Study Abroad Opportunities

Study Aboard Students

Ireland in the Spring

Spring

Each spring semester, two faculty and up to 24 students travel to Louisburgh, County Mayo, where the faculty and students learn in a unique setting of cottages, peat fires and town folk in a very small village on the west coast of Ireland.

Classes are held four days a week, allowing time for weekend travel through most of Ireland.

Sophomore students through seniors are eligible for this program. The courses have no prerequisites but require an open mind and an adventuresome spirit, as well as the willingness to plan ahead to see which year will best fit a major.

The usual financial aid is available as well as additional loans and some grants.

The Ireland in the Spring Program is not available to students in their first year of college.

Russian Language Study Tour

Summer

St. Scholastica students have an opportunity to travel and study in Russia by taking part in the summer language camps the College sponsors in cooperation with the Karelian State Pedagogical University in Petrozavodsk, Duluth's sister city in Russia.

Russian language camps are held in June and July. Language classes are taught at the beginning level through advanced-intermediate level by the faculty of the Karelian Pedagogical University. The camps include cultural and recreational activities as well as extended visits to St. Petersburg and Moscow.

The language camps are an integral part of St. Scholastica's Russian language program, but they are open to all students, including those with no previous Russian language experience. Students earn four credits that may be applied to the Cultural Diversity portion of the area distribution requirements.

In alternate summers, St. Scholastica faculty offer English language camps for students from Petrozavodsk. St. Scholastica students also are encouraged to participate in these camps as hosts to the College's guests from Russia.

The Cuernavaca Quest

Summer

Each summer, a group of up to 20 students will travel with faculty to Cuernavaca, Mexico. The group stays at Quest Mexico, a live-in facility dedicated to teaching social justice from the point of view of the poor in Mexico.

The 10-credit program consists of Spanish language and the history of Mexico, two classes on Latin American topics taught by the faculty, and a two-week service-learning project in the community. This program is designed to improve your Spanish, challenge your world view, immerse you in another culture, and open you to compassion for others.

You must be at least a sophomore and have completed one semester of college Spanish, or its equivalent to be eligible. Financial aid is available for this program, and Pell Grant and Minnesota State Grants are available for summer school. A $200 deposit is required to show your intent to participate in the program and is NOT refundable after March 1.

Quest Mexico provides a safe and clean residence within bus distance from the city center. Quest's staff provides all meals. Security, hospitality, and maintenance staff ensure a comfortable and safe stay. Towels, bed linens and laundry facilities are provided.

Chinese Business and Culture

Winter Break

Earn 4 credits in MGT 3777 or HUM 2101 China Study Abroad. Students will experience Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Macau, and Zhuhai.

Students will attend mini-courses at United International College (UIC), a private college in Zhuhai. They will have presentations on Chinese economics, language, culture, and Whole Person Education (the UIC counterpart to General Education). The College's International Office organizes a series of local tours for the CSS group; at the end of the program, we will spend 4 days in Shanghai. UIC enrolls about 4,000 students; all courses are delivered in English.

Zhuhai is a city of 1.4 million people at the mouth of the Pearl River in South China. The UIC campus is a 15-minute bus ride from the city. Average January temperature is 60°F.

All majors are welcome to participate.

The Christian Faith in Art

Varies, summer or winter break

Christian Faith in Art will explore art and architecture as they express the Christian faith in the ancient city of Rome and its environs. As a theology course, it will look to art and art history, seeing there the expression of theological ideas or doctrines.

The class will include consideration of the idea of pilgrimage, some experience of the church at prayer, discussion of the concepts of lex orandi, lex credendi and the idea of development of doctrine.

The assigned readings, considered before, during and after travel, will provide the necessary background for viewing and considering the many styles, pieces, experiences and locales.

Students will keep a journal, spending time both reading (carrying along a particular chapters or articles as assigned) and will write a number of essays after the traveling portion of the course is complete. They will be encouraged to submit the journal with the papers and a photographic record of their journey, which may be a fine keepsake to be handed on one day to their sons or daughters who may undertake a similar pilgrimage.

Tanzania Service Trip

Summer

This course examines the concepts of culture, cultural competence and collaboration from an interdisciplinary lens while preparing for a service-learning experience in Tanzania. Includes exploration of equity and justice issues through critical examination of personal and professional values in light of the Benedictine values which are also embraced by our hosts -- the Benedictine Sisters of St. Agnes in Tanzania.

Leipzig Exchange Program

Summer

The College of St. Scholastica cosponsors an exchange program with the University of Leipzig, Germany's Medizinische Berufsfachschule (Medical Occupations School). This partnership was developed for students in the health science fields, and promotes the integration of language and professional interests in an immersion model. During a two-week stay after the end of spring term, St. Scholastica students live with and shadow Leipzig students in their professional training and clinical practice while collecting information for their individual projects in the Spring Leipzig Seminar (GMN 3300). Participation in the exchange requires a minimum of one year college/three years high school German and is recommended at the end of the junior or senior level to maximize professional experience.

Eligible students are those who have German language backgrounds (minimum completion of GMN 1104 or three years of high school), are independent learners, and have a sense of adventure. Students in the Health Sciences will be given priority, and those enrolled in programs with an emphasis in German language, history, or international study are also given strong consideration, but CSS students in all disciplines are eligible. Up to four participants will be chosen each year.

