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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 $47 per month (for students age 26 and below). Program costs listed below do not include UW tuition.


Exploring the Arts and Culture of Benin, West Africa
(3 credits; 1 credit mandatory prep course, fall 2012 plus 2 credit study abroad session)

The site of this study abroad opportunity is the small francophone country of Benin (formally called Dahomey) in West Africa, situated on the Atlantic Ocean. Participants will be based in the fascinating city of Ouidah, historical birthplace of the Voodoo religion and slave trade of 18th-19th centuries, and currently home to a vibrant living arts culture. Organizational in-country liaison is the CIAMO center.  Highlights include instruction in the integrated arts of traditional African music, dance and visual art, visits to see active public school classrooms, short excursions to interesting nearby villages and historical sites, a weekend excursion to Abomey, the palace site of the original kings of Dahomey and attendance at the International World Voodoo Festival.

Dates: To be determined, Winter Break 2013-14
Contact: Dr. Lydia Dambekalns (
Approximate Cost: $4000 (includes airfare, in-country transportation, double-occupancy lodging, many meals, excursions, cultural instruction)


WMST 4975 India: Social Justice in Culture and Practice
(3 credits)

Focuses on visits to organizations and sites along with university guest lectures in India. Ground activism and creative works of literature and film that promote activism are studied. Students will improve their understanding of the concerns that women have in common in the midst of wide disparities.

Approximate Dates: December 26, 2013 - January 12, 2014
Approximate Cost: $3500 (Including airfare.  Does not include cost for visa, vaccinations, and anti-malaria medication).
Contact: Dr. Bonnie Zare (

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