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Austria & Germany
Drs. Julie Dahlquist & Dennis Lopez, College of Business
This immersion will consist of visits to companies such as Swarovski and BMW. Students will gain an understanding of the region between each country, trade and business among Euro Zone countries, and the impact of history on present day circumstances.
Belize Summer Field School in Archaeology
ANT 3046/ANT 5556
Drs. Jason Yeager and Kathryn Brown, COLFA, Anthropology
This program is an intensive 4-week, 6-credit program in archaeological field methods (ANT 3403). Students will learn basic archaeological field techniques of surveying and mapping, excavation, and artifact analysis by participating on our on-going scientific studies of Maya civilization in the Mopan valley of west-central Belize. They will also learn about Maya archaeology, architecture, and art through evening lectures and weekend field trips to important archaeological sites in the region. The program is open to graduate students, who will enroll in graduate-level field course at UTSA.
Honors College 2014 China Program
HON 3223/CHS 1213
Dr. Richard Diem, Honors College
This program offers students the opportunity to study the cultural and economic history of China. Its objective is to have the students understand the impact of Chinese cultural and economic expansion on our society. Students will get an opportunity to visit the two largest cities of China along with a major cultural center. In addition they will also visit several universities and meet with Chinese students. All students will complete two papers and a final exam. A program of this type that provides for an onsite interactive cultural experience can only be taught on-site. It also meets UTSA strategic globalization initiative. Trip will be held in 2014.
Culture and Education Systems
Dr. Wan Yao, COEHD, Education
This program allows students to learn cultural and education systems in China and explore research opportunities in China while visiting Beijing and Xian. Students will be required to complete written assignments and group projects.
Yunnan Opera Workshop and Festival
Dr. William McCrary, COLFA, Music
This is a summer opera workshop program to be offered in the city of Kunming, China. While there are many workshop programs offered throughout the United States and abroad, currently, none are offered in China. China is highly desirable because of its current attraction to the West as well as its affordability. Another unique feature and highlight to the program will be its international faculty. This program will have scenes performed with orchestra in the 400 seat concert hall in the Kunming City Auditorium.
London and Its Literature
Dr. Mark Bayer, COLFA, English
This course will look at some familiar works of English literature in London. Encountering this urban context first-hand helps students understand viscerally the factors that motivated the authors of these works and consider both how audiences first encountered them and how and how the works resonated with the lives of Londoners. Students will demonstrate competency in reading and analyzing complex literary artifacts, oral communication through class discussion and writing. Have you ever wanted to witness one of Shakespeare’s plays at the Globe Playhouse? Make your own pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral like Chaucer’s characters. See the Elgin Marbles that inspired Keats’ poetry. Retrace the steps of Charles Dickens and Virginia Woolf around London.
Finland & Russia
COBI Immersion - Finland
Drs. John Darling and Vic Heller, College of Business, Marketing/Management
Students will visit major industries in the region such as IT, medical device and ship building business. Visiting both countries will give students an idea about the geopolitical relationship between Finland and Russia and an understanding of business and trade between two vastly different countries.
Dialogues in Urban Planning - Paris
Drs. Richard Tangum and Maggie Valentine, College of Architecture, Architecture
The course will examine the history of urban planning and design in Paris, France, from antiquity to the present through a series of lectures and on-site visits to the extant elements of its various plans and architecture. Students will be staying in the 12th arrondissement, half a block from the Gare de Lyon and close to many significant urban educational resources.
Berlin-Art & Art History
Dr. Ronald Binks, COLFA, Art & Art History
The goal of this course is to expand each student’s understanding of his/her art by studying the art and culture of another society, in an historical context from 1900 to present times. Students will study the development of Berlin since 1885, focusing on the arts, through readings, films and videos, in preparation for travel to the city in March: a twelve-day site examination to research a particular aspect of Berlin to be selected by each student as his/her research project. After returning to San Antonio, the research project will be further developed for final presentation in May.
