Summer

Programs offered in the summer.

Scotland: From Hogwarts to Brexit: The Formation of Modern Scotland for Incoming Freshmen

Kick start your degree at the University of South Dakota by studying abroad in Scotland with a USD faculty member and other incoming freshmen before taking your first class on campus. Explore the dramatic political, religious, and cultural strife that transformed Scotland from an insular, medieval country into a major contributor to the intellectual and commercial life of the British Empire.

Costa Rica: Spanish Language & Culture

This summer, immerse yourself in the Spanish language and beautiful landscapes of Costa
Rica, the land of “pura vida!” During the five-week program guided by SDSU faculty,
students will live, study, and participate in excursions in this Central American country
known for its rainforests, beaches, and incredible biodiversity. Students will take Spanish
courses with qualified local instructors and experience complete immersion while staying
with local host families. Along with immersive coursework, students will also experience

Great Alpine Adventure: Germany

Experience German history and culture in the most beautiful part of Germany, Bavaria. Explore Munich, with its historic WWII sites, the Olympic Stadium- home of the 1972 Summer Olympics – and learn about the ongoing “Refugee Crisis.” Relax for a day in a monastery and then experience the highest mountain in Germany, the Zugspitze. Visit the Olympic Stadium in the quaint little town of Garmisch, where the 1936 Winter Olympics were held. A number of famous castles are just a short distance away.

Senegal

This faculty-led study abroad program will examine contemporary Senegalese culture and society. Students will gain knowledge about Senegal’s history, politics, education, religions,healthcare, environment, gender issues, music, literature and cinema through a variety of guest lectures, readings, films, site visits, interactive workshops, and cultural excursions. A particular emphasis will be given to life in Senegal’s urban centers and how inhabitants of these cities engage with issues facing their country and community.  

Portugal: Counseling and Human Development

This study abroad program will focus on the decriminalization of illicit substances and the social-cultural implications. The coursework will be complimented by guest talks, museum and palace visits, a relaxing trip to Portuguese wine country, boat and bike excursions, and exploration of Portugal's history, landmarks, culture and current events. Come enjoy Europe's sunniest capital and beautiful coastline with us!

London and Paris: School of Design

The LONDON+PARIS travel study provides a formal educational experience grounded design education and conversation. Through the study of both modern and historical sites, students will gain understanding of the social, political and physical influences affecting changes in the built environment. In addition to raising cultural and global awareness, this experience will sharpen students’ design skills, foster critical thinking, and demonstrate the value of interdisciplinary collaboration and teamwork.

Cambodia and Thailand: History & Geography

Visit Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda in Phnom Pehn

Tour Angkor Wat, one of the 7 Wonders of the World, at sunrise

Relax on the white, sun-drenched beaches in Phuket, Thailand

Swim, snorkel, and sunbathe on a speedboat tour of the Phi Phi Islands

Visit the oldest temple in Chiang Mai

Hike into a Hmong village with a local guide

Take in the cuisine and markets of Bangkok, Thailand

Nepal: Himalayas Geology Field Camp

The metamorphic rocks north of Khudi and the major fault will be the topics of the first mapping project which is based on field observations, topographic maps, use of Brunton and other field skills. The terrain is challenging and the access is via trails.

The Second large project involves mapping of Geomorphological landforms and measuring active processes in the high altitude field area near Sundar Mountain.

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