Intercultural experiences engage us in an exploration of cultural values and mindsets. These experiences may take place anywhere – in a residence hall, in downtown Tuscaloosa, in a multicultural office environment, on a service-learning trip, on a cultural immersion trip, or in a coffee shop on campus! We are all unique human beings and we each come with our own cultural identity. Wherever we have the ability to explore our connections or our differences with one another, we have opportunities to engage with others “across cultures.”

With rapidly changing technology and increased access to more local, regional, and international communities, intercultural encounters have now become commonplace in a global society, and they are increasingly important in preparing students to operate effectively as professionals. It is our wish that you will take advantage of the many opportunities and resources available to you during your time at The University of Alabama, including study abroad opportunities available only to Honors students! We are confident that you will leave here better equipped to operate as global citizens in a multicultural world.

For more information about all study abroad opportunities at UA, visit the Education Abroad website.

 

Travel Dates: May Interim
Courses: UH 300 (Writing), 3 hours
Fees: Fees are typically updated at the first of the year. Visit the Education Abroad website for more information.
Contact: Dr. Thomas Herwig, tsherwig@aalan.ua.edu

This three-week program is a cooperation between the Honors College and the Business School. The trip will take you throughout Germany and into parts of France as you explore global perspectives with the goal to gain a more complex intercultural understanding of the world. The courses are taught in English and cover a variety of subject areas, historical, industrial, and cultural. We will spend time in Karlsruhe, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, and Stuttgart. We will use public transportation in the cities and high speed trains for the long distances. Partner universities offering the opportunity to talk to international professors and students are in Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Hamburg, and Berlin. Students have the opportunity to explore the region through various excursions supported by the program, including castle tours, bike rides, factories (Mercedes, BMW, Airbus) and museum visits (e.g. concentration camp memorial site in Hamburg and Deutsches Museum in Munich). The goal of the program is to grant students the opportunity to develop a taste of what it means to perceive yourself as an American in an unfamiliar environment and to come back home as a global citizen with a more sophisticated global perspective.

There are two mandatory preparatory block seminars in April and the reunion in September 2019. The grading is based on requirements of the trip, which will be fulfilled after the return.

Apply: Apply through Education Abroad at studyabroad.ua.edu. If the specific program application is not yet open, please apply through the Faculty-led General Application.

Information Sessions: Please note that information sessions are not necessary for attendance, but a time to have specific questions answered.

  • Thursday, October 3, 2019,  5:00-6:00 p.m.,  Nott Hall 359
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019, 5:00-6:00 p.m.,  Nott Hall 359
  • Thursday, January 23, 2020,   5:00-6:00 p.m.,  Nott Hall 359

 

Dates: May Interim
Courses: UH 400, 3 hours
Fees: Fees are typically updated at the first of the year. Visit the Education Abroad website for more information.
Contact: Dr. Henry John Latta, jlatta@ua.edu

Honors students will engage in a course to understand New Zealand’s successful blending of European, Maori, Pacific Island, and immigrant cultures. This course is a three-week immersion experience that will focus on intercultural dynamics and how multiculturalism in New Zealand continues to play a strong role in how policies, culture, and government evolve. We will pay special attention to the Maori concept of kaitiakitanga (stewardship of the environment) and its influence on environmental policies. Students will engage in collaborative learning with their New Zealand counterparts and will undertake discussions with local residents and local, regional, and national leadership involved in such programs. We will travel widely to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful places, including Hobbiton, and spend time in informal interaction with students at Auckland University of Technology and Victoria University of Wellington. This will be an academically rigorous environment emphasizing collaborative learning in a multicultural and engaging atmosphere.

Apply: Apply through Education Abroad at studyabroad.ua.edu. If the specific program application is not yet open, please apply through the Faculty-Led General Application.

Dates: May Interim
Courses: UH 400, 3 hours
Fees: Fees are typically updated at the first of the year. Visit the Education Abroad website for more information.
Contact: Dr. Glenn Tootle, gatootle@eng.ua.edu

This program takes you to Venice, Italy, Innsbruck, Austria, and Munich, Germany. The course will focus on four topics unique to the region:

Giacomo Casanova – An Italian adventurer and author from Venice. He was acknowledged by his peers as an extraordinary man of far-ranging intellect and curiosity and perhaps one of the best at documenting (in his writings) 18th century Europe. He was born at a time when Venice was at its peak as one of the most vibrant and popular cities in Europe.  He was a true adventurer, traveling throughout Europe engaging many of its most prominent citizens. Honors students will tour his birthplace, the amazing city of Venice.

