Central College’s summer study abroad programs integrate intercultural and experiential learning through coursework and internship offerings which are distinct to each program location.
Director-led summer programs typically run 4-8 weeks and are open to visiting students.
Faculty-led summer programs typically run 3-8 weeks. Some are open to visiting students; contact the study abroad office for more information.
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.
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.
This program is designed to alternate years with Accounting in Merida.
A two-week educational excursion 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.
A five- to eight-week summer program in an urban setting in the United States 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.