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LAS short-term study abroad programs

Students at Machu Picchu

Faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences lead study abroad programs over winter, spring, and summer breaks.

Scholarship opportunities

Many scholarships are available for short-term study abroad.

Illinois for Illinois (I4I) and Illinois International Programs scholarships
Awards range from $1,000 to $1,500
Application deadline: Sept. 15

LAS Abroad scholarships
Award amounts vary based on cost and length of program
Application deadline: Sept. 15

Students should also check with their home departments and colleges for information on additional award opportunities. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid for study abroad.


Winter Break

Applications coming soon! Application deadline: Sept. 15, 2018

Have questions? Please contact the faculty member leading the trip you're interested in. Or, the LAS International Programs office.

GREECE: WAR AND SOCIETY IN ANCIENT GREECE WITH CLASSICS PROFESSOR DANIEL LEON
Greek ruins
Dates abroad: Dec. 29, 2018 to Jan. 11, 2019
CLCV 220
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Four weekly class meetings during the second half of the fall semester.

Estimated program fees: $3,755 to $4,450 (includes international airfare, local transportation,housing, excursions, and on-site organization in Athens)

In this course, we will examine the development of warfare in ancient Greece from the Bronze Age to the rise of Macedon. Students will master the 'nuts and bolts' of Greek warfare including weaponry, tactics, and technological innovations; but we will also examine the effects of near-constant fighting on the social fabric of ancient Greece. Particular attention will be given to communal responses to the grief and loss inherent to war, and the tension between Greece's warrior ethos and the realities of combat. The course will be divided into two parts: the first part will meet four times on-campus at Illinois during the second half of the fall semester, and the second part will convene in Athens for about 13 days in December and January. Students will learn basic facts and background narratives in Illinois as well as a methodological framework for approaching war as an academic topic; in Greece they will put these lessons to the test by visiting archaeological sites and museums pertaining to the main themes of the course.


COSTA RICA: CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY WITH ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR PAUL GARBER
A monkey in a tree
Dates abroad: Dec. 26, 2018 to Jan. 13, 2019
ANTH 390
3 or 4 credits

On-campus class meetings: Mandatory once per week class meetings during the second half of the fall semester.

Estimated program fees: $3,050 to $3,275 (includes international airfare, local transportation, housing, all meals, orientation, and program excursions)

During our stay at La Suerte Biological Research Station, students will be engage in five major educational activities:

  1. Observing and collecting data on the ecology and behavior of mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) and white-faced capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus) in fragmented forests. We will analyze these data as part of a group project to compare with published studies of these same monkey species in areas of intact or continuous forest.
  2. Conducting a census of the type of trash (discarded plastic, glass bottles, and other non-biodegradable materials) present in two nearby towns (La PrimaVera and Cariari) with the goal of identifying the manufacturers of these products.
  3. Working in groups to develop an effective strategy to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and more) to promote a public awareness campaign that informs companies of the environmental hazards of their products.
  4. We will collect all non-paper student garbage during the course generated during the course in order to quantify our own impact on the environment.
  5. We will collect garbage generated by La Suerte Biological Research Station and develop a set of conservation recommendations for the field station to reduce their footprint on the environment.

This course explores themes of anthropology, sustainability, environmental science, and community ecology.


Peru: Heritage, Tourism, and Economic Development in the land of the Incas with anthropology professor Helaine Silverman
A woman in traditional clothing in front of a stone wall
Dates abroad: Jan. 1-12, 2019
GLBL 298
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Three weekly class meetings during the second half of the fall 2018 semester and three class meetings during the first half of the spring 2019 semester

Estimated program fees: $4,343 to $4,483 (includes international round-trip airfare, airfare in Peru, local transportation, housing, some meals in Peru, orientation, and program excursions)

Join professor Helaine Silverman on this thrilling exploration of the heartland of the ancient Inca Empire. See its heritage expressed by the descendants of that great Andean society. Visit spectacular Inca ruins, including the renowned lost city of Machu Picchu. Travel on one of the most scenic train rides in the world. See the beautiful colonial churches built by the Spanish conquerors in Cuzco, the former Inca capital and today the epicenter of global tourism. Learn about the politics and policies of tourism and heritage management that promote economic development in this stunning highland region. Sample the delicious cuisine of Peru, which has achieved global acclaim. Stay in unique hotels. Participate in many interactions with local people. Finish the trip with two fascinating days in Peru's capital city, Lima, where we continue our time-travel through the heritage and economic development of the pre-Columbian colonial and modern city. Enjoy a special tour of the UNESCO designated historic center of Lima and a full day at a restored hacienda.


