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Transform your learning through travel and earn credit! Check out the links to faculty blogs, facebook pages, and application links below. New programs are added every year.

Announcement: Scholarships are often available for these programs. Please view the full list of scholarships on our Scholarships & Financial Aid website.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship in India - Winter and/or summer

On Monday, January 8, 2018 UMass Lowwell study abroad students celebrated culture day by dressing in traditional Indian clothes and showing up to class. Photo by Nana Younge

Description: Travel and study entrepreneurship and innovation with UMass Lowell's Manning School of Business, Global Entrepreneurship Exchange program, winner of the 2018 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for Best Practices in Study Abroad! Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome.

Students will travel to Hubli, India (winter intersession) or Warangal, India (summer) with Professor Ashwin Mehta and rotating UMass Lowell faculty to KLE Technological University (winter) or SR Engineering College (summer) to learn alongside partner university students from around the world and immerse themselves in entrepreneurial mindsets and cultural influences on decision-making.

This course 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 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.

Credits: 3, Graduate or Undergraduate

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Special Topics in Honors: Cultural Immersion in Havana, Cuba - Winter

UMass Lowell study abroad students walking down a street in Havana, Cuba. Photo by Daniel Gonzalez

Description: This course will use the Cuban experience as a backdrop for experiential learning, along with discussions with professionals in that particular field of study, and writing assignments designed to allow students tot reflect upon their experience studying and living in Cuba.

Topics covered by Professor Julian Zabalbeascoa and guest lecturers from the University of Havana will provide students with a multi-disciplinary overview of Cuban contemporary culture. This is a Winter course that runs from January 2-16 and satisfies the H6 requirement for Honors students.

Credits: 3

Student Experiences: Read about our 2018 group's experiences in their study abroad travel blog.

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Intensive Spanish Language in Cadiz, Spain - Summer

A building in Cadiz, Spain as seen duirng a walking tour. Photo by Rebecca Taft

Description: Complete 2-4 semesters of Spanish language plus one special topics Spanish elective 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. 

Credits: 6-15 depending on sessions and optional Spanish elective.

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London By Design - Spring Course with travel program in June

Double-decker bus on the streets of London.

Description: Studio Workshop and an optional Directed Study are the two-course prospectus for the Spring 2019 academic portion with June travel program in London. Each course will be offered as a 3 credit class. We will study wayfinding, typography and travel collateral. Travel Program includes, housing and museum passes and more.

Credits: 3 - 6 credits

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Note: "By Design" course travel component has rotated annually in Florence, Italy and London, UK.

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Art History Special Topics: Modernism in France and French Cinema and Society in Paris, France - Summer

UMass Lowell study abroad students pose in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Photo by Julie O'Neil

Description: Modernism in France and French Cinema and Society are the two components of a two-course prospectus for Summer Study Abroad in Paris. 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.

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 them 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.

Credits: 6 (3 per course)

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Special Topics in Honors: Spanish and Basque Cultural Immersion in San Sebastian, Spain - Summer

Outdoor classroom during Study Abroad trip to San Sebastian, Spain.

Description: This course uses the city of San Sebastian, Spain, as its primary text. Chosen as the 2016 European Capital of Culture, San Sebastian offers students the best of both worlds: a modern European city with an Old Quarter that preserves its rich legacy of history and culture. “Special Topics in Honors: Basque Cultural Immersion” will take learning outside the classroom, exposing students to structured situations and experiences through a Humanities lens.

T.S. Eliot wrote, “The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” This course’s aim then is to enlarge and enrich the students’ 3 weeks in San Sebastian. This will be accomplished through multiple approaches: field trips and excursions, on-site lectures, an examination of Spanish history, politics, culture, geography, cuisine, literature, cinema, sport, and art; writing assignments that encourage a comparative analysis between Spain’s history and America’s today; and lessons dedicated to learning the craft and art of Immersion Writing.

Credits: 3 credits.

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Israel: Managing Sustainability in a Global Environment - Winter Intersession

The Western Wall, also known as the Wailing Wall and in Hebrew as the Kotel in Jerusalem, Israel.

Description: This one-week experiential learning program in Israel is part of a 2-week intensive winter intersession course. The course will include cases, videos, site visits and lectures/workshops to highlight sustainability initiatives, both local and global so students can appreciate the innovative approaches to find sustainable solutions to the major challenges in today's world. Open to undergrad and graduate level students. Honors College students can earn an honors requirement course for this program.

Credits: 3

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Download the Israel: Managing Sustainability in a Global Environment - Winter Intersession flyer (pdf).

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Community Building in Quito, Ecuador - Spring Course, Travel during Spring Break

UMass Lowell study abroad on a forest cloud swing at Casa Del Arbol in Ecuador. Photo by Kimberly Ng

Description: Earn 1 credit as an add-on experiential learning opportunity for participation in a service experience in Quito, Ecuador during spring break. Students will expand their world perspectives, raise awareness of international issues and instill a desire to serve on a deeper level. Through this community-based approach to development, students will explore a holistic approach, a community focus and leadership development. Open to students who have completed or will enroll in Latin American Philosophy.

Credits: 1

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Immigration Studies Seminar in Prague, Czech Republic - Summer

The sun shines through clouds as seen from the top of a tower ion Prague. Photo by Catherine Chadwick

Description: This summer abroad program will take place in the cosmopolitan city of Prague, an architectural treasure, located in the heart of Europe. We will be partnering with Charles University, the oldest Czech higher education institution, founded in 1348. You will have the opportunity to join Czech and possibly other European students for 3 weeks full of experiencing a small migration yourself, learning about migration but also about yourself and your peers, and exploring a beautiful country. All of this, under the guidance of Jana Sladkova, Ph.D., from the Psychology Department, a native of Prague.

