Office of Education Abroad Update, January 15, 2014: Issue 34

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Office of Education Abroad Update
January 15, 2014: Issue 34

It's Not To Late to Apply for May-Term Study Abroad

Deadline is February 1st!  Join us for January 24th info session to learn more.

Thinking about studying abroad this summer?  CWRU offers faculty-led, May term courses and a myriad of summer programs.  The application deadline is February 1st for faculty-led, May term courses, and April 1st for all other summer study abroad programs—from which there are many to choose!   In a CWRU May-term faculty-led abroad program, a CWRU faculty member takes a group of students to another country as part of a CWRU course.  Summer study abroad program offerings, by contrast, are more independent and are typically for longer periods of time.  Begin your search for summer study abroad by visiting our website. or emailing

May-term offerings:
Engineering: 225B in Botswana (ENGR 225) (Course Closed: Already Full)
French/World Literature: Paris Experience (FRCH308/WLIT308)
History: CWRU Goes to Berlin (HSTY 219)

To explore all your options for study abroad, visit our website at and start your program search today.

Announcements and Events from The Office of Education Abroad

Don't forget to RSVP!
Re-Entry & Welcome Back Session: 1/24
Don’t forget to RSVP to Lisa Brown ( by 1/22!

New Spring Break Short-term Study Abroad Course Offering!
The Classics Department has announced a new course: Athens Environment & Ethics (CLSC199) Trip Dates: 3/9/2014-3/15/2014
This course can be either the finishing touch for the Classics major, or an intensive humanities burst for the Science students who is having trouble squeezing in a study abroad experience. Students will receive 3 Arts and Humanities or Engineering General Humanities credit. All majors can participate!  Through one very intensive week in Greece, students will become acquainted with the birthplace of Western Civilization: its landscape, monuments, and other material traces. With field trips to Delphi, Mycenae, Epidaurus, and Sounion, they will also encounter Modern Greece, of course, and receive some instruction in modern Greek, but the overwhelming emphasis lies on Classical Athens, the historical-cultural setting of the emergence of Western moral philosophy. Our focus is on the figure of Socrates and the agenda of moral philosophy that the Athenian sage established. Via the Socratic method, students will study Aristotle's Ethics and test the applicability of that foundational text to their own lives. Class will convene 2-3 times prior to travel and 2-3 times after our return.  For more information or to apply, CLICK HERE.

Apply today for a spring semester course with study abroad in March or May!
Thinking about studying abroad this spring, but worried you missed your chance?  The good news is, it is not too late!  The final application deadline is January 24th for all Spring Semester courses with a study abroad component. Students will register for a spring semester course and, as part of the course, study abroad in March (over spring break) or in May (after final exams).  Almost all are 3-credit courses that count in the spring semester.  Most will also count for Global and Cultural Diversity Credit for students in The College of Arts and Sciences.  Some of the courses even count for Humanities Credit for Engineering students.  Final deadline to apply is January 20th.  Financial aid can often be applied to cover the travel expenses. 
For a listing of all programs click here!

Global Leadership Exploration! Register Now for this Retreat!
The offices of Student Activities and Leadership and the Center for International Affairs are excited to announce an innovative program that brings together international and domestic students to explore culture, cross cultural communication and how to build inclusive teams.
Register Now to be a part of this experience!

Other Announcements and Events

The Department of Modern Languages is offering a May Term Study Abroad Course: French/World Literature: Paris Experience (FRCH308/WLIT308)
Trip Dates: 5/13/2014-6/2/2014
Paris is a tourist-friendly city, but there are fascinating neighborhoods of France's capital that many tourists don't get a chance to see. The focus of this course is to discover Paris’s ethnic neighborhoods through the literature and culture of its African, Arab, and Asian communities.   Students visit cultural centers and museums, but also meet with authors and community leaders, attend an African dance session, and observe a literacy program for France’s newly arrived immigrants.  Students also debate social issues with French students concerning immigration and French identity. Some course highlights: discuss African literature with the first woman writer of Cameroon, Thérèse Kuoh-Moukoury; and Arab culture with Evelyne Accad, one of the most renowned Arab scholars and novelists. Learn about African music and dance from Lucky Zebila, former Director of the National Ballet of the Congo. Discuss current issues with French students from three schools, including Lycée Louis-le-Grand, one of Paris’s premier schools founded in the 16th century. Find out how Malian immigrants have integrated in France through visiting a Malian neighborhood and sharing an African meal with residents in a local dining hall. Click here for more information.