The exchange takes place primarily in the city of Leipzig, Germany, though typical weekend outings might include trips to Berlin, Dresden, and the surrounding areas.

Journey to India's HITEC City

Winter Break

The primary objective of this interdisciplinary course is to introduce students to the cultural, psychological, sociological, political, geographic, environmental, scientific, and economic issues of the country. Students will be exposed to individual social values and political and economic systems that affect our perspectives and lifestyles. Through individual projects, students will interact with their mentors developing research and critical thinking skills. This course satisfies the General Education requirement of cultural diversity, and all majors are welcome.

Management in Morocco

Winter Break

This winter break program in Casablanca, Morocco, looks into the marketing relationship in the use of the application of contemporary marketing to the basic marketing function with ultra-fragmented distribution channels in the Middle East. The premise of the research is to illustrate how the contemporary marketing fundamental principles can apply in an environment that still uses the trading principles of the 18th century. Yet, at the same time, this environment functions with contemporary marketing concepts that we use in the West.

Service Learning Experience in Belize for Graduate Nursing Students

Winter Break

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science, Nursing (NP) students have an exciting opportunity to participate in a unique service learning experience while earning 40-60 clinical hours to be applied to N6681, N6687 and/or DNP clinical hours. As NP/DNP students, you would work in local clinics, schools, and conduct home visits, providing advanced nursing, mental health, and medical care to a range of patients with many needs, but particularly caring for women and children. DNP students will function as inter-professional and interdisciplinary team leaders in the delivery of care to individuals and populations. your skills would be put to the test in a friendly but very different working environment. Integrating population health through use of a unique electronic clinical log and aggregate data tracking will be incorporated into this experience.

Transcultural Nursing: Belize Experience

Winter Break

This is a service-learning elective in which students, through intensive experience applying principles of civic engagement and nursing knowledge, gain understanding of cultural differences and similarities between people of different cultures. Students use their skills and knowledge to help bring solutions to community-identified problems.

Graduate Management Capstone Seminar Abroad

Varies

This course will equip students to successfully engage in cross-cultural business, using Petrozavodsk, Russia, as a specific case study. The seminar theme will be entrepreneurship and how it can be developed through supporting small and medium-size enterprises in Petrozavodsk. Students will have the opportunity to serve as consultants for a SME Development Agency, a Credit Union that provides SME microcredit, and the administrators of a SME Incubator in Petrozavodsk. The students will travel then to Warsaw, Poland, and learn about economic and business developments in a country that has been recognized for its very successful transition to a market economy and engagement in the global business community.

Senagalese Culture and French Language Study

Summer

The program focuses on providing an immersion environment for language study while simultaneously giving students an opportunity to develop cross-cultural skills and experience different ways of knowing. By the conclusion of the program, students should see an increase in their French ability and be more familiar with aspects of Senegalese history, culture, and daily life. Students will have the opportunity to gain 25 hours of French study as well as 25 hours of Wolof, a local language in Senegal. Other topics include lectures on Saint Louis, health issues in development, and West African music and dance. The program also includes excursions to important sites, a homestay with a Senegalese family, and service learning projects.

Irish American Scholars Program

Fall or Spring

Northern Ireland Institutions offer a limited number of study places on the Irish American Scholars Program each year. The Irish American Scholars Program enables a limited number of American students to spend one or two semesters at a University or College in Northern Ireland. Students pay tuition to CSS and room & board to the school in Northern Ireland.

All majors are welcome, and students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2. Financial aid and scholarships apply to this program. Current sophomores and juniors may apply.

Regent's College

Fall or Spring

St. Scholastica students can spend fall or spring semester studying in the heart of London at Regent's College. Situated on the edge of Regent's Park, students are treated to a first-class educational experience while enjoying the beautiful campus. Regent's College has a diverse curriculum, and all majors are welcome. Through our affiliation with Regent's, CSS students are able to use forms of financial aid they normally receive.

London Theatre and Literature

Winter Break

The program will focus on theatre, literature and history in England, immersing students in the environment that inspired the plays and literature they are studying. Students choose one of the following courses: CTA 3777: London Theatre and Culture (2 cr.) or ENG 3777/HON 3777: Literature of London (2 or 4 cr.) While abroad, students will be able to visit such historical sites as Stonehenge, the Roman Baths and Abbey, the Globe Theatre and more!

The program includes private airport transfers and in-country transportation to itinerary items, group welcome and farewell dinners plus some additional meals, shared housing in centrally located hotels throughout the program, group excursions and entrance fees, and pre-departure organizational program materials.

Fall semester financial aid is applicable as well as most scholarships and grants.

Other Opportunties

Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)

HECUA is an organization of 18 liberal arts colleges, universities and associations dedicated to education for social justice. Together they shape academically rigorous study-abroad and off-campus study programs that address the most pressing issues in our neighborhoods, nations, and world. Through HECUA, CSS students have an opportunity to study abroad in Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Ecuador, Norway, and Bangladesh. HECUA also offers several domestic programs in the Twin Cities and the South.

More information about HECUA

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CSS students have the option to study in most any country in the world! To search for a complete list of study abroad options and to access online applications, please visit our AbroadOffice site.

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