Three new short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs will offer attractive and convenient international experiences for undergraduate students at Saint Mary’s University.

Students will study a specific disciplinary focus and country/region during spring semester within a 3-credit course, and then travel with a faculty member for roughly two weeks shortly after commencement. The short-term programs were developed by faculty members and departments in collaboration with the Study Abroad Office. They connect classroom learning to the experience abroad.

These short-term experiences are ideal for students who may not be able to spend a full semester abroad due to time or cost considerations or students who are considering semester abroad programs and want a “taste of study abroad” first.  And they offer the advantages of not interfering with athletics or summer jobs and internships.

The faculty leader for “Topics: Chinese Business and Culture” is Dr. Tom Marpe, dean of the School of Business. The study abroad portion of the course will encompass visits to cultural/historical sites and businesses in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai.

Dr. Kyle Black, assistant professor of Modern and Classical Languages, will teach “Urban Studies in Buenos Aires Culture.” The study abroad portion will include cultural experiences and visits to some of the distinct neighborhoods in the capital city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

And “Literature on Location” will be led by Dr. Brooke Lenz, associate professor of English, and will explore English culture and history through an examination of literature and a literary tour to sites in England, including London, Oxford, Glastonbury and Bath.

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