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Trips Around the World

 

Africa

South Africa

South Africa

May Trip

South African Adventure
May 6 to May 21
Dr. MacNeil


This course is jam-packed with activities that will allow students to experience the culture and history of South Africa. Driving and walking tours of Cape Town and Johannesburg will introduce you to many of the sights and locations that played a vital role in the apartheid movement of South Africa, including a trip to Robbin Island and Nelson Mandela’s House. We will also visit a number of nature reserves and botanical gardens along the Cape of Good Hope, and discover the stories, legends, and traditions of the different regional tribes at the Lesedi Cultural Village Experience. Our trip culminates with 4 days and 6 safari expeditions at Pilanesberg National Park; a dream come true for those with adventurous hearts and good cameras; as we track the famed animals indigenous to the area.

Asia/Oceanian

Taiwan

Taiwan - Music

May Trip

Exploring Traditional Chinese Music, Arts & Culture
May 8 to May 24
Dr. Fen-Fang Chen


"Must have permission from professor to enroll on this trip." Explore Chinese music though hands-on activities with the professional Chinese Orchestra (Taipei Chinese Orchestra), the college student orchestra (Chinese Culture University—Traditional Chinese Music Department), and Ju’s Percussion Group (professional percussion performance group). In addition, students will attend the concerts performed by these professional music groups. Students will also discover Taiwan by touring the entire island, enabling students to learn the various arts, culture, foods, and natural environment.
Vietnam

Vietnam - Criminology

May Trip - JJ

Vietnam: The Past, Present and Future
May 6 to May 16
Dr. Carter


This trip will be an in-person introduction to Vietnam, a country with a complex culture and political system influenced by Buddhist traditions, French colonization, Cold War interventions, and the modern global economy. You’ll explore the unique aspects of politics and culture with visits to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hue, the former imperial capital city. Discover events and locations that influenced current U.S foreign policy toward the country with excursions to museums and temples, including the War Remnants Museum and the Reunification Palace and take guided tours of the former capitals and visit the Floating Market in the Mekong Delta.

Caribbean / Latin America

Belize

Belize - Nursing

Spring Trip - JJ

Experiencing Belize
March 3 to March 10
Dr. Christy Skelly


OPEN TO ALL MAJORS. This trip is a combination of service and exploring. We will visit and volunteer at a local children’s home, school and a hospital. Donations to these sites are built into the trip fees. All food and fees and tips are included in this price. We will hike and explore ancient Mayan Ruins, jungles and paddle boats through caves. We will also visit the Belize zoo AND a monkey sanctuary. You will experience the rich culture and beautiful geography of Belize as you stay at our mountain side hotel.
British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands

May Trip - JJ

Boat Tour of the British Virgin Islands
May 4 to May 9
Dr. Kristian Taylor


You’ll gain unprecedented access to the marine environment, both day and night, travelling by boat through the British Virgin Islands learning their colorful history as you visit areas that reflect the unique Spanish, English, French, Dutch, and Danish people that have inhabited the area over the past 300 hundred years. You’ll learn about coral reef biology snorkeling reefs in both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea and go ashore to explore secluded bays, the ruins of old sugar plantations, and uninhabited islands.
Costa Rica

Costa Rica - English

May Trip - JJ

Environmental Rhetoric and Policy in Costa Rica
May 7 to May 15
Dr. Louis Di Leo


Explore strategies for sustainability as you journey to Costa Rica's capital, coasts, and rainforests. Experience thermal hot springs, stroll through a cloud forest, zip-line through the canopy, and more as we engage and analyze the rhetorical arguments behind environmental conservation and the burgeoning ecotourism industry.
Costa Rica

Costa Rica - Education

Spring Trip - JJ

Costa Rica - A Close Look at Diverse Education
March 3 to March 11
Dr. Bernardo Blanco


Students on this trip will explore the organization of communities and school systems in rural Costa Rica. This service learning trip will immerse our students within the local classrooms observing and preparing them to teach English to Costa Rican students. We will visit rural area schools in the Province of Guanacaste Nandayure and/or Tilaran. We will also visit two working plantations to ascertain what education might be needed to assist help them produce a better margin in their trading of products. Students will have some time in San Jose to shop as we prepare our return to FSC.
Galapagos

