“I love knowing the students individually and often end up writing letters of recommendation for grad school programs or long-term study abroad programs because I come to know the students in many dimensions,” said Lois Olson, Ph.D., marketing lecturer from the Fowler College of Business who will lead the Marketing in Prague program this summer.
“Once they start exploring and learning in the foreign country, they want to keep on going and learning about more countries and cultures,” she added. “They cannot stop going.”
The application deadline of March 15 is rapidly approaching for more than 50 faculty-led summer study abroad programs through Extended Studies. Students will earn SDSU resident credit for the course(s) they complete as part of their program.
The Marketing in Prague class will meet daily for two weeks from May 27-June 10 while also enjoying non-class time at cafes and restaurants throughout the city, or shopping in the markets.
One of the advantages of such a study abroad program is class size.
“At SDSU, I teach very large mega-sections, 250-plus students,” said Olson. “In a faculty-led study-abroad course, I have a maximum of 25 students, so we all come to know each other really well both in-class and outside. I am with students until 5 or 7 pm daily. They connect with me and each other very well. Students often continue to have ‘reunions’ upon their return as they feel so well-connected to each other.”
Here’s a look at more programs offered this summer by Extended Studies:
- Writing and Culture in Dublin, May 25-June 10
This writing intensive class will focus on the nature of aesthetics, and the intersection of political, religious, and social discourse in the development of Ireland.
“Study abroad offers a global experience that can transform students’ perspectives in meaningful and lasting ways,” said Marla Williams, lecturer in Rhetoric and Writing Studies who will lead the program. “Many faculty leaders, myself included, were at one time study abroad participants. During my graduate studies at LSU, I studied abroad in Ireland and the people, the culture, the literature, the history, and landscape have remained a part of my educational journey. I am eager to share with my students.”
- Bicycling the Livable Streets and Sustainable Cities in the Netherlands, June 3-17
Students will explore three cities by bicycle, with the opportunity to understand how San Diego’s current planning can be modeled after the eco-friendly streets of the Netherlands. They’ll travel from city to city by train.
“I would like students to understand how cyclists can be elevated and given higher priority in the hierarchy of modes of transportation,” said program leader Bruce Appleyard, Ph.D, MCP, assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs. “You can’t break the shackles of Southern California’s auto-dominated matrix without allowing the students to experience and understand this viable alternative. I want them to ultimately be able to translate this understanding to reframe San Diego’s transportation infrastructure in favor of more bikeable and walkable areas.”
- Women and Development: Issues and Initiatives Impacting Women in Rural Uganda, May 27-June 17
Students will visit micro-enterprise and HIV/AIDS prevention programs, attend cultural activities, cross the equator and visit a community secondary school, micro-credit project, and health clinic, plus see numerous animals at a national park.
“Being there is an amazing experience,” said Judy Shepherd, Ph.D., a lecturer in the School of Social Work who’ll lead the excursion. “Uganda is the most ethnically diverse country in the world. Not only are there expatriates from all around the globe, but Uganda itself has more than 40 ethnic groups. This means there’s opportunity to learn different languages, visit many different places of worship, and just meet all kinds of lovely people.”
There are faculty-led study abroad options available through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies and other study abroad opportunities through the main SDSU campus to help students enhance their education, build a resume, develop self-awareness, and increase understanding of other cultures.
State and federal financial aid may be available to qualified students who travel through College of Extended Studies programs. Even if a student is not currently receiving financial aid, they should contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in Student Services room 3605 or by phone at (619) 594-6323 to check eligibility.
For information on all summer study abroad programs offered through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies, call (619) 594-9400 or visit neverstoplearning.net/studyabroad.