UTSA in Munich-Modern Languages
CHS 1213/HON 3233/GER 4213
Dr. Christopher Wickham, COLFA, Modern Languages
The course provides students with a perspective on the history, cultural history, and contemporary life and issues of a vibrant, modern European city. Using example material from the art and architecture of Munich, students will have the opportunity to become familiar with major periods and epochs in the cultural development of Europe. A major purpose of the course is to allow students to experience Munich and perform on-site research for their individual project.
COB: India Immersion, Spring 2014
Drs. Lalatendu Misra and Chino Rao, COB, Finance and Information Systems and Cybersecurity
Students will explore India through various visits to top Indian universities and information technology companies. Cultural side trips will include the Taj Mahal. This course will be open to both undergraduate and graduate students.
UTSA Urbino Program
Up to 12 credit hours, fall or spring
Dr. John Alexander and Mr. Darryl Ohlenbusch, Architecture
These classes are geared toward imparting knowledge about, and giving students experience with the ideas and design language that shaped historical buildings and cities. In the Italian setting, students will have the best classical examples to study. The sequence of courses will engage them in experiencing and analyzing the context not only as interesting historical artifacts, but also as sources for their work in the design studio. It will challenge them to learn the classical design language, then utilize and develop expertise with it. Through the careful observation required of a good sketch, students can learn directly from the buildings, streets, and plazas in the town and region.
COLFA Semester in Urbino
Up to 12 credit hours, spring only
COLFA faculty and University of Urbino faculty
Come experience the Renaissance in the historical walled city of Urbino—World Heritage Site and renowned center of Italian literature, art, and culture. Immerse yourself in the works of Dante, Petrarch, and Castiglione. Walk the cobbled streets where the young Raphael once walked, and study the classical foundations of the Renaissance as they emerge before you in the literature, art, and language of fifteenth-century Italy.
You’ll tour the stunning palace of the grand duke Federico da Montefeltro and fall in love with the art he surrounded himself with. You’ll travel with your professors to nearby medieval towns, and then on to Rome, Venice, Florence, and other historical cities. You’ll study Italian and live among Italian students at the University of Urbino, with stunning mountains and the gorgeous Adriatic coast at less than an hour's reach.
The Classical World, Siena
Up to 6 credit hours, summer only
Dr. William Short, COLFA Philosophy & Classics
This five-week course will be based in Siena; it is a workshop in which students will be engaged in "hands-on" study of classical antiquity. A series of seminars will explore major themes of the anthropology of the ancient world, including myth and religion, kinship and family, the relationship of the human and animal worlds, images and economy and trade. Students will undertake their own research, studying these themes in literature, art and archeology through on-site visits to museums and other places of historical, archeological, cultural importance around Siena. Trips to Volterra, Pisa, Florence, Tarquinia, Volci and Rome will be included.
Honors College Italy Program
ARC 1413/HON 3223/CHS 1213
Dr. Richard Diem, Honors College
This program provides students an opportunity to study and engage in a cultural experience in three Italian cities: Venice, Florence, and Rome. Its focus is on developing a cross cultural awareness of the impact of Italian history and culture and the development of the “urban” place. The uniqueness of the historical and cultural venues in Italy provides students with a cultural perspective they cannot attain anywhere else.
Cities of Japan
Dr. Taeg Nishimoto, College of Architecture
Travel through Japan from Tokyo, Kyoto, Ise, Nara, Osaka, and Kumamoto. This program explores and experiences the traditional and contemporary cities of Japan and its architecture. College of Architecture upper-level undergraduate and graduate students only.
ESL 4553/ESL 6033
Drs. Peter Sayer & Kim Kennedy, COEHD
Three-credit hour course for bi-lingual, bi-cultural students. Trip will include an ESL teaching practicum, Spanish and/or Quechua learning component, a homestay with Peruvian families, and cultural excursions in Peru, including Macchu Pichu.
