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Study abroad options for Maryville students

Study Abroad: Options

Study Abroad Options

Maryville is closely watching the evolving international coronavirus epidemic. After careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all study abroad trips for summer 2020. Although it is difficult to predict the progress of the virus during academic year 2020-21, Maryville is hopeful that it can offer a limited number of study-abroad programs in summer 2021 and can return to a full schedule of programming thereafter.

The Office of Study Abroad organizes a variety of affordable study programs that range from one week over spring and winter breaks to several weeks in the summer. In addition, we are able to work with students who desire an entire semester abroad to ensure that they find an appropriate program to meet their educational goals. You can find a program no matter where you want to go, who you want to go with, or how long you want to be there.


Timeline & Planning Guide

Any questions can be directed to:

Dr. James E. Harf
Gayle Dryden
Office for Study Abroad
Gander 235
Tel: 314-529-9649

Signature Study Abroad Programs

Short Term, faculty-led, three-to-four week summer programs

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****

Maryville offers a regular selection of 3-4 week summer programs at different sites. Each site hosts 20-50 student participants per site taking a variety of courses from different faculty from both Maryville and local institutions. Students choose 1-3 courses from a list of offerings by these faculty, depending on the type of program.

Annual summer program sites in recent years have included Florence (Italy), Oxford (England), and London (England). Programs at other sites are offered on a regular basis although not every year. These include Lugano (Switzerland) and Dublin (Ireland). A lower-cost program of shorter duration in Nassau (The Bahamas) will be offered for the first time as soon as travel is permitted to the area.

Characteristics of these summer programs include:

Contact Dr. James Harf by email or in Gander 235 for more information.

Florence, Italy

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****

Our most popular program is in Florence, Italy, considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance. This is the center of art and history, where some of the best artistic treasures reside in museums, churches, or in the streets. Both experienced art lovers and those new to art appreciation will thrill to treasures found in and around the city. The city also has much more to offer than art as the Tuscan region is also well known for its beauty and its cuisine.

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Oxford, England

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****

Oxford is home to one of the oldest and most important universities in the world. The ancient academic environment is evident throughout the city, whether on campus, in bookstores, or in famous restaurants and pubs where scholars throughout the ages have congregated and continue to meet.

  • Program provides opportunity for a wide range of courses from Maryville faculty, a one-on-one independent study (tutorial) or creative writing course with an Oxford professor (called dons), and/or a lecture course on world affairs from a series of British and American professors
  • Live in the heart of this mid-sized academic town within walking distance of all important sites
  • Excursions to London several times plus trips to Blenheim Palace and Stratford-on-Avon

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Oxford, England Honors Experience (open to Honors students)

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****
Oxford is a city filled with “dreaming spires” and inspiring dreams. It is lush with Medieval architecture and rich with the architects of ideas. Oxford is also a vibrant city that surrounds the oldest university in the English-speaking world, with roots from as early as 1096. The University of Oxford consistently ranks in the top ten universities in the world and attracts students from around the globe. As a destination for honors students studying abroad, Oxford is difficult to surpass. In our summer honors program at Oxford you can complete at least 2 honors seminar requirements while you:

  • Live in the heart of Oxford, world’s greatest university town – walking distance to all important sites
  • Enjoy excursions to London, Windsor Castle, Blenheim Palace and Stratford-on-Avon
  • Complete honors courses without using a contract
    • ✓ One course must be with an Oxford Don in a subject area of your choice
    • ✓ Second course can be with an Oxford Don or any of the other courses offered
  • Attend special honors-only excursions, activities and events; and
  • Complete an honors project from a list of possible options – or suggest one of your own!

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London, England

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****
  • Live in the heart of the world’s most cosmopolitan city in each reach of all important sites, from cultural to culinary to business locations
  • Large percentage of class-related and enrichment excursions are free
  • One course may be a business practicum where students work on a “real” project with a British firm – looks great on a resume!
  • Other educational options include courses in a variety of disciplines offered by Maryville faculty and local faculty

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Nassau, Bahamas

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****

  • A shorter program designed to provide a study-abroad experience at a lower cost
  • Two educational choices: study the history and culture of The Bahama (including a focus on the history of slavery and colonialism) or focus on Caribbean sustainability
  • 3-4 hour-long instruction every morning via daily excursions somewhere on the island
  • Spend afternoons at the beach participating in a variety of water sports
  • Accommodations at a self-contained resort hotel on the beach with on-site daily entertainment
  • 4 daily meals (3 regular meals plus nightly snack) include in the price
nassau bahamas at dawn

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Dublin, Ireland

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****
  • Live in Ireland’s most exciting city while also enjoying the beautiful Irish green countryside
  • Many excursions within Dublin as well as to Belfast (Northern Ireland), the Cliffs of Moher, and others
  • Students enroll in two courses: one course on the history and culture of Ireland taught by a team of Irish professors with daily excursions, and the second course from a list of topics taught by a Maryville professor
Howth Head with Baily Lighthouse, Dublin, Ireland

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You can enroll in any of the programs above by completing the registration application online. To register you must submit the online application and a $300 deposit fee. This deposit is applied to the total cost of the program as advertised and 100% refundable until 60 days prior to departure.