THE HISTORY, CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT OF SIERRA LEONE WITH AGRICULTURAL AND CONSUMER ECONOMICS PROFESSOR PAUL MCNAMARA
A woman in traditional clothing in front of a stone wall
Dates abroad: Dec. 27, 2018 to Jan. 12, 2019
GLBL 499/ACE 499
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Weekly class meetings during the second half of the fall semester.

Estimated program fees: $4,500 (includes international airfare, local transportation, housing, meals, excursions, and on-site organization in Sierra Leone)

Join Professor Paul McNamara for an immersive exploration of international development, sub-Saharan African history, cross-cultural communication, agricultural economics, and post-conflict resolution in Sierra Leone.

Students will begin their tour of Sierra Leone in Freetown, where they will visit with McNamara's colleagues who are working in the international development arena. The students will travel to River No. 2 Community-owned Beach Resort where they will encounter firsthand the concept of "community-based development" through interviews with community development project staff. The program will continue eastward through Sierra Leone to Bo, to explore the densely populated urban area and meet more colleagues engaged in international development. The first week of the program will conclude with a visit to a community conservation program where students will learn about conservation and development programs, ecotourism, and wildlife ecology.

The second half of the program will be spent at Njala University, where students will engage an ongoing program. This will be the fifth year for this program. Each year, students participate in a different project (for example, farmer-lo-farmer video production). Illinois students will partner with Njala students enrolled in Njala's Agribusiness Honors program, working together in teams to meet a simple but real project goal and will present their work to the Njala community at the end of the second week.


Summer 2018

This summer choose from courses in Chemistry (Costa Rica), Economics (Brazil), and Political Science (Argentina or Austria)! The following programs are now accepting applications for summer 2018. Please review the details of your chosen program below and then apply online using the links below.

Application deadline was February 15, 2018

Questions? Please contact the faculty member leading the course or the LAS International Programs office.

ARGENTINA: HUMAN RIGHTS, POLITICAL CULTURE AND POLITICS WITH POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR GISELA SIN
Argentina Architecture
June 10 - 24, 2018
PS 199
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Mandatory once per week class meetings during the last eight weeks of the spring semester.

Estimated program fees: $3,800 to $4,100 (includes international round-trip airfare, local transportation, hotels and some meals in Argentina, orientation, and program excursions)

This course examines the social, economic, and political issues within modern Argentine society. Through interdisciplinary lenses, students will explore the history of Argentina's populist regimes, military authoritarian regimes, and transition to democracy. We will build a framework to better understand present problems and trends, such as the transition to democracy, the re-emergence of populism, economic instability, and poverty. The seminar combines lectures and discussions, cultural immersion, and on-the-ground interaction with scholars, activists, and politicians in two distinct regions in Argentina: Las Pampas, including Buenos Aires and its surrounding areas and Mesopotamia, the northeast section of Argentina. More specifically, the course involves discussion seminars, meetings with Argentinean scholars, and field trips in and around Buenos Aires, Alvear (a small town in the Province of Corrientes), Posadas (the capital of the Province of Misiones), San Ignacio (site of Jesuit ruins), and Iguazu (Iguazu Falls). Students also volunteer at "Hogar de Dia" in Posadas, and interact directly with government officials, activists, scholars, and professionals.


AUSTRIA: THE EUROPEAN UNION AND GOVERNANCE WITH POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR KONSTANTINOS KOURTIKAKIS
Vienna Architecture
May 13 - June 9, 2018
PS 300
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Several required class meetings during the second eight weeks of the spring semester.

