January 06, 2017

Winter break finds students in countries that are new to our nationally recognized Global Opportunities program, in which all students study away in a culture different from their own.

A number of Susquehanna students are studying abroad this January in new faculty-led programs to Cuba and Israel.

GO Jerusalem: Interfaith Encounters is primarily based in the Old City of Jerusalem, with side trips to Bethlehem, Tel Aviv and Galilee. The students, along with university Chaplain Scott Kershner and Rabbi Nina Mandel of Congregation Beth El, Sunbury, Pa., and an adjunct faculty member at Susquehanna, will meet with representatives of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities and see firsthand the challenges and opportunities of interfaith interaction and the importance of tolerating and respecting other views.

They will also spend time with Parents Circle-a group of Jewish and Arab Israeli families who have lost loved ones in the ongoing conflict, but are using their faith to create a support group.

GO Cuba: A Century of Revolution explores Cuba’s complex culture that melds Spanish colonial origins, including the legacy of African slavery, with a century of national development shaped by the social, political, economic and cultural influence of the United States.

Students are spending time in the capital of Havana and in La Picadora. These locations were selected to expose students to the differences between urban and rural regions of Cuba and to enable a discussion of the food-to-table process taking place there.

Students are also studying in Cyprus and Chile during winter break, which was expanded this year to accommodate more GO Short programs.

Susquehanna’s GO program has received recognition from a number of organizations, including The Princeton Review, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Institute for International Education.