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Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

Shepherd University offers faculty-led international journeys during spring break and in the summer for about 10 days to three weeks. Earn Shepherd credit for these courses. Program costs vary and are based on travel, accommodation, food, entrance to sites and other experiences. Course tuition is paid separately.

Art Department
The Art Department offers annual two-week spring break trips and an occasional three-week summer trip. During the spring semester, students enrolled in the trips may also receive three credit hours by enrolling in ART 304, Special Topics: Art History. General Studies students may receive substitution credit for ART 103: Introduction to Visual Arts. Classical spring break destinations include Paris, Greece, or Italy (Rome, Florence, Pompeii, and Sienna). Other years students have traveled to China, London and Paris; Amsterdam, Brussels, and Prague; Spain and Morocco; Ancient Egypt; and Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Past summer destinations have included Paris, Peru, and West Africa. Spring Break 2008: Berlin, Prague, and Vienna from March 9 to 20 for approximately $2,800.
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Contact: Kristin Kaineg

English and Modern Languages Department
The English Department offers a literature-related travel course each spring break. Each three credit hour course includes a travel practicum that awards between one and three additional credits for the travel experience. During odd-numbered years, students travel to literary sites in the United Kingdom or continental Europe. Even-numbered year trips take students to U.S. literary destinations.

The Modern Languages Department offers two distinct summer foreign language immersion experiences. Travel and study in Peru and Argentina, learn Spanish, and earn from three to six transfer credit hours.
Contact: Dr. Denis Berenschot
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Study in southern France and earn 6 language credits. Improve your ability to communicate. Experience the unique culture of France. The Department of English and Modern Languages is organizing an immersion experience in Hyeres, France from May 24 - June 7, 2008.  The cost is estimated at $2,943.  This includes: 44 hours of instruction by native speakers at the Institut d'enseignement de la langue franćaise sur la Cote d'Azur (ELFCA), plus a 3-credit language/culture course taught by Dr. Ritterbusch, lodging with a local host family (breakfast and dinner included), travel insurance and all transportation costs.
Contact: Dr. Rachel Ritterbusch

History Department
The History Department offers three study abroad opportunities as part of its regular courses for three credit hours each. Travel opportunities are available for the World War I class in odd-numbered years and World War II class in even-numbered years. There is also a European summer trip.
HIST 175: First World War Practicum
Taught in conjunction with HIST 375: First World War, students travel to Europe to visit battlefields and other historical sites in either France and Belgium or Italy and Slovenia.
Contact: Dr. Anders Henriksson
HIST 318: United States in World War II
This course offers the option of a spring break guided tour to historic sites and battlefields with itineraries including England, France, Belgium, Germany Luxembourg, and/or the Netherlands.
Contact: Dr. Mark Snell
HIST 360 and PSCI 499 Evolution of European Government and Society
Travel to Greece, Italy, and Belgium for three weeks in the summer and study the development of European government and society from antiquity to the European Union. Earn a total of six credits: three for History 360 and three for Political Science 499.
Contact: Dr. Sally Brasher

Music Department
The Music Department offers a performance-based travel course at the end of each spring semester. Each three-credit hour course includes a travel practicum that awards between one and three additional credits for the travel experience. During odd-numbered years, students travel to outstanding performance venues in the United Kingdom or continental Europe. Even-numbered year trips take students to U.S. destinations such as the 2006 trip to New York City that featured a performance by the Wind Symphony in Carnegie Hall. Past trips have included performances by the Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, Concert and Chamber Choir at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, St. Peter's in Rome, the Waterford Factory in Ireland, a concert for the Mayor of Dublin and performances in London and Stratford Cathedral.
Contact: Dr. Scott Beard
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Department of Business Administration and FACS
The Department of Business Administration will offer a 10 day spring trip to China. The tentative schedule is Sunday, March 9 through Friday, March 21, 2008. The trip is open to anyone regardless of major or affiliation with the University. Graduate and undergraduate students will be eligible for course credit. Focusing on China's burgeoning economy the trip with include visits to leading Chinese high tech and pharmaceutical companies, a tour of the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and a visit to a company in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone. Tour stops include Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Hong Kong. Visits will also be made to the Great Wall of China, the Jade Buddha Temple, and Tiananmen Square. Travelers will also be treated to an authentic Peking duck dinner. Cost for the trip is $2,550 for students 22 and younger and $2,940 for those 23 and older.
Contact: Dr. Gordon DeMeritt
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