International Experiences & Study Abroad

Faculty Led UMass Lowell Courses Abroad

Don't just read about it, live it! Maximize your learning through travel and earn credit! Check out the links to faculty blogs, program facebook and application pages below. New programs are added every year.

Announcement: World Ready Scholarships are now available! For students enrolled in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Manning School of Business and Francis College of Engineering who wish to take advantage of faculty-led study abroad programs during the Summer of 2015, the colleges are offering scholarships. Additional scholarships may be available from Online and Continuing Education, and individual departments and programs. Students should inquire with the Office of Study Abroad & International Experiences to request an application.

Summer 2014 - Seminar in Social Psychology: Culture & Psychology in Greece

Students will travel to Athens for this international course, which will examine cross-cultural differences in psychological functioning and development, focusing on comparisons between Greece and the U.S. In addition to considering contemporary research and theory on human psychological diversity, we will examine and actively explore the cultural and historical contexts, both ancient and contemporary, that provide the backdrop for the intersection of culture and psyche. Topics to be covered include: Western conceptions of selfhood and theories of mind; modern Greek and American “ethno-psychologies;" historical trauma and national identity; emotion and culture; culture and personality; culture and the life course; youth, identity and protest; family life; aging; culture and mental health, and the psychology of globalization. Note: Students may select one additional course of their choice from the ACG’s summer I offerings. This is a summer 2014 course worth 3 credits and is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Apply and learn more.

Summer 2015 - Social Psychology Seminar in Prague, Czech Republic

Travel and study this summer in Prague, Czech Republic with Professor Jana Sladkova to study immigration issues in U.S. and Central Europe. Reside and study at one of the world's oldest universities, Charles University. This program is a seminar and directed study. This course may be offered in summer 2015.

Offered Each Summer - Intensive Spanish Language in Cadiz, Spain

Complete 2-4 semesters of Spanish language in 3-6 weeks during the summer in Cadiz, Spain. Professor Maria Matz will assist you throughout the program on-site. Reside in one of the oldest cities in western Europe by the sea. Check out this program on Facebook. Check out this program's brochure. Read about the program from two student participants in 2013Apply and Learn more.

Summer 2015 - Travel, Tourism, Exile-Writing About Place in Dublin, Ireland

Travel and study this summer in Dublin, Ireland with professor Jonathan Silverman and Dublin City University's Mater Dei Institute professor Michael Hinds. Explore the relationships between culture, geography, history, writing and literature. Read literature about the way writers experience travel. Check out this program's 2013 blogApply and learn more.

Offered Summer 2013 - Crime, Law & Asset Protection in Asia

Travel and study this summer in Hong Kong with Professor Steve Saravara. Reside in the heart of Hong Kong and collaborate with students from one of the top universities in the world, City U. This program is not scheduled to run again at this point. Please check back at a later date. Check out photos of the program on Facebook. Check out this program's 2013 blog.

Offered Each Summer - Lisbon, Portugal

UMass in Lisbon, offers students the opportunity to spend a semester or year in the vibrant capital city of Lisbon learning about the vast Portuguese-speaking world and European Union. Through our partnership with The University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), students will have curricular choices in both English and Portuguese, to supplement the offerings of UMass courses taught on site by both UMass and Portuguese faculty. In addition, each student will take a course in language/culture study at her or his specific instructional level. A significant number of field trips will complement classroom learning, and living accommodations and classrooms will be shared with European ERASMUS and Portuguese university students. Administrative assistance is available 24/7. A summer program offers additional UMass courses and access to courses and facilities of the Technical University of Lisbon's Superior Institute of Economics and Management (ISEG-UTL). Check out the UMass in Lisbon Facebook page. Apply and learn more.

Summer 2014 - Literary London

Travel and study in London with Professor Diana Archibald. Students can elect to take one or two courses. Required course Special Topics in English: Literary London. Optional course choices: Reviewing the Arts; Directed Study in Literature; or Directed Study in Writing. Students in this program will gain hands-on career experience through working directly with the Dickens Museum director and staff to create a resource guide the museum will utilize for American visitors. 
Apply and learn more.

