides of the issue concerning the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. They will speak to both Palestinian students and Israeli students. Our point of emphasis before and during the study abroad is to teach students how to listen to both sides of the issue.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Dr. Lars Eggertsen, Associate Professor of Behavioral Science; 801.863.6731; larse@uvu.edu

 

CUBA

More information: https://www.uvu.edu/international/ims/international_outbound_programs/americas/cuba/

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 1, 2018

PROGRAM DATES

June 23, 2018 - July 16, 2018

PROGRAM DETAILS

Students on this educational program to Cuba so that the students can experience first-hand a culture, society, and political system that is very different from the one they know. Students will see the blending of African traditions with Spanish traditions, an experiment in a unique, Cuban political system, and a life style that is non-materialistic. It is an exploration into a different society and into the student's own identity.

The program is sponsored by Peace and Justice Studies and the History and Political Science Department with four primary goals.

  • First, it will provide students with an exposure to life, culture, politics, and history of Cuba. Cuba is selected because of the important ways it is distinct from the experiences of most of our students. We will study under faculty of the University of Havana, with one course offering credit at the University of Havana. We will live with Cuban families.
  • Second, it will provide some scholars and citizens of Cuba with an opportunity to become acquainted on a face-to-face basis with students from the United States and Utah. Our past experience indicates that we create close connections with Cuban scholars and citizens. Our students are excellent examples of the positive side of the United States.
  • Third, students will engage in activities with Cubans in community gardens, health care facilities, schools, and NGOs to learn about their activities and support them.
  • Fourth, it will provide students with experiences that can be used in evaluating their own life plans and styles, in enriching their academic development, in preparations for graduate school, and in providing them with skills to be represented in their resumes and work skills.

 PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Dr. Lynn England, Lecturer in Political Science; 801.863.8119,Lynn.England@uvu.edu