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Cross-Cultural Programs

Susquehanna University offers a wide range of programs around the world to suit student interests, fields of study and foreign language preparation. The Global Opportunities (GO) programs fit into several categories: GO Long, GO Short and GO Your Own Way. There are many GO Short programs led by Susquehanna faculty and staff. They generally last two to four weeks during winter or summer break. GO Long programs are approved semester programs that are administered entirely by Susquehanna University or in close cooperation with study-away partners. The vast majority of students choose an approved Susquehanna GO program. However, students may attend other recommended programs or design their own cross-cultural experience during a semester break, GO Your Own Way, according to the policies described below.

At a minimum, to be eligible, students must be in good academic standing and not be on disciplinary probation. Susquehanna students normally do not study away before they have completed three semesters on campus. Specific programs may have additional requirements. Semester and short-term programs administered by Susquehanna University require that students sign a statement of responsibility upon acceptance into the program. By signing, participants agree that their deposit is nonrefundable, and if they withdraw from the program, any Susquehanna financial aid applied to their account will be withdrawn, and they will still be billed for costs that have been incurred for them, such as airfare, program housing, etc. This may result in responsibility for the full cost of the program, regardless of the amount of aid they may have initially been awarded.

Students who receive need-based aid to fulfill the cross-cultural requirement on a short-term program will see a reduction in Susquehanna aid available for subsequent semester study away. Students who have received Susquehanna aid for a semester-length program will not be eligible for need-based aid to participate in subsequent short-term programs.

Susquehanna University accepts study-away credit for transfer only from programs covered in these policies.

The university reserves the right to change these policies without notice.

Cross-Cultural Requirements

The Susquehanna University cross-cultural requirement includes three course components: preparation, the cross-cultural experience off-campus and reflection on campus. Students accepted to a GO Short program are automatically registered in all three components: OFFP, OFFS and OFFR, all of which are required for participation. These course components are open only to students accepted to the corresponding GO Short program.

Students approved for a GO Long or GO Your Own Way program are automatically registered for the corresponding OFFP and OFFS or OFFC courses. GO Long and GO Your Own Way students must register for a cross-cultural reflection course (OFFR) in the semester following their return to campus.

International students who are issued a visa to attend Susquehanna may count their time on campus as their GO program. They must still register for a cross-cultural reflection course in order to complete the requirement.

1.     Susquehanna GO Long programs are found on the Susquehanna study away Web page. Students submit applications for all semester programs to the Office of Global Programs by the Susquehanna deadlines. Pre-approval from the appropriate Susquehanna department chair(s) must be secured for courses taken off-campus that will fulfill major or minor requirements at Susquehanna and pre-approval from the university's Curriculum Committee must be secured for courses taken off-campus that will fulfill Central Curriculum requirements. Students also must complete a required waiver and other forms before leaving campus.

2.     Students will be charged Susquehanna University tuition, activity, health and study-away administrative fees during the semester in which they study off campus in an approved Susquehanna GO Long program. Students will be billed by Susquehanna University for the study-away program room fee (and board when applicable). Susquehanna tuition covers only the basic tuition costs of study away programs. Some programs have additional fees, including some additional  course fees, which are not covered by SU tuition and which will be billed directly to the student by the program. In addition, each student will, upon acceptance to a study-away program, be required to pay a deposit directly to the program. In order for the student to participate in study away, the university requires that all accounts be current.

3.     Students in Susquehanna GO Long study-away programs who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be eligible for most forms of financial aid and scholarships, ordinarily limited to one semester of off-campus study. To access need-based financial aid for off-campus study, students must:

a.      Complete the standard financial aid application, meeting university deadlines;

b.     Provide documentation of all expenses they expect to incur in studying away from Susquehanna, including transportation, room, board and other academically required costs; and

c.      Meet or exceed the required grade point average and satisfactory academic progress requirements for renewal of scholarship assistance and/or need-based financial aid.

