Study Abroad in Florence with IU East


Florence, Italy is considered the cradle of the Renaissance, and its artists created some of the most beautiful literature, art, architecture and music in Western culture. The Study Abroad in Italy program from IU East provides two special opportunities for IU students – to study and experience that history firsthand, and to take a course at the Florence University of the Arts on another topic of their choice. At FUA, our students live in shared apartments in the historic center in Florence for 3 weeks, meet and work with other students and faculty from all over the world, and visit in the beautiful museums, music, and historic sites of Florence.


If you are an IU undergraduate student from any major who loves the arts, loves to travel, and are ready to immerse yourself in Florentine life for three weeks, this program is for you! Details on the program and the application procedure are available at Any questions, please contact program director Jessica Raposo at


Seeking International Programs Interns!

Are you passionate about international education at IU South Bend and enthusiastic about assisting international students on our campus? Are you detail-oriented and a creative problem solver? If so please consider applying to be an international programs intern. We are looking for students who could help out for between two and ten hours per week in the fall and spring semesters and work on special projects independently in the summer

Interns might specialize in:
-organizing and conducting class presentations
-old media – reading newspapers and journals for interesting articles to link to our blog
-new media – creating videos or enhancing our website
-social media – enhancing our presence on our blog, Facebook, and Twitter
-outreach to the community
-outreach to student clubs or international students

Ideal interns will be mature, thoughtful, reliable, and passionate about global education at IU South Bend. They will be self-starters with creative ideas about how best to promote IU South Bend international programs.

Students can complete this internship as a course for one to three units, be paid $10.15/hour as work-study students, or contribute as volunteers. Internships for credit will require additional reading and writing.

For more about international programs at IU South Bend, see our website:

Contact Professor Lisa Zwicker at if you’d like to be involved in international programs.

Visiting Professor to speak about European Populism

For the last 15 years, IU South Bend faculty have taught in Université de Toulon et du Var as part of a faculty-exchange program. This year, international programs staff are trying a new possibility of having the Toulon candidate come in the fall and provide guest lectures and teach in French courses.

This year’s Toulon exchange Professor is Andrei Popescu and will begin his guest lectures September 9.

He will also be offering a public lecture to the the League of Women voters with the title “Populism & women’s Political Leadership” September 13 at noon at the South Bend Chocolate Cafe 122 S. Michigan South Bend

Populism is often described as an attack on the political elites, whether they be corporate or bureaucratic, liberal or conservative. Irrespective of these differences, it can be argued that the political establishment in the USA and Europe has been in general represented by male leaders and politicians.  The question one may ask is whether woman politicians, as not representative of this establishment, could benefit in the race to political office from the opposition to the elites found in populism. Times change, and woman politicians and leaders have gained ground. However, there are some that have been associated with populism such as Margaret Thatcher – British Prime Minister 1979-1990, and others that unashamedly court the populist label, such as Marine Le Pen, leader of the French right-wing nationalist party, National Rally. While Margaret Thatcher courted populism in certain ways, she served as a leader of the political establishment, Marine Le Pen has founded her campaign in opposition to elites.

Picture: Populist Politician Marine Le Pen Source

By using these two examples, this talk presents the traits of a populist leader which can be used as a checklist for establishing the populist nature of any other politician.

This talk also proposes a few questions and talking points relating to the nature of woman leadership and its associations with populism or populist political traits. What are such populist political traits? Can they be found in the two examples of woman leaders given here or in others? Do these traits contribute or do they hinder the success of woman leadership in politics? Are woman leaders or have they been the shock to the political establishment that populism is thought to be?


Burns, James MacGregor. Leadership. 1. Harper Perennial Political Classics. New York, NY: Harper Perennial, 1979.

Steinberg, Blema S. Women in Power: The Leadership Styles of Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, and Margaret Thatcher, Montreal, McGill University Press, 2008.

