Selected study abroad trips for 2018

Exploring International Healthcare Systems – Sweden
Explore Sweden’s health care system, which is ranked by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, as one of the best healthcare system in the world.  Learn key facts about this country’s historical and social development, governance (healthcare law, monitoring and policy, and county councils), financing, and private and public healthcare services. Stay in one of the most beautiful cities of the world.  Enjoy cultural excursions in the land of the Vikings!  Spring course with travel dates May 18-26, 2018.​ Estimated costs $3939.80. Students will enroll in HSC-L 330 or POLS-Y 594 (3 Credits).
For more information contact trip leader Professor Caren Rossow

Business and Social Responsibility in Greece
Explore applied principles of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability from a Greek/European perspective, in Athens-Greece. Participate in experiential learning, comprised of visits to corporate, government, and NGO offices.  Enjoy cultural excursions to marvel in the glory days of ancient Greece, the birthplace of Democracy. Take BUS-B399, a Gen Ed course, during a 4-week trip with travel dates during Summer II, 2018.​ Estimated costs $3,000. Students will enroll in BUS-B 399: Business & Society (3 Credits).
For more information contact trip leader Professor Harry Vasilopoulos

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention – Belize
Learn the secrets of medicinal plants on the Maya medicine trail.  Climb to the top of Xunantunich, one of many Mayan ruins, and see where Belize meets Guatemala, explore the pitz stadium where the Maya would play the infamous ball game, Pok-A-Tok.  Most importantly, make a difference in children’s lives by creating and delivering unique health promotion lessons to kids ages 4-14; and work alongside health professionals to help provide health screenings and referrals to the local children.  All majors are encouraged to apply, no health care experience required. Students will enroll in HSC-N 390 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
For more information contact trip leader Professor Kristyn Quimby

O Canada: Gender, Human Rights, and Society – Montreal and Ottawa
Join us for a new, affordable and exciting trip to Canada in spring 2018. Students will learn about Canadian concepts of rights and freedoms, including Indigenous people’s, women’s, LGBTQ, and refugee rights. We will also study contemporary approaches to reconciliation and justice in Canada, as well as policies on immigration, multiculturalism, health care and family. Ten-day travel to Ottawa and Montreal will take place between spring semester and Summer Session I. Ottawa is the beautiful, green capital of Canada, while Montreal is renowned for being the old center of French Canada, with café culture and vibrant multicultural neighborhoods. We are planning an exciting line-up of activities: sightseeing, public art, tours of Parliament, conversations with local experts, Indigenous walking tours, hands-on history and more! Take advantage of banded tuition! No extra tuition fees will be incurred for students studying full-time in spring semester at IU South Bend. Students will enroll in WGS-B 399: Gender, Human Rights, and Society (3 Credits).
For more information contact trip leaders Professors Louise Collins and Cathy Borshuk

Writers, Fighters, and Urban Transformation – Ireland/Northern Ireland
Explore the ancient and the modern in Ireland / Northern Ireland with IU South Bend International programs during Summer 2018. On this trip to Dublin (Republic of Ireland) and Derry (Northern Ireland), students will tour castles, take in stunning coastal views, and learn from some of Ireland’s leading scholars. Pre-trip, students will take two IU South Bend courses fulfilling general education common core requirements; in ENG-T 190 the focus is on Ireland’s celebrated literary culture and divisive history, including the migration of many Irish to the United States. In POLS-B 399 students will explore the impact of globalization on Ireland’s largest cities and their residents. Students will enroll in ENG-T (Everyone’s Irish) and POLS-B 399 (Urban Politics and Policy).
For more information contact trip leaders Professors Shawn Nichols-Boyle and Jamie Smith

Sustainability – Costa Rica
Travel in beautiful Costa Rica, “the Green Republic,” as you learn about environmental conservation, the challenges of eco-tourism and the principles of sustainable development. Explore environments that range from volcanic cloud forest to tropical coastline as you learn about efforts to preserve the natural beauty and diversity. Stay with families in a small city rich in traditional culture and home to some of the longest-living people in the world. Improve your Spanish in small conversation classes from beginning levels to fluency. Teach English and provide health information during a stay in a nearby rural community.  Open to all majors and all language levels. Students will enroll in ANTH-B399 Sustainability in Costa Rica.
For more information contact trip leader Professor Scott Sernau

