Global Experiential Learning
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Central College supports off-campus programs around the world as part of our commitment to global experiential learning. These include semester, year-long, summer and short-term options. Each academic major allows space for students to study off campus for at least one semester, earning credit toward a major, minor or core curriculum requirements. For more information contact studyabroad@central.edu.

- These programs are available to students from partner institutions.

Semester-long academic programs

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Outdoor Pursuits: Bangor, Wales

Liberal Arts: Bangor, Wales

At Bangor University, students can choose from a wide range of semester-long classes. Outdoor Pursuits is a popular course that combines outdoor adventures like rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking with problem solving, leadership and reflective thinking — all in beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Students also learn about Welsh culture, join university organizations and live with British students.

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Islamic Studies: Granada, Spain

An Islamic Studies track at the University of Granada provides rich learning opportunities for students interested in Arabic language and Islamic culture. Home stays, excursions, language partners and cultural activities help students achieve cultural immersion. Internships and service learning opportunities are also available.

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Intensive Spanish Language: Granada, Spain

A language-intensive semester program at the University of Granada allows students to enroll at three different Spanish proficiency levels. Home stays, excursions, language partners and cultural activities help students achieve cultural immersion. Internships and service learning opportunities are also available.

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Internships: London, England

Liberal Arts: London, England

Nearly 80 percent of students in the London semester program complete an internship or service learning placement, in addition to courses in various disciplines. Field trips and cultural activities allow students to explore London, from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre or a traditional afternoon tea to boisterous soccer matches and savory Pakistani meals in Brick Lane.

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Global Health: Merida, Mexico

Spanish Language Immersion: Merida, Mexico

A semester in Merida offers courses in both English and Spanish for all levels of language learners. Immersive Spanish experience is the heart of a Language and Culture Program, and Studies in Global Health provides Spanish language preparation for health care careers. Internships and service learning placements also provide intercultural experience.

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Intensive German Language: Vienna, Austria

Music, Arts, Theatre: Vienna, Austria

The Vienna semester is an intensive German language program with courses in arts and literature open to students of all language levels. Vienna's rich cultural and historical heritage makes it an ideal place for students to immerse themselves in the arts — and its major international organizations provide many opportunities for internships.

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Accelerated German Language:
Schwäbisch Hall, Germany and Vienna, Austria

This program is designed for students interested in accelerating their language progress. Students enroll in one or two months at the Goethe Institute in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, and then begin an intensive German Language Program in Vienna. The semester includes courses in arts and literature open to students of all language levels as well as the availability of internships.

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Liberal Arts: Leiden, the Netherlands

The Leiden semester begins with intensive Dutch language study that allows students to achieve a basic conversational level. Other courses are taught in English, and excursions to sites like Brussels, Amsterdam and The Hague help students learn more about the Netherlands and its European context.

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French Language Immersion: Paris, France

A semester program in Paris offers intensive French language learning for all levels, as well as opportunities to explore French culture in contemporary Paris, one of Europe’s most culturally diverse cities.

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Intensive Chinese Language: China (Beijing, Nanjing or Shanghai)

Students can choose a semester in Beijing, Nanjing or Shanghai depending on their Chinese language level and interest area. Each program has a different emphasis, including Chinese language in culture, business language or China's global context. Each site also offers excursions and activities with local students and residents.

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Middle East Studies: Muscat, Oman

Students interested in Islam and the Middle East can spend a semester in Oman, a country known for its peacefulness, modernity, hospitality and openness. Participants study Arabic and Islam, with an emphasis on building understanding and trust between Christians and Muslims. Four weekend trips introduce students to the diversity within Oman, and they can also enjoy guest lectures, museum visits, snorkeling, dolphin watching and hiking in the mountains.

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Nature and Culture: Cusco, Peru

This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the Andean/Amazonian region of Cusco Peru by examining the interplay between culture and the environment of its indigenous people. In the Quechua language, Pachamama is often translated as Mother Earth or Mother World, a lens through which to examine indigenous perspectives past and present as well as to explore the country’s rich biological and cultural diversity. The course meets during spring semester followed by a two and half week trip to Peru.

