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Study Abroad Virtual Fair | Faculty-Led Programs

Four USU students in front of the Colosseum in Rome, with Dare to Know Honors shirts on

November 18, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
November 19, 2020 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM

The USU Study Abroad Fair highlights faculty-led programs planned for summer 2021. Meet the faculty leaders and learn more about the unique opportunities to study abroad along with other USU students. 

Recorded Zoom Sessions

building in Taiwan

Taiwan -- Agricultural and Cultural Exploration

This course will focus on agricultural and lifestyle practices of Taiwan through field trips, site visits, lectures by experts, food demonstrations, hiking, and group discussions. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: May 9 to May 22, 2021

Academics/Credit: Earn 2 credits in PSC 4900 

Leaders: Scott Jones, Professor and iPACE Director,, and Dora Brunson, Business Manager, 


Buildings in Derry, Ireland, You Are Now Entering Derry

Northern Ireland -- Borders in Flux: Peace, Conflict and Identity

This program will explore the century-old conflict in Northern Ireland and globalization's impact upon the identities and interests of the parties involved. Learn more about this program. 

Dates: June 24 to July 7, 2021 

Academics/Credit: Earn 3 Credits in POLS 4890: Special Topics or CMST 5000: Studies in Communication Studies

Leaders: Dr. Shannon Peterson, Director of Global Programming, , Julia Lynes, EzCity Director,



Birds eye view of buildings in the UK

England -- Origins of the U.S. Criminal Justice System

When the criminal justice system in the United States was formulated, it was largely influenced by the criminal justice system in England. To better understand why the criminal justice system in the United States is structured like it is, we will learn about the English system that influenced it and visit sites in England that composed that system. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: June 21 to June 30, 2021

Academics/Credits: Earn 3 credits in SOC 4440: Origins of the United States Criminal Justice System

Leaders: Jason Twede, Assistant Professor,, and Scott Henrie, Professor,


colorful village in the mountains of Nepal

Nepal -- Outdoor Product Design and Development

Spend two weeks abroad studying, volunteering, and exploring along the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountain ranges. Students will work on various sustainability projects, immerse themselves in the vibrant culture, and explore the social and economic impacts of the outdoor industry and manufacturing. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: May 18 to June 2, 2021

Academics/Credits: Earn 3 credits in OPDD 3900: Special Problems in Outdoor Product Design and Development

Leaders: Scott Greenhalgh, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice,, and Justin Powell, Youthlinc Director



Eiffel tower at sunset in Paris

France -- French Language

This faculty-led program takes students to France for intensive language study and cultural immersion. Students will spend four weeks in the South of France, more specifically in Antibes, for a four-week program of study in the Centre International d'Antibes (CIA), where students will be instructed by local teachers of the academy. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: May 16 to June 12, 2021

Academics/Credit: Earn 6 credits studying French at beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels. Students take a language placement test upon arrival for proper class selection.

Leader: Virginie Reali, Lecturer of French,

White building on sandy beach with turquoise ocean in Jamaiaca

Jamaica -- Global Community Leadership

Students will complete service projects in the Hayfield community in Jamaica. Learn about applied leadership principles in an international development context and global health issues. The Global Community Leadership program is partnered with Youthlinc. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: May 30 to June 13, 2021

Academics/Credit: Earn 3 credits in one of two classes:

  • HEP 5250: Global Health & Service Learning 
  • USU 2160: Applied Leadership Training 

Leader: Jessica Roueche, Instructor,, and Justin Powell, Youthlinc Director  


study abroad advisors Emma Wright and Katie Davidson outside, pictured in beanies and coats

USU Study Abroad Advisors

Join Katie Davidson and Emma Wright, study abroad advisors, to get your questions answered and find your path as you explore programs with USU Study Abroad!

Schedule Virtual Advising and Contact Info: Katie Davidson,, Emma Wright, 



blue lake in the mountains of Costa Rica

Costa Rica -- Field Ecology

This course is designed for the upper-level undergraduate or graduate biology student, and other non-biology/natural resources majors to examine tropical ecology and natural resource management of tropical environments in a global context. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: May 22 to May 30, 2021

Academics/CreditEarn 3 credits in BIOL 4750/6750: Special Topics in Biology: Tropical Ecology and Sustainability. 

Leaders: Samuel Rivera, Academic Advisor, Biology,; and Jessica Murray, Ph.D. candidate & Teaching Assistant, Biology,


woman and man coming up for air with snorkel masks on

Australia -- Introduction to Coral Reefs

*This program has been canceled for 2021. It might run in 2022.

This course offers a unique hands-on opportunity to study the biology and ecology of coral reefs and their many inhabitants in the world's largest and most iconic coral system, The Great Barrier Reef. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: July 30 to August 11, 2021  Canceled for 2021

Academics/Credit: Earn 3 credits in WATS 3450: Intro to Coral Reefs Field Course.

Leader(s): Trisha Atwood, Assistant Professor of Watershed Sciences,, and Edd Hamill, Assistant Professor of Watershed Sciences,


Spanish village

Spain -- Spanish Language

This is a 4-week program at the Fundación Universidad de La Rioja in Logroño, Spain for beginning to advanced Spanish speakers. Living in Spain for a month gives students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the language and culture, improving Spanish language skills and cultural understanding on-site. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: June 27 to July 24, 2021

Academics/Credit: Earn 6 credits. Students will take a placement test upon arrival for proper class selection.

