2018 Faculty-Led Program Announcement!

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

We have finalized the line-up for the 2018 faculty-led programs!

If you are unfamiliar with our faculty-led programs, they are essentially study abroad opportunities during the winter, spring, and summer breaks led by Towson faculty, ranging from 2-6 weeks.

Without further ado…

Fac-Led 2017-2018

Color Key: light green represents Minimester programs, dark green represents spring break programs, dark blue represents summer programs, and light blue represents countries with a Minimester and a summer program.

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SPRING BREAK

SUMMER

Applications are now open!

Not sure if a program is right for you? Email us at studyabroad@towson.edu or peeradvisor@towson.edu.

Where Will You Go This Summer?

Now’s the time to start planning ahead. Take a look at what we have on tap for Summer 2017 faculty-led programs!

Application deadline: March 15th

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*Countries shaded in cobalt blue and teal are locations of summer programs

Not sure which program is right for you? Contact an advisor at studyabroad@towson.edu!

World Journal: Taariq Adams

 

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I am Taariq Adams from Fort Washington, MD and a student at Towson University, double majoring in Electronic Media & Film and Mass Communication. I am currently a Junior, expected to graduate in 2018.

Earlier this summer, I was part of a faculty-led study abroad program for Summer 2016, “Global Competence and Communication in Barcelona, Spain.” It all started when I came came across a flier for the program when I was in Van Bokkelen Hall. It caught my eye and made me want to look into it more. In the description, it said the purpose of this program was to understand the importance of global competence, knowing how to act as a representative of your home country when traveling overseas and on the side, learning about Barcelona’s culture and history.

I chose to participate because, as an aspiring journalist, I will be expected to go to unknown places and adjust to different customs and to work with the people there. I took this course as a means to improve my communication and social skills. I also went because at the time, I had never been anywhere overseas, unlike the rest of my family. At the same time, I wanted to see what it was like to be away from home for a while, so this was for personal character building too.

After participating, I can easily say that my experiences were above and beyond my expectations. Not only was I given an idea of how important global competence is and not only was I taught how to act as a representative of my country, but I was taught how it correlates with Barcelona’s culture and why it would be wise to understand cultures different from our own. Through this program, we immersed ourselves in Catalan (Region of Spain we traveled to) culture and understand how different it is from our own. However, were were also taught that it is okay to be skeptical of cultural norms and on what the people believe.

For instance, as the result of many wars and conquests throughout history, Barcelona has adopted a collectivist mindset, meaning the people see themselves as one whole, not as individuals. This seems to have contributed to Barcelona’s desire to gain independence from the rest of Spain. I personally disagreed with that idea because the risk to Barcelona’s economy is too great. The people will then have to sustain themselves without outside easy to obtain Spanish funding and I don’t believe Barcelona is capable of doing so, not yet anyway.

Throughout the program, we participated in lectures discussing global competence and Barcelona’s history. We even went on many tours around the area, each of them being unique. These tours included the Salvador Dali Museum, the Picasso Museum, Montserrat and one of the most ambitious and most beautiful cathedrals I have ever seen: The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia.

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Outside of lectures and tours, we were also expected to explore and immerse ourselves in the local culture, as well as communicate with the locals. During the program, my favorite spot for free time was Plaça de Catalunya (a local town square).

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It was next to a large shopping district as well as a local marketplace and there were many restaurants there, though I did not end up eating at most of them.

We were also expected to take care of ourselves. This meant buying our own food and navigating around the area ourselves. I cannot say what everyone’s main concern was, but not getting lost was one of my main concerns, especially because every street corner looked exactly the same. Unless you knew where all of the landmarks were, you would surely lose your bearings. However, I was prepared for this with the use of Citymapper, an app on my phone which operates as a GPS. This app maps out specific cities around the world and it became my best friend throughout the program. That, and Barcelona’s subway system, which I ended up using as my main method of transportation.

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Before the end of the first week, I had developed a schedule in which I would get up, fix breakfast, take the subway to the study abroad center where lectures took place, take part in class, come back, complete homework assignments, get dinner and buy groceries. I was also living with a roommate, so we supported with each other by splitting chores and helping each other however else we could; whether it was regarding food, supplies, navigating or homework. I was enjoying my time in Barcelona, so much so that the two weeks seemed to just fly by.

Even though it’s over, I still want to go back and see everything that I had missed out on. I’m sure anyone who travels abroad would feel the same.

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To read more about Taariq’s time abroad, check out his personal blog!

Are you interested in one of our Faculty-Led programs? Check out our Minimester and Summer 2017 offerings!

 

2017 Faculty-Led Program Announcement!

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

We have finalized the line-up for the 2017 faculty-led programs!

If you are unfamiliar with our faculty-led programs, they are essentially study abroad opportunities during the winter, spring, and summer breaks led by Towson faculty, ranging from 2-6 weeks.

Without further ado…

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SPRING BREAK:

SUMMER:

Not sure if a program is right for you? Contact an advisor at studyabroad@towson.edu!

Where will you go this summer?