Degree Study Abroad Programs

Degree-specific, faculty-led programs for specific majors

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****

Maryville offers degree-specific and special interest study abroad programs at different sites and for different periods of time for selected majors and other interested students. These programs have been designed by the faculty to provide an international experience that is tailored to specific majors but also serve other students who have a special interest in the program’s topics. Enrollment in these programs is generally limited to majors in the respective degree programs unless otherwise noted. Non-majors who have a special interest in the topics covered on the trip may enroll in many of the programs, space permitting. Programs vary in length and timing. Students take 1-2 courses from a list of offerings that will apply to their degree program.

Characteristics of these programs include:

  • May have up to 7 weeks of pre-departure readings and possible assignments
  • 1-3 weeks on-site or students may spend a substantial time traveling from location to location
  • Post-site assignments back home
  • Learning occurs in a 24-7 environment from Maryville faculty augmented by faculty from on-site local universities
  • Most of learning occurs outside the formal classroom “in the streets” via excursions to important sites
  • Course credit options vary by program

 
Here are examples of degree-seeking programs that have either recently been offered and/or that are planned for the near future.



Manchester and London, England: Sports Business Management

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****
Manchester, UK
    • Travel with sports management faculty and students to two of England’s hotbeds of sports and get the inside story of how various sports are organized in Great Britain
    • Sightsee the famous historical and cultural locations of London



Tokyo, Japan: Sports Business Management

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****
  • Travel with sports management faculty and students to Japan
  • Sightsee the famous historical and cultural locations of Tokyo


Spain: Spring Break Trip

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****

Spend spring break exploring a number of cities in Spain with Maryville Spanish instructors. Credit available to Spanish minors and non-minors. This program was originally scheduled for March 2020 but was postponed because of the covid-virus. It will likely be offered in March 2022.


Paris Museums and Culture Spring Break Trip

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****

This program will follow the history of art and culture in France from the medieval period through the present day as presented in museums, galleries and monuments of Paris. Two Maryville professors (history and art) will accompany the students. Three credits are available. The program will be offered in March 2022, assuming the effects of the covid-virus have passed.

Rome, Italy: Health Professions

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****

Health profession majors will spend 2-4 weeks in Rome studying health sciences at The Catholic University of the Sacred Heart’s Rome campus, which is affiliated with a major Rome hospital. Maryville health profession professors will accompany our students and offer a health-relate course in addition to the two courses offered by local faculty. The initial program will take place as soon as the effects of the covid-virus pass. It is hopeful that this becomes an annual or bi-annual program.

Italy: Blue Zone for Health Professions

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****

This program was originally scheduled for summer 2020 but was postponed because of the covid-virus. The program may be offered in summer 2022. It will explore areas of Italy that are known as blue zones, areas where people are known to live longer.

India: Blue Zone for Health Professions

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****

Health profession students and Maryville faculty members will embark to a number of cities in India where they will visit hospitals, clinics and universities as well as explore popular tourist sites. Group leader Professor Pradip Ghosh is a native of India and well versed in its medical environment. The program was successfully offered a few years ago and will be repeated in winter break 2021-22.

New Zealand: Teacher Leadership (Graduate)

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****
    • Travel with Professor Kevin Stokes to explore educational leadership
    • Open only to graduate students in the Teacher Leadership program

New Zealand: Higher Education Leadership (Graduate)

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****
    • Travel with Maryville professor Robin Grebing to explore higher education leadership
    • Open only to graduate students in the Higher Education Leadership program

England: Teacher Leadership (Graduate)

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****
    • Travel with Professor Kevin Stokes to explore teacher leadership
    • Open only to graduate students in the Teacher Leadership program

England: Higher Education Leadership (Graduate)

  ****Program will be available depending on pandemic travel restrictions. Please check back at a later date.****
    • Travel with Maryville graduate education professors to explore higher education leadership
    • Open only to graduate students in the Higher Education Leadership

You can enroll in any of the programs above by contacting the appropriate faculty member through the request for information link above. To register, you must be approved by the program leaders who will provide you a link to submit the online application.

Contact Dr. James Harf by email or in Gander 235 for more information.

Individual Study Abroad Programs

Individualized, summer, semester-long and year-long programs

For an extended study experience, leave campus far behind and spend a semester, summer or year on your own at a university in a faraway city with classmates from different cultures. Experience university life in another part of the world as you explore subjects in your major or study new topics relating to the local environment. Somewhere in the world is a program to fit your interests and needs.
Enrolling in one of our partner institutions to provide semester study at a cost less than or equal to the cost of a regular semester of study on the Maryville campus is recommended. These institutions are located in Florence and Oxford.

The Florence Program (Santa Reparata International School of Art – SRISA) is designed for three audiences: (1) art and art design majors who can take courses in their major or fulfill general education requirements; (2) other humanities and social sciences majors who can take electives in their major or general education courses; and (3) other students who can fulfill general education requirements; Substantial savings can be realized by spending a semester at SRISA.

The Oxford Program (Oxford Study Abroad Program – OSAP) is designed for all students and can provide coursework in most areas because of its affiliation with four top Oxford colleges. OSAP assists qualified students to study in Oxford as Associate Members or Visiting Students for one of the three Oxford terms, or for one of our shorter summer sessions.

For students who desire an educational experience that is uniquely their own, our Office of Study Abroad can assist with arrangements through one of the national Study Abroad organizations that combined offer hundreds of different opportunities. Examples include: AIFS Study Abroad, CAPA The Global Education Network, CIEE College Study Abroad, IES Abroad, CISabroad, International Studies Abroad, Semester At Sea.

Contact Dr. James Harf by email or in Gander 235 for more information.