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Introduction to the Study Away Program

Administered through the Department of Experiential Learning, the Study Away Program provides administrative support to both students and faculty in the creation of short-term, credit-bearing and travel-based experiences.  Faculty work with our Study Away Faculty Scholars, Hillery Haney and Carmela Zapata, to create meaningful experiences that meet course, department/program and institutional learning outcomes while helping students persist, transfer, or earn a degree.

Study Away experiences may be local, regional, national, or international.  Examples include:

  • A 10-day experience traveling through France, Germany or Morocco as part of a Humanities Culture and Civilization course.  Students are provided an in-depth study of the culture, civilization, history and language.  Students will be able to communicate in social and professional situations, understand appropriate social and conversational etiquette in a variety of contexts, and much more.
  • A 9-day stay in Costa Rica as part of Nursing AD 248/258 clinical courses.  Students implement effective community/transcultural nursing strategies to support health promotion and disease prevention using the nursing process, critical thinking and communication skills in a community setting.  

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