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 Humanities), 3 hours
Fees: Approximately $4,200-This is an estimate and excludes non-billable items such as independently organized airfare, personal expenses, and meals.
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, cultural. We will spend time in Karlsruhe, Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, and Stuttgart. We will use pubic 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. gr. 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 as to come back home as a global citizen with a more sophisticated global perspective.

Mandatory are two preparatory block seminars in April and the reunion in September 2018. The grading is based on requirements at 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.

Dates: May Interim
Courses: UH 400, 3 hours
Fees: Approximately $4,800. This is an estimate. Excludes non-billable items such as airfare, personal expenses, and meals.
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 (May 7-24, 2018)
Courses: UH 400, 3 hours
Fees: Approximately $4,900. This is an estimate. Excludes non-billable items such as airfare, personal expenses, and meals.
Contact: Dr. Glenn Tootle, gatootle@eng.ua.edu

This program takes you to Munich (Germany), Prague (Czech Republic), and Innsbruck (Austria) with daytrips to several of King Ludwig II’s castles in Bavaria, Stubaier Glacier and Bolzano (Italy). The course is offered concurrently with GY 207: Field Studies in Water and Climate, a 4-hour Natural Sciences course which has been offered since 2012 and in which 140 students have participated. If interested, students can take both courses (7 hours) for $6,250. The course will focus on four topics unique to the region: (1) King Ludwig II of Bavaria (sometimes called the “Fairy Tale King”) as he commissioned the construction of two lavish palaces and Neuschwanstein Castle; (2) Alphonse Mucha, a Czech Art Nouveau painter and decorative artist; (3) Ötzi the Iceman, a glacier mummy discovered accidentally by hikers in 1991 who is older than the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge; (4) Tyrol, a historical region in the Alps which includes northern Italy and western. The region is noted for its majestic Alpine (Alps) mountains and rich history. Click here for detailed 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.

The 2018 trip will be the eighth annual trip for Honors College students to serve and learn at La Clinica Alabama-Granada in Granada, Nicaragua. It is a public health care clinic for low-income people living in the city of Granada and is supported by a foundation composed of Birmingham-based physicians.

Students will be selected to participate in one of two trips. A UA faculty member will accompany the group on the trip. Students will earn 3 UH credits for participating in the program during the summer.

Students will work at the clinic in three capacities: patient intake, shadowing the physicians during patient visits, and pharmacy. Additional work such as cleaning the clinic and organizing the storage area will also be involved. Spanish classes with native speakers and cultural excursions will take place on several afternoons.

Dates: Two sessions: May 7-May 21 & May 21-June 4
Courses: UH 400 (3 hours)
Fees: Approximately $2400. This is an estimate. Excludes non-billable items such as airfare, personal expenses, and meals.
Contact: Alyssia Miller, amiller16@crimson.ua.edu

The application deadline for 2018 is November 1, 2017.

Dates: Summer II
Courses: Students will choose from the following courses: UH 210, EN 215, EN 216, ENG 311/422, HY 300/400
Fees: Approximately $7050. This is an estimate. Excludes non-billable items such as airfare, personal expenses, and meals.
Contact: Dr. Harold Selesky, hselesky@bama.ua.edu

Currently entering its 41st 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.

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.