Spanish Language and Mexican Culture – Mexico
This is a unique opportunity to spend four weeks studying language, history, culture, and society in Mexico. Students enroll in six credits of IUSB courses. The Spanish courses are taught on the campus of the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca. The institute is located in a lovely 19th century estate surrounded by private gardens in the colonial center of the city. Details about the courses associated with this class are coming soon.
For more information contact trip leaders Professors Elaine Roth, John Davis

Drawing and Sculpture – Florence, Italy
The Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts, in cooperation with The Office of International Programs offer an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself for four weeks in the rich culture and art of Florence and Tuscany. In the heart of Florence, Santa Reparata International School of Art will be our campus away from home. During the weekends there will be field trips and onsite classes to various Tuscan towns, and other regions. These classes may be used as an elective for many non-art students, and for a degree requirement for most art students. The estimated total cost of the program will be $4,700 plus 6 credits tuition at IU South Bend. Students will enroll in FINA A399 Art, Aesthetics and Creativity (3 credits) and FINA-S497 Independent Study in sculpture (3 credits).
For more information contact trip leader Professor Dora Natella

Icelandic Land Ethics: Sustainability of Natural-Based Resources
Come learn about the sustainable practices of Iceland’s natural-based resources amid her growing tourism market. Explore Iceland’s rich history as it pertains to the development of a deep and abiding land ethic among her inhabitants. Stay in a postcard-like setting on Holar University College’s campus nestled in a lush valley between two large mountain ridges in the north central region of Iceland. Enjoy excursions to witness fire and ice at its best, as well as the creatures that live there: seals, puffins, whales, and others. Students will enroll in SUST-B399 (3 credits).
Travel dates are May 28-June 10, 2018. Estimated costs $3500.00.
For more information contact trip leader Professor Terri Hebert,
This trip is pending final IU approval


The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová

The first Deans’ Seminar in the 2017-2018 series will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017. Kelcey Ervick, Associate Professor of English, will present her research entitled “Biographical Collage: Telling Life Stories through Fragments and Found Texts.” We will meet in the UCET Peterson Classroom (NS245) at 12:00 noon. You are welcome to bring your lunch and a drink. 

Bozena-Front-Cover200“My God,” wrote Virginia Woolf, “how does one write a Biography?” Traditional biographies often unfold in a linear way, with the biographer providing a spoonful of story to make the facts and information go down. But this approach may reflect more of what Phyllis Rose calls our “Anglo-American respect for fact” than our understanding of how life works; real life is complex and impossible to capture in linear narrative. My last two books have taken the lives of little-known women in history as their subjects, and my approach to this feminist recovery project has been more akin to collage than traditional biography. Collage is the art of cutting-and-pasting existing words and images into new arrangements, often dissociating material from its original context. The result can be both disorienting and thrilling. My 2013 book Liliane’s Balcony is a work of historical fiction that imagines the life of Liliane Kaufmann, who, with her husband in 1934, commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, but who is scarcely mentioned in its extensive histories. My new book The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová focuses on a Czech fairy tale writer who is remembered in film, statues, and currency, but is scarcely known outside of her homeland. Both books include archival materials, letters, primary texts, and documentary sources about the subject. In this seminar, I’ll discuss the research methods, narrative strategies, and feminist theories that informed my writing of these two nontraditional books. 



New Study Abroad Trip to Iceland in 2018

Iceland, affectionately labeled the “Island of Fire and Ice,” is known for its volcanoes and glaciers. However, there are also impressive waterfalls, places offering solitude and silence, and beautiful sandy beaches stretching for miles.


Slated for Summer 2018, IU South Bend will sponsor a new study abroad program for students to experience this magical place. Using Holar University College, located in Holar in Hjaltadalur, as our base, we will explore places such as Snaefellsnes (the mystical volcano known as the entrance point to the planet’s interior, made famous by Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth), Reykjavik (the world’s northernmost capital), Gullfoss (Iceland’s best known waterfall, also labeled the “golden falls”), Vestmannaeyjar (comprised of 16 small islands – Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the chain – and is one of the world’s newer volcanic creations), and Akureyri (Iceland’s second city having the country’s most photographed attractions).

The purpose of the SUST-B399: Human Behavior & Social Institutions course, besides exploring the places listed above, and others, is to investigate through assigned readings, onsite explorations, and interactions with native Icelanders the sustainable living practices occurring there, including those embedded within the country’s social, scientific, political, and educational institutions, and contrast them with what is currently evidenced within the United States. The goal is to develop a critical and analytical skill set necessary in becoming global citizens guided by mutual respect and trust.

