January 2019 Trips Are Here!

Hi Whittier students!  Believe it or not it’s time to apply if you want to study abroad on a faculty-led course abroad next January (January 2019)!!!!  We’re adding information to this page on a regular basis, so you may want to check back once in a while.  Just click on the links to download the flyers for each travel course.  Note that information may change!!! Currencies are in flux right now.

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Destination Course Profs Price GPS
Sydney, Australia BSAD 423:  International Marketing!  [brochure coming soon!] (EXTENDED SPRING BREAK) Duran 3200 YES!
Greece-Rome INTD 290: Greece and Rome  (must sign up for 3 credit fall course) Hunt & Furman-Adams 3200 YES!
London, England BSAD 222: Financial Institutions in London Radoniqi 3200 YES!
Myanmar (Burma) REL or ENVS 390: Sacred Spaces and Biodiversity in Myanmar Swift & Carbine 3900 (includes air!!!) YES!
New York City, USA ENGL 390: Experimental Theater IN NYC J. Burton 1200 No (U.S. Based)*
Sevilla, Spain SPAN 290: Sevilla Maravilla, Language and Culture in Spain Chabran 3100 YES!
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (New!) ENGL 290: Writing Poetry in Mexico. Includes Airfare! Barnstone 2700 YES!

Sophomores and Juniors who will have spent three semesters at Whittier by the time of travel and who have not used their GPS funds already,  are eligible for $2000 GPS scholarships to apply to course fees, Seniors $1000.  Prices and itineraries may change for many reasons (currency fluctuations, vendor costs, insurance, etc.), or any reason(!), though we do our best to plan and keep it stable.

*GPS is for international travel only.  However, OIP has already applied a subsidy to the price of this course to make it affordable.

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.

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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
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Costa Rica May ’18

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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
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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
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CO-CURRICULAR AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES

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

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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
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Upcoming events in International Programs

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OIP has a lot planned for fall 2016, so don’t miss out!  Here’s what we have coming up in september.

Information Sessions: Every Monday at 12 and Thursday at 3:30 in our space in Platner.  Come learn about our upcoming trips and how we can help you make it happen!

  • September 26th: Study Abroad Fair (Campus Center, 11am-2pm).  Come meet program representatives for semester abroad and faculty-led programs!
  • September 27th, 4:30 pm in OIP: Mandatory meeting for semester abroad applicants.
  • September 27th, 5:30 in Garret House: Welcome back for students and faculty who went abroad in 2015-16!
  • September 30th: Deadline to apply for both January term faculty-led classes and spring semester study abroad.

If you are interested in short-term study abroad with a Whittier College faculty member, or if you’re interested in spending a semester almost anywhere in the world, please feel free to drop by our office on the second floor of Platner.

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Have thought about applying for a Boren Scholarship?

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

What are Boren Scholarships?

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

 

Where do Boren Scholars & Fellows study?

Boren Scholars and Fellows study throughout the world, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.

Boren Scholars and Fellows represent a variety of academic and professional disciplines, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.Students in Sahara Desert.

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), which focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. Applicants identify how their study abroad programs or overseas projects, as well as their future academic and career goals, will contribute to U.S. national security, broadly defined. NSEP draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

To see if you are eligible and to apply, visit the Boren Awards website at https://www.borenawards.org/