6 MSI Study Abroad Programs That Can Take You Around the Globe

By Jillian Cener

Did you know that students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) account for only 3.6% of all students who study abroad?  Studying abroad can increase students’ understanding of other places, histories, cultures, and languages.  For students leaving the country for the first time, going abroad with a faculty member of their own institution can help ease the transition between cultures.  In celebration of our recent “Project Passport” initiative with CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up features 6 MSIs with global experiences led by their own faculty.

1) Art & Sustainability Summer Session in Ghana – Florida A&M University (HBCU)


Dr. Courtnay Micots is leading a six-week program on sustainable art in Ghana in Summer 2017. Through workshops, internships, meetings, and cultural visits, students will be exposed to the traditional art of southern Ghana. This international experience will help students think critically about sustainability and the economy. Click here for more information.

2) Summer 2017 in Nova Scotia & Iceland – Delaware State University (HBCU)


Students at Delaware State University can travel to Nova Scotia and Iceland this summer with the school’s History Department. Students will spend the first seven days in Halifax, Nova Scotia, learning about the African experience and the remaining four days in Reykjavik, Iceland, exploring and enjoying the beautiful nature of the area. Click here for more information.

3) Fundamentals of Finance Summer Session in Shanghai – San Diego State University (HSI)


Business students are invited to take a survey course of finance in the global city of Shanghai, China. SDSU faculty will introduce students to the financial world and its basic concepts. Students in this course will benefit from visits to companies, guest speakers, and cultural excursions to museums, temples, gardens, and markets. Click here for more information.

4) Winter 2017 in South Africa – Santa Monica College (HSI)


Students at Santa Monica College looking for a unique winter session experience can join SMC professors Delphine Broccard and Wilfred Doucet on a program in South Africa. Students will learn about the history of South Africa through safaris, historical and cultural visits, and service projects. Students will also gain credit for two classes, one each in communication studies and English. Click here for more information.

5) Italian Culture and the Arts in Siena, Italy Summer Session – University of Illinois at Chicago (AANAPISI)


Join UIC lecturer Maria Iusco for a summer of Italian culture in Siena, Italy. Students will take two classes, “Italian Society through the Arts” and a second class, either “Italian Medieval Art and Architecture” or one on the Italian language. Studying at the Dante Alighieri Society in Siena, students will learn about Italian culture and art first-hand. Click here for more information.

6) European Reformation Tour in Summer 2017 – Chowan University (PBI)

Berlin, germany Skyline

In honor of the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his “Ninety-five Theses” on a church door in Wittenberg, Chowan University is offering a Reformation Tour to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the university. The group will follow the history of the Reformation through Germany, France, and Switzerland, making stops in Berlin, Wittenburg, Erfurt, Eisenach, Mainz, Worms, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Zurich, Lucern, and Geneva. Click here for more information.

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