Faculty-Led Programs

TLU Faculty-led Programs

A variety of periodic study abroad programs are offered through TLU. These are typically two- to four-week programs led by a professor with travel in May or June, while courses are taken during the spring semester. Past programs have included: Kinesiology to Norway, Dramatic Media & Psychology to Greece, Economics to Ecuador and Biology to Belize.

Tuition and program fees are applied to the spring TLU invoice and financial aid can be applied towards the program. Fees, which usually range from $3,500 to $4,500 typically include airfare, lodging, ground transport, and group admissions on planned programs. Some or all of the meals are generally covered, depending on the program. Students must pre-register for the respective class and affiliated lab travel portion and must have a minimum GPA of 2.25 and a good campus discipline record to participate. Application and a $300 non-refundable deposit are due at the time of pre-registration, usually in mid-November. Locations and course subjects vary year to year.

Detailed information about upcoming faculty-led programs is available on MyTLU.

2015 Faculty-Led Programs

Tropical Ecology and Nonprofits in Costa Rica Dr. Mark Gustafson and Dr. Judy Dykes-Hoffman

An 11-day trip to Costa Rica for students who want to learn about and experience the rainforests or learn about how nonprofits work to enhance the environment of Costa Rica.

Why Costa Rica? Costa Rica, located in the heart of Central America, offers excellent opportunities for learning about tropical ecosystems and the work of nonprofit organizations. While Spanish is the language of Costa Rica, you do not need to speak Spanish to enjoy traveling there. Experienced local guides will travel with the students and faculty as we explore the incredibly beautiful landscapes of this small and peaceful country. Students will hike in rainforest and cloud forest preserves, kayak in a mangrove forest, and meet local people working together to improve their environment. We will visit a local school as well as Corcovado National Park, which is considered one of the most biodiverse places in the world. Wildlife includes monkeys, toucans, parrots, quetzals, frogs, iguanas, and more.

Courses: Biology 379 - Tropical Ecology, Geography 379/Social Entrepreneurship 379 - Nonprofits & NGO's

Arts and Social Psychology in the Czech Republic with Terry Price & Dr. Tiffany Sia 

A 29-day trip to the Czech Republic & Poland for students who want to study and experience the film industry and the mass media effects in the Czech Republic. 

Why the Czech Republic? Prague offers a plethora of opportunities for Drama Media through the Prague Fringe Festival and The Prague Quadrennial. Students will be able to gain a more complete understanding of theatre’s role in shaping cultures and to observe the differences between performance in the US and Central Europe with special attention given to the role of political theatre. Through the Social Psychology course, students will be able to research and evaluate cross-cultural mass media differences between Prague and the US. They will also develop an awareness of cinema and theatre as forms of mass media within the framework of contemporary culture. Visits to museums, walking tours, and lectures will enhance these goals. Additionally, there will be an excursion to Poland.

Courses: Dramatic Media 379 - Arts in Central Europe, Psychology 379 - Social Psychology of Mass Media U.S. & Prague

Global Health Nursing in England with Dr. Kathie Aduddell

A 10-day trip to England for Nursing students who want to study and experience health care in England and compare it with the system in the U.S.

Why England? Students will visit health care institutions and historical places relevant to health as well as stay at the Harlaxton Manor in England. Included will be visits to the Florence Nightingale Museum, the University of Nottingham (one of the largest nursing schools in the UK) and Center for Evidence-based Healthcare, Chatsworth House (stately home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire), the Peak District National Park (the first national park in the UK), and the Eyam Museum in the village where the Bubonic Plague started.

Course: Nursing 479 - Global Health Nursing: Health Care in England

Advanced Physical Conditioning in Guatemala with Coach Eddie Salazar

An eight-day trip to Guatemala for students who want to study and experience the different physical training methods and techniques in Guatemala and compare them with those in the U.S.

Why Guatemala? Students will study soccer-specific methods and techniques in Guatemala by visiting training facilities, watching a professional soccer match, and playing a match with local soccer clubs. Guatemala is also home to the agricultural communities that cultivate the sustainable raw material used in the natural rubber flip flops for VOS Flips, an eco-conscious brand owned by TLU alumni and former TLU soccer players. Visits to the rubber plantation as well as cultural sites throughout Antiqua will provide civic engagement and cultural insight.

Course: Kinesiology 319 - Advanced Physical Conditioning

Contact Us 

Charla Bailey
Director of International Education

Office: Tschoepe Hall 107
Phone: 830-372-8098
Email: studyabroad@tlu.edu

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Blogging Abroad

Studying Abroad in Central America: An Experience of Change

September 18, 2014

In addition to the experience of traveling, study abroad programs offer students an opportunity to explore outside their own culture and comfort zone. Rebecca is studying social change in Central America where she will encounter oppression in various communities throughout the region.

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