4.     Most forms of Susquehanna-sponsored scholarship assistance will continue to be available to students in approved Susquehanna GO Long programs. Exceptions include all tuition exchange awards. However, tuition exchange awards may be used for study in Susquehanna-administered study-away programs, including Washington Internship Semester, SWSB London and "SU in" programs (SU in London, SU in China: Macau, SU in New Zealand: University of Waikato, etc.).

5.     Occasionally students may find that for specific academic reasons they prefer to study off campus at a program not on the list of approved Susquehanna GO Long programs. Susquehanna provides a list of other recommended programs for consideration in these cases. Some students may choose to spend a second semester on a Susquehanna GO Long program. In either case, no Susquehanna aid is available; however, state and federal aid may continue to be available. Credit may only be transferred from these programs for courses pre-approved in advance by the appropriate department heads and/or the university Curriculum Committee as described above. Fees vary by program, and there is an additional administrative fee.

1.     Students planning short-term study away typically choose from the wide variety of Susquehanna GO Short programs (list available on the Susquehanna study away Web page and in the Special Programs section of the catalog) or may propose to attend a non-Susquehanna program (see SU GO Your Own Way).

2.     Students are not permitted to participate in online courses during the duration of the travel portion of the GO Short program.

3.     Need-based aid may be available for students attending a Susquehanna GO Short program to fulfill the Cross-Cultural requirement. To access need-based financial aid for off-campus study, students must:

a.      Complete the standard financial aid application, meeting university deadlines;

b.     Provide documentation of all expenses they expect to incur in studying away from Susquehanna, including transportation, room, board and other academically required costs; and

c.      Meet or exceed the required grade point average and satisfactory academic progress requirements for renewal of scholarship assistance and/or need-based financial aid. NOTE: Most forms of Susquehanna-sponsored scholarship assistance (non-need-based aid) are not available to students on Susquehanna GO Short programs because these programs take place outside the traditional academic calendar.

4.     Students will be charged specific program fees for participation in any Susquehanna GO Short program. These fees vary according to the location, duration and type of program. In addition, each student will, upon acceptance to a Susquehanna GO Short program, be required to pay a nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit. That deposit will be credited to the program fee billed by Susquehanna University. In order for the student to participate in study away, the university requires that all accounts be current.

5.     Students must provide a copy of their passport information page or confirmation that they have submitted an application for a passport within two weeks of committing to participate in an overseas GO Short program, or they will be dropped from the program.

1.     Self-designed cross-cultural experiences during winter or summer break must be approved in advance by the Office of Cross-Cultural Programs in order to serve as a prerequisite for the SU Cross-Cultural Reflection requirement. Examples include internships, volunteer service, independent study in a cross-cultural setting and participation in a non-SU short-term study-away program. Appropriate Susquehanna department chair(s) pre-approval is required for courses taken on a non-SU study-away program that will fulfill major or minor requirements at Susquehanna. Pre-approval from the university's Curriculum Committee must be secured for courses taken off campus that will fulfill Central Curriculum requirements. Students also must complete required waiver and other forms before leaving campus. Guidelines for proposing a self-designed experience are available in the Office of Cross-Cultural Programs.

2.     Limited need-based aid may be available to attend non-SU short-term programs. To access need-based financial aid for off-campus study, students must:

a.      Complete the standard financial aid application, meeting university deadlines;

b.     Provide documentation of all expenses they expect to incur in studying away from Susquehanna, including transportation, room, board and other academically required costs; and

c.      Meet or exceed the required grade point average and satisfactory academic progress requirements for renewal of scholarship assistance and/or need-based financial aid. NOTE: Most forms of SU-sponsored scholarship assistance (non-need-based aid) are not available to students on SU GO Short programs because these programs take place outside the traditional academic calendar.

