2023 Faculty Led Study Abroad Programs

Study Abroad in Business - Middle East

UAE and Saudi Arabia

Summary of Program:

This course will provide students with an international study field experience in the Middle East. Students will study and experience the institutional environment of the Middle East in general, and the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, in particular, and its implications for the global competitiveness of local economies and its indigenous firms as well as US firms expanding to and operating in the Middle East. Emphasis will be on political, legal, economic, socio-cultural, technological, historical, geographic and ecological factors in the Middle East and its implications for global business.

Travel dates: May 5-15, 2023

Course/s:  GEB 3956 Study Abroad in Business (undergraduate) and MAN 6930 Seminar in Management (graduate)

Course Prerequisites: MAN 3600 International Business

Faculty Leaders: Dr. Daniel Rottig

Program Fee: TBD (Airfare and Cost of Tuition is not included)

Maximum available spots: 20

Application Deadline: TBD

*This course is not restricted but preference given to Management majors with a concentration in International Business.


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- Photo by B. Alotaby 

Boca Chica and Isla Palenque, Panama

Summary of Program:

Archaeological research at La Pitahaya – a late pre-Columbian site on Isla Palenque in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama. This will be a 3-week archaeological survey and excavation that will help to define the distribution of archaeological remains across the island and determine locations of different activities by the pre-Columbian occupants. Students will stay in the village of Boca Chica, Panama and commute to Isla Palenque/La Pitahaya by boat each weekday for fieldwork. On weekends, there will be limited lab work (e.g., artifact washing, sorting, and labeling) and students will be free to explore the area on their own time, or relax at the hotel.

Travel dates: 3-weeks, Late May to Mid June

Course/s:  (SUMMER 2023)

ANT 3495: Research Methods

Faculty Leaders: Dr. Bill Locascio

Program Fee: $2,385.40 (Airfare and Cost of Tuition is not included)

Maximum available spots: 8

Application Deadline: February 22, 2023

*An interview will be required prior to final participant selection.


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Bolivia & Ecuador Summer 2023

This program focuses on two countries of the Andean region: Bolivia and Ecuador where students will explore the historical, political, social, and cultural issues that shape the countries’ current realities and challenges.  This course includes a domestic component and an international component. The campus experience will prepare students for the cultural immersion through lectures, research, discussions, and special guests. In the international component, the participants will have the opportunity to be immersed in the Andean culture while visiting cultural sites and exploring the gastronomy, music, art, and folklore, among other cultural manifestations of the region.  

Travel dates: May 27, 2023 – June 18, 2023


SPN 3520 (Summer A)

Faculty Leaders: Marianela Rivera and Marta Ramos

Program Fee:

$4,506.33 (Cost of Tuition is not included)

Application Deadline: January 25th


*Application includes a required 250 word essay. See application for further details.

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Irish Folklore and Cultural Heritage – Republic of Ireland

Students will explore various representations of Irish folklore through interpreting examples of cultural sites throughout the Republic of Ireland. Additionally, students will be introduced to the collection and preservation of Irish cultural heritage and material culture. Activities include meeting with curators and preservationists at museums, libraries and historic sites, tours, demonstrations, and visits with local artists. During pre-travel dates, students will focus on one area of Irish folklore research: Music/dance, home life, crafts/material culture or verbal arts. During pre-travel dates students will be introduced to the basic principles and best practices of the collection and preservation of material culture in preparation for our time in Ireland. Cities visited include Dublin, Cork, Killarney, and Galway. Highlights include Trinity College, UC Dublin National Folklore Collection, Titanic Experience, Irish National Heritage Park, Cliffs of Moher, and the Aran Islands.

Travel dates: June 4-17, 2023

Course/s: ANT 4930 Special Topics: Folklore and Traditional Culture of Ireland; ISS 3930 Special Topics Collection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Faculty Leaders: Katherine Wahlberg & Melissa VandeBurgt

Program Fee: $ 3,232.81 (Cost of tuition fees and airline fare not included)

Application Deadline: January 16, 2023  (Application is now closed)

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Survey of International Music Therapy and Music Teaching Practices in Thailand

* Restricted to music therapy and music education students

Welcome to Survey of International Music Therapy and Music Teaching Practices. This course is designed to provide you with opportunities to explore international clinical music therapy and music teaching practices, with a focus on Thailand, including an exploration of Thai music and culture. Based at the Mahidol University College of Music (one of the top 50 music schools in the world), you will be engaging with individuals and families of diverse backgrounds and needs in a variety of clinical and education settings. We will also explore principles of cultural humility and examine cross-cultural differences as related to referral, service delivery, and clinical outcomes of clients.