The content will include current issues of migration to the United States and the Czech Republic, case studies of particular migrant groups (i.e., Vietnamese in the Czech Republic or Mexican in the United States), and integration of migrants into their new communities. It is open to undergraduate (juniors and seniors) and graduate students from different departments. Even though the course originates in the Psychology Department, it will explore migration from vantage points of various disciplines.

Credits: 3-6

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Internship + Language, Culture & Civil Society, Valencia, Spain - Spring course, travel + study in summer

group photo of UMass Lowell study abroad trip to Valencia, Spain

Description: Students will enroll in spring semester coursework which will carry over to the international experience in Valencia, Spain over the summer for 6 weeks. In Valencia students will intern at a community organization and learn the Spanish language through coursework taken at the University of Valencia, a UMass Lowell partner institution.

Credits: 6-9

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Aesthetics and Critical Studies, Florence and Rome, Italy - summer

UMass Lowell study abroad students ride a gondola in Venice. Caption: Mass tourism is pushing the locals out of Venice. Photo by Casey O'Dwyer

Description: See and make art. The thematic focus of art history with special emphasis on Italian self-organized social groups, Catholic art and the Venice Biennale. Explore amazing art and architecture and the Roma Crack Prints and Drawings Festival.

Credits: 3

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Music Workshop in Tuscany, Italy - Summer

A beautiful pink sky in Sarteano in Tuscany, Italy. Photo by Rebecca Crivello

This is an exciting opportunity for music majors!

Description: There will be two sessions of the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop in Tuscany, Italy. Two (or more) UMass Lowell music majors will be selected to participate in the workshop.

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 eleventh consecutive year leading this workshop.

This intensive conducting workshop is geared for music educators and choral conductors with strong vocal ability that 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 cappella choral music from the 16th to the 21st 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. The first session (Musica Sacra) will culminate in a performance in the historic Chiesa di San Francisco, while the second session (mixed repertoire) will close with a performance in the beautiful Teatro di Sarteano.

Credits: 3

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Global Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Nanjing, China - Summer

Students pose in front of a monument on a UMass Lowell study abroad trip to China.

Description: Under the umbrella of the UMass Lowell Global Entrepreneurship Exchange Program, a 2018 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award Winner for Best Practice in Study Abroad, travel to Nanjing, China to Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications to learn alongside NUPT Management school students as well as students from around the globe to immerse in entrepreneurial mindsets and cultural influences on decision-making. This course will include travel to Nanjing, China and is designed to help students understand the importance of Innovation & 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. It will consist of lectures, class discussions, case studies, group projects (such as Ideation and Technology Commercialization), visits to area technology companies and incubators and guest speakers.

Credits: 3, Graduate and Undergraduate

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International Business in Copenhagen, Denmark

A Norwegian Fford as seen from above. UNESCO World Heritage site Nærøyfjorden (narrow fjord).  The hike was especially difficult but the view of the fjord from 3,700 feet up was magnificent. Photo by Peter Adler

UNESCO World Heritage site Nærøyfjorden (narrow fjord).

Description: Increasingly, businesses are global, making learning about international business and its unique challenges an important part of a business education. Based in Copenhagen, one of the major financial centers of Northern Europe, we will analyze and visit industries and companies of all sizes and listen to local guest lecturers.

Credits: 3

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Contemporary Art & Life Sciences Workshop, São Luís, Portugal - Summer

A side view of Belém Tower in Lisbon, Portugal as taken during a UMass Lowell study abroad trip. Photo by Stephanie La Flamme

Belém Tower

Description: Students will explore the intersection of Art, Biology and the Environment in São Luís, Portugal. This is an interdisciplinary course that combines art and science. Students will acquire theoretical and practical skills in biological and environmental sciences in connection to the visual arts. The intersection of Art, Biology and the Environment offer unique opportunities to visual artists. This innovative course, which is already on its fourth edition, will allow non-specialists to acquire theoretical and practical skills in biological and environmental science.

Credits: 3

Student Experiences:

2018 travel blog.

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Practicum International Experience, London - Spring course, travel in Summer

Musician playing in front of a Shakespeare mural at the Globe Theatre in London. Picture taking during a UMass Lowell study abroad trip. Photo by Emoni Baffour

Description: This program will take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage with British literature, Shakespeare’s work and his continued influence, theatre and more. We will explore London, its cultural sites and theater to help us understand medieval through the modernist periods literary history and how Shakespeare grew from a poet, to a commodity, to a legacy to this day. We will also spend time in Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of the internationally renown Royal Shakespeare Company, to see performances and tour Shakespeare’s city and its attractions. Aside from theaters and historical sites, we visit British cultural institutions, see original publications of Shakespeare’s work, speak with theatrical and scholarly professionals. In addition to the plays, we will visit a number of museums, historical sites, and London neighborhoods to broaden our understanding of English literary history and Shakespeare’s enduring importance as he is repacked and repurposed from everything to films to coffee mugs to comic books. Students will enroll in the spring practicum course and participate in the travel program in early June.

Credits: 1-2

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Comparative Criminal Justice, Lisbon Portugal - Summer

Criminology students pose for a group photo on a study abroad trip in Portugal.

Description: UMass Lowell’s Center for Terrorism and Security Studies (CTSS) is seeking highly motivated students to become involved in a immersive 2-week study abroad program hosted in Lisbon, Portugal. This program offers a broad insight into criminal justice issues in Portugal and across Europe (including drugs, policing, prisons).

Credits: 3

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