Estimated program fees: $3,100 to $3,600 (includes international round-trip airfare, local transportation, housing in university dorm, international insurance, and program excursions)

What is the European Union? Why does it matter for politics in Europe? And how does it affect the place of Europe in the world? This course uses the concept of governance to explore these three questions. We will look at governance inside the EU, and at the role of the EU in the governance of its neighboring areas and in global governance. Vienna, the modern capital of Austria and the former imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire, is the ideal venue to explore these topics. Today the city is the seat of multiple EU and international organizations. And, as a member of the European Union for over 20 years, Austria has participated actively in internal EU governance and in fulfilling the EU's goals in regional and global governance. 2017 is a special year to visit Vienna because the Austrian government will assume the presidency of the Council of the EU in June. The course combines classroom instruction on the campus of the prestigious Vienna University of Economics and Business with site visits to Austrian, EU and international institutions.


BRAZIL: UNDERSTANDING ECONOMICS & BUSINESS IN BRAZIL WITH ECONOMICS PROFESSOR JOSEPH PETRY
Rio DeJaneiro
May 13 - 27, 2018
ECON 199
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Mandatory once per week class meetings during the last eight weeks of the spring semester.

Estimated program fees: $5,301 - $5,684 pending group size (includes international airfare, local transportation, housing in hotels, some meals, orientation, and program excursions).

Join Professor Joe Petry for an immersive course on economics and business enterprises in Brazil. Brazil has seen enormous economic growth over the last 20 years and presents a useful case study in economic development, entrepreneurship, and economic policy reforms. Throughout the course, students will investigate the relevance of institutions, political stability, and social norms in the functioning of markets, and success of individual business and industries. In Brazil, students will spend time in both Rio de Janiero and São Paulo, the country's economic capital and educational center, where they will meet Brazilian students, professors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders. The summer trip will provide an additional experience traveling to the rain forest.

Questions on ECON 199? Contact Melissa Newell or Joe Petry.


COSTA RICA: SPECIAL TOPICS IN CHEMISTRY: NATURAL PRODUCTS RESEARCH IN COSTA RICA WITH PROFESSOR JOSÉ G. ANDINO
chem students
Aug. 5 to Aug. 18, 2018
CHEM 492
2 credits

On-campus class meetings: Mandatory 4 sessions for Lecture/Discussion, 6-7 PM on Thursdays at La Casa Cultural Latina, Room 104

Estimated program fees: $2,200 to $2,400 (includes: international flight (roundtrip from Chicago O'Hare Airport to San José, Costa Rica), housing, meals, excursions, orientation, instruction, admission fees (volcano, museum, etc.), local transportation in Costa Rica, on-site organization and assistance)

The Chemistry Department at the University of Illinois invites you to register for their Summer Study-Abroad program, hosted at the Center for Natural Products Research in San José, Costa Rica (CIPRONA). The Center is dedicated to the study of substances derived from natural products and is managed by a group of scientists associated with the University of Costa Rica and has operated for over 30 years. Some of the group's projects focus on elucidating molecular structures of substances present in several known plants that have been traditionally used due to their therapeutic properties. Additionally, there are projects involved in the structural determination of natural polymers and other substances that can be used in agriculture and also in water remediation.

Having ready access to species that carry molecules of interest is a geographic advantage that countries in the tropical regions enjoy due to the large diversity of biological species that inhabit this part of the world. An opportunity to experience this environment can be extremely enlightening to aspiring chemists and health scientists (assuming students have already taken a semester of organic chemistry). At the same time, the opportunity to experience science in a different cultural context can be very rewarding and a valuable experience for the future.


FRANCE: STUDY FRENCH LANGUAGE AND EXPERIENCE DAILY POVENÇAL LIFE IN THE HISTORIC ROMAN TOWN OF ARLES
chem students
May 14 to June 10, 2018
FREN 103, 104 or 335
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Mandatory 3-hour pre-departure orientation on May 3, 2018

Estimated program fees: $3350 - $3975. Includes: housing (host family stay including daily breakfast and 4 dinners per week), instruction, orientation, entrance fees, excursions, 3 language lunches per week, on-site assistance and international insurance

Earn credit for French 103, 104 or 335 studying for four weeks in the south of France! Students on the Arles program have the advantage of taking French language courses, which are equivalent to those offered on campus, on an accelerated program in a completely French context. This program will improve students' fluency in the French language and will also enrich them culturally. For a month students will live with host families and see how French people live, work and enjoy their free time. This program will appeal to students interested in fulfilling their language requirement as well as those who are French, Global Studies, Business, Art History, Archaeology, Classics and Architecture, among other majors, who are interested in having a significant international cultural experience in France. The program is also open to graduate students in various fields who will need to have a second language to develop their career. Post-program internships are available on an individual basis.