Galapagos - Ecology

May Trip

The Galapagos Islands Field Study
May 3 to May 14
Celina Bellanceau


Prerequisite: BIO 1500 or permission of instructor. Giant tortoises, iridescent finches, a surreal volcanic landscape, and rich waters teeming with wildlife – nothing inspires the soul quite like time spent in the Galapagos Islands. Be immersed in and experience the interactions between species and their environment first hand in this incredible field study. Learn about the plants, birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians and the role they play in this unique tropical ecosystem while participating in research on “vulnerable” Galapagos Tortoises.
Peru

Peru - Business

Spring Trip - JJ

Peru: Business, Cultural, and Historic Aspects
March 3 to March 11
Dr. Quilliam


How do the natural environment, landforms, and climate influence the rise and fall of societies both ancient and modern? Peru provides a case study in an ancient Inca culture that rose to prominence due to its exploitation of natural resources. The Inca culture fell due to conquest by a Spanish culture seeking the wealth of Peru’s natural heritage. The modern culture of Peru is a synthesis of old and new, faced with the task of moving forward by conscientiously managing its rich natural resources without over exploiting them. The future of Peru parallels the future of human society everywhere; our ability to live harmoniously with nature will dictate whether we thrive or suffer as another failed society. Discover your inner Indiana Jones—and an affinity for easy-going Peruvian life—as you adventure through the legendary world of the Incas.

Domestic

Alaska

Alaska

Spring Trip - JJ

Alaska and the Northen Lights
March 3 to March 11
Dr. Malcolm Manners


Travel Anchorage to Fairbanks and back, visiting Denali State Park, Denali National Park, University of Alaska's Reindeer Research Farm, U.A.'s Museum of the North, and a large-animal conservation park. Night-time excursions to see the Northern Lights if the weather conditions allow it.
Florida Keys

Florida Keys

Spring Trip - JJ

Hurricane Irma: A Service Learning Opportunity
March 3 to March 9
Dr. MacNeil


This course offer students a service learning opportunity close to home. Hurricane Irma devastated the state of Florida and left thousands without homes. Students will get hands on experience helping others with rebuilding their lives in some of the hardest hit areas of Florida. The all-inclusive fee includes three meals a day, hotel accommodations, and transportation.
Hawaii

Hawaii - Biology

Spring Trip

Microbial Soil Diversity on the Big Island of Hawaii
March 3 to March 11
Dr. Gasper


Prerequisite: BIO1500 or permission from instructor. On this study abroad trip, we will visit the Big Island of Hawaii where we will collect soil samples from a variety of climates which we will then examine upon our return to Florida Southern. Join us as we make our way through a variety of ecosystems, including Volcanoes National Park, a tropical rainforest, and of course, multiple unique beach destinations. We will also gain knowledge of traditional Hawaiian culture through an overnight stay at Volcanoes National Park, a Luau dinner, trips to historical sites, and a coffee plantation tour. Other activities include a helicopter tour of the island, a zipline tour through the rainforest, and numerous hikes off the beaten path to secluded waterfalls and beaches.
Yellowstone

Yellowstone

May Trip - JJ

Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks
May 6 to May 12
Dr. Manners


Explore and learn about two of American’s greatest national parks with Dr. Manners – Yellowstone and Grand Teton. With thousands of hiking trails, these parks offer countless opportunities to view extraordinary landscapes and wildlife that can only be found in northeastern America. We’ll visit hot springs, waterfalls, and geysers, including Old Faithful. May is the perfect time to visit these fantastic national treasures – it’s a time of renewal when the rigors of winter melt away, the wildflowers begin to paint the valley, and animals and birds begin to return or emerge from their winter hibernation, so with luck we’ll see bison, otters, and eagles among many others.

