Upcoming Courses Abroad

Honors 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. Interested in experiential and place-based learning but need a cost-effective alternative to study abroad? Check out our study away programs that travel domestically.

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.

 
 

2024 J-Term Study Abroad Courses

HP 4155: Buddhism in Thailand
Course Credits:
3
Instructor: Kate Hartmann
Modality: Study Abroad program
Honors College Attributes: Honors Global Perspectives (*Nonwestern), Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: (H) Human Culture
A&S attributes: (G) Global
Application Deadline: Sept 28, 2023
Estimated Cost: $3900 ($2200 program fee and $1700 airfare), plus incidentals
Travel Dates: Dec 31, 2023 - January 15, 2024
Travel Locations: Bangkok and Chiangmai, Thailand
Course Description:

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. Learn more about the course in Dr. Hartmann's course video trailer!

Temple of phra-nakhon-si-ayutthaya

 

 

HP 3150: Vietnam and Cambodia: Exploring the Legacies of Conflict
Course Credits:  
6 total credits
[Asynchronous Online Pre-Travel Program (HP 4196 for 3 Credits) & Study Abroad Program (HP 3151 for 3 credits).
*No more than three total credits from this study abroad program can be counted towards the nine total upper division credits required for the Honors College Minor.]

Instructor: Nevin Aiken
Modality: Study Abroad program
Honors College Attributes: Honors Global Perspetives (previously Nonwestern); Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: none
A&S attributes:
 none
Application Deadline: September 30, 2023
Estimated Cost:
$3450 (includes all in-country transportation, accommodations, meals, all program related excursions and entry fees. Does not include flights to/from region, UW tuition/fees, UW study abroad fee).
Travel Dates:
December 31. 2023 – January 12, 2024
Travel Locations:
Vietnam (Saigon, Hanoi) and Cambodia (Siem Reap, Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh)
Course Description: 

The Center for International Experiential Learning (CIEL) is an award-winning provider of educational travel that for over a decade has provided students with the opportunity to learn first-hand about conflict-affected regions through immersive on-the-ground experiential learning guided by internationally recognized scholars and local experts that is combined with a carefully designed and rigorous program of pre-travel education. 

Participants from the University of Wyoming and other US universities will travel to Vietnam and Cambodia, delving into the history of the Vietnam War and how it has shaped the country (as well as contemporary US-Vietnam relations) as well as exploring regional legacies of colonialism, the Vietnam/Cambodia war, and the Cambodian Genocide.  This experiential learning program will take students through vibrant cityscapes and tranquil rural terrains, from the historic downtown of Hanoi to the temples of Angkor Wat and the metropolitan areas of Phnom Penh and Saigon. They will engage with historians, local leaders, NGOs, and academic experts, as well as individuals directly impacted by past and current conflicts. Together, they will explore the diverse narratives and personal stories that illuminate regional identity, history, ongoing processes of post-conflict development and reconciliation, and the impact of post-traumatic stress on internal and external relations in these dynamically evolving nations.

Mountain landscape

2024 Summer Study Abroad Courses

HP 3150: Walkabout Down Under 2024
Credits:
3
Instructor:
Paul Taylor
Modality: Study Abroad program
Honors College Attributes:  Honors Global Perspetives (previously Nonwestern); Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: none
A&S attributes:
 none
Application Deadline: February 15, 2024
Estimated Cost:
$4155 (Includes: accommodations, most meals, excursions, in-country transport. Does not include: international airfare, UW tuition fees (3 credits), $325 study abroad fee, some meals, ETA (visa) $20)
Travel Dates:
June 1-18 2024
Travel Locations:
Australia: Sydney NSW, Darwin NT, Outback: Katherine NT, Barunga NT, Menngen NT
Course Description
:

A Once in a Lifetime Immersion into the World's Oldest Living Culture

One day in Sydney exploring the Harbor, indigenous culture and Australia's convict beginnings linking to American history and the War of Independence.

Two days in Darwin, exploring Aboriginal culture and art, Darwin history, WW2 bombing and the US relationship, 1974 Cyclone devastation.

Four days at the Barunga Festival. A celebration and showcase of the very best of remote Australian Indigenous community life: music, sport & culture. Camping on traditional land.

Five days with acclaimed Aboriginal Elder Yidumduma Bill Harney exploring his traditional culture, the "Bush University"; Creation Story, songs, rock art and sacred sites. Camping on his traditional land. This program is designed for the hearty traveler who enjoys time spent in nature, adventure, learning new things, as well as the company of others.