Questions? Contact Dan Maroun the French Department


SOUTH AFRICA: GLOBALIZATION AND SOCIAL INEQUALITIES IN SEGREGATED CAPE TOWN WITH URBAN PLANNING PROFESSOR KEN SALO
south africa
June 8 to June 23, 2018
GLBL 298
3 credits

**Course cancelled for summer 2018**

On-campus class meetings: Mandatory once per week class meetings during the second eight weeks of the spring semester.

Estimated program fees: $3,750 to $3,950 (includes international round-trip airfare, local transportation, hotels and some meals in South Africa, orientation, program excursions)

In this course, students will study, document, and describe the global causes and consequences of contemporary, social, and spatial inequalities in post-apartheid Cape Town. After six three-hour lectures on Cape Town's global origins, students will depart for a two-week field experience in this city's urban center and peri-urban neighborhoods.

The program will include two scenic coach tours and four walking tours of the city, its famous coastal mountain range, and its peri-urban neighborhoods. Through these tours, students will document how local residents perceive and experience globalized inequalities involving race, class, gender, and spatial segregation. Students will have the opportunity to debate with peers from the University of Cape Town, Western Cape, and Stellenbosch on the role of youth in transforming cities in order to discern the similarities and differences between urban governance in Chicago.



PERU: ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL IN PERU WITH DR. KASIA SZREMSKI
chem students
June 10 to July 8, 2018
LAST 395
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Mandatory 3-hour pre-departure orientation on May 3, 2018

Estimated program fees: $1370 + summer session tution (includes : housing and most meals, excursions, orientation, instruction, local transportation, and on-site organization and assistance in Peru. Not Included: International airfare, tuition and fees).

This course is an archaeological field school where students will have the opportunity to engage in innovative original research at the archaeological site of Cerro Blanco, a Chancay Administrative Center located in central Peru. In this four-week field course, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Huanangue Valley Archaeological Project and engage in active hands-on research at Cerro Blanco. In the field, students will research agriculture and local economies, the intersection between public ceremonies and trade/exchange, and identity and belonging through various excavations. Students will work with experienced archaeology students from Universidad Nacional Federico Viarreal and will also receive training in drone mapping, spatial analysis in GIS, and artifact analysis. This course is great for students interested in anthropology, economy, political science, social impacts of climate change, environmental sustainability, indigenous ecologies, resource management, or Latin American studies.


Spring Break

The deadline to apply for Spring Break programs has passed.


Questions? Please contact the faculty member leading the course or the LAS International Programs office.

Brazil: Understanding Economics & Business in Brazil with economics professor Joseph Petry
Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil
March 16-25, 2018
ECON 199
3 credits

On-campus class meetings: Mandatory once per week class meetings during the last eight weeks of the spring semester.

Estimated program fees: $3,100 to $3,600 (includes international round-trip airfare, local transportation, housing in university dorm, international insurance, and program excursions)

What is the European Union? Why does it matter for politics in Europe? And how does it affect the place of Europe in the world? This course uses the concept of governance to explore these three questions. We will look at governance inside the EU, and at the role of the EU in the governance of its neighboring areas and in global governance. Vienna, the modern capital of Austria and the former imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire, is the ideal venue to explore these topics. Today the city is the seat of multiple EU and international organizations. And, as a member of the European Union for over 20 years, Austria has participated actively in internal EU governance and in fulfilling the EU’s goals in regional and global governance. 2017 is a special year to visit Vienna because the Austrian government will assume the presidency of the Council of the EU in June. The course combines classroom instruction on the campus of the prestigious Vienna University of Economics and Business with site visits to Austrian, EU and international institutions.

Visit the application page for more information.


Costa Rica: Environmental & Sustainable Field Expedition with earth, society, & the environment lecturer Rob Kanter
A lizard in a tree
March 16-25, 2018
ESE 389

Visit the course page for more information.