China & Hong Kong May ’18

Course Name: Financial Institutions
Professor: Fatos Radoniqi
Credits: 4
Lib Ed.:  Culture 2
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $3100 (estimated)

Using economics of information this course analyzes the functioning of financial markets and institutions and their role in allocating resources, managing risk, and exerting corporate governance over firms. This course aims to: a) provide students with the economic principles for understanding the emergence of financial institutions, their roles in shaping economic growth, business cycles, and crises; b) familiarize students with and help them think critically about both the economic reasons for government regulation of financial institutions and the political forces shaping actual regulatory choices; c) introduce students to the complexities of managing financial institutions; and, d) put forth ideas for how the financial system can be improved

This course is designed to give students a broad overview of the financial institutions used to coordinate the global flow of financial capital. From local credit unions to global re-insurance companies, these organizations affect the lives of the majority of humanity, playing a central role in allocating the world’s savings to the world’s investment projects. We begin with an overview of money, the financial system, its emergence and its functions in the economy.  We then delve deeper into the workings of the financial markets (bond, stock, and mortgage markets) as well as financial institutions such as commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, mutual funds, and the central banks. Hong Kong is consistently ranked as one of the top financial centers in the world. The ranking reflects key competitive areas including business environment, financial sector development, as well as infrastructure. Hong Kong is in the unique position where the global advantage and China advantage converge in one single city. As a gateway between China and the rest of the world, Hong Kong offers a unique opportunity to study the importance of financial markets in economic development and liberalization.A picture of a group of students in Hong Kong.

Sample of Activities

CO-CURRICULAR AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

Costs and Fees

The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

–  Accommodations (double occupancy)
–  Lodging.
–  Course-related site visits.
–  HTH health and natural/political disaster evacuation insurance or program vendor insurance if it is more comprehensive.
–  Some Meals
–  Service-learning and volunteer activity costs.

*Note: Prices are subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

–  3 Semester Credits.
–  Whittier Students only pay course fees.  May term tuition is waived. Non-Whittier students should inquire with our office about our tuition.

Costs Not Included:

–  Meals not indicated on the itinerary
–  Airfare and transport other than indicated above
–   Visa
–  Expenses of a personal nature
–  Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
–  Passport expenses
–  Single supplement fee, if  a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.

What courses do I enroll in?
For this course you will be enrolled in the appropriate section for May 2018. You will not need to sign up for this course during registration because you are automatically enrolled.
Applying
Applying is easy! Just click here or on the “Apply” link at the top of the page.

 

What students have to say about our trips...
“This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time…volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced.”

“I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life.”

“I loved that we were able to really explore the country, visiting big cities, little cities and tiny villages, to really get an idea of the culture.”

What courses do I enroll in?
For this course you will be enrolled in the appropriate section for May 2018. You will not need to sign up for this course during registration because you are automatically enrolled.
Applying
Applying is easy! Just click here or on the “Apply” link at the top of the page.

Trentino Northern Italy May ’18

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Course Name:
Professor: Cinzia Fissore
Credits: 3
Lib Ed.:  Culture 5
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $3500 (estimated)

Travel dates: 5/30/18-6/14/18

 

 

This faculty led course abroad will explore the northern Italian region of Trentino to look at modern-era relationships between humans and the environment. The self-autonomous region represents an ideal example of how sustainability and the responsible use of resources can be achieved with respect of cultural and historical traditions without sacrificing progress. Students will learn first-hand about challenges and opportunities related to sustainable development and will be pushed to make connections with their personal experience in the US in relation to their ecological footprint. Visits will include UNESCO-recognized sites (Dolomites), urban development projects (city of Trento), power plants (hydro dams), local agricultural initiatives (cheese making), meetings with experts, and more. The trip begins with a full day exploring the historic city of Verona.