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Urban Internships: Chicago

A semester in Chicago allows students to gain experience in their chosen career fields and encounter the challenges of living and working in an urban environment. Students from any major can complete an internship or student teaching experience, along with academic seminars and a practicum.

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Urban Internships: Washington, D.C.

Students from all disciplines are offered internships through the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars. During this semester program, students choose an academic course, complete a professional portfolio and learn about opportunities to contribute to local, national and international communities.

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Summer Academic Programs

History and Performing Arts: Ghana

A four-week summer program in Ghana includes two courses that introduce students to Ghana's history and performing arts. Students learn about important issues, events and traditions that have shaped Ghana's national identity, and they participate in traditional music and dance. Another program highlight is an excursion to one of the world's few rainforest canopy walkways.

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Summer Social Science: Merida

A one-credit class in Merida can be added to four psychology and sociology classes regularly taught on Central's campus. Students explore the cultural themes introduced in these courses by visiting Merida with Central faculty after their spring semesters. In Merida, students visit Mayan archaeological sites, visit rural villages and investigate poverty, globalization and other related topics.

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Global Health: Merida

A six-week summer program in Merida focused on Global Health explores the impact of cultural expectations and complex health issues related to health care, social or public service professions. Two weeks of shadowing local professionals further enhance students' professional development.

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Spanish Language: Merida

A four-week summer language program in Merida is open to all language levels. Students learn and improve written and oral Spanish skills, and they develop an understanding of Merida's history, culture and customs. To reinforce the practical use of Spanish, instruction takes place in local cafes, markets and grocery stores as well as in classrooms.

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Accounting: Merida

Students can also complete two accounting courses in Merida: Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting and Accounting for Environment and Social Responsibility. Class excursions in Merida highlight the need for global corporate social and environmental accountability. Students will visit government offices, rural villages and an ecological park that creates jobs for local workers.

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Accounting: London

Anticipated Summer 2016
This program is designed to alternate years with Accounting in Merida.

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Biblical Archeology: Turkey

Islam: Turkey

A two-week tour through Turkey can be added to two online courses: Biblical Archaeology or Islam. Students visit historical and cultural sites that illuminate course content, tracing a route from Ankara through Nevshehir (Cappadocia), Konya (ancient Iconium), Antalya on the Mediterranean, Fethiye, Kusadasi and Assos, ending in Istanbul.

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Social Justice Internships: New York City

A five-week summer program in New York provides internship experience and a course taught by Central faculty — all focused on social justice. Students explore social justice theory and reflect on its application to their experience as interns in nonprofit or community organizations.

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Outdoor Pursuits: Bangor, Wales

At Bangor University, the summer program features Outdoor Pursuits and a Welsh culture course. Outdoor Pursuits combines outdoor adventures like rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking with problem solving, leadership and reflective thinking — all in beautiful Snowdonia National Park.

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Spanish Language and Culture: Granada, Spain

The summer program in Granada provides for Spanish language learning at three different Spanish proficiency levels and includes coursework in art, culture, history and literature.

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Intensive Spanish Language: Granada, Spain

The summer program in Granada provides for Spanish language learning at three different Spanish proficiency levels, including beginners. The intensive language program is aimed at linguistic and social immersion using your own personal experiences.

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Internships: London, England

An eight-week summer internship program in London provides opportunities across disciplines, including art, business, politics, marketing, theater, social services and more.

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Short-term academic programs

Tropical Ecology in Belize and Costa Rica

During winter break, biology students can complete their fall tropical ecology course with 17 days in Belize and Costa Rica. This course introduces students to the amazing diversity and complexity of tropical ecosystems. On the trip, students explore several different ecosystems by snorkeling in coral reefs and hiking in various forests.

Nature and Culture of Cusco, Peru

This spring semester course, offered on campus, finishes with a two-and-a-half-week trip to Peru. In the Andean and Amazonian region of Cusco, students examine the interplay between culture and environment for the indigenous people. Pachamama, often translated "Mother Earth" or "Mother World," provides a window into Peru's rich biological and cultural diversity.

Music ensembles: Brazil, Mexico, Romania, Italy (recent countries)

Within any four-year cycle, music ensembles at Central immerse themselves in the culture of an international site and perform at a variety of venues within an international community.

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