Red rock in Australia

 

HP 3151: Multicultural Experiences in Singapore and Malaysia
Course Credits:
3
Instructor:
Yan Zhang
Modality: Study Abroad program
Honors College Attributes: Honors Global Perspectives (*Nonwestern), Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: none
A&S attributes:
 none
Application Deadline: January 21, 2024 (class size is limited)
Estimated Cost:
$2800 includes accommodations, excursions, entry fees, workshops, some meals, and transition between Singapore and Malaysia
Travel Dates:
May 20- June 9, 2024
Travel Locations: Singapore and Malaysia
Course Description
:

This class explores Chinese, Indian, Arab, and Malaysian history and culture. In three weeks in Singapore and Malaysia, you will engage in a wide range of cultural learning and interactive activities. You will see diverse ethnicities, religions (Buddhist, Muslim, Christian), food and architecture; visit museums and local farming villages; work with a charity organization to help individuals with disabilities; join pewter dish workshop and take home your own masterpiece; visit the Singapore Zoo and the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary; meeting with faculty and students from local universities; enjoy magic light shows; explore night market, relax on the beach and more! This class is a unique travel-study class that will help you learn, experience, and grow!

Marina in Singapore

 

 

HP 3150: Shakespeare in England and Italy
Course Credits:
3
Instructor:
Peter Parolin and Leigh Selting
Modality: Study Abroad program
Honors College Attributes: Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: none
A&S attributes:
 none
Application Deadline: November 17, 2023
Estimated Cost:
$5000
*Includes airfare, in-country transportation, accommodations, theatre tickets, excursions, some meals.  Does not include UW tuition/fees, $325 study abroad fee, personal spending money.
Travel Dates:
May 12 - June 2, 2024
Travel Locations:
Stratford-Upon-Avon, London, Vicenza, Venice, Padua, and Verona
Course Description:

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.

A gondola in Venice

 

 

HP 3150: CIEL Northern Ireland: The Northern Ireland Conflict and Peace Process
Course Credits:
6 total credits
[Asynchronous Online Pre-Travel Program (HP 4196 for 3 Credits) & Study Abroad Program (HP 3050 for 3 credits).
*No more than three total credits from this study abroad program can be counted towards the nine total upper division credits required for the Honors College Minor.]

Instructor: Nevin Aiken
Modality: Study Abroad program
Honors College Attributes: Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: none
A&S attributes:
 none
Application Deadline: January 30, 2023
Estimated Cost:
$3750 (includes all in-country transportation, accommodations, meals, all program related excursions and entry fees. Does not include flights to/from region, UW tuition/fees, UW study abroad fee).
Travel Dates:
June 16– 28, 2024
Travel Locations:
Belfast, Derry/Londonderry (Northern Ireland); Dublin (Irish Republic)
Course Description:

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.

Ireland coast

 

 

 

 

HP 3150: CIEL Middle East: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Course Credits: 6 total credits
[Asynchronous Online Pre-Travel Program (HP 4196 for 3 Credits) & Study Abroad Program (HP 3050 for 3 credits).
*No more than three total credits from this study abroad program can be counted towards the nine total upper division credits required for the Honors College Minor.]
Instructor:
Eric Nigh
Modality: Study Abroad program
Honors College Attributes: Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: none
A&S attributes:
 none
Application Deadline: January 30, 2023
Estimated Cost:
$4950 (includes all in-country transportation, accommodations, meals, all program related excursions and entry fees. Does not include flights to/from region, UW tuition/fees, UW study abroad fee).
Travel Dates:
August 4 – 18, 2024
Travel Locations:
Jordan, Israel/Palestine, West Bank 
Course Description:

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

HP 4151: Healthy Aging in Italy
Instructor:
Maria Kuznetsova and Greta Maxfield
Modality: Study Abroad program
Honors College Attributes: Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: none
A&S attributes:
G (Global)
Application Deadline: December 1, 2023
Estimated Cost:
$2800 (Includes accommodations, in-country transportation, many meals, all course-related excursions.  Does not include airfare, UW tuition/fees, $325 education abroad fee, some meals, ETIAS visa [approx. $8])
Travel Dates:
June 12-26, 2024
Travel Locations:
Ischia Island, the Amalfi Coast, Pompei, Naples, and Sorrento
Course Description:

In this class we will focus on discovering what contributes to living longer, healthy and satisfying lives from a global perspective. We will investigate the most up-to-date and evidence-based information on healthy aging while participating in healthful and fun activities. Through immersing yourself in the Mediterranean way of life, this course offers an opportunity to combine academic learning with firsthand experiences in one of the world's most renowned regions for healthy living. Students will also discover cultural differences when it comes to aging, retirement, and life satisfaction.  

