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2014-2015 Study Abroad Experiences

Mexico (Modern Languages)

Study Spanish in Mexico!

Faculty Lead Eleanor Opitz (

Study Abroad in MexicoStudents have the option of completing either 2 or 4 credit hours in Spanish while studying Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico for either 2 or 4 weeks. Study Spanish in the Mexican City of Eternal Spring!

Students of Spanish will have the opportunity to be immersed in the Spanish language and culture while living in Cuernavaca, Mexico with a Mexican host family for either two weeks or four weeks. Students will study Spanish with native Spanish speakers at Cemanahuac Educational Community in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Students will study in small classes for four hours per day, and then have the rest of the day to explore Cuernavaca and other fascinating places in the Mexican state of Morelos and Mexico City along with students from around the US and the world.

Highlights include:

Studying with native-speaking Spanish teachers
Living with a Mexican host family in Cuernavaca, a beautiful city with an eternal spring climate located an hour away from Mexico City
Taking field strips to archaeological sites with Cemanahuac staff anthropologist
Possible excursions to:
Taxco, the silver city
Teotihuacan, the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon
Tepoztlan, the enchanting village
The Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City
The Templo Mayor, Palace of Fine Arts, National Palace and Cathedral in Mexico City
Puebla, the city of angels
Xochicalco, an ancient commercial and astronomical center
Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo´s world, Arts of Mexico
Participating in one of the volunteer programs in Cuernavaca
Taking walking tours of Cuernavaca
Learning local crafts—cooking and back strap weaving
Shopping for incredible handicrafts in the mercados
Eating authentic Mexican cuisine

Two weeks: June 27-July 11
Four weeks: June 27-July 25

The two-week program costs $1995.00
The four-week program costs $2990.00

Deadline for Application is April 3, 2015

Applications are available from the MODERN LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT (Franklin 245)
and must be accompanied by a $50 application fee.

$50 (application fee) April 3, 2015
$850 (non-refundable deposit) April 24, 2015​
Balance due May 15, 2015

Mexico (Nursing)

photosNursing Students: Utilize your nursing skills to help deliver health care in Mexico

Faculty Leads
March Trip (March 4-8, 2015) – Susan Poling (
July Trip (July 22-27, 2015) – Jackie Miller (

Earn credit for NURS 1109: Cultural Immersion in Health Promotion of Family and Community and assist a volunteer mission medical team for 4 days in Mexico

This one-credit trip/course is offered twice in 2015, and students may opt for either the March trip (SP2015) or the one in July (SU2015).

It is intended to provide students with the opportunity to gain exposure to different cultures and clinical settings. Students will spend nights in a Methodist church in Mercedes, Texas, then work during the day with primary health care providers in ambulatory care clinics across the border in Nuevo Progresso, Mexico.

This program is part of a mission sponsored by the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission and Ohio Health, in collaboration with the Oriental Conference of the Mexican Methodist Church.

Highlights Include:

Experiencing Mexican culture first hand
Working with patients and medical teams in a real-world context
Examining differing health care beliefs and practices in northern Mexico
Learning to identify the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of patients

Cost: $250 + airfare (estimated $300-$600 r/t)

Does not include passport, excess baggage fees, or suggested vaccinations.


This trip is strictly limited to nursing students and is by instructor permission only
This trip is part of a Christian mission, but all religions are welcome


photoToronto & Montreal Lead: Dane Galden ( May 12-16, 2015

This unique trip exploring the U.S.' largest trading partner begins with a stopover at Niagara Falls on our way to the cultural capital of Canada: Toronto, Ontario. This center of commerce and culture will afford students an up-close view of business and trade in one of the major economic centers in Canada, complete with a chance to break off and explore whichever ethnic neighborhood interests the individual student. Next up is a completely different experience just a few short hours away: Montreal, Quebec. French influence abounds in the buildings and people we will encounter as we tour companies and landmarks. Students will gain experience and understanding of global business issues in these different Canadian markets, first hand. Though tourist sights are part of the journey, this is not a tour. Students will engage in the study of international business and begin to develop a global mindset.

