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Exploration Term-Contract Learning


Birmingham-Southern offers to students the opportunity to travel and study abroad. Each year during the January Exploration Term, several study-travel projects are available. Students who choose to travel spend two to three weeks in their chosen country. Upon return, students complete the academic component of the experience which might include keeping a journal of one's experiences, analyzing some aspect of the foreign culture in a research paper, or presenting one's observations or findings to a group of faculty and peers.Study-travel

During Exploration Term 2015, BSC faculty will travel with students to many destinations, described below. Our students are encouraged to speak to faculty early to learn more about these opportunities. Previous study travel projects included destinations such as Mozambique, San Francisco, Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand), Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, the Pacific Northwest, New York, Boston, Buenos Aires, Prague, Italy, and others.

Exploration Term 2015 Study-Travel:

How would you like to become a chef for a day at the Zeppelin cooking school in Italy?  Ride an elephant in Cambodia? Meet Bishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa?  Teach English at a rural school in Ghana? Climb the ancient Mayan pyramids in Guatemala? Come face-to-face with animals only found in the Galapagos Islands?

Birmingham-Southern students have done all of this and more while participating in our January study-travel projects.

The Winter Exploration Term offers a wide range of unique learning opportunities, inviting students to become more involved in the learning process.  Faculty-led study-travel projects enable on-site learning in a variety of disciplines.

All students may travel!  Most BSC study-travel projects take students of all levels, from first-years through seniors.  Students must be in good academic and social standing in order to participate in January study-travel. 

Please contact a faculty leader for more information about any specific travel requirements and to sign up for a project.

January 2015 Study-Travel projects:

Engage in a variety of service opportunities in Costa Rica in VOLUNTEERING IN COSTA RICA.
Vince Gawronski

Savor the cultural treasures of Italy and examine the foundations of modern Europe in EXPLORING CLASSICAL AND RENAISSANCE ITALY.
Michael McInturff

Conduct research on Yeats's creative process in Dublin in GREAT BOOKS IN THE MAKING: RESEARCH IN IRELAND.
Sandra Sprayberry

Experience the major museums, performances, and architectural monuments of two of the world's leading cultural centers in NEW YORK CITY AND PARIS: A VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS EXPERIENCE.
Steve Cole and Kevin Shook

Work with the outreach programs of the Glide Foundation in SERVICE-LEARNING IN SAN FRANCISCO: POVERTY IN URBAN AMERICA.
Kristin Harper and John Tatter

View films, attend workshops, and examine independent cinema at the SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in Park City, Utah.
David Resha

Learn how cultural arts and business blend together in New York City in THE BUSINESS OF THE BIG APPLE. Note: Project limited to seniors majoring in business.
Rick Lester and Sara Robicheaux

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