 

 

Sample of Activities

CO-CURRICULAR AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Welcome and departure dinners
  • Guided excursion in the Ecomuseum Judicaria
  • Guided excursion in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park
  • Visit to MuSe science museum
  • Visit to UNESCO World Heritage prehistoric pile-dwellings museum and archaeological site
  • Guided excursion in the Storo area (agricultural projects, historic mining site)
  • Visits to various power plants
  • Guided excursion in Rovereto and the Gresta Valley (green tech hub, organic farming district, local producers)
  • biodiversity, heritage and sustainability activities
Tentative Itinerary

The dates and places are subject to change!  For travel dates use the “upcoming travel dates” page.

Itinerary for North Italy Trip
TENTATIVE itinerary
Costs and Fees

The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

  • Airport transfer from/to Verona, with private bus.
  • Transportation for all tours and excursions, as per the itinerary, by public transit or private bus.
  • Accommodation in double or triple rooms (students) and one single room (faculty member), in three-star hotels or equivalent.
  • All breakfasts.
  • Five group dinners, as per the itinerary.
  • Guides and guest speakers for all excursions, as per the itinerary.
  • Orientations, advising and teaching assistance services.
  • 24-hour emergency assistance.
  • Trentino Guest Card (individual pass to use local public transit, access museums and get discounts at local businesses).
    Visitor’s local taxes.

*Note: Prices are subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

–  3 Semester Credits.
–  Whittier Students only pay course fees.  May term tuition is waived. Non-Whittier students should inquire with our office about our tuition.

Costs Not Included:

–  Meals not indicated on the itinerary
–  Airfare and transport other than indicated above
–   Visa
–  Expenses of a personal nature
–  Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
–  Passport expenses
–  Single supplement fee, if  a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.

What courses do I enroll in?
For this course you will be enrolled in the appropriate section for May 2018. You will not need to sign up for this course during registration because you are automatically enrolled.
Applying
Applying is easy! Just click here or on the “Apply” link at the top of the page.
What students have to say about our trips...
“This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time…volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced.”

“I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life.”

“I loved that we were able to really explore the country, visiting big cities, little cities and tiny villages, to really get an idea of the culture.”

Costa Rica May ’18

Students in costa rica

Course Name: Urban Education
Professor: Dr. Ivannia Soto
Credits: 3
Lib Ed.:  Culture 6
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $2900 (estimated)

Travel dates: 5/21/18-6/1/18

Prerequisites:

ANTH 211, CHDV 105, or SOC 200

In this course students will learn about both historical and contemporary issues in public school education, which have led to the achievement gap between underrepresented groups. Students will compare the schooling experiences and underachievement of Latinos, African Americans, and English Language Learners (ELLs) in K-12 settings. Local school visits and educational documentaries will be utilized as experiential and pedagogical tools.

 

The theme of this course is literacy. Students will engage in a project in which they will develop digital stories that connect to a type of literacy studied on the trip: language, global/cultural, and environmental. Location is critical to this course; students will obtain a deeper understanding of literacy in the context of this setting. Learning about Costa Rica’s vast sustainability efforts, ecotourism, and biodiversity, they will be able to experience global and cultural literacy more deeply. Interactions with local students (both children and adults) from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds will immerse them in the Spanish language as well as cultural norms.

Two Students in CR

Sample of Activities

CO-CURRICULAR AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Visits to Earth University and La Selva Biological Station
  • Visit Sarapiqui Conservation Learning Center
  • Monteverde Friends School
  • Ranch Margot
  • Daily blogging
  • Free time on weekends to explore the country
Costs and Fees

The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

–  Accommodations (double occupancy)
–  Lodging.
–  Course-related site visits.
–  HTH health and natural/political disaster evacuation insurance or program vendor insurance if it is more comprehensive.
–  Some Meals
–  Service-learning and volunteer activity costs.

*Note: Prices are subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

–  3 Semester Credits.
–  Whittier Students only pay course fees.  May term tuition is waived. Non-Whittier students should inquire with our office about our tuition.