To prepare for the overseas portion of the program, students will actively participate in a special section of BMGT1798 Study Abroad: International Business in Canada. The course will be offered online in spring 2015. Participation and successful completion of the course is required prior to the trip, and activities in the various cities are also part of the course.

Come with us! Experience a different part of the world!

Highlights include:

* Stop by Niagara Falls for lunch on your own and an afternoon to explore on your own.

* Visits to Toronto businesses including Toronto Port Authority (largest inland port).

* Toronto Tour with Director-led sightseeing.

* Time on your own to explore Toronto's various ethnic neighborhoods and rich culture.

* Visits to Montreal businesses including Bombardier and Ubisoft.

* Montreal Tour with Director-led sightseeing.

* Time on your own to explore Montreal's rich heritage and exotic attractions.

Cost: $987 (four to a room; double occupancy available for an extra charge)

Fee includes: Roundtrip and ground transportation including visits to arranged companies, accommodation at hotel each night, selected meals, local transportation and guide for tours.

Fee does not include: course fees and tuition, textbooks, passport, some meals, personal money.

For more information and to receive an application, contact: Dane Galden, Business Program Department DE 231 ( Terrie Stolte, Business Program Department DE 227 (

Washington D.C.

photoThe course will be taught Spring 2015 during the second eight weeks of the semester and culminate in a seven-day study trip to Washington D.C. at the end of the semester (May 10 – 16, 2015).

Earn college credit by enrolling in SSCI 1798 Introduction to Washington D.C. Policymaking.

This course introduces students to the dynamic policymaking process in Washington D.C. Students will study the various political actors, institutions, processes and other factors influencing the federal policymaking process. The course will culminate with students participating in an academic seminar in Washington D.C. The seminar allows students to actively engage in and apply what they are learning. Students will explore the policymaking process in Washington D.C. firsthand with extensive field experience. Columbus State is partnering with The Washington Center ( to provide students with a premier academic experience in Washington D.C.

Highlights Include:

* Spend seven active days in Washington D.C. learning about American politics and policymaking firsthand.

* Attend panels, lectures, classes and events featuring policymakers and high-profile speakers and political leaders.

* Visit cabinet departments, Capitol Hill, embassies, think tanks, nonprofit agencies, etc.

* Take a bus tour of the National Mall and other monuments.

* Plus, much more!

Cost: Approximately $2,300

Includes roundtrip airfare, lodging, The Washington Center program fee, local transportation (Metro pass) and most meals.

Does not include tuition, excess baggage fees, some meals or other incidental expenses.

For more information about this exciting and educational opportunity, please contact Professor Jonathan Kreger at


Guatemala - COMPLETED

Faculty Lead Rebecca Mobley (

Study abroad in GuatemalaThe course will be taught online Spring semester 2014 during the second 8 weeks, and culminate in the ten-day study abroad portion during the semester break (May 16 – 25, 2014) .

Earn credit for SSCI 1798: Learning Through Service: An International Experience in Guatemala -  and study abroad for 10 days in Guatemala!

The 10-day study abroad tour, and corresponding course, is designed to introduce students to the magnificent wonders of Mayan culture past and present and develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing this indigenous population. We will visit various locations throughout Guatemala, and engage in a wide variety of activities meant to introduce you to the lives and culture of Mayan peoples throughout Guatemala. Our journey will take us to places in and around Antigua, Guatemala City, San Lucas Toliman, and Flores.

Highlights include:

  • Climbing the active Volcan Pecaya.
  • Meeting local artisans.
  • Engaging in service learning projects at the San Lucas Toliman Mission (reforestation, fair trade coffee project, women's center, medical and dental clinic, etc.).
  • Special talks by local residents about the Mayan genocide.
  • Boat tour of Lake Atitlan.
  • Midnight jungle tour.
  • Guided tour at the Tikal National Park.
  • Early morning bird watching in the jungle.
  • Visits to the homes of indigenous Mayans where we will learn to make homemade tortillas, have a lesson in the local Mayan dialect, and learn about life before, during and after the genocide.
  • Plus, much more!

