Northern offers a variety of unique opportunities for students and community members to study and learn outside the United States. These opportunities are led by experienced faculty and come with the option to enroll in credit-bearing courses.
San Salvador Island, Bahamas
Course Dates: Jan. 12-May 8, 2015
Travel Dates: March 5-15, 2015
Led by Dr. Alyssa Anderson and Janne Jockheck Holt, this course will focus on tropical marine and island biology at Gerace Research Station on San Salvador in the Bahamas. Learning will include a combination of traditional lecture, field, and laboratory explorations of marine and island biology. Prior to travel, weekly class sessions will be held to familiarize students with course goals and expectations, develop familiarity with concepts and environments unique to the marine and island setting, and explore relevant literature. Time spent on the island will be largely hands-on. Considering that there is so much to see and learn on the island, days will be long and intense.
San Salvador offers the perfect environment to observe ecological processes, evolutionary histories, and biodiversity trends unique to islands. The island also provides a great variety of unique terrestrial and aquatic habitats to explore and study. Terrestrial habitats include scrub forests, sandy and rocky shorelines, and limestone caves, while aquatic habitats include coral reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove zones, intertidal areas, and inland saline ponds.
A typical weekday on San Salvador Island would involve breakfast at 7:30 a.m., a morning lecture and/or field activity (or work on research projects), lunch at noon at the field station (or a packout lunch if on a day-long field trip), an afternoon lecture and/or field activity, and dinner around 5 p.m. There will usually be organized evening activities, such as night snorkels, discussions, or lectures. Some evenings may be free for relaxing or working on research projects or course materials.
NSU’s “Literary Tour of Europe: England and France” will be May 15 to 28, 2014. English professor Dr. Elizabeth Haller and French professor Dr. Casey Black will lead participants through some of the literary, cultural, historic and artistic riches of the areas in and Paris and London. In Paris, travelers will take a river cruise of the Seine and visit sites including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and Orsay Museum. In London, stops will include the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and the Globe Theatre. The trip will even finish with an optional Harry Potter tour.
Dr. Erin Fouberg, geography professor, and Dr. Pen Pearson, English professor, will lead “A Cultural Tour of Ireland” May 18 to June 2, 2014. This program provides a comprehensive tour of Irish history, geography, culture and literary traditions. Participants will visit locations such as Dublin; The Rock of Cashel; Cork; Blarney Castle; the Old Midleton Distillery; Kilarney; Dingle Peninsula; Cliffs of Moher; Galway and the Aran Islands; Connemara; Sligo; and Belfast.
“Israel’s Sacred Sites,” with history professor Dr. Steven Usitalo and political science professor Dr. Jon Schaff, will be May 20 to 29, 2014. This trip will stop in cities and sites that mark the origins of our civilization, including Tel Aviv, the Galilee Area, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The group will even dine one evening on a kibbutz.
From May 29 to June 9, 2014
, music professor Dr. Marcela Faflak and German professor Dr. Ginny Lewis will lead a tour of Germany and the Czech Republic. The trip will include stops in many famous sites in both countries to learn about key cultural achievements and landmarks. The tour will trace the footsteps of several famous composers and cultural figures significant to the areas and will include music school visits; historical and religious monuments; museums; and live performances and concerts.