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*

Life in Greece: A Student’s Story

Name: Rachel Urban

Graduation Term: Spring 2015

Major: Speech Language Pathology and Audiology

Hometown: Amity Harbor, New Yorkgreece 183

So tell us about your trip to Greece.

I studied abroad in Greece during the summer of 2012. It was a Towson-led program, meaning a Towson professor, Dr. Ballengee, traveled with us to various cities. There were seven other Towson students from a multitude of disciplines who started as strangers and quickly became great friends. The course we took was about Myth, Ideology and Symbolic Spaces of Greece. Our classroom was often a hotel pool where we discussed our readings, or museums and sites we were able to explore. My favorite museum was the National Acropolis Museum. While constructing it, they discovered ruins in the ground that they preserved with glass floors over. You can look at ancient ruins in Athens while simultaneously looking at this bustling modern city. My favorite assignment was one day when Dr. Ballengee asked up to pick a piece in the museum, sketch it, and spend some time focused it. During my trip, I was able to try the Greek drink, ouzo, and determine that I much preferred Greek food. Some of my favorite dishes were moussaka, pastitsio (like a Greek lasagna), tzatziki (yogurt, cucumber, and garlic dip), taramasalata (fish roe dip), souvlaki (lamb) and, of course, all of the fresh seafood. I had taught myself random Greek phrases while anxiously waiting to go on this trip, and I was able to use them and expand upon my limited phrases. Though, in most cities, most people also know English. greece 072

Sounds like you had a great experience. Is there anything else you would like to share?

An excerpt from a journal entry: Upon returning to my room, I gawked at my balcony view. It was already dark, and the towns literally twinkle. The stars. The stars are pure light. Nature like this can’t go unnoticed. It makes me want to rethink my life for a brief moment. I feel like this could be my life. I could drop all my unneeded possessions, stop worrying about the silly hassles, and just enjoy every second of life in a beautiful place instead of 5 more years of school to have a successful, steady, American-dream life. On the other hand, as long as you’ve got some good people to share and make memories with, life is good. I’m constantly thankful for all the opportunities I’ve been given. I won’t ever let myself forget how beautiful the world is. No matter where life takes me, I’ll look for moments like this. I’ll stare at the stars that millions of other people have stared at, and remember that when it comes down to it, this is what life is about.

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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

Carrie Fucile Towson

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 Programs!

See where Towson can take you this summer! If you’re not familiar with faculty-led programs, they take place over school breaks for a few weeks depending on the individual program, and are taught by Towson faculty!

Application deadlines are March 15th unless otherwise noted.

Summer 2015

  1. Cuba/ECONClose but No Cigars: Economics and Supply Chain in Cuba (deadline February 20)
  2. Italy/PSYCCulture and Psychology: Italy from a Psychological Perspective
  3. Denmark/ECED – Early Childhood Education in Denmark: Policy and Practice
  4. Germany/ARTExploring Contemporary Visual Art in Berlin
  5. Czech Republic/GEOG – Geography in the Heart of Europe: Prague
  6. Costa Rica/REED – Second Language Learning in the Costa Rican Cloud Forest
  7. Spain/SPAN – Spanish Language and Culture in Spain
  8. Greece/ENGLThe Classical World in the Modern Imagination, Greece
  9. Peru/BIOLTropical Field Ecology in Peru

Summer 2015 Faculty-Led Program: Geography in the Heart of Europe: Prague

Geography in the Heart of Europe: Prague

Prague, Czech Republic

Courses: GEOG 494 Travel and Study OR GEOG 584 Travel and Study (Graduate students only)

Fearless Leaders: Dr. Natalia Fath

Site visits: Zihle Agricultural Farm and Kutna Hora, and cultural excursions to the Prague Zoo and Botanic Gardens, Prague Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral

Did you know Prague Castle, begun in the 9th century, is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest castle in the world!

To see the Horizons program page click here!

Minimester & Summer 2015 Faculty-Led Program Announcement!!

Colosseum

(image courtesy C. Crisafulli)

The wait is over! We’re so excited to finally 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!

Minimester 2015

  1. United Kingdom/CRMJ Crime and Punishment Cross-Nationally, UK
  2. United Kingdom/MCOM – Corporate Communication in the UK
  3. France/MKTG Marketing in the Shadow of Bordeaux Vineyards, France
  4. Puerto Rico/ECED Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Settings, Puerto Rico
  5. Dominican Republic/NURS – Health Professions in the Dominican Republic
  6. Italy/ITAL – History of Venice from the Maritime Republic to the Modern Days
  7. Guatemala/SPAN – Spanish Language and Indigenous Cultures in Antigua
  8. Puerto Rico & DR/KNESSugarball 2015: Sport in the Global Marketplace, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic

Summer 2015

  1. Cuba/ECONClose but No Cigars: Economics and Supply Chain in Cuba
  2. Italy/PSYCCulture and Psychology: Italy from a Psychological Perspective
  3. Denmark/ECED – Early Childhood Education in Denmark: Policy and Practice
  4. Germany/ARTExploring Contemporary Visual Art in Berlin
  5. Czech Republic/GEOG – Geography in the Heart of Europe: Prague
  6. Costa Rica/REED – Second Language Learning in the Costa Rican Cloud Forest
  7. Spain/SPAN – Spanish Language and Culture in Spain
  8. Greece/CLSTThe Classical World in the Modern Imagination, Greece
  9. Peru/BIOLTropical Field Ecology in Peru

 

“Travel is like knowledge. The more you see, the more you know you haven’t seen.”  – Mark Hertsgaard