Faculty-Led Courses

2025 Programs

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2024 Programs


Down Under: Ecology and Evolution in Australia

BSCI 40195

The Sydney Opera House off the water on a bright sunny day with a few clouds in the sky.

This course will immerse students in the “land down under” from the perspectives of ecological diversity, conservation, and the evolution of the Australian flora and fauna.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2023

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Study Abroad: Journey to Japan – Past and Present

AS 30189 

Busy street in Japan, people crossing a crosswalk, tall buildings surround the street

This course will allow students to travel to Japan and learn important aspects of its culture and history. Students will spend four days in Tokyo, four days in Kyoto and two days in Osaka and Nara. Through reading various Japanese texts, students will gain insights into the Japanese language, literature, and culture. Although knowledge in Japanese will be a great advantage, non-Japanese speakers are invited to also take the course since all of the presentations and readings will be in English 

Application Deadline: December 1, 2023

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Spanish Language and Culture Immersion in Salamanca

SPAN 18489 or SPAN 28489 (Intermediate) 
SPAN 38489 (Advanced)

Fray Luis de Leon, Salamanca, Spain

This course, offered through KSU, comprises the evening hours and will usually vary from 1 to 3 hours (although on some occasions they will extend to 5-6 hours when we have more than one activity).  Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings will begin with a one-hour lecture on Spanish art, culture, or history.  After the lecture, we will move on to other activities listed on the itinerary, including visiting museum, archeological sites, and attending classes on Spanish cooking, dance, or guitar making offered by guest speakers.  Students will be required to complete predeparture assignments as well as assignments while in Spain.  Students will also spend 3 hours each weekday morning at Mester language academy where they will earn three KSU transfer credits accredited by and transferred from La Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca. 

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024



Amsterdam: Law, Politics, and Policy in the Netherlands

POL 40589

 Older brown buildings, Amsterdam architecture, Netherlands.

This faculty-led study away program will introduce student to law, politics, and public policy in The Netherlands. In addition to visiting important political, historical, and cultural sites in Amsterdam, the class will visit The Hague and the International Criminal Court.

Application Deadline: December 1, 2023

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Costa Rica

Tropical Field Biology and Conservation

BSCI 