Offered Winter Session 2015 - Innovation & Entrepreneurship in India

Travel and study entrepreneurship and innovation with UMass Lowell's Manning School of Business. Undergraduate and graduate students welcome. Students will travel to Delhi, Agra and Hubli, India with Professor Ashwin Mehta and Professor Deb Finch to BVB College of Engineering to learn alongside BVB students and immerse themselves in entrepreneurial mindsets and cultural influences on decision-making. This course is worth 3 credits and is designed to help students understand the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship in today's global economy and to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset among the students in the Manning School of Business. It will cover different forms of entrepreneurship such as small businesses, growth ventures, corporate entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship. The course will focus on innovation types, turning innovation into reality and the process of entrepreneurship. Innovation and entrepreneurship theories and concepts will be discussed with real life examples and cases. This is a winter 2015 course. View a video from the 2014 program. Read the 2014 blog. View the 2014 student testimonials. Apply and learn more.

Summer 2015 - Comparative Arts & French Cinema in Paris, France

Comparative Arts in France and French Cinema and Society are the two components of a two-course prospectus for Summer 2014 Study Abroad in Paris. Each course will be offered as a 3-credit, Gen. Ed. class, and many of the lessons and discussions for both classes will be taught simultaneously or concurrently while visiting various sites in France. Because the two classes are designed to segue into and compliment each other, students will be required to register for both classes for a total of 6 credits. These two courses offer a unique opportunity for students to study the art and cultural history of France while interacting with authentic artifacts and monuments and examining these in situ and in real time. In other words, we will not be looking at reproductions of great art and architecture, we will be discussing them while standing in front of, for example, the actual painting of the Mona Lisa or touring the inside of Notre Dame Cathedral. Likewise French films will be discussed while students experience full immersion in contemporary French society. This is a summer 2014 program. Apply and learn more.

Summer 2015 - Human Rights and International Law, The Hague, Netherlands

Travel and study with Political Science professor Gary Uzonyi to The Hague, Netherlands. Located less than an hour south of Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ 780 year old seaside seat of government has played a prominent role in shaping the purpose, design, and importance of human rights law since the end of the Cold War. In this class, we will examine why states repress their people, form human rights law, and comply with international human rights standards. While in The Hague, the class will visit the world’s most famous human rights courts, including the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Court of Justice, and the Peace Palace. Students will have a chance to interact with human rights lawyers and practitioners, learning from those individuals who have played a critical role in punishing infamous war criminals and shaping modern international relations. This is a summer 2014 course worth 3 credits. Apply and Learn More.

Summer 2015 - Comparative Law in London

Travel and study in London with professor Walter Toomey where you will immerse yourself in Comparative Law. Through site visits such as the houses of Parliament, Inns of Court, The Royal courts of Justice, the Commonwealth Lawyer's Association as well as guest lecturers, students will gain a better perspective on their own legal system as well as the United Kingdom legal system. By comparing and contrasting the various facets of each system and the justifications and impact of each, students will sharpen their critical thinking and their ability to articulate practical distinctions, positive or negative, between starkly contrasting models. Students will also gain cultural perspective, improve their ability to cope and thrive in unfamiliar and challenging environments, practice diplomacy by politely and thoughtfully engaging people with different ideas in meaningful discussion and debate, and learn to use their experiences to critique and evolve their own preconceptions and ideas. This is a summer 2014 course worth 3 credits. Apply and learn more.

Summer 2015 - Music Workshop in Tuscany, Italy

This is an exciting opportunity for music majors! Two UMass Lowell music majors will be selected to participate in the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting workshop in Tuscany, Italy! Participation costs will be covered through a scholarship granted by the Sarteano workshop. Sing with choral musicians from all over the globe! Join Simon Carrington, Bronislawa Falinska and UMass Lowell Choral Director Brian O'Connell for their tenth consecutive year leading this workshop. This intensive conducting workshop is geared for music educators and choral conductors with strong vocal ability who are interested in rehearsing and performing chamber choral music. You will be part of a 26-30-member ensemble that will prepare and perform a capella choral music from the 16th to the 20th century. As a music educator or conductor seeking the experience of working and learning in a small group, you will have the opportunity to establish and develop relationships and to make music with other like-minded musicians. Creating a cohesive and musical ensemble in such a short time period is essential to the workshop, and we will focus on techniques to help facilitate this over the course of the workshop. Workshop sessions will be held in the Società Filarmonica, and we will close with a performance in the beautiful Teatro di Sarteano. Apply and learn more.