Daniel Tablada & Dr. Rodolpho Sandoval
This immersion will explore a fast-growing economy on the eastern side of South America. Sharing borders with Ecuador, Columbia, Brazil, Bolivia and Chile, Peru is a fascinating place to examine international trade. Students will have lectures about the development of this country and the affect of tourism on the economy with the world-renowned Machu Picchu Incan ruins.
UTSA in Russia-Modern Languages
Dr. Marita Nummikoski, COLFA, Modern Languages
Students travel to Moscow with a UTSA faculty member for a four-week language and culture study at the Center of Russian Language and Culture at Moscow State University. Students attend classes for three hours Monday-Friday for a total of 80 academic hours and spend the afternoons and weekends on organized cultural activities, including trips to museums, excursions outside of Moscow, etc. The last 4-5 days of the program are conducted in St. Petersburg.
Special Studies: Literacy in Russia, The Contributions of Lev Vygotsky and Other Soviet Psychologists to Literacy
Dr. Rosalind Horowitz, COEHD, Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
Graduate students only. Students travel to Moscow with a UTSA faculty member to Moscow State University to delve into the work of Lev Vygotsky, a psychologist who has had a major influence on language, literacy and human development. This course is designed to examine Vygotsky's contributions to literacy and learning in Russian schools. Students will have a chance to meet distinguished Russian scholars and visit Russian schools where his theories are in practice.
South Korea & Taiwan
Dr. Lisa Montoya, College of Business, and Mimi Yu, Associate Director, East Asia Institute and Japanese lecturer
This trip will be a full two weeks. During their time in the countries, students will visit companies involved in the communication and mobile device industry, and transportation among many others. Students will be treated to lectures by local faculty and officials to learn about the uniqueness among individual Asian countries and geopolitical factors in business.
Barcelona, Spain Program
Architecture, spring only
The study-abroad program to Spain combines studio classes with travel to some of Spain’s most impressive and important architectural sites. Based in Barcelona, the program is in collaboration with the Barcelona Architecture Center, an organization within the Fundacio Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya system. Students will study and live surrounded by masterpieces ancient and modern architecture, with glimpses of a modern cultural energy, seen in the modernista architecture that stands out throughout the city. Of course, Barcelona is also home to Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia church and fantastical houses and apartment buildings. Competing with Gaudí, however, is opportunity to see works by the most famous Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso.
Comparative Criminal Justice in Spain
Dr. Roger Enriquez, College of Public Policy, Criminal Justice
Mini-mester program with special emphasis on comparative criminal justice, visits to police station of the Foreign Unit of the National Police, cultural visits, and classes at the Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche and Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche. This course provides students the opportunity to see first-hand how different nations approach problems and fashion solutions. The primary learning objectives are gaining factual understanding about international criminal justice system and in particular the Spanish system of policing, courts, and corrections. A special focus will enter on two problems that challenge many nations: domestic terrorism and immigration. Students should be able to identify the differences and similarities between American model and European model.
UTSA in Spain – English
Dr. Norma Cantú, COLFA, English, Classics & Philosophy
This goal of this course is to have participants engage in serious study and production if creative nonfiction while studying at the Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo. The objectives are grouped according to three main competencies around written, oral, and in technlogical skill sets. There will also be visits to various locations, such as the El Parado and the Reina Sofia Museum, excursions to performances such as plays, dances, and celebrations in Toledo, and around Madrid.
Drs. Dennis Lopez and Julie Dahlquits, College of Business
Students will explore businesses, hear from local faculty about Turkey and its role in Asia and Europe, and tour a number of historically significant cities.
Drs. Joel Saegert and Robert Hoover, College of Business
Students will visit areas such as the largest port on the eastern coast of South America, tourist resorts, explore the vibrant film industry in Montevideo, and high-end retail companies that operate within the continent and Europe.