3.      GO Your Own Way students are billed a study-away administrative fee. Students participating in non-SU short-term programs operated by programs found on the SU-approved GO Long list will be billed for GO Your Own Way fees by Susquehanna. Students on all other programs pay all deposits and fees directly to that program. Students completing self-designed cross-cultural experiences pay all expenses directly as needed.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-SUCASA Images of Jesus in Central America

An intensive course combining two weeks of on-site study with service at clinics, churches and mission sites in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. This course examines icons, paintings, hymns, communal life, liturgies, devotional practices and theological statements as expressions of the Christologies that are operative in a variety of Central American churches. Travel occurs during winter break. This is the academic component of the SU CASA (Susquehanna University Central America Service Adventure) program. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-NEWZLND GO New Zealand/Aotearoa

This course offers a two-week study trip to the north island of New Zealand. The course is designed to introduce students to both the indigenous (Maori) and settler (Pakeha) cultures of New Zealand. Students will use the knowledge and experience gained through this course to develop critical concepts about culture and a greater understanding of their own place within their own culture. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-AUSTRIA National History, Global Responsibilities

A three-week travel experience based in Salzburg with required pre-departure meetings and a contiguous reflective component. Also spends time in Vienna, Munich and the Salzburg region. Focuses on questions of cultural inheritance and accountability for the nature of one's national heritage in part by working with students at the University of Salzburg. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-PHILIPP Philippines: Service Learning

In the spring semester students take a course in which they study Filipino culture, history, language, religion and cuisine. Students are graded on the basis of papers, quizzes and a final exam. The second part of the program is a two-week service-learning trip to the Philippines. The first week focuses on a service project in the provincial city of Lipa City in Batangas Province. The second week begins with a visit to United Theological Seminary in Dasmarines, Cavite Province, for a presentation and discussion led by faculty of the seminary. The majority of the second week is spent in Manila, working at the Kanlungan Shelter for children. There are also side trips, typically to the Manila office of the International Justice Mission and the island fortress of Corregidor. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-NOLA GO New Orleans

Students travel to the Gulf Coast to learn about the culture of this unique American city and assist with ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. Service projects include working with Habitat for Humanity on general construction of homes, such as painting, framing, renovating, etc. New Orleans and the surrounding area offer a distinctive culture unlike any other in the U.S. Students will experience the rich ethnic, culinary, historical, music/arts and architectural mixture that makes New Orleans a completely unique city. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-JPNWND A Window to Japan: Western Concert Music Through the Eyes of Japan

A 19-day GO short program to Japan, centered on a 10-day residency at Niigata University, where SU students will rehearse and perform chamber music with Niigata University students. Additional trips to rural Sado Island and Tokyo, which will include traditional Japanese lodging; visits to local artisans, shrines and temples; and attendance of a Japanese Theatre performance. Open to music majors by audition and interview. Prerequisite: INTD-250 Japan Seminar. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-NIREPCE Peace and Youth in Northern Ireland

Students in this course will work with organizations in Northern Ireland to combine a service component with a cross-cultural experience in a reflection-intensive course. Topics covered will include human equality, religion, politics, socioeconomics and global citizenship as they pertain to the long history of strife in Ireland and the resulting peace and reconciliation process. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-SAFRICA Travel Writing in South Africa

This course takes students to South Africa and exposes them to a range of South African cultures, including Xhosa, English-speaking, Afrikaner and Muslim. Students read models of international travel writing to see how writers express awareness of cultural similarity and difference, and of their own cultural values and identity. Finally, students write travel essays of their own, in which they reflect on the South African cultures they have encountered and on their own relationships to these cultures, and subject these essays to the creative workshop method. Prerequisite: ENGL-100 with a grade of B- or better. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-AUSTRAL Focus Australia

Focus Australia is a program of study concentrating on the history, culture and biogeography of one of the world's most arid countries. Students spend time in the rainforest, scuba dive or snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, visit Alice Springs, walk at the sacred aboriginal sites of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and tour the historic and beautiful city of Sydney. The reflective course requires a written review and a group project. Corequisite: BIOL-550 with the title of Biological Issues in Australia. 2 SH. CC: Cross Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-BRITLAW British Law and Culture

This course requires students to participate in a three-week, off-campus learning experience based in London (with several preparatory activities) and a two-semester-hour post-experience on-campus seminar. Focusing on the British legal system and law enforcement practices, the course will require students to 1) examine the British legal system within the context of the U.K. and the EU, 2) critically compare the U.K. legal system and enforcement practices with those of the United States, 3) be exposed to different cultures in the U.K., and 4) experience, understand and process culture through the lens of British law. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-CHINART The Chinese Scholar-Artist

