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Trip syllabus (html and pdf formats)

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General information:

All students will receive six undergraduate credits or four graduate credits for successful completion of the trip. The work completed for these credits is the same for all students, regardless of the actual courses taken. Students should enroll for credits that help them fulfill requirements or best match with their curricular needs. Students should see their academic advisor about which courses to take.

Students enroll for these courses as they would for other summer courses. Most of the courses require overrides into the appropriate sections; these overrides will be given by the program faculty. Near the time for summer enrollment, the faculty will take course requests and complete the overrides. All students enrolled for the trip are guaranteed their desired course. There are no enrollment limits; however, students must make sure that they are enrolled in the appropriate overseas section for each course.

Day Trip Guide
Students assume leadership for days on the trip (see below). As part of this duty, the student will complete a 3-page, single-spaced day guide for the group. The faculty will combine the day guides into a packet for students to use a resource during the trip.

The guide will include:

  • Information about the area or region
  • Background on the specific visits for the day
  • Background on related issues or programs in the United States
  • Facts, figures, charts, etc. to support the above information

Think of the guide as a newsletter with substantial academic content. The guide should not merely be a tourist itinerary. We do not want to see photographs or maps, which will not photocopy well.

Leadership and web pages
In preparation for work in country, students will complete a preview web page for a full trip day or days. This preview web page will include general information about the day's activities. This information might include historical, cultural, or tourist information on the region visited and/or specific technical information related to the day's visits (e.g., livestock, forestry, aquaculture, etc.). In addition, each page will include:

  • A map
  • Four - 6 photographs
  • Five - 10 related links.

Students should see Matt Jakubik or Dr. Woods for help creating their page. All web pages should be completed and submitted to Jim for posting the day before the orientation session. A template for these pages is located online.

While in-country, students will then take responsibility for "leading" the group for a day. These responsibilities will include:

  • Briefing the group about the schedule, restroom stops, etc.
  • Informing the group about relevant cultural, tourist and technical information related to sights and visits
  • Greeting and introducing all guest speakers
  • Thanking guest speakers with gifts and letters
  • Taking digital pictures
  • Updating the day's web page

The student leaders will also assist with additional duties, which may include helping distribute materials, organizing meals, making decisions, etc.

The staff will provide journal notebooks for students to write their reflections in. Reflections should be about a page per day, but can be longer depending on the number of activities in any given day.

The purpose of the journal is to reflect on, compare and contrast, and question events and activities from the time spent overseas. Instructors will provide a question each day for students to reflect on in their journal; students should not simply regurgitate a blow-by-blow of what they did for the day.

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2004 Trip Syllabus (html version)

2004 Trip Syllabus (pdf version)

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Orientation information:

Attendance for all orientation meetings is mandatory. Students who are unable to attend a majority of the orientation sessions should consult with the program faculty or consider participation in another program. Absences should be the exception not the rule and result from extenuating circumstances. Students are responsible for obtaining any information or materials missed due to an absence. All orientation sessions meet from 6-8p.m. in room Anthony Hall


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