Costs Not Included:

–  Meals not indicated on the itinerary
–  Airfare and transport other than indicated above
–   Visa
–  Expenses of a personal nature
–  Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
–  Passport expenses
–  Single supplement fee, if  a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.

What courses do I enroll in?
For this course you will be enrolled in the appropriate section for May ’18. You will not need to sign up for this course during registration because you are automatically enrolled.
Applying
Applying is easy! Just click here or on the “Apply” link at the top of the page.
What students have to say about our trips...
“This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time…volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced.”

“I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life.”

“I loved that we were able to really explore the country, visiting big cities, little cities and tiny villages, to really get an idea of the culture.”

Denmark May ’18

Nyvaven in Copenhagen. Courtesy Wikimedia

Course Name: To Denmark and Beyond: Child and Family Well-Being in Workfare and Welfare States
Professor: Dr. Paula Sheridan & Lisa Ibanez
Credits: 3
Lib Ed.:  Culture 5
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $3700 (estimated)

Travel dates: 5/22/18-6/8/18

 

This course explores social work policy and practice of services to children, youth and their families in both welfare and workfare states of Denmark and the US. Students participate in agency analysis of service delivery in both countries, collaborate with social work professionals and students in Denmark, and analyze similarities and differences in need and services. We will also examine the gaps in service delivery and resources in both settings. Course instruction is located at Whittier College and Metropolitan University School of Social Work, Copenhagen, DK.

Whittier and Metropol Students working on collaborative projects, Courtesy Sonia Chaidez
Whittier and Metropol Students working on collaborative projects, Courtesy Sonia Chaidez

This class is designed in collaboration with Metropolitan University School of Social Work. Our students will participate in the international course, Youth and Families, with English as the language of instruction. Metro students represent EU countries and their respective social service delivery systems. Togethe we will examine systems that enhance or deter the well-being of children and families through class and field experiences.

Nyvaven in Copenhagen. Courtesy Wikimedia
Nyvaven in Copenhagen. Courtesy Wikimedia
Sample of Activities

CO-CURRICULAR AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Walking tours of Copenhagen
  • Visit to Rosenborg Castle
  • Various museums
  • Agency analyses
  • Visit to Royal Library Garden
Costs and Fees

The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

–  Accommodations (double occupancy)
–  Lodging.
–  Course-related site visits.
–  HTH health and natural/political disaster evacuation insurance or program vendor insurance if it is more comprehensive.
–  Some Meals
–  Service-learning and volunteer activity costs.

*Note: Due to international travel requirements, varying exchange rates and other factors, prices are always subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

–  3 Semester Credits.
–  Whittier Students only pay course fees as May term tuition is waived. Non-Whittier students should inquire with our office about WC tuition for May-Term classes.

Costs Not Included:

–  Meals not indicated on the itinerary
–  Airfare and transport other than indicated above
–   Visa
–  Expenses of a personal nature
–  Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
–  Passport expenses
–  Single supplement fee, if  a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.

What courses do I enroll in?
For this course you will be enrolled in the appropriate section for May 2018. You will not need to sign up for this course during registration because you are automatically enrolled.
Applying
Applying is easy! Just click here or on the “Apply” link at the top of the page.
What students have to say about our trips...
“This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time…volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced.”

“I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life.”

“I loved that we were able to really explore the country, visiting big cities, little cities and tiny villages, to really get an idea of the culture.”

Southern Italy & Sicily May ’18

A Picture of Ruins in Southern Italy

Course Name: Rome, Naples, Sicily: The Cultural Mosaic of Southern Italy
Professor: David Hunt
Credits: 3
Lib Ed.:  Culture 5
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: Yes!
GPS: Students who started in Fall 2016 can subtract $2000 from course fee total.
Cost/Fees: $3900

All majors are welcome to apply!

A three-week study tour of Southern Italy, visiting the city of Rome, the Bay of Naples (including Pompeii and Capri), and the island of Sicily. The course focuses on the rich history and cultural variety of the region, which contains more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any comparable area of the world.