Now’s the time to start planning ahead. Take a look at what we have on tap for Summer 2016 faculty-led programs!

Deadline: March 15th*

España & Spain: A blog in two languages

The Towson University Foreign Language Department has several faculty-led study abroad opportunities for students who are studying a foreign language. Currently, Dr. Colleen Ebacher is abroad in Spain with a group of Spanish students. Lucky for us they are blogging about their adventures and even better: it’s in two languages!

Enjoy the blog! http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog/cmebacher/5/tpod.html

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If you’re looking for a Spanish study abroad opportunity with a Towson faculty member, check out the Minimester 2016 program in Guatemala or the Summer 2016 program in Spain, following a similar itinerary to our students on site right now.

Italy: Culture & Psychology blog

Did you know one of our student groups in Italy is keeping a blog of their time abroad? See their posts and mouth-watering photos on our blog: http://wp.me/P2S0DC-wL

Here’s a sneak peek!

“Viewing and learning about these works allowed me to better understand how the history of each piece is linked to the cultural beliefs, mental practices, and behavior.  I am excited to experience more of Italy’s artwork and cultural works.”

“The architecture and design of the gallery was my favorite part. The light was a warm glow and made the experience feel welcoming while the ceilings were meticulously painted with various portraits and depictions of historical or religious scenes. Though I wish I understood more of the Italian language, in reality, the beauty of the artwork needed no explanation.”

MINIMESTER & SUMMER 2016 FACULTY-LED PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT!

The wait is over! We’re so excited to announce our upcoming faculty-led programs. If you’re not familiar with faculty-led programs, they take place over the winter and summer breaks for a few weeks depending on the individual program, and are taught by Towson faculty!

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Summer 2016

Q&A: Contemporary Art in Berlin with Carrie Fucile

We interviewed Professor Carrie Fucile from the Art department about her upcoming summer study abroad program to Berlin, Germany. Get to know more about her program here: http://wp.me/p2S0DC-mX

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Q: Tell us a bit about your own background.

I was born in Baltimore and raised north of the city in Monkton. I left home to attend Dartmouth College where I earned a B.A. in Art History modified with Studio Art. After college, I lived in New York City for several years, working in the publishing industry until I decided to go to graduate school and pursue Fine Art as my career. I ultimately went to Brooklyn College and received an MFA in Digital Art.

I’ve traveled a fair amount in Europe and have spent a lot of time in Italy. I think I’ve been there four times. The second and third were in college: once on a tour through the country with my singing group and another as a study abroad student.  I studied Art History for a semester in Florence with my favorite professor, which was truly wonderful. I’ve also been to France, England, the Czech Republic, and, of course, Germany.

I studied French very intensely through my primary and secondary education and then when I got to college I started taking Italian classes. Recently I’ve attended German lessons at the Baltimore Kicker’s Club and the Goethe Institut.

I’ve been teaching Digital Art at the college level since 2006 at a variety of schools, including the University of Delaware, Rivier College, and UMBC. I’ve been at Towson since 2010.

Q: Why is Berlin unique for artists or individuals interested in art?

Berlin is the place to go in Europe if you are into art.

It is teeming with artists, musicians, filmmakers, museums, galleries, and alternative spaces. It’s a very international place as well—creative people come from all over the world to live there. The city has always been a center for alternative and artistic culture, but its recent rise to prominence in the art world happened after the fall of the Wall, when artists had access to cheap or free space that was vacated in the former Eastern sector. It’s been twenty-five years since that occurred, but the city still remains an extremely vibrant, inspiring, and affordable place to live and work.

Q: How will the individual projects benefit the students, what are some examples of projects they could choose?

For each project, students will be given a theme to respond to in any medium they choose. This allows students a lot of freedom to either continue developing a process they are already working with or explore new things. Each prompt connects to what we will be learning about and seeing at that particular time. The topics are: past/present, self/other, and local/global.

Q: What part of the itinerary are you most excited about?

I am thrilled to teach on site and not in the classroom. I can’t wait to introduce students to Berlin and the art it holds—much of which is very different from what they might have experienced in States. Some venues I’m most excited about are the Sammlung Boros Collection, the Me Collectors Room, and the Hamburger Bahnhof.

My favorite thing about teaching is the moment when students are completely amazed and excited by something they’ve never seen before or thought possible. There are going to be a lot of moments like that on this trip.

Q: What would you say to encourage prospective students to choose this program?

I think that this program will change your life and world perspective. I’m not kidding!

Summer 2015 Faculty-Led Program: Close but No Cigars: Economics and Supply Chain in Cuba

Close but No Cigars: Economics and Supply Chain in Cuba

Courses: ECON 474 Topics in Economics OR EBTM 365 Principles of Operations Management AND LAST 484 Special Topics in Latin American Studies

Fearless Leaders: Dr. Seth Gitter and Dr. Tobin Porterfield

Site visits: Agricultural collective and a cigar factor

Did you know Cuba was only recently opened up to travelers from the US? Don’t miss your opportunity to visit!

*The first 15 students to apply will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward the program cost!*

To see the Horizons program page click here!