Europe

Beijing Prague & Amsterdam

Beijing Prague & Amsterdam - Business/Accounting

May Trip

Personal Finance for the International Traveler
May 5 to May 29
Dr. Quilliam


This trip is open to all majors. No prerequisite is required. You will be introduced to the major concepts in personal financial planning and budgeting and put these principles into practice as we travel “around-the-world” visiting China, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. This whirlwind of a Junior Journey will be a great experience for all FSC students no matter their major! Our first stop will be Beijing, to see the Forbidden City, silk market, Temple of Heaven and visiting with Chinese students at the local university. Next we’ll head to the Great Wall and see the Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi’an before spending our final days in China in Shanghai. We’ll then jet off to Prague and then Amsterdam, where guided and independent tours to museums, galleries, canals, and other unmistakable landmarks of both cities will introduce you to the grand history and culture these notable European cities.
Germany

Germany - Political Science

May Trip

The Racial State
May 6 to May 26
Dr. Bruce Anderson


This course is designed to familiarize students with sites important the history of Nazi Germany during World War two. This trip covers two disparate elements and two separate and quite different sites: the Ravensbrueck KZ, near Furstenberg (Havel), Brandenburg, the only concentration camp specifically designed and housing women; and Quedlinburg, Saxony-Anhalt, which was to be the focus site of the new Nazi “religion”. The first aim is to familiarize students with the system of camps, their hierarchy and administration, and their use. We will stay “within the wire” at Ravensbrueck KZ, in the old SS accommodations for the matrons (which numbered among them Ilse Koch). Here, we will examine the camp in its three stages: as a detention camp and prison for women “social deviants”, political criminals, and religious offenders (chiefly Jehovah’s Witnesses); through its transition period of labor camp and industrial center, and through its final stages as a death camp. This section of the course will be team-taught by Dr. Anderson and Dr. Matthias Heyl, head of education at Ravensbrueck KZ. The second aim of the trip is to work through issues of displacement: Quedlinburg was a monastery and convent, founded by Henry the Fowler in about 900 AD. It was converted to Lutheranism in the 1500s, and sank into obscurity until rediscovered by Heinrich Himmler, who fancied himself a reincarnation of Henry. Himmler’s interest in the place was focused on making it a center for the new Nazi “religion”, a mish-mash of the occult, old “Nordic” myths, and nonsense of his own invention. Perhaps not incidentally, the ruins of the Langenstein-Zwieberge KZ are nearby: the dead from this camp were cremated at Quedlinburg’s city crematoria.
Harlaxton

Harlaxton - Communications

May Trip

Study Abroad at Harlaxton Manor
May 8 to June 1
Dr. Trice


Come join us at Harlaxton Manor, a beautiful and historic Elizabethan Manor House just outside of London, where students will live and study for four week’s in May. Students will explore the similarities and differences in American and British media, and visit some media sites like the BBC's Media City and the movie set of the Harry Potter series. The trip will also include a weekend in Scotland and day trips to places like Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Globe Theater. The trip concludes with a week in London.
Iceland & Ireland

Iceland & Ireland - Art

May Trip

Photography in Iceland & Ireland
May 7 to May 23
Dr. Romero


The Iceland & Ireland trip is led by Dr. Sam Romero. Students will sign up for a photography course and adventure through 2 European countries and several cities for 3 weeks. The trip starts off in Iceland where you will visit sites such as the Thingvellier National Park, Thorsmork Glacier Valley and the Blue Lagoon. From there travel to Northern Ireland for walking tours of Belfast, a daring climb of the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede bridge, and a day spent at one of the main filming locations for Game of Thrones. The last leg of the journey will be spent in the Republic of Ireland, visiting Dublin, the Ring of Kerry, and Blarney Castle in Cork. This is only a portion of what’s included in this trip. Check out the full itinerary for more info. All breakfasts and dinners are included in the cost of the trip.
Italy

Italy - Athletic Training

Spring Trip - JJ

Athletic Training in Ancient & Modern Italy
March 3 to March 11
Dr. Stanley Green


This course is a weeklong field experience trip dedicated to the development of sports and sports medicine in Italy. We’ll explore the clinical practices employed by ancient medical professionals to treat athletes by exploring the resources and facilities available to the Romans with visits to museums, local universities, and a variety of important locations like Pompeii, the Colosseum, and the Rome Soccer Club facilities. There will still plenty of time to explore the modern culture of Italy with guided tours of Rome, Pisa, and Florence with stops at the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, and the Uffizi Gallery among many others and a fantastic opportunity to prepare your own pasta supper during a cooking class.
Italy

Italy

Spring Trip - JJ

Cultural Immersion in Italy
March 3 to March 11
LTC Vaira


This trip offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Italy and become culturally immersed through a variety of activities. On this Junior Journey you’ll experience Italian life, history, art, and culture in the four major cities of Rome, Florence, Venice, and Milan. Join us on guided tours of significant sites and museums, including the Colosseum, the Vatican, and a Dolomites mountain excursion. Interactions with the local populace throughout the day and at special events will further your understanding and enjoyment of Italian culture and language in our increasingly complex world.
Italy