Ötzi the Iceman – Ötzi is a glacier mummy from the Copper Age, who, thanks to extraordinary circumstances, has been preserved to the present day. He was discovered accidentally by hikers in 1991, together with his clothing and equipment, on the Schnalstal/Val Senales Valley glacier and has been the subject of intensive research. Over 5300 years ago, Ötzi was murdered and preserved naturally in the ice. He is therefore older than the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge. Ötzi lived during the Copper Age, a period of the late Neolithic. Honors students will visit the home of Ötzi, the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano, Italy.

Tirol – Tirol is a historical region in the Alps which includes northern Italy, western Austria and the city of Innsbruck, Austria where Honors students will reside. The region is noted for its majestic Alpine (Alps) mountains and rich history. The status of Tyrol was determined after World War I in 1919 by the Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye that established the division of the region that remains to this day. Students will engage with local historians and faculty from the University of Innsbruck and visit Stubaier glacier.

King Ludwig II of Bavaria – Sometimes called the Swan King, Mad King Ludwig or der Märchenkönig (the ‘Fairy Tale King’), Ludwig died a tragic death at the early age of 40. He commissioned the construction of two lavish palaces and the Neuschwanstein Castle and was a devoted patron of the composer Richard Wagner. Ludwig spent all his royal revenues on these projects, borrowed extensively, and defied all attempts by his ministers to restrain him. This extravagance was used against him to declare him insane, an accusation which has since come under scrutiny. Today, his architectural and artistic legacy includes many of Bavaria’s most important tourist attractions. Honors students will visit Neuschwanstein Castle and Herrenchiemsee Palace during the course and will also tour Munich (Munchen), the capital of Bavaria.

The course is offered concurrently with GY 207: Field Studies in Water and Climate, a 4-hour approved Natural Sciences elective course and GY 470: Geography of Europe, a 3-hour course. Students may take one, two or three courses. The program fee in 2019 was $5,400. Please visit the UA 2020 Abroad website for more information.

Apply: Apply through Education Abroad at studyabroad.ua.edu. If the specific program application is not yet open, please apply through the Faculty-Led General Application.

Dates: Summer II ( July 6 – 31, 2020)

The UA@Oxford program offers some of the most immersive and academic courses that a student can take at Alabama, principally in disciplines of English and History.

Past Courses have included, but not limited to:

  1. EN215: Studies in British Literature 1
  2. EN311: American Authors in Britain
  3. EN333: Shakespeare in Performance
  4. HY367: Wartime Britain
  5. HY383: Living Under the Tudors
  6. HY497: Science and Medicine in Victorian Britain
  7. UH210: The Arts of Oxford

Fees: Fees are typically updated at the first of the year. Visit the Education Abroad website for more information.

Contact: For more information, contact Dr. Paul Phelps at paul.c.phelps@ua.edu or UA in Oxford at UAOxford@ua.edu.

Currently entering its 43rd year and continually building upon past achievements, the UA in Oxford study abroad program is thriving like never before. Housed in beautiful Worcester College, one of the university’s primary constituent colleges, students can take full advantage of the Oxford experience. Oxford University itself is one of the oldest and most prestigious academic institutions in existence and Oxford has been a flourishing college town since the 13th century. In all its facets, Oxford offers an unparalleled opportunity for intellectual, architectural, and fun-filled explorations, both of the past and of the present. Our program encompasses all of Oxford’s jewels, from the exclusive Bodleian Library to the heart of the town, to cutting-edge faculty, to our close proximity to London, Dover, Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace), and Canterbury (famous for its 11th century Cathedral and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales), all of which UA students visit on group excursions each summer.

For more information, please visit www.oxford.ua.edu.

Apply: Apply through Education Abroad at studyabroad.ua.edu. If the specific program application is not yet open, please apply through the Faculty-Led General Application.