Taggart, Paul A. Populism. Concepts in the Social Sciences Series. Open University Press. 2000

Taggart, Paul A. “Populism and Unpolitics”. Video. University of Toulon. <;, 2017. Last consulted 11 August 2019.

Tournier-Sol, Karine. “Leadership and the European Debate from Margaret Thatcher to John Major”. Leadership and Uncertainty Management in Politics. Leaders, Followers and Constraints in Western Democracies. Agnès Alexandre-Collier and François Vergniolle de Chantal. Palgrave Studies in Political Leadership. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 2015. pp. 127-140.

Study Abroad in Iceland

Iceland has been tagged as “the land of ice and fire.” For those interested in witnessing firsthand both extremes, Study Abroad Iceland provides travelers with opportunities to get up close to – and by up close, I mean touching, walking, smelling, and tasting – three of the largest glaciers – Eyjafjallajokull, Solheimajokull, and Jokulsarlon – and four of the most active volcanoes – Eldfell, Katla, Hverfjall, and Krafla. For those wishing to step into a land known for its sustainable and eco-friendly practices in energy, food production, and tourism, then Iceland provides that richness, too, as you hear from the locals as they share insight into past and current trends, as well as contemplate the future. Finally, for those hoping to leave behind the stressors of life in the United States and enter into a place known for its tranquility and peacefulness, the time spent in northern Iceland provides just that.


Listen to the comments of the most recent Study Abroad Iceland students, and consider whether this is the trip for you to take in 2020:

“Today we learned about the fishing industry and the connection Icelanders feel to the area. Because of the resources, and the eventual consequences of taking advantage of those resources, they have learned how important resource management, including the tourism industry, is to the country. I learned that you cannot wait for others to lead, you have to be the change yourself.” ~SS

“There’s no other way to describe how I’m feeling besides ‘home’. I’m not scared, stressed, or worried. I feel free, calm, and joyful. I’ve always struggled with depression but on this trip, I haven’t had a bad day. Some say Disneyland is the happiest place on Earth. Well, I say Iceland is!” ~HR

“Standing in front of that glacier was surreal. I felt small and a little overwhelmed but I also felt connected with it. I felt alive and a part of something more. Truly incredible day in nature.” ~MM

“I enjoyed listening to the sounds of the boiling hot mud bubbling up out of the earth while the birds happily chirped in the background. The rock formations were stunning. I was in quiet amazement standing between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. I’ve thought of this day for months and I was not disappointed!” ~CM

Kick-off party for International Education Week – Today Monday the 12th 5:30pm

Come to the library and sample a variety of international food, from German treats to Indian snacks, and celebrate the start of international education week. Then, grab your favorite international book/internationally themed book, strike a pose, and take a classic READ poster photo. International  students are particularly invited to bring copies of their favorite books and to share their most-loved authors with campus.

Monday November 12 at 5:30pm
Fifth floor of the library.
All are welcome!

Make your own Read poster like this one!

Please also see the complete list of events for international education

During international education week, international programs staff, faculty, and interns will be highlighting the ten IU South Bend study abroad programs including four new trips to Iceland, Japan, Mexico, and China. You can learn more about our programs on our webpage. Scholarships of about $500 are available to students with strong academic records. Students who are eligible for financial aid can use that aid toward the cost of their travel.

Applications are available for download here.

For more information, contact international programs administrative assistant Jessica Hale

“Pura Vida!” in Costa Rica 2018

1-2.jpg“Pura Vida!” is a phrase you will hear after virtually any interaction in Costa Rica. You will hear this after ordering a coffee, after kayaking in the ocean, after waking up and seeing your host family first thing in the morning. The translation is literally “pure life,” which at first I found a bit surprising. However, after my 11 days in Costa Rica, I can truly say that my time there was exemplary of a pure life.