Italy - Dance

Summer Trip - JJ

The Italian Renaissance & Dance
July 9 to July 18
Dr. LaSala


Permission from the professor. This Junior Journey will explore some of the most important historic and cultural locations where dance was influenced and developed during the Italian renaissance. Beginning in Venice students will visit St. Mark’s Square and Doge’s Palace, as well as tour the Grand Canal, then travel to Florence to experience the city’s rich history visiting historical sites such as Basilica of Sante Croce and the Duomo. Additionally, students will attend a performance at the Florence Dance Festival and have the opportunity to take a master dance class at the Florence Dance Institute. The final stop will be in Rome and discover some of the sites where Italian court dance developed such as Basilica of St. Francis, Colosseum, and Sistine Chapel.
Italy

Italy - Religion

Spring Break Trip - JJ

Religion & Italian History & Culture
March 2 to March 11
Dr. Willis


This Junior Journey course will examine the place of religion in the history and culture of Italy, and its relationship to the Bible and early Christianity. Special emphasis will be given to Christianity but the course will also examine other religious influences. Students will learn about the impact of religion, and the persons and events involved, on the culture and long history of Italy and its connection to the Bible and early Christianity, in the context of actual locations and sites related to these cultures and histories.
London & Paris

London & Paris

Spring Trip - JJ

Cultural Exploration of London & Paris
March 3 to March 11
Dr. Dykes


You are invited to join Dr. Dykes on a Junior Journey trip to gain a great understanding of the economic, cultural, historical, and lifestyle difference between the U.S. and Europe through this 9 day excursion London and Paris. You’ll be exposed to the rich and diverse history of both renowned cities with guided tours of major sites such as the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and Versailles. And since food plays such a major role in a culture and its people there will be numerous opportunities to sample the cuisine at restaurants, pubs, and gastronomic tours.
Paris

Paris - Education

May Trip - JJ

French Culture, Art, & Children's Literature
May 6 to May 14
Dr. Powell


Immerse yourself in the glorious world of children’s literature and French culture where they intersect in the grand metropolitan city of Paris! Travel in and around the city, visiting historic sites with visits to libraries, museums, and locations to learn how culture impacts and inspires art and literature. We’ll be looking at the various artistic styles and cultural movements that have influenced the art and stories written for children and using this newfound knowledge to create our own stories and artwork. Independent and guided tours of Paris, Versailles, and more will expose the history and culture of children’s literature and its relationship with French modern society.
Spain

Spain - Spanish Language and Culture

May Trip

Spanish Language Immersion
May 8 to June 6
Dr. Jose Garcia


Students will have the opportunity to study the Spanish language and culture at Proyecto Espanol located in the Mediterranean seaside city of Alicante, Spain while living with a host family during their stay. They will also have the opportunity to participate in various local tours and excursions to nearby towns such as Guadalest and a trip to Barcelona.
Spain & Portugal

Spain & Portugal

Spring Trip - JJ

Experiencing Portugal & Spain
March 3 to March 11
Dr. Ortiz


Explore the arts, culture, and food of Portugal and Spain on this 9 day Junior Journey exploring the cities of Lisbon, Seville, and Madrid. Experience the old-world atmosphere of these modern cities through walking tours that will bring you to exceptional museums and galleries to view the works of masters such as Picasso and Velazquez, castles and ruins like UNESCO World Heritage Sites Praca de Giraldo and Alcazar palace, and many other countless locations both unique and essential to the Iberian Peninsula’s history and people.
Sweden

Sweden

May Trip - JJ

Exploration of Swedish Food and Culture
May 7 to May 16
Dr. Katherine Loh


Experience what it is like to live a day like a Viking. Soak in the rich cultural history of Sweden as we walk through the streets of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. Savor the flavors of Swedish cuisine during our walking food tour in the Vasastan area in Stockholm. We will visit museums and ancient Viking burial sites. We might even visit the ABBA museum. Professional tour guides will be with us the entire trip. Come join me on this amazing Junior Journey as we discover Sweden – Food & Culture.