Records dating back to 17th-century China define "scholar" as a student and practitioner of Siyi, the four arts of painting, calligraphy, music and go. Inspired by the Siyi practice, this seminar presents China as an inspirational and informational resource for the creative artist, as well as other non-fine arts majors with strong interest in the creative arts. A multidisciplinary approach combining calligraphy, photography, music and tai chi frames a cultural exploration of contemporary Chinese arts (Beijing and Shanghai) and tribal culture (Hunan), revealing the Chinese commitment to cultural connection spanning more than 4,000 years. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-NAVAJO Exploration and Understanding of Navajo Nation

This course offers a short-term program with strong reflection components where students will have the opportunity to learn about Navajo life and culture and work on community-led service projects at two Navajo sites-Tuba City, Ariz., and Crownpoint, N.M. The Navajo Nation program offers two types of experiences based on the greatest needs of the tribe-relational services and physical services. Relational services focus on the intercultural exchange, tutoring, relationship building, interacting with different age groups and immersion in family life. Physical experiences are coordinated with the community for their needs, such as chopping wood, building structures, painting, food preparation and various daily tasks. Evenings include reflection sessions and cultural presentations. Cultural and recreational activities include site visits to the Grand Canyon, Navajo Monument, Monument Valley, Chaco Canyon, open air markets, mesa hikes, sheep ranches, farms and cultural museums. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-RUSSIA The Golden Ring of Russia: Ecology and Culture

Provides students with field experiences in the ancient "Golden Ring" region of Russia, an area that has endured significant human impact for more than 1,000 years and is now going through major social, economic and political changes. The main focus is on the ecology of the region as it relates to geomorphology, land usage and Russian culture. A major portion of the course will include an introduction to the Russian language, together with cultural experiences in the Yaroslavl region and Moscow. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP-SWSB SWSB London Program Planning

The goal of this course is to prepare study abroad students for a semester's study in the Sigmund Weis School of Business London Program. Many differences come into play: finances, physical health and safety, cultural expectations, and world affairs differ in relevance to the SU student studying on campus versus studying in London. This course will respond to the question of how to research, plan and prepare for a study abroad experience, as well as how to prepare to return home. 1 SH.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-VILLAND GO Villandraut

Students spend two weeks of this three-week GO program working on the restoration of the Chateau de Villandraut, a 14th-century castle in southwestern France, about 25 miles from Bordeaux. Activities include stone-cutting, masonry and general maintenance of the chateau site. Thematic study will vary with director's expertise. Included are field trips to such sites as other historic monuments of the same era, a vineyard, etc. French being the official language of the worksite, students will be required to make a commitment to speak only French during working hours. The two weeks on the site are complemented by time in Paris, where students visit several medieval landmarks. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-HAWAII GO Hawaii

This program offers students an opportunity to experience the unique and distinctive culture and history of the islands of Hawaii. Part of this program will investigate the events surrounding the circumstances that brought the island nation of Hawaii under U.S. control as a state, which is an issue of controversy among Hawaiians. This subject will be discussed and will afford students an insight into the historical events surrounding the United States' acquisition of Hawaii and the perspectives of the native Hawaiian people. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-SPAN Spanish Language and Culture

This trip helps students further develop their Spanish language and culture skills in Seville, Spain. Students live with host families and participate in two excursions to other cities in the region. Students have the opportunity to take an upper-level Spanish course as part of this program. 5 SH. 2 SH are CC: Cross-Cultural and 3 SH are Spanish language credit. 