Cost: $2,350.00

Includes airfare, in-country transportation, most meals & unlimited purified water, lodging, tips, entrance and guided tour fees

Does not include tuition, textbooks, passport, excess baggage fees, some meals, or suggested vaccinations.

For more information on this exciting and enriching study abroad opportunity, contact  Rebecca Mobley –


Faculty Lead: Dr. Erica Swarts (

Golden PavilionThis course will be taught online Spring semester 2014, and culminate in an eleven-day trip to Japan during the semester break (May 10-20, 2014).

Earn credit for SSCI 1798: Japanese Anthropology – and study abroad for 11 days in Japan.

This experience will introduce students to the culture and diversity of Japan, a land where the ancient and cutting edge coexist. Japan offers an excellent opportunity to study different aspects of culture (history, economics, religion, politics, art and architecture, group dynamics, etc.) from an anthropological perspective. This tour starts upon arrival in Osaka. We will first work our way south to Hiroshima, and then back north to Kyoto, Hakone, and finally, Kamakura and Tokyo.

Highlights include:

  • Guided tours of Tokyo, Kyoto and Hiroshima
  • Excursions to the Great Buddha of Kamakura, ancient imperial palaces and medieval castles, the Golden Pavilion, Meiji and Miyajima Shrines, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, and many more sites
  • An air-conditioned, movie- and karaoke-equipped tour bus, the preferred method of sightseeing in Japan
  • Two trips on the superfast Shinkansen (bullet train)
  • A cruise on beautiful Lake Hakone and a cable car ride up Mt. Komagatake to glimpse Mt. Fuji
  • An array of amazing regional foods
  • For the "daring," a chance to soak in a hot spring
  • And so much more!

Cost: Starting at $4630 (add $270 for adults over 30)

Includes airfare, lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, in-country transportation, site admission fees, and tips.


Denmark and Germany - COMPLETED

Lead: Carmen Daniels (

May 10 – 21, 2014

CopenhagenThis exciting journey begins in Denmark and ends in Berlin, Germany with a visit to Sweden in between. Students will gain an understanding of global business issues in key EU markets, first hand. Though tourist sights are part of the journey, this is not a tour. Students will engage in the study of international business and hopefully, begin to develop a global mindset.

To prepare for the overseas portion of the program, students will actively participate in a special section of SCM-1190, International Business. The course will be offered online in spring 2014. Participation in inter-college activities and assignments with students from three US community colleges who will be joining us on the journey is also part of the course.

Danish business faculty will lead the overseas component of the program along with US faculty. By preparing a team business presentation and participating in a Danish-style exam, students will experience the differences in educational systems and hone their cultural awareness. The academic part of the overseas experience is balanced by visits to cultural and fun sites.

Come with us! Experience a different part of the world!

Highlights include:

  • Classes taught in English by Danish and US faculty at a Danish college
  • Visits to Danish and German businesses including Rittersport (chocolate)
  • Tivoli Gardens amusement park
  • Viking Museum
  • Cultural tours in Copenhagen and Berlin
  • Day-trip to Sweden
  • Immersion into local culture
  • Free time to explore each city

Cost: $3280 (price may change depending upon airfare at the time of booking)

Fee includes: Roundtrip and inter-country airfare, health and emergency evacuation insurance, accommodation at the college dormitory, selected meals, airport transfers and specified local transportation, academic and cultural lectures, field trips, some admission fees for scheduled cultural visits, group tips where required, local coordinator support.

Fee does not include: course fees and tuition, textbooks, passport, some meals, personal purchases

This unique program is brought to Columbus State students by Community Colleges for International Development, Inc. (CCID). Eligible participants must be able to walk frequently and walk long distances. Partial scholarships are available.   Space is limited.

For more information and to receive an application, contact:

Carmen Daniels, Business Programs Department DE 251 (

Dane Galden, Business Program Department DE 231 (

Terrie Stolte, Business Program Department DE 227 (