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Winter Courses Abroad—Global Studies 298

Fall (second 8 weeks) and Winter Break 2013

Globe See how countries respond to the growth of a world economy. Learn how immigration, culture, and religion influence ideas about the world. Discover how global flows have been shaping civilizations and the natural world for centuries.

In GLBL 298: Global Studies Seminars Abroad, you will experience firsthand the impacts of globalization and enhance your global perspective. Each course highlights how its destination reflects the distinct cultures, economies, and politics that have impacted it through global processes and how these influences have been integrated locally to give the place and its inhabitants their unique history, challenges, opportunities, and identity.

The courses are taught in English and offer ample opportunities for you to explore local history, culture, and contemporary society. The excursions include unforgettable sights.

All courses include an 8-week fall seminar in addition to the overseas portion, which is held during winter break.

The GLBL 298 courses begin during the second eight weeks of the Fall semester, and include about two weeks “in the field” abroad. You must first apply and be accepted into these programs before you can register for the hours. The overseas portion of the seminars generally take place between December 27-January 14.

GLBL 298 courses carry three hours of college credit and are taught by U of I faculty.

Open to all U of I students.

Program Fee: $2,700-$3,700*
Includes airfare, accommodations, excursions, and most meals.

Deadline for Applications: September 15, 2013

Applications and a non-refundable $25 application fee can be submitted online. Confirmations of course offerings and dates, based on minimum enrollments, will be made after the deadline.


All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences receive a scholarship ($300-$1,000) toward the program cost, and the amount varies depending on program destination. Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.

Israel program participants will receive an Arie and Ida Crown Memorial Study Abroad Scholarship and India program participants will receive a Charles Wert Scholarship, which will be reflected in the program fee.

All participants should apply for the I4I Scholarship and other possibilities suggested by the Study Abroad Office. Other students should check with their college for scholarships.

*Price is subject to change due to exchange rate fluctuations and the number of participants.

Global Studies 298 2013 Fall/Winter Break Courses

The Face of Economic Development
Burkina Faso
Visit different organizations in Burkina Faso to learn about the complexity of economic development issues in Africa. Study policies and programs that have succeeded, as well as failed, to offer the right incentives to individuals, whether in the household, a firm, a village, or a country.
Contact: Richard Akresh
Department of Economics
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Culture and Linguistic Diversity
Analyze the impact that globalization has on the language and culture of India in various settings. Explore the metropolitan (in Delhi), urban (in Ranchi), and rural areas to examine the challenges that transnational cultural integration brings to the Indian identity.
Contact: Mithilesh Mishra
Department of Linguistics
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Immigration and Cultural Diversity
How do immigration, cultural diversity, and intercultural relationships impact countries such as Israel? Engage with local community leaders and members of social, educational, national and religious organizations to investigate how Israel negotiates these issues.
Contact: Yore Kedem
Department of Religion
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Convivencia Then and Today
Explore the links between Spain and Morocco, focusing on both the religious coexistence and continuing tensions in the region. Join Moroccan students in a service-learning project in a rural area.
Contact: Moira Rogers
Student International Academic Affairs
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Natural Environment, Religion, Migration, and National Identity
Distinct ecological zones have fostered different ways of life and perspectives in the Sultanate of Oman. How do these distinct experiences interact? By visiting the capital city, the interior, and communities in the deserts and on the coast, learn how the interplay of migration and religion form Oman’s identity.
Contact: Valerie Hoffman
Department of Religion
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Cultural Tourism and Development
Tourism is one of the world’s largest global industries. But not all tourism and development yield equally beneficial results in the local communities where great sites are located. Investigate these issues at Peru’s most spectacular World Heritage sites based near Cuzco.
Contact: Helaine Silverman
Department of Anthropology
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Cultural Diversity
Explore the linguistic and cultural diversity of Istanbul, Turkey, from a historical perspective and from the lens of today. Through homestays, get a better understanding of the interactions and conflicts between the East and the West, secularism and religion at the crossroads of history and modernity.
Contact: Ercan Balci
Department of Linguistics
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Conflict and Post-Conflict Resolution
The history of ethnic conflict on the island of Cyprus offers an exciting opportunity to explore the outcomes of war. Cyprus presents a unique case where conflict resolution created a physical division of the country. Meet with government officials, international organizations, and NGO activists.
Contact: Stefanos Katsikas
Department of Linguistics
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Globalization and Insurgent Spaces
Cape Town
In Cape Town, South Africa, students will study, document, and describe the global causes and consequences of contemporary, social, and spatial inequalities in post-apartheid Cape Town. 
Contact: Ken Salo
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
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