“Canada, Our Near Neighbor to the North”

Canada, our near neighbor to the North, seems very familiar, but also very different. It has a unique history and has developed its own characteristic approach to public issues, social policies and the rights of its citizens, and lately is playing an outside role on the world stage. What can we learn from this country with its universal health care, embrace of refugees, and charismatic, yoga-loving feminist Prime Minister? At the same time, how can other democracies learn from Canada’s attempts to reconcile a painful genocidal history and continued mistreatment of indigenous communities?  In a cost-effective B399 course, slated for travel between Spring and Summer 2018 semesters, students will spend 10 days divided between Canada’s beautiful capital Ottawa, a diverse and green city in the province of Ontario, and Montreal, a major historical and cultural French Canadian city in Quebec. With local Anglo, Québécois, and indigenous experts as guides, and drawing on the rich museums, universities, and cultural sites in each city, students will learn that while all nations face challenges with regard to social, civil, and human rights, there are many different ways to meet these challenges, even among the pluralistic democracies of North America.
Canada IndigenousTour guideMany people offer guided tours of various indigenous sites around the beautiful and culturally significant areas of Canada. Pictured here is Jaime Koebel, who designed and runs the powerful Indigenous Walks tour that our students will experience. This experience exposes students to some of the vast cultural diversity North America has to offer in the best way possible, by giving them a tangible experience through which to learn.


Blog post by April Lidinsky

Terrors of Terezin: The Juxtaposition Behind the Walls

Standing here I am locked in by the same four walls. The same four walls that innocent Jewish people were forced to stand in, side by side, in a cell made for one. The origin of the cell was intended for the use of punishing one person for their actions against the Nazi regime. However, people upon people were piled into the room. The cell had one cut out square in the cement wall for the purpose of ventilation. Yet, the ventilation provided little to no air for the prisoners. During the middle of the night, forced to sleep standing up, they were suffocated to death.

Terezin was established in 1780 on the orders of Emperor Joseph II. It was constructed as a fortress to protect Bohemia against the Prussian troops. The fortress, however, was never used for its original purposes. By the end of the 19th century, the facility was being used for military and political prisoners. The most infamous prisoner was Gavrilo Princip. He was convicted of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, the assassination that it said to have started World War 1. He died in cell number 1 of tuberculosis.

Terezin 1

After Hitler had successfully invaded Czechoslovakia, on June 10, 1940, the Gestapo took control over Terezin. The first inmates were moved in the small fortress, the location of the Jewish prison, four days later. The larger fortress was used as a Jewish Ghetto during World War 2.

The eerie presence of the prior history hits you as soon as you drive into the fortress, which is still an inhabited town.  The walls of the fortress are built for protection of the people living within. Despite the fortification intended for security most of Terezin’s history was never used for this purpose. The walls of Terezin saw more destruction than preservation.

terezin 2

The irony of the location is found around every corner. First and foremost, the irony that the fortress was built for protecting the people within it yet, thousands of innocent lives were lost inside the fortified walls. There is also the interesting juxtaposition of the run down isolation cells traced with death. The location of the old moat around the town is now filled with an abundance of green grass. From the bridge connecting the prison cells to the crematorium, you can look off into the distance and run your eyes down the fortified walls. The ground is full of vibrant green grass. The top of the walls are crowded with overgrown weeds and grass. The beauty of the scenery makes you forget the death that occurred beyond your standing position.

Terezin 3

Lastly, it is hard not to address the elephant in the room when visiting. It is the first thing not only I but many of the people in the tour group recognized. There are still a few thousand people residing in Terezin. They live in the same homes that Jews were placed in during World War 2. Within the Ghetto, many people died of disease and famine. Yet, these people are willingly living within these same buildings despite their gory history.

The overall tone of Terezin is hard to capture in words. It is not even plausible to capture it in pictures either. However, you can be assured that it is powerful, haunting and beautiful all mixed into one.


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Blog post written by: Samantha Blair

Prague vs. Berlin by Savannah Welnetz

One of the greatest gifts in life is when things don’t go as planned. This was definitely the case for my study abroad trip to Berlin and Prague. I originally signed up in order to finally get to see the infamous German capital. The idea of Prague was just a pleasant bonus. I wasn’t even sure where it was until I started the classes. But, boy, did I discover a gem.
I fully expected to spend my time in Prague looking forward to Berlin. And in some ways I did. But in others, I never wanted to leave. One such moment was anytime I could stand and gazing up at the Prague Castle. I will never forget the image so long as I live.
The St. Vitus Cathedral peaks out from behind the lengthy castle, confusing tourists who don’t know any better. The castle itself stretches out almost the entire length of the hill it sits upon. The orange titled roof blends in with the similarly painted roofs of the other buildings and homes beneath it, again stumping the unknowledgeable tourist. What struck me the most about this postcard perfect view is the fact that no matter where I went in Prague, no matter how much of a glimpse I caught of the fortress, it was still beautiful. There was never a time in which it looked ugly or off. Even the view from our hostel made it shine.