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-ITALART The Arts of Italy: Music, Architecture, and Gastronomy

A short-term (two week) summer program of study centered in Faenza and Firenze, with a two-day stay in Bologna. In addition, we will take day trips to Ravenna, Ferrara, Sienna and San Gimignano. This program offers students an opportunity to fulfill their cross-cultural requirement by engaging with the rich culture and history of the Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany regions of Italy. Students will observe and attend music lessons and rehearsals in an Italian conservatory, as well as observe classes of music education for children and participate in teaching some elements of those classes. Students will prepare meals with the help of Italian cooks, visit and shop at food markets and street markets, and visit several architectural monuments that have defined Western architecture since the Trecento, as well as have the opportunity to observe the architectural styles in urban and rural settings. Preference will be given to music majors and minors, art majors, possible Italian majors, or students with basic knowledge of Italian. To qualify for this course, students must have completed one of the following courses: MUSC-101 Introduction to Music, ITAL-102 Beginning Italian II, ARTH-101 Introduction to Art History I, ARTH-102 Introduction to Art History II or ARTH-306 Renaissance Art History. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-GRKCLT Greek Culture: Ancient and Modern

In order to understand more deeply both Greek culture and our own, this course includes preparation for and reflection upon a two-week experience of ancient and modern Greek culture. Focusing on Greek philosophy, literature, architecture, sports, food and history, we will attempt to access ancient Greek culture and compare it to modern culture. We will investigate important ancient sites and artifacts in addition to engaging in reflection, discussion, lectures and hands-on activities in order to discover how rational explanations of the world first burst upon the scene of ancient Greece. All the while, we will ask whether the ancient Greeks still have something to offer us as we try to understand the world and our place in it. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-PERUCLT Peruvian Culture and Society

The program will introduce students to both Hispanic and pre-Columbian cultures of Peru, with in-depth consideration of the specific history-culture and sociopolitical environments of Peru. This program includes a significant service component and a visit to Machu Picchu. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-PRAGUE Czech History and Theatre

Students explore the juxtaposition of historical and modern art forms in Prague, a quintessential eastern European city. In this course they work firsthand with professional artists, visit the largest movie studio in Europe, and study the many architectural and design styles that have contributed to the extraordinary experience of post-Communist life in this unique community. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-CHILE Life is Good in Chile

The Chile Global Opportunities (GO) program affords students the opportunities to learn about Chile's history, geography, economy and culture and to provide service to the Chilean community, especially the youth. Engaging in several cross-cultural experiences, students visit and study the beach location of Pichilemu, the metropolitan area of Santiago and the port cities of Valparaiso and Viña del Mar, and the small town of Los Quenes in the Andes Mountains. The course has no prerequisites, although knowledge of Spanish language will be useful and a willingness to learn some basic Spanish is essential. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP-GYOW Prep for GYOW Prog.

This course prepares students for study on GO Your Own Way programs during semester breaks. Students begin work toward achieving the cross-cultural learning goals: examples include examining definitions and aspects of culture and learning to recognize ethnocentrism. They will be introduced to observational and reflective techniques to be used on site and will begin an investigation of the history and culture of their destination. The course also includes some mandatory workshops provided by the Office of Cross-Cultural Programs. Prerequisite: Approval by the Office of Cross-Cultural Programs. 1 SH.

OFFP-GOLONG Preparation for GO Long

This course prepares students for study on semester-length GO programs.  Students begin work toward achieving the cross-cultural learning goals; examples include examining definitions and aspects of culture and learning to recognize ethnocentrism. They will be introduced to observational and reflective techniques to be used on site and will begin an investigation of the history and culture of their destination. This course also includes some mandatory workshops provided by the Office of Cross-Cultural Programs. Prerequisite: Approval by the Office of Cross-Cultural Programs. 1 SH.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-NEPAL Sherpa Life and Culture

This program provides students with the unique opportunity to learn about Nepal's Sherpa culture, geography and ecology. On a spectacular 14-day trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, students will be immersed in Sherpa culture both by engaging with our Sherpa team and through the many cross-cultural sessions we will have in villages along the way. Students must be physically fit and able to trek up to 10 miles each day over challenging terrain. Students will be required to submit a health form signed by a physician. Corequisite: BIOL-560 with the title of Life at High Altitude. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-FRNC GO French Language and Culture

Students experience the culture of southern France while furthering their French language skills. In addition to GO Program credit, students will earn up to six semester hours of transfer credit from the program host, IAU; three semester hours of French language at their placement level; and three semester hours in the course taught (in English) by the SU GO program director on site. Students who have completed FRNC:101 prior to the trip will be able to complete the SU language requirement on this program. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-GERMANY GO Wittenberg

