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Courses Abroad

Honors College Study Abroad/Away Vision

Our vision is that every Honors scholar should be able to study for a semester abroad or go on a faculty-led international course at least once. We live in a global community; recognizing this and being part of that community are fundamental first steps to full engagement. Additionally, we value the growth and learning that takes place in study away experiences.

Travel Scholarships

We understand the difficulty and challenges that a study abroad program can present to a student. To support students with the financial challenge, Study Abroad scholarships are available from the Honors College and other entities on campus.

2023 Study Abroad Courses

J-term and summer courses are fantastic opportunities to study abroad between the fall and spring semesters so you do not fall behind in your major coursework.

For course descriptions of Honors Faculty-Led Study Abroad courses and to apply, visit the UWYO Abroad portal and search for the course title: https://uwyo-sa.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.SimpleSearch.


For more information about Education Abroad, visit their website: https://www.uwyo.edu/uwyoabroad/index.html.

For additional questions about these courses, please contact the instructor of the class you are curious about.


 

2023 J-Term Study Abroad Courses

HP 4152: Culture and Ecosystems of Panama

Application Deadline: TBA
Please complete the WyoPanama Application and the Education Abroad Application.
Estimated cost: TBA

Instructors: Patrick Kelley, Bethann Merkle
patrick.kelley@uwyo.edu; bmerkle@uwyo.edu 

Travel Dates: TBA

WyoPanama students take the lead on designing and implementing field research projects. Several students from previous years are currently analyzing data and preparing manuscripts or public-facing science communication projects! You'll get to see Panama City, the Canal and the locks, and learn about local culture, along with the rare opportunity to pursue your own research in one of the world's biodiversity hot spots. WyoPanama students choose between field ecology and science communication projects to develop during the field component of the course. Students are expected to devise an original research project within these general research areas.

 

Panama canal lock

 

HP 4152: Buddhism in Thailand

Application Deadline: TBA
Estimated cost: $2795-2995

Instructor: Kate Hartmann
Catherine.Hartmann@uwyo.edu

Travel Dates: TBA

Some bad news: life is stressful, unpredictable, and full of pain and suffering. It's true now and it was true in the 5th Century BCE when the Buddha lived. Some good news: the Buddha claimed to have discovered a path by which people could escape this pervasive suffering. In the process, he planted the seeds for a religious tradition that has been influential across Asia and, more recently, the modern West. In this course, we will explore the diverse ideals, practices, and traditions of Buddhism while exploring the ways Buddhism is lived and practiced in Thailand. We will explore key ideas from the Buddhist tradition about impermanence, desire, and the nature of the self, and ask how these ideas were taken up and reimagined as Buddhism developed.

Cityscape of Thailand

The course has two primary goals. First: to understand how, in various times, places, and cultural contexts, the Buddhist tradition diagnosed the origins of human suffering, imagined the goal of freedom from suffering, and proposed a path to such freedom. Second: to understand the relationship between Buddhist scriptural traditions and Buddhism as experienced in everyday life by people in Thailand. What do Buddhists seem to be doing? How does Buddhism play a role in their daily lives? How do we think that this daily practice relates (or does not relate) to scriptural sources?

We will explore these questions in Thailand as we visit gorgeous temples, shop at the floating market in Bangkok, relax on the beaches of Pattaya, volunteer at Elephant Nature Park, eat delicious Thai food, and much more! Learn more about the course in Dr. Hartmann's course video trailer!


 

 

Summer 2023 Study Abroad Courses

HP 4152: Modern Japanese Society and Culture
Application Deadline: TBA
Estimated cost: $3500

Instructor: Noah Miles
nmiles1@uwyo.edu

Travel Dates: May 22 - June 9

Honors travel to Japan is a course designed to expose students to the widest range of Japanese experience. Museums in Japan are spectacular, food is of the highest quality, kindness and respect are typical.

  • Modern living in Tokyo- How the modern survives tradition: contemporary and historic art, shrines, fashion, food and a bullet train.  Hotel in Tokyo

  • Buddhist temple in Kyoto- How the ancient survives the modern- shrines and temples, meditation, tourists, tofu, castles, gardens, dance, a bamboo forest. Stay in Shunkoin Buddhist temple.