Chi vuole conservare la salute per la vecchiaia, non la sciupi in gioventù. - Those who want to save health for their old age don’t waste it in youth (Italian proverb) 

Join us as we consider health while enjoying life - the beach, thermal baths and hot springs, good food (gelato, pizza, pasta, and mozzarella!), and experiencing work/life balance and learning through the exploration of historical sites in surrounding areas.

 

Ischia coast

 

 

 

HP 3050: Rock and Roll Tourism: The Beatles and Beyond 
Credits: 3
Instructor: Kent Drummond
Modality: 
Study Abroad Program
Honors College Attributes: Upper Division Elective
USP attributes: 
none
A&S attributes:
none
Application Deadline:
January 30, 2024
Estimated Cost:
$3800 (includes in-country transportation, accommodations, excursions, entrance fees and some meals. Does NOT include UW tuition/fees, $325 study abroad fee or airfare).
Travel Dates:
May 13-30, 2024
Travel Locations:
Liverpool, London, and Cambridge, UK
Course Description:

In February of 1964, four mop-topped lads from Liverpool touched down at JFK Airport in New York City to the delight of thousands of screaming fans (most of them young and female). A few nights later, they played The Ed Sullivan Show  and, through the miracle of television, entered the living rooms of millions of American homes. In a matter of hours, John, Paul, George, and Ringo -- collectively known as the Beatles – became household names. The British Invasion had begun! Following in their footsteps came such renowned bands as The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Queen, and Radiohead – just to name a few.

 

In “Rock and Roll Tourism: The Beatles and Beyond,” we’ll turn the tables and invade Britain! As we do so, we’ll pose the question: What cultural, economic, political, and promotional forces combined to make this moment possible? And why do people still care today? To answer these questions, we’ll spend seven days in Liverpool, the Beatles’ hometown. We’ll walk the streets they walked, visit the clubs they played, and even stand in their childhood homes. Then we’ll spend nine days in London, where our concept of rock stars will expand to include such OG luminaries as William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, and the Royal Family. (Don’t worry – we’ll also visit the Barbican, where Harry Styles filmed his “As It Was” video!). As consumers, we’ll immerse ourselves in all of these experiences. As social scientists, we’ll study them as well. 

The band members of The Beatles walking on a crosswalk

 

 

HP 4155: The Art and History of Medicine
Credits: 3
Instructor(s): Brian Cherrington and Michael Dillon
Modality: Study Abroad
Honors College Attributes: Honors Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: H
A&S attributes: G
Application Deadline: December 1, 2023
Estimated Cost: $4,500
Travel Dates: 6/9/2023-6/25/2023
Travel Locations: England, Scotland, Belgium, and Austria
Course Description:

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. 

Scotland coast

 

 

HP 4153: Modern Earth Science
Credits: 3
Instructor(s): Brandon McElroy
Modality: Study Abroad
Honors College Attributes: Honors Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: PN (Physical and Natural World)
A&S attributes: none
Application Deadline: February 29, 2024
Estimated Cost: $3900 (including airfare)
Travel Dates: May 13 - June 4, 2024
Travel Locations: Ireland
Course Description:

Based in Western Ireland, this course provides a modern, quantitative, and interdisciplinary survey of Earth Sciences in a global context. Through a combination of lectures, field exercises, and laboratory computing, we will explore in depth fundamental geologic processes, the history of Earth, and sciencetific methods.

Ireland coast

HP 4155: Modern Japanese Society and Culture
Course Credits: 
3
Instructor:
 Noah Miles
Modality: Study Abroad program
Honors College Attributes: Honors Global Perspectives (*Nonwestern), Upper-Division Elective
USP attributes: (H) Human Culture
A&S attributes: (G) Global
Application Deadline: TBA
Estimated Cost: TBA
Travel Dates:
Travel Locations: 
Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima
Course Description:

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.

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!

Street in Tokyo
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