The interplay of religion and politics has been of critical importance during at least three formative periods in German history: the reformation of the 16th century, the Third Reich and Nazism, and the peaceful revolution and the reunification of Germany. This course centers around a two-week visit to Germany and will examine the ways in which this interplay has served as both mirror and maker of German culture. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-GONORTH GO North

Travel to the rugged edge of human habitation in Northern Ontario, Canada, and discover the culture of the isolated Mushkegowuk Cree community in Fort Albany. Learn how the community's distinct culture and relative geographic location has shaped its education, human services and health care systems through service learning. Then finish up your trip with a visit to Ottawa, Ontario, for a look at "mainstream" Canadian culture. 2 SH. CC:Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-GLPGOS GalápaGOs

GalápaGOs is an interdisciplinary, collaborative course designed to familiarize students with methods, theories, approaches and histories necessary for understanding biological and cultural diversity in the Galápagos Islands of Ecuador. The course pays close attention to the intersections, and potential conflicts, of social and natural science. Theories of evolution—biological and cultural—are one primary focus, as are understandings of difference and power; historical imagination; gender, sexuality and identity politics; and nationalism, citizenship and globalization. Coursework, travel and fieldwork, and reflective components will pay careful attention to contemporary issues of development, environment, tourism and community to look carefully at relationship(s) between localities, national histories and controls, and the demands and effects of tourism. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-TOKYO GO Tokyo

The GO Tokyo program provides students with experiences to various aspects of Japanese culture, society, education and history. The program also provides students with experiences to interact with their Japanese peers to gain a better understanding of their own culture and the cultural similarities and differences they share with others. Students will be introduced to some common Japanese phrases for everyday life in order to facilitate interaction with their Japanese peers. The activities of the program will take place in Tokyo, which is a historical and modern city, and Senshu University, which is the second oldest private university in Japan. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-SWEDEN GO Sweden: Modern Medicine in the Land of the Vikings

Sweden provides health care to all of their citizens through national health care systems supported by taxes. This course examines approaches to nationalized health care and the culture which embraces a nationalized approach to health care. Sweden has a Viking heritage which appears to still influence modern life. The Swedish health care system arose through the Swedish Lutheran church's mandate to care for the poor through the establishment of almshouses in every parish. The evolution of a faith based assistance system into a completely public welfare system including health care and education will be explored. While there are not prerequisites, HLCR-370 The Business of Health Care is recommended as is PHIL-224 Bioethics. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-CYPRUS GO Cyprus: A Table Divided

GO Cyprus is a two-week summer program centered in Nicosia, Cyprus. Students are immersed in Cyprus' rich history and explore the political division between the Turkish-Cypriot Republic of Northern Cyprus and the Greek-Cypriot Republic of Cyprus, and how those identities are often reflected in the foods people eat. Students participate in a cooking class designed to compare and contrast the differing cultures of Greek Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus. Students visit both the northern and southern parts of the beautiful Mediterranean island. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-PUERTO Service and Culture in Puerto Rico

Service and Culture in Puerto Rico will focus on health and wellness, land rights, environmental justice, cross-cultural understanding, and social change. Students will be based in San Juan, but will travel all over the island. They will meet with local community and professional leaders, serve 30 plus hours with local organizations on the front line of community development, and explore the history and culture of this U.S. territory located in the Caribbean through field trips and community events, including a visit to the island of Culebra and a series of hikes through El Yunque. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-CZECH Culture and Crew

Learn about the Czech culture and its adaptation throughout history through the lens of rowing. This course involves social interaction with Prague youth rowers, adult rowers, and Czech disabled athletes. Through these interactions students will acquire an understanding of the Czech culture and its resilience to political influences throughout history. Open to rowers and non-rowers alike; the only prerequisite is an ability to pass a simple swimming test. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-ISRAEL Interfaith Encounters