Travel dates: May 10-June 25, 2023

Course/s: MUS 4930: Special Topics in Music

Faculty Leaders: Kimberly Sena Moore and Dena Register

Program Fee:

$1721.50 (Airfare and Cost of Tuition is not included)

This program is being sponsored by the Music Therapy Endowment fund and the Bower Endowment Fund at approximately 3,000 dollars per student.

Application Deadline: November 10th   (Application is now closed)

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Comparative Healthcare Systems 

Germany (Munich), Switzerland (Geneva and Interlaken), and France (Paris)

This study abroad experience will provide students with the opportunity to explore healthcare through a comparative lens, by comparing and contrasting European healthcare systems with the U.S. healthcare system. Students will visit three countries in Europe, Germany, Switzerland, and France, to explore the history of the development of healthcare, how the healthcare system has evolved over time, the role of government in healthcare, the relationship between culture and health, and the current trends and state of healthcare in each country. Students will be immersed in the different challenges and solutions to healthcare in Europe, including healthcare delivery, organization models, funding models, workforce issues, and outcomes. The in-depth view of European healthcare will be provided through discussion, guest lectures from healthcare professionals, and site visits to healthcare facilities in each country. 

*Open to all majors, no prerequisites 

Travel dates: May 17th, 2023 - May 30th, 2023


Summer A: HSA 3124 (undergraduate); HSA 6112 (graduate) - courses are for summer A and are taught during the trip.

Faculty Leaders: Dr. Lesley Clack 

Program Fee: $3,379.95, does not include tuition (3 credits) or airfare

Application Deadline: November 30th (Applications are now closed)

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Comparative Healthcare Helipad tour

Comparative Healthcare Helipad Tour - Switzerland, Summer 22

Campeche,Mexico: Spring 2023

This course is a total language immersion with the history and culture woven into the experiences. Students who have successfully completed SPN 1120C or have scored the equivalent on the placement test are eligible to enroll. Each student is paired with a host family and they will Skype or WhatsApp with its members for the first seven weeks of the course so that everyone will feel comfortable upon arrival. Travel will take place during Spring Break: Sunday March 5, 2023 through Saturday, March 11, 2023, the students will have a one week homestay. Each student must have a valid passport.

Note*: Students will walk about five miles a day. 

Travel dates: Sunday March 5, 2023 through Saturday, March 11, 2023

Course/s: Spring 2023: SPW 4930 Special Topics

Faculty Leaders: Dr. Joyce LaOrden and John Roger 

Program Fee: $1,456.35 does not include semester tuition for 3 credits

Includes: Transportation, airfare, lodging, 3 meals per day

Application Deadline:  October 3, 2022  (Application is now closed)

Service Learning: Students can earn up to 12 service learning hours.

*All applicants must submit an essay. See application for further details.

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Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation in South Africa

This program will introduce students to wildlife poaching and trafficking in southern Africa, and the significant effort of rehabilitating injured animals so they can be reintroduced to the wild. Elephant and rhinoceros species will be utilized as case examples of how complex wildlife management can be. Students will visit several rehabilitation centers where they will get hands-on experience working alongside veterinary staff to provide the necessary care for animals injured by illegal poaching methods. Through discussions and hands-on experiences, students will learn the (1) major threats of wildlife in Africa, (2) unique management strategies attempting to protect wildlife, and (3) methods used for rehabilitation and recovery of animal health.

Dates: 15 May 2023 – 29 May 2023


Spring 2023: BSC 4933 Current Topics in Wildlife Management and

Summer C 2023: BSC 4930 Special Topics in Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation in South Africa

Faculty Leaders: Dr. Phil Allman

Program Fee: $7,136.50 (Tuition and course fees not included)

Application Deadline:  (Application is now closed)

*All applicants must submit an essay. See application for further details.

*An interview will be required prior to final selection.

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Chamber Choir Performance Tour - Spain / France

*restricted to Chamber Choir students

This program is a performance based journey that will begin in Barcelona, Spain and end in Nice, France and include stops and excursions to Monserrat, Perignon, Pont du Gard, Arles and Aix-en-Provence. Although the focus will be on student performances,  the program will also include many site visits and cultural activities along the way. Applicants must be in the FGCU Chamber Choir to be eligible. 

Dates: March 2, 2023 - March 11th, 2023 

Course/s: MUN3340 

Faculty Leaders: Trent Brown and Jeannie Darnell 

Program Fee: $2800 - $3200 (does not include course tuition, 1 credit) 

Application Deadline: Closed

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Lithuania Choir Tour Group 2018
 Choir Performance Tour in 2018 - Lithuania

2022 Faculty Led Study Abroad Programs  

  • Study Abroad in Business - Bolivia

  • Experience Italian Hospitality, Regional features, and Gastronomy

  • German, History and Culture in Salzburg

  • Comparative Healthcare Systems

  • Life in Peru