This course focuses on the incredible variety of historical and cultural influences that have left their mark in Southern Italy. This location has become a cultural mosaic, and we will encounter examples of this during the course. While we will begin and end the course in Rome, the capital of the pagan Roman empire, we will also branch out to regions of Sicily to explore the wide variety of culture — specifically in the neighborhoods of the Albergheria district of Palermo. Students will gain a sense of how these cultures differ and will learn to recognize the diverse contributions of these cultures to the various monuments and sites that we visit.

An image of Cefalu, a city in Italy
Cefalu: Courtesy (CC) Wikimeda
Sample of Activities

CO-CURRICULAR AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Walking tours of historical centers: Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Palatine Chapel
  • Visits to archaeological sites
  • Villa Romana del Casale
  • Emperor Tiberius’ Villa Jovis
  • Buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Baroque gems (like the city of Noto)
  • Visits to cathedrals of Monreale and Cefalu
Costs and Fees

The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of international travel (new visa requirements, new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

*Note: Prices are subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Fee includes:

  • Accommodation in selected superior 3*** and 4**** star hotels in Sicily , Naples in rooms for double or twin bedded occupancy for  overnights (15)  with TV, private facilities, A/C and all modern comforts in central locations
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • One (1)  dinner with local specialties (3-4 course dinner incl. appetizers, main dish,  dessert)
  • Four lunches (one in Pozzuoli, one in Agrigento, one in Etna, and one in Modica)
  • Coach transportation with fully air conditioning, modern facilities and professional driver as per itinerary
  • Group bus transfer upon arrival and departure when mentioned at  fixed  times
  • Hydrofoil tickets Naples – CAPRI roundtrip incl. taxes
  • Flight ticket Catania – Naples airport/security taxes based on current rates
  • Flights Rome – Palermo
  • Assistance by our local reps in Sicily , and in Naples
  • 3 semester credits (May term tuition is waived)
  • HTH health and natural/political disaster evacuation insurance or program vendor insurance if it is more comprehensive

Costs Not Included:

  • Flights to/from the USA
  • Meals not indicated on the itinerary
  • Airfare and transport other than indicated above
  • Visa
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Optional international cell phone/SIM card rental and usage charges
  • Passport expenses
  • Single supplement fee, if a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel accommodations if available
  • Lunches and/or dinners not included on the itinerary, drinks of personal nature, gratuities to porters and tips to guide and driver
What students have to say about our trips...
"This study abroad experience was absolutely wonderful. The various locations we visited during the trip were not only relevant to our studies but also very enjoyable as we were able to explore the country. We also had a clear and well thought out itinerary. The aspect of the trip I enjoyed the most was spending time...volunteer [ing] to help improve the community. It was a very rural and different environment that I had never previously experienced."

"I loved working closely with my peers and my professor. There was a huge sense of community even though we were all from different walks of life."

"I loved that we were able to really explore the country, visiting big cities, little cities and tiny villages, to really get an idea of the culture."

What courses do I enroll in?
For this course you will be enrolled in the appropriate section for May 2018. You will not need to sign up for this course during registration because you are automatically enrolled.
Applying
Applying is easy! Just click here or on the “Apply” link at the top of the page.

Hawai’i ’18

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Course Name: ‘Ohana in the U.S.A.: Colonialism and Cultural Identity Development in Hawai’i
Professor: DrAyesha Shaikh & Dr. Becky Overmyer-Velazquez
Credits: 4
Lib Ed.:  Culture 6
GPS [Global Poet Scholarship] Eligible: No (not international travel)
Cost/Fees: $1500 (estimated)

Travel dates: 6/7/18 – 6/18/18

All majors are welcome to apply! Early applications are highly encouraged!