Primarily based in the Old City of Jerusalem, the crossroads for the three Abrahamic faiths, students will meet, study, pray, socialize and engage in community service with groups from Jewish, Muslim, Christian and other religious organizations. In addition to an immersive living and learning experience in the Old City, we will also stay on a traditional kibbutz in the Galilee and engage with Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities. Our experience will end in the city of Tel Aviv, allowing students to experience the range of contrasts that compose contemporary Israeli life. The trip will help students develop an understanding of the fundamental challenges and opportunities of interfaith engagement and the importance of tolerance and respect for divergent views. We will explore the range of religious diversity found here, as well as differences and challenges to common narratives that have shaped Western faith and thought. There are no course prerequisites, but students must demonstrate an interest in interfaith engagement and an openness to faith-based, peace and coexistence programming.  2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-CUBA GO CUBA

The GO Cuba program will explore the complex culture that melds its Spanish colonial origins with a century of social, political, economic and cultural influence from the United States and the resulting 50 years of diplomatic Cold War and tension after the 1959 Revolution. As the door between our two countries begins to open, as students, you will be able to meet Cubans and learn directly from them about their culture and their hopes and concerns about the increasing social, political and cultural U.S. influence once again. 2SH.CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-ITAL Italian Language and Culture

This course is aimed at students interested in broadening their horizons and deepening their knowledge of the Italian people and culture by spending 4 weeks living and studying in the Northern Italian Renaissance city of Ferrara. In addition to GO program credit, students will earn 3 SH of transfer credit from the program host (CIEE Ferrara) by taking an Italian Renaissance Art course. Through visits to art museums, a community engagement activity, and food demonstrations, students will be exposed to a variety of aspects of Italian culture in a relatively short period of time. Because students will be staying with Italian families while in Ferrara, they will need to have completed ITAL-102 (or equivalent) prior to the trip. 2SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFP/OFFS/OFFR-ICELAND Nature, Culture, Identities

GO Ísland/Iceland is a multi-disciplinary, collaborative course designed to familiarize students with methods, theories, approaches, and histories necessary for understanding the formation and representation of national identities in Iceland. The course pays close attention to key sites for such representation, including museums, textual histories, touristic narratives, cultural festivals, and organized efforts to "reclaim" nature and tradition. Historical imagination is one primary program focus, as are understandings of difference and power; identity politics; and nationalism, citizenship, tourism, and globalization. Coursework, travel and fieldwork, and reflective components will pay careful attention to contemporary issues of economy, environment, and community to look carefully at relationship(s) between national histories, lived contemporary experience, and the representation of "Icelandicness" to national and international visitors. 2SH. CC: Cross-Cultural.

OFFR-310 Global Citizenship

This course is designed to allow students to reflect on a cross-cultural experience and to integrate that experience into their social, intellectual and academic life. They will explore the complexities of culture—both their own and that in which they have been immersed—in order to understand the possibilities and responsibilities of being a global citizen. Prerequisites: Completion of an approved cross-cultural experience. 1 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural Reflection.

OFFR-315 Self-Exploration Travel Writng

Students reflect on what a cross-cultural experience means to them and what they have learned about the nature of culture itself as a result of their engagement with global diversity. Students learn how to write creative nonfiction-style travel essays sharing their insights and memories. Prerequisite: Completion of the Cross-Cultural Experience. 2 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural Reflection, Writing Intensive.

OFFR-210 Crossing Cultures Through Literature

This course explores notions of cultural interpretation and difference through study of literary texts in English translation. By comparing multiple English translations of a single text, students reflect on ethnocentric assumptions with respect to their own cultural filter and its influence on their interpretation of the cultures in which they were immersed. Finally, students consider the responsibilities inherent in translating their own experience to others. Prerequisite: Successful completion of a semester-long study program or instructor approval. Same as LANG-210. 4 SH. CC: Cross-Cultural Reflection, Ethics Intensive.

OFFR-SWSB SWSB London Program Reflection

This course completes the cross-cultural requirement for students in the Sigmund Weis School of Business London Program. Through short assignments, student presentations, a final paper and an opinion survey, students reflect on their learning in London coursework, company visits, consulting projects and more. 1 SH CC: Cross-Cultural Reflection.