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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 (


ECOL 5620/ZOO 4900/5750: Darwin and the Galápagos
(4 credits)

The Galápagos are truly unique because of (1) their historical and contemporary importance to the development of evolutionary biology, starting with Darwin’s visit in 1835 and continuing especially with the classical studies by Drs. Peter and Rosemary Grant and their colleagues on the ecology and evolution of Darwin’s finches, (2) the extensive primary and secondary literature that we can draw from including numerous books (e.g., Darwin in Galápagos that follows Darwin’s footsteps in the Galápagos and the Pulitzer-Prize winning The Beak of the Finch that chronicles the studies of the Grants and their students), and (3) there is no better place to see such a wide diversity of iconic species up-close in both remarkably pristine (97% of the Galápagos is protected in a National Park) and highly impacted habitats.

To take advantage of the extraordinary opportunities provided by the rich literature, research, and biodiversity, this 4-credit course will combine a seminar during fall 2015 (90-minute meetings each week) with a 2016 winter session expedition to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands National Park (12-24 January). A key component of the trip is that Greg Estes will lead us while on the islands. Greg is the co-author of Darwin in Galápagos: Footsteps to a New World, published in 2009 by Princeton University Press; we will read this book prior to arriving in Galápagos. Greg has 35 years experience as a researcher and guide on the Galápagos and has consulted on numerous projects about Darwin and the Galápagos.

Dates: Fall 2015/Winter 2016
Estimated Cost: $6500 (including airfare)Contact: Craig Benkman ( or Carlos Martinez del Rio (


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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