Leader: Kevin Krogh, Emeritus Principal Lecturer of Spanish,


Statues in cambodia

Cambodia and Vietnam -- National Identity After War and Conflict

This course and study abroad experience will help you understand the broader global-political context of the conflict in Southeast Asia and the Cambodian genocide.  Through the vehicle of narratives – memoirs, fiction, and individual storytelling – this course aims to put a human face on the often abstract concept of war and violence. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: May 10 to June 1, 2021

Academics/Credit: Earn 5 credits in POLS 4890/COMM 5000: Special Topics. 

Leaders: Shannon Peterson,, Director of Global Programming, and Justin Powell, Youthlinc Director


japanese building in the forest

Japan -- Practicum in Health Promotion

*This program has been canceled for 2021. It might run in 2022.

The "Practicum in Health Promotion - Japan" is designed to support graduate students in public health (MPH) who are completing a required applied practice experience.  We will be partnering with the University of Tsukuba MPH program to identify appropriate field sites, and site preceptors who will oversee student internships related to the holistic management of chronic illness; integrated wellness for the elderly; body image and eating disorders; and other potential health promotion targets. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: May 8 to May 29, 2021  Canceled for 2021

Academics/Credit: Earn 3 credits in HEP 6600: Practicum in Health Promotion

Leader: Steven R. Hawks,, Professor of Health Education and Promotion



Outside view of Shakespeare's Globe in London, United Kingdom

Europe -- Humanities and Arts

Take the grand tour of the United Kingdom with the Humanities and Arts crew! Spend 4 weeks learning about artistic expression across cultures, theatre, architecture, interior design, and clothing. Visit the finest museums, float the canals, explore palaces, castles, grand cathedrals, and sample the local cuisine. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: July 16 to August 10, 2021

Academics/Credit: Undergraduate students choose two 3-credit classes for a total of 6 credits, and graduate students choose two 2-credit classes for a total of 4 credits:

  • USU 1330 (3 credits, BCA) Civilization: Creative Arts 
  • THEA 3570 (3 credits, DHA) or 6900 (2 credits) Costume History
  • *THEA 4710 (3 credits, CI/DHA) or 6710 (2 credits) Contemporary Theater
  • THEA 3560 (3 credits, DHA) or 6900 (2 credits) Period Styles/Historic Interiors 

Leaders: Nancy Hills, Professor, and Dennis Hassan, Professor,


colorful village on the coast of Portugal

Portugal -- Portuguese Language

Set in Lisbon, Portugal, this program offers students the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Portuguese language and culture. In addition to learning the language, experience cultural and social activities every week, including walking tours to Lisbon's center, museums and art galleries, cooking classes, music with Fado singers, and local beaches. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: May 30 to June 26, 2021

Academics/Credit: Students can choose one 4-credit course and one 2-credit course from these courses: 

  • PORT 1800, PORT 2800, PORT 3800 (4 credits)
  • PORT 1820/2820/3820: Independent Study: Experiencing Lusophone Culture (2 credits)

Leader: Full Professor of Portuguese Language, Cacilda Rego,




White castle

Europe -- Comparative Social Welfare

Embark on an educational and cultural trip of a lifetime to the UK, France, and Italy coordinated by EF College Tours, experienced leaders in the student travel field!  Visit sites and hear from experts in each country to learn about social welfare systems in Europe, while touring some of the world-famous cultural, historical, and religious sites of these countries. Learn more about the program. 

Dates: May 18 to May 29, 2021

Academics/Credit: Earn 3 credits in SW 4900/6900: Comparative International Social Welfare

Leaders: C.J. Sorenson, Clinical Associate Professor, and EF College Tours


 "My experience made me appreciate my access to education so much. In relation to cultures, it engrained my love for experiencing new things and meeting all different kinds of people.

Camryn Rigby, USU - Genocide and Memory, Cambodia, Faculty-led, Summer 2019

"I believe EVERYONE should study abroad at some point during their college experience. Getting out of your comfort zone is part of living life."
Megyn Degraw, USU - Genocide and Memory, Cambodia, Faculty-led, Summer 2019

Student Testimonials

Meg Leishman in front of cathedral in Spain

"I’ve never felt so independent..."

"The classes enabled me to communicate with my host family, order food at a restaurant, and ask for directions at the bus stop. It was so freeing and liberating! I’ve never felt so independent and sure of myself."

Michaela Leishman, USU - Spanish Language, Spain 
Faculty-led, Summer 2019


Helen Lea and group in front of cave in Italy with UState flag

"Get the gelato!"

"In the long term, the memory of that amazing pizza you ate in Florence or the tour you decided to take of the Vatican is going to be worth so much more than the actual euros you spent. The time on your study abroad goes so insanely fast, so there’s no time to stress over a dollar here or there –get the gelato!"

Helen Lea, USU - Landscape Architecture, Italy
Faculty-led, Summer 2019