Study Abroad Opportunities
USA: The Yellowstone Project
In partnership with the Yellowstone Association Institute (the official education partner of the Yellowstone National Park Service), SXU's Yellowstone Project afforded students the opportunity to work under the direct supervision of leading naturalists, ecologists and environmentalists. Students spent most of each day in the field and met and talked to local ranch families and environmental activists working to achieve the balanced preservation of the public lands of the Yellowstone Ecosystem.
Students completed individual projects reflecting their own research interests.
Spain: Multiculturalism in Al-Andalus
This course introduced students to one of the first models of multiculturalism, the system of convivencia among Jews, Muslims and Christians, in the capital of al-Andalus (Córdoba, Spain). Students learned about Córdoba's hybrid society, tracing its development from the Middle East to North Africa and later Andalucía (Southern Spain) until its demise at the end of the 15th century. The experience paid specific attention to the interreligious and intercultural relationships among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Córdoba as well as the philosophical traditions resulting from coexistence. Lectures discussed the political, social, intellectual, and economic elements that constituted this period as well as the periods of conflict, which ended the "harmony." Lectures also analyzed practices of cultural and political exclusions put in place at the onset of nation-states.
Ireland: Healthcare Through Irish Eyes
Students explored the healthcare and nursing education of one of the most popularly traveled countries in the world. The tour began in the historic city of Dublin where students worked in a hospital with one of Ireland's own nurses. In addition, students traveled to the beautiful landscape of County Mayo, explored the Ashford Castle built in 1228 and departed for Galway, where they shadowed a nurse in this state-of-the-art clinic. They also explored the Cliffs of Moher.
Belize: International Mercy Service Trip
The International Mercy Service Trip to Belize, Central America, offered students the opportunity to experience a new culture while building a house for a needy family.
Students visited Altun Ha, an ancient Mayan cultural site, met and visited with the Belizean Sisters of Mercy, spent time at a daycare center for children affected by HIV-AIDS and enjoyed an outing to one of the Caribbean cayes. The emphasis, however, was on service, and students worked daily to construct and paint a simple house for a family in need of decent shelter.