  • Hiroshima - the terror and the healing. How can anyone deal with it or not deal with it? Peace Park Museum, parks, Genpaku Dome. Sleep on Miyajima, hotel.

 

Street scene at night in Tokyo, Japan
  • Miyajima- 3000 year old shrine on a little island outside Hiroshima- catharsis and oysters.

  • Naoshima- Hidden art treasures- four museums, beautiful scenery, the ocean. Hostel

  • Himeji/Mount Fuji hot spring- one or the other, but definitely one hot spring hotel in the tranquility and Kaiseki ryori!

Travel from Denver to Tokyo, some food, all accommodations, all travel within the Japan, entrance fees. Does not include: tuitions, study abroad fees, spending money, most food.


 

HP 4152: Shakespeare in England and Italy

Application Deadline: October 31

Instructors: Peter Parolin and Leigh Selting
parolin@uwyo.edu; selting@uwyo.edu

Estimated cost: $4500 (includes airfare*) 

Travel Dates: May 14 - June 4

Shakespeare in England and Italy will give you a great introduction to the plays of William Shakespeare as texts and ongoing cultural milestones. The class also introduces you to the plays in performance – we attend seven or eight performances at major theatres like the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Globe as well as smaller and regional venues to explore the myriad ways that contemporary artists bring Shakespeare’s plays to vibrant life. Finally, the course exposes you to amazing places in England and Italy, especially the great cities where we will stay and the social and artistic institutions that characterize them. Shakespeare set plays in Italian cities as a way of investigating cultural difference. There is a wonderful synergy between our own experience as visitors to England and Italy and Shakespeare’s own repeated exploration of cultural encounters across difference.

The London cityscape and Big Ben

This class welcomes students from all disciplines. We study Shakespeare both as text on the page and as plays staged three-dimensionally in physical space. We consider set, costume design, music, and lighting. We also discuss themes of the plays, which touch on all fields of thought -- psychology, politics, gender, race, sexuality, history, mythology, economics, philosophy, and more.

The tentative travel dates for the class are Sunday, May 15 - Sunday June 5, 2022 (departing from and returning to Denver International Airport).  As well, there will be a few weekend dates in April and early May when the class will meet for required sessions.

The class will travel first to England, where we will spend about four days in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and eight days in London. There may be day trips to sites outside of London. We will then fly to Italy, where we will be based for three days in Vicenza and four days in Venice. In Italy, there will be day trips to Padua and Verona.

*Includes airfare, in-country transportation, accommodations, theatre tickets, excursions, some meals.  Does not include UW tuition/fees, $325 study abroad fee, personal spending money.

 


 

 

HP 4152: Rock and Roll Tourism: The Beatles and Beyond

Application Deadline: TBA

Instructor: Kent Drummond
Drummond@uwyo.edu  

Estimated cost: TBA

Travel Dates: May 16-June 3

Sixty years after the British Invasion, UW Honors students will turn the tables and invade Britain! We'll examine the economic, political, and sociocultural forces that facilitated the British Invasion in the first place. And we'll observe the marketing machinery that keeps rock and roll tourism alive in Britain today. 

The four members of the band The Beatles

 

HP 4152: Art and History of Medicine

Application Deadline: November 1

Instructor: Brian Cherrington; Michael Dillon
bcherrin@uwyo.edu; michael.dillon@uwyo.edu

A study abroad course in England, Scotland, Belgium and Austria. We will undertake a journey of discovery into medical history from the medieval period to the twentieth century. We will cover multiple facets from barber surgeons to neurosurgeons and everything in between, from the development of aseptic technique and the stethoscope to sulfa drugs, to plastic surgery and the cloning of animals. Special attention to case studies that provide insight into major discoveries and understanding of disease, illness, medical practitioners and practice in different historical contexts and cultures.