 

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Our social and political worlds have been shaped by conquest and domination, which have significant implications for our individual psychological development as well as our collective cultural identities. This course uses Hawai’i as a case study to explore the concept of historical trauma, which is the trauma experienced over generations by entire groups of people subjected to social, political and cultural domination. ‘Ohana denotes the Hawaiian identity, which is based on reciprocal rights and obligations within a larger community or family. What happens to ‘ohana and the individuals that make up that collective within a colonized society such as Hawai’i in the USA? In addition to learning about the sociology of colonization, the course will examine psychological theories of cultural identity development. The course will highlight the perspectives of Native Hawaiians themselves through a variety of cultural immersion experiences on the island of Oahu. Students will visit the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Bishop Museum, and the Iolani Palace, among other cultural sites, and will have the opportunity to learn from and volunteer with a local non-profit organization working with Native Hawaiians. Students will also apply theories of cultural identity development to themselves to enhance their own self-understanding.

 

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Hawai’i is a very good example of a colonized society within the United States. While Hawai’i is now a state within the US, it retains much of the cultural distinctiveness that comes from its historical origins as a Hawaiian kingdom. This location allows for students to  immersively learn about how cultural identity is shaped within a colonized society without the challenges involved in international travel. Moreover, using the Hawai’i case in particular for our exploration of the legacies of colonialism on racial and cultural identity development will help students better understand these issues more personally and poignantly. While we could teach students about culture at a distance, an immersive learning experience will enable them to appreciate cultural identity development in a more in-depth and complex way.

A picture of Waikiki on the island of oahu

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Sample of Activities

CO-CURRICULAR AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

  • Visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Participation in a Luau
  • Bishop Museum
  • Tour of Iolani Palace
  • North Shore
  • Living in Waikiki
  • Other cultural sites
  • Volunteer with local non-profit organization
  • 2 free days in Hawaii to travel, relax, and reflect on identities and experiences
Course requirements
This course requires you to complete certain activities and understand issues related to the coursework listed below. You should understand that you will:
*Work with a vulnerable population
*Spend Two half-days of light manual labor outdoors as part of a service learning project
*Consider the nature of the course material and make sure that you feel personally equipped to manage your own response to it. Please discuss any questions you have about this with the course instructors or your own personal counsel before responding to this question.
*Enroll in a spring 2018 one-credit course – enrollment required (INTD 290, Fridays from 12:00 to 12:50)
*Be able to walk for up to 20 minutes at a time to access public transportation and sites
*Share a hotel suite with at least 2 other students (to keep costs down)

Costs and Fees

The Faculty-Led Program fees include the following for the dates of the program: June 7-18, 2018.  It is important to note that fees and costs are always subject to change due to the nature of travel (new travel regulations, etc.) as well as changes to the itinerary.

–  Accommodations (triple occupancy) in suites at the Imperial Hawaii Resort in Waikiki.

An image of your hotel
You will live just a few steps from Waikiki beach in the Imperial Hawaii

–  Course-related site visits including related transportation costs.
–  HTH health and natural/political disaster evacuation insurance or program vendor insurance if it is more comprehensive.
–  4 lunches and 2 dinners included
–  Service-learning and volunteer activity costs.

*Note: Prices are subject to change.

The Faculty-Led Tuition Waiver for Full-Time Whittier Students:

–  4 Semester Credits.
–  Whittier Students only pay course fees–not tuition.  May term tuition is waived. Non-Whittier students should inquire with our office about our tuition.

Costs Not Included:

–  Meals not indicated on the itinerary (Note: hotel suites include a full kitchen)
–  Airfare and transport other than indicated above
–  Expenses of a personal nature, including activities and transportation during free time
–  Single supplement fee, if  a participant wishes to have a single room for hotel/hostel accommodations and if available.

What courses do I enroll in?
For this course you will need to register for a 1-credit spring semester course INTD 290, Fridays from 12:00 to 12:50).  For the actual trip-related course, you will be enrolled in the appropriate section for May 2018. You will not need to sign up for this course during registration because you are automatically enrolled.
Applying
Applying is easy! Just click here or on the “Apply” link at the top of the page.