After exploring Monteverde for three days we traveled to Arenal where we admired the beautiful Arenal Volcano and then the Fortuna waterfalls. I have to say that Fortuna was my favorite part of the entire trip. I love being near water and this particular waterfall made me feel so small and so calm. It was so beautiful and I felt at such peace. It was here that I felt the trip really began.

After Fortuna we traveled to Nicoya to meet our homestay families. My homestay family was the best part of the Costa Rica experience. My parents, Jeanette and Elgan, are two of the most amazing people I have ever met in my life. Once I met them, I really felt like I was at home and that I was a part of their family. We ate breakfast and dinner together every day and speaking with them only in Spanish allowed my speaking skills to wildly improve. I loved waking up and smelling the breakfast that Jeannette had made for me. She can cook like no other! Every morning she made gallo pinto, a meal of eggs, beans, rice, and a tortilla. Some mornings she would put hot dogs in there as well, which was oddly delicious.

In Nicoya we took Spanish classes for four hours each day. My teacher, Anky, was hilarious and so sweet. She really taught us well and would correct us nicely when our grammar was wrong. She also didn’t mind when we would ask questions. She was happy to teach us anything Spanish, so long as we were not speaking English.  After classes we always did something fun and got outside. Whether it was kayaking, surfing, hiking, we always had a good time.

Kayaking was an interesting activity because arriving at the island we found an infinite number of crabs walking around the sand. You had to tiptoe around so as not to step on one of them. This scared at me at first, but eventually I found fascinating to watch as they all wandered about, searching for nutrients in the sand.

We spent one night in Nosarita, a quiet, rural town just twenty minutes outside of Nicoya. While we were there we worked with school age children to teach them about medical sciences, but in English. This was hilarious. Most of the kids just stared at us as we showed them thermometers, measuring tape, and stethoscopes. We played games with them and I think they really started to understand towards the end of the day. After this we had a soccer game with the local kids at a much smaller school. I coach soccer in the States and was excited to play until I saw that these eight-year-old kids were on level with some college athletes.


After the game we spent the night in a cabin. It was so hot and we were covered in our own sweat and bug spray. We all decided to stay in one cabin and hang out on the porch. Our porch overlooked a horse stable and some mountains. This view was absolutely stunning. However, it was here that we had our first encounter with a Costa Rican grasshopper. Costa Rican grasshoppers are HUGE. That bug started flapping its wings and flew right at me. I, being the giant baby that I am, dove towards the ground in a full dramatic panic. Naomi, my new friend on the trip, grabbed her sandal, or chancla, and beat that grasshopper away. In the moment it was terrifying but reflecting back it was the most hilarious moment of the trip.

After Nosarita we went back to Nicoya and I was so happy to see my homestay family. The last few days we hiked on a small mountain and did a boat tour of the jungle; we enjoyed a really good workout topped with an absolutely gorgeous view of the mountains and Nicoya. The boat tour was pretty, too, and we were able to see monkeys and birds and crocodiles.

Overall this trip showed me how to appreciate the moment that I am in. I am typically someone who worries about things beyond my control, and that will not merit me a pure life. However, the Tico lifestyle showed me to enjoy each day and each minute. This will provide a Pura Vida.

Written By: Breezy McCall

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

“59% of employers said study abroad would be valuable in an individual’s career later on with their organization,” according to a report done by University of California Merced in 2011. Study abroad can change your future and broaden you career options. Guess what, there is an incredible opportunity at THIS university to study abroad all around the world. Everywhere from China to London to Belize is represented in the list of places you can visit. Studying abroad is more than just a vacation or a class. There are so many impacts on your life when you study abroad. You are able to elevate your future career as well as your current education. On a very practical level, you improve your contact base by connecting with professors and professionals from all over the world. You also have an incredible addition to your resume. On a personal level you are able to add an amazing number of skills to your lists. Problem solving, communication, and project management skills are just a few of the possibilities. There is an entire world waiting for you to discover. And maybe discovering that world will change yours!

Written By: Gina Massaro