Estimated cost: TBA

Travel Dates: May 14-June 1

Anatomical drawing of a torso of a male

 

HP 4152: UW in Scotland: Castles, Crowns, and the Enlightenment: Identity, Power, and Ideas in Scotland and England

Application Deadline: Febuary 15

Instructor: Brent Pickett; Valarie Inella
bpick@uwyo.edu; vinnella@caspercollege.edu 

Estimated cost: $2650.00

Travel Dates: pre-travel dates include May 15-19 pre-travel sessions; May 21-June 3 in Scotland and England

Utilizing Scotland and England as a setting and construct, this adventure involves meaningful discussion of Enlightenment philosophy, visual art, and architecture.  Earlier monuments, such as castles, as emblems of power and authority and cathedrals, will be explored to contextualize the history of this region. In Edinburgh, visits to museums will prompt consideration of the plasticity of identity in 18th century portraiture. Participants will also stay at Abbotsford in the bucolic Lowlands to further understand Sir Walter Scott as an agent of change in Scottish history. In London, lavish palaces, Enlightenment era homes, and museums will facilitate further engagement in this potent time period.

Courses available to participants:

  • POLS 2460 (Intro to Political Thought) 

  • POLS 47104 (Topics: Scottish Enlightenment)

  • ART 3002 (Topics)

  • HP 4152

Coast of Scotland

 

HP 4976: CIEL Middle East: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Application Deadline: TBA

Instructor: Eric Nigh; Nevin Aiken
enigh@uwyo.edu; naiken@uwyo.edu

Estimated cost: $4950*
*
This cost is inclusive of all program costs (meals, excursions, accommodations, speakers, etc) but does not include flights, SA fee, tuition, etc.

Travel Dates: July 27 - August 13

Travel Locations: Jordan, Israel/Palestine, West Bank 

This course is taught in close partnership with the Center for International Experiential Learning (CIEL), an award-winning provider of experiential education with internationally recognized scholars and local experts combined with a carefully curated and rigorous program of pre-travel academic education (https://cielglobal.org). Through experiential travel, students will be able to supplement this academic learning by observing real-world successes and failures in peacebuilding and conflict resolution as well as developing the critical ability to compare and contrast these vital lessons learned with the experiences of other conflict-affected regions. As a unique part of their educational travel, students will actively engage with politicians, community leaders, non-governmental organizations, faith leaders, academic experts and victims/survivors from all sides impacted by the conflict to hear a comprehensive view of the divergent perspectives, narratives and human stories of people living in the region.  Students will also gain invaluable experience of the lived realities of people in the region by crossing physical, psychological and cultural borders daily as they transit between the difficult and contested geographies of Jordan, Israel and the West Bank.  Each evening, students will be given the opportunity to gather together in a space of mutual support with UW faculty and CIEL guides to discuss, debate and critically reflect on their individual experiences and process what they’ve learned together that day. 

Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem

 

HP 4152/HP 4196 (6 Credits): CIEL Northern Ireland: The Northern Ireland Conflict and Peace Process

Application Deadline: TBA

Instructor: Nevin Aiken
naiken@uwyo.edu

Estimated cost: $3750*
*This cost is inclusive of all program costs (meals, excursions, accommodations, speakers, etc) but does not include flights, SA fee, tuition, etc.

Travel Dates: July 2 - July 14
Travel Locations: Belfast, Derry/Londonderry (Northern Ireland); Dublin (Irish Republic)

 

This course will be led in partnership with the Center for International Experiential Learning (CIEL), an award-winning provider of educational travel that provides students with the opportunity to learn first-hand about conflict-affected regions through immersive on-the-ground experiential learning that is guided by internationally recognized scholars and local experts in combination with a carefully designed and rigorous program of pre-travel education (https://cielglobal.org).  UW participants in this program will have the opportunity to join students from other top-tier universities across the US to receive direct exposure to the people, politics and realities of the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process as a way to learn about real-world successes and failures in conflict resolution and peacebuilding and to develop the critical ability to compare and contrast these vital lessons learned with the experiences of other conflict-affected regions.  As a unique part of their educational travel, students will actively engage with politicians, community leaders, non-governmental organizations, faith leaders, academic experts and victims/survivors from all sides impacted by the conflict to hear a comprehensive view of the divergent perspectives, narratives and human stories of people navigating an ongoing peace process.  Students will also gain invaluable experience of the lived realities of people living in a deeply divided post-conflict society by crossing physical, psychological and cultural borders as they transit between the difficult and contested geographies of the cities of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry as well as Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  They will also be empowered with the knowledge and transferable skills needed to emerge as leaders in addressing issues of division and polarization surrounding complex global problems and in their own local contexts.

A group of students standing in front of a vibrantly lit street in Belfast

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