The History Department Department is offering a May Term Study Abroad Course: History: CWRU Goes to Berlin (HSTY 219)
Trip Dates: 5/11/2014-5/31/2014
The tumultuous but short twentieth century began and ended with a united Germany, with Berlin as its capital. But in between, Berlin, and Berliners, experienced the extremes of the economic, technological, and cultural progress that the centruy brought, and of the devastation, violence, division, and uncertainty that it also brought. This course introduces students to the German tumult of the twentieth century with Berlin as its laboratory and classroom. We will read about historical events and developments, and then visit the places where those events and developments occurred.  Students are welcome to take this course before they have any background or acquaintance with the German language, although the instructor expects students to be able to navigate independently in Berlin after he provides them with an introduction.  Prof. Ledford is a professor of history and law, whose work focuses on the legal and social history of the 19th and 20th centuries in Germany. He has visited Berlin since 1974 and lived there for a total of more than 5 years. He visits regularly to use the city's rich archival sources. If you want to learn more, visit his web page at  HSTY 219 fulfulls a humanities distribution requirement for all CWRU Students. It is a Departmental Seminar and fulfills that SAGES requirement for any student who takes it. And it may be counted toward a major or minor in History.  Generous support from the Max Kade Foundation in New York will provide financial aid of $1,000.00 each to the first 12 (twelve) students who register, to offset travel costs. For more information, please email Prof. Ledford at  For more information click here.

The Department of Bioethics is offering a Spring Semester Course with Short-term Study Abroad BETH 315F/415F: International Bioethics Policy and Practice: Bioethics Themes as Expressed in Spanish and American Culture: Film, Television, and Literature Course Dates: 5/12-5/22/2014; Trip Dates: 5/10-5/23/2014 
This two week 3-credit intensive course will be held in San Sebastian, Spain. Taught by faculty from CWRU and University of the Basque Country, this course offers students a cross-cultural perspective on Bioethics in the United States and Spain. This course uses the medium of film, complemented by readings in Bioethics, film criticism, and medical research, to introduce students to a number of compelling bioethics problems facing physician-scientists today, including: when life begins; the nature and limits of informed consent; use of randomization without equipoise; medical imperialism (or the appearance thereof); the treatment of so-called “orphan” diseases; use of deception in research; financial conflicts of interest caused by, among other things, the involvement of the pharmaceutical industry in the drug invention process.
For more information click here

The Mandel School of Applied Social Science (MSASS) is offering a Spring Semester Course with Short-term Study Abroad in Poland, Trip Dates: 3/7/2014-3/16/2014
The 3 hour course to Poland, Invisible Groups in a New Poland, provide students with an understanding of the transformation that has occurred in Poland as it moved from a socialist state through the Solidarity movement to a democracy with elected leaders. What has the impact been on the Polish people - with issues of substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness?  How did these changes affect the Polish and their descendants who live in the Cleveland area?  We invite students and professionals to join the program to Poznan, Poland, to introduce participants to Polish culture and Polish social policies and practices.  This will aid in the understanding of how Poland’s recent political and economic transformations affect society, in general, and some groups, in particular. The course will focus on how Polish society addresses problems of poverty, homelessness, aging, domestic violence and mental health disorders. In cooperation with the Institute of Sociology at the University of Poznan, participants will use frameworks such as multiculturalism, social integration, feminism and determinants of social exclusion to understand Polish policy responses to various social phenomena.  Program participants will have opportunities to engage government officials, practicing social workers and other providers, and some of Poland’s most prominent scholars in conversation. In addition to lectures and workshops, the trip includes guided tours of neighborhoods and social institutions. Cultural events and outings will provide additional insights into Polish society and the Polish people.  Students also have a guided city tour in Berlin, Germany as part of the course.  More detail from last year that includes itinerary:

In this issue:
  • May-term and Summer Study Abroad
  • Announcements and Events from OEA
  • Other Announcements and Events
  • Upcoming Application Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
January 15, 2014

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Upcoming application deadlines

Spring Semester Short-Term:
January 24th

May Term: February 1st

Fall semester: March 1st

Academic year: March 1st

Summer: April 1st

Meet with a Study Abroad advisor

To make an appointment to meet a study abroad advisor, contact:
Upcoming Events

January 24th
Information Session: May Term Study Abroad
Tomlinson Hall
(1st Floor Conference Room)
February 7th
Information Session: Pre-med and Study Abroad
Tomlinson Hall
(1st Floor Conference Room)

February 10
Study Abroad Table at the Get Experienced Career Fair
Veale Athletic Center
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
February 14
Information Session: Fall and Academic Year Study Abroad
Tomlinson Hall
(1st Floor Conference Room)

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