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UW Faculty Led Programs|Study Abroad

Winter Break Study Abroad Opportunities

Please note: All students participating in study abroad programs will be charged a Study Abroad Fee of $100, in addition to the program costs. Students will also be required to purchase Student Travel Insurance at a cost of approximately $25 for two weeks, or $50 per month. Program costs listed below do not include UW tuition and fees.


EDEL 4975/EDCI 5870:  Stepping Stones into Mathematics and Science Education in Australia
(3 credits)

Enrollment for this program is closed.

The Professional Learning and Leadership Initiative is a collaborative project between the UW College of Education and Albany County School District #1.  The course is intended to improve teacher quality through professional development that is linked to local district improvement and accreditation plans.  Participants will develop skills that will enable them to lead collaborative learning teams to sustain meaningful professional development based on the outcomes outlined for this course.  The course will align with Wyoming standards, using the action research outlined in this course to extend and enhance the implementation of the standards at the classroom level.  This professional development course provides practicing and pre-service teachers an opportunity to reflect on their own mathematics and science teaching practices. Additionally participants will be able to observe and compare their teaching practices with Australian teachers for the purpose of identifying best practices.  Through increased content knowledge and understanding of research projects the teachers will implement an action research project.  Based on the findings of their action research projects, teachers will develop an action plan to revise and/or strengthen best practices in their own teaching.

Dates: December 6-19, 2014
Cost: $2565 (includes accommodations, some meals, in- country transportation, and tours). The cost does not include airfare (approximately $2,500-$3,000), tuition, study abroad fee ($100), some meals, spending money, vaccinations, visa and passport fees.
Contact: Kate Muir Welsh (


ZOO 4900 – Problems: Behavioral ecology and biodiversity in Ecuador
(2 credits)

The Andes and Amazonian lowlands of South America have the most diverse assemblage of birds in the world. Ecuador straddles the equator and has land on both slopes of the Andes. Although Wyoming covers approximately 2.5 times the area of Ecuador, Ecuador has four times as many species of birds (> 1,800 species). This 10-12 day trip will introduce students to one of the biodiversity hotspots of the world, instill an appreciation for the flora and fauna, especially the birds, and allow them to get hands-on experience in exploring the fascinating repertoire of behaviors exhibited by the animals (mostly birds, but also embracing mammals, amphibians and invertebrates) that live in these diverse habitats. The main field site, the Milpe Reserve of the Mindo Cloud Forest Foundation (, is at 1,100 meters on the west slope, with excursions to higher elevation cloud forest (2,000 meters) and low-elevation forest (350 meters), at each of which most of the plants and animals will be different. Field projects will emphasize inquiry-based learning about why tropical animals behave in the ways they do. Days will be long, typically with early rising and extensive hiking. Evening lectures and presentations by students, faculty and other researchers will supplement the field experience. Prerequisites: 3.0 gpa or better, sophomore or higher.

Tentative dates: December 31, 2014 - January 15, 2015
Estimated cost: $2500 (including airfare, lodging, meals, and all in-country transportation) 
Contact: David McDonald (


ANTH 4020/5000:  Cultures of Energy: Climate Change and Sustainable Systems in India
(3 credits)

This is a 20-day winter break intensive course on sustainable systems and adaptations to global environmental change, with a focus on cultures of energy.  We will be traveling around southern India, with longer stays in two key locations, Auroville and Mysore (one coastal and one highland region). Auroville is located in southeastern India, right outside of Pondicherry Union Territory (the former French colony), and about three hours south of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. Mysore is on the other side of India, at the edge of the Western Ghats, one of India’s major biodiversity hotspots.
India is the only country in the world with a Renewable Energy ministry for its national government; their focus on transitioning to renewables can be likened to the US Space Program in the 1960s in its scope.  Advances in this area are critical to addressing adaptation to climate change, both in India and globally.

Approximate Dates: December 28, 2014 - January 16, 2015
Approximate Cost: Contact professor for additional information
Contact: Dr. Sarah Strauss (


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