Program Examples

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All of these faculty-led or customized programs offer courses taught by faculty members from the sponsoring school, as well as courses taught by IES faculty, guest lectures, cultural events, and field study visits.  Programs can be as short as Spring Break or as long as a full year.

Buenos Aires, Argentina - Hispanic Education Leadership 
Designed for Master's students, this program is part of an initiative to develop Latino higher education administrators.   The program in Buenos Aires consists of lectures from local higher education leaders, such as the director of the Fulbright Commission, and visits to educational institutions and organizations such as Project Challenge, a community-based organization involved with the educational pipeline of under-represented communities. 

Milan, Italy - Opera in Milan 
Instead of traditional books and lectures, this program offers students a chance to rehearse and perform in an opera production.  At the end of the program,  students will perform Don Giovani back on their home campus.  While in Milan, the students will also have the opportunity to visit the La Scala Museum, Accademia Internaionale della Musica and various symphonic concerts.

Auckland, New Zealand - Restorative Justice in New Zealand
This program focuses on the Maori people and their place in New Zealand's politics, policy and criminal justice system.  Courses include Maori Politics and Public Policy as well as New Zealand/United States Criminal Justice Policy - Restorative Justice.

Berlin, Germany - Globalization of Housing and Interior Design 
Traveling across Germany, this program uses site locations as classrooms, investigating how multi-family housing and interior design developed through history and ideology.  Starting on the western border of Germany, students will visit the porcelain museum of Villeroy und Boch, continue to new models of senior-assisted living in the Frankfurt area, explore the sustainable designs of Berlin, before moving on to the revolutionary housing of Dresden and finally historic Prague.

Tokyo, Japan - From Buddhism to Kabuki: Exploring the Art & Culture of Japan 
With courses such as Japanese Language and Japanese Art and Religion, this program features extra-curricular activities includingikebana, origami, and kirigami, and special guest lectures that explore Japanese popular culture. Field trips visit Kamakura, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima. Students reside in homestays while in Tokyo.

Arles, France - Van Gogh and Cezanne
This program explores the lives and art of these two great painters through the location of Arles, France.  Students will visit 
Fondation Van Gogh and Espace Van Gogh in Arles, while excursions outside of Arles include Cezanne's atelier in Aix-en-Provence, Van Gogh's hospital in St Remy de Provence, and the modern art museums of Marseille and Avignon.