January study abroad

August 31, 2010

With opportunities to explore a rural region of Zimbabwe to work on a health and environment project at a local medical clinic, dig into the archeological remains in Madrid, and visit cultural sites in Morocco – among other fascinating locales – the 2011 Jan Term lineup of study tours offers McDaniel students the chance to see more than a dozen sites around the world.

Jan Term study tours are designed to give students and faculty an opportunity to get beyond the classroom to explore unique educational topics and adventures. Jan Term is a three-week session that falls between the fall and spring semesters. Two of the Jan Term study tours listed below are scheduled for spring break but fulfill the Jan Term requirement. All students are required to take a least one of the courses to graduate.

Most of the study tours are open to non-students subject to availability after students have registered. More information is available by calling the Registrar’s office at 410-857-2755.

When Jan Term registration is held Sept. 27 – Oct. 1, students will be able to select from the following locations:

Classical China (SOC 1142)
Robin Armstrong, associate professor of Music, and Deb Lemke, professor of Sociology, will lead this 12-day tour of China, a country of more than a billion people. Students will see ancient sites such as the Forbidden City, the Terra Cotta Warriors, and the Great Wall of China and explore ancient and modern landmarks in its largest cities, including Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai. Through visits with local students and families, McDaniel students will gain an intimate understanding of everyday life and begin to recognize China’s growing importance in the modern world.

Turkey and Greece through the Lens (ART 1194)
Sue Bloom, professor of Art, will take students on a photographic tour that features the culture and history of these two countries. Destinations include: Athens, Istanbul, Corinth, Olympia, Epidaurus, Delphi, Troy, Izmir, Ephesus, Bursa, and Mycenae.  Students will keep a daily journal and photograph throughout the tour, creating a portfolio of images for display.

Exploring Morocco and Turkey (PSI 1141)
Anouar Boukhars, assistant professor of Political Science and International Studies, will provide an opportunity for students to learn about two of the richest histories in the world as well as develop a multidisciplinary understanding of their cultures and identities, politics and religion, youth and women’s issues, sustainable development and economic reforms. The field trips to markets, communities, local companies, and historical/cultural sites will give students a unique perspective into the political, cultural and social dynamics of this critical region of the world.

Andalusia Study Tour (SPA 1142)

Tom Deveny will lead this study tour of the important historical and cultural sites in Madrid and Andalusia, the southern region of Spain.  The course features lectures and guided tours of Madrid (Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Prado Museum, Reina Sofía Museum, Retiro Park), Sevilla (Cathedral, Giralda, Torre de Oro, Barrio de Santa Cruz), Córdoba (Cathedral/Great Mosque, Alcázar, Medina al-Azahara), Granada (Alhambra, Generalife, Cathedral, Sacromonte), and Malaga (Alcázar, Picasso Museum).

Zimbabwe: From the Ground Up (AFS 1140)

Debora Johnson-Ross, associate professor of Political Science and International Studies and associate dean of academic affairs, will take students to explore a rural region of Zimbabwe to work on a health and environment project at a local medical clinic and an education-related project at a local school, possibly alongside students from Africa University.  Students may also be involved in fund-raising activities prior to travel to raise funds for malaria nets, school supplies and textbooks. Students will also visit either Great Zimbabwe or Victoria Falls before returning home.

Kijiji: Live, Learn, Experience Life in an African Village (GEO 1140)
Ochieng K’Olewe, associate professor of Education and coordinator of the Graduate BEST and Secondary Education programs, will lead students on a study tour of Kenya, where they will live in a rural village for two weeks. Students will visit President Barack Obama’s paternal home, Lake Victoria, the equator, Nairobi national park and other noteworthy sites.

Dracula and the Historian (IDS 1147)

Kevin McIntyre, associate professor of Economics and Business Administration, will lead this study tour that is based on “The Historian,” Elizabeth Kostova’s 2005 re-imagining of the Dracula-vampire legend. Students will spend 14 days exploring three locations prominent in both Dracula’s life and “The Historian”: Romania, Dracula’s home; Istanbul, Turkey, the capital of Dracula's mortal enemies the Ottoman Turks; and Bulgaria, location of numerous medieval trading and refugee routes between the Muslim East and the Christian West. Students will tour spooky castles, fortified medieval villages and monasteries; and travel overnight on sleeper trains.

Tropical Marine Biology (BIO 1172)
Randy Morrison, associate professor of Biology, leads this study tour to two of the out-islands in the Bahamas, Andros and San Salvador, where students will spend a week at a biological field station on each island. This is a great eco-tourism opportunity for anyone interested in biodiversity of the Bahamas. Students will spend most of their time snorkeling and exploring reefs, but also do a variety of activities to explore the islands.

Japan: Have The Twain Met? (GNI 1140)
Pavel Naumov, assistant professor of Computer Science, will lead students on a study tour of Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Takayama to explore the heritage and modern life of Japan.

Exploring Belize (IDS 1144)
Herb Smith, professor of Political Science and International Studies, will take students on a 12-day trip to the ecological jewel of Central America. The study tour features multiple snorkeling and fishing excursions, beach clean-ups, and Mayan ruin explorations.  Students are housed at the Blue Tang, a beachfront resort in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, a 27-mile long island off the coast of northern Belize.

Budapest: Encountering Diversity (GNI 1131)
Carole Waddell, a learning specialist in Student Academic Support Services, will lead this trip to Budapest. The tour presents a unique study opportunity for students who want to experience an in-depth tour of this beautiful, diverse city and the McDaniel Budapest campus; prefer traveling with a small group, mainly to one destination; and need special considerations or accommodations. Evening activities together include dinners, the baths, ballet or opera, and other cultural events.

Scuba Diving the World (EPE 1135)

Brian Wladowski, associate professor of Chemistry, will lead this 12-14-day trip to Cozumel, Mexico – known for its spectacular wall dives and macro-marine life – where students will have a chance to experience not only the underwater environment but also the culture and history of the host country. Students will be able to obtain SCUBA certification or advanced SCUBA training to explore the coral reefs of renowned dive locations around the world.

2011 Study Abroad Spring Break Programs

Study Tour of Egypt (IDS 1142)
Mohamed Esa, professor of Foreign Languages, will take students on this study tour of Egypt, the birthplace of one of the oldest and greatest civilizations ever known. Students will explore Egypt’s legacy of the Pharaohs by visiting the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza by Cairo, the Step Pyramid in Sakkara, the Valley of the Kings with its many temples in Luxor and the Temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel. The trip will also include visits to various mosques, an ancient synagogue and a 7th-century Coptic Church (“Hanging Church”).  Students will learn about the history of the modern Egyptian state, the socio-political system in Egypt and current developments in the Middle East.

Dominican Republic and the Educational Life Experiences (ASL 1140)
Mark Rust, associate professor of Education and coordinator of the Graduate Deaf Education program, will guide students on this study tour that includes presenting instructional activities at the National Deaf School of the Dominican Republic as well as a private school serving Deaf students with learning disabilities and behavioral issues.