In addition to the fact that the castle and cathedral looks epic from any angle, the dynamic duo looks just as breath taking at all times of the day. In our exploration of Prague, every time we cross the Charles Bridge I made sure to capture at least one or two quick shots of the castle in the hopes of capturing just how gorgeous the view really was.

I never did manage to capture a picture that fully communicated to the viewer the sheer beauty of the castle. And I often felt guilty for failing to be able to share this hidden gem to my friends and family back home. However, what I ended up doing was capturing a series of shots that showed the castle at different times of the day. Each picture makes the castle look like almost a different location.

Prague Castle during the day…



Prague Castle at dusk…



And finally, Prague Castle at night…



Obviously to the harder to impress, it is the same location. And the not-so-stereotypical looking castle can be written off as something not so astounding. But as someone who grew up with Disney princesses and dreams of fairy tale places, Prague and its castle view really gave the feel that I was standing in the middle of said dream. Standing on the bridge or looking up from our hostel, I felt like I was looking up at a marvel of mankind. Often times I would be just ogling and committing the picture to memory when I would think, “People get to live in this ancient city and look up at this same castle I am everyday”. It’s hard to wrap my mind around that.

For all of our modern technology, I’m not sure there will ever be a camera that could capture the near angelic image of Prague Castle to my satisfaction.


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Brexit: Implications Home and Abroad

Is the European Union Falling Apart?

After World War II, European states realized the need for an alliance in Europe to ensure that another war was not an option. In order to do this, European states began to not only unite but also intertwined their economies. This resulted in the creation of the European Union (EU). The EU brings together 28 different countries, but its foundation is shaking. And, on June 23rd, 2016, the votes came pouring in on whether Britain was to exit (British Exit; or ‘Brexit‘ for short) or remain in the EU.

Each political side had their advantages and their disadvantages. Anti-establishment members, or “Pro-Brexit” voters, called on Britain to leave the EU. They believed Brexit was necessary in order to protect what was left of the country’s culture which would benefit their economy by not having to follow EU business regulations. By leaving the EU, Pro-Brexit voters believed Britain would be able to regain its control over its independence. With the EU’s preset regulations on immigration, Britain did not get much of a say in the handling of the country’s labor migration. Many argued that immigrants would work in Britain for fewer benefits and lower wages. With jobs of British citizens being threatened, many individuals began seeing Britain’s role in the EU as a negative for Britain’s working class citizens.

On the other hand, “Remain” supporters proposed that it would, in fact, be better for Britain’s economy to stay in the EU. Those who voted to remain believed that the consequences of leaving the European Union were even more harmful to Britain. Remain voters believed Brexit’s potential would not be worth its risk to the country’s economy. Fearing the break would cause major economic problems, Remain voters saw the EU as a security blanket and hoped to keep things in Britain the same. However, in the early morning of June 24th, 2016, the votes had been counted. Winning by 51.9%, Pro-Brexit voters beat the Remain supporters, who came up short with only 48.1% of the total vote.

The result in numbers

In order for Britain to completely withdraw from the European Union, many deals and treaties still have to be met. But since the vote, changes throughout the country have already begun. These changes not only affect European natives, but also Americans. Well, at least those with European stocks or those who plan to travel to England and other European hotspots soon.

What does that mean for the 2017 London/Edinburgh trip?

The Currency Conversion:

Both England and Scotland use pound sterling as their form of currency. The pound sterling is commonly referred to as ‘pounds’ and it uses the ‘£’ symbol. Before the Brexit (06/23/16), you would need $1.49 (USD) to purchase £1. But since Brexit, (as of 07/14/16), £1 is equal to $1.32 (USD). Right now, the gap between the pound sterling and the US dollar is shrinking, which is great news for Americans who are planning to travel to European countries such as England and Scotland.

IU South Bend’s London/Edinburgh trip is not scheduled until Spring of 2017. With this is mind, a lot could change between now and the trip. There is still plenty of time for the pound’s worth to continue its decline, stagnate, or quite possibly, rebound completely. As of right now, very few predictions can be made about the future of Britain’s economy. But for the time being, Americans currently traveling to Europe can expect their dollars to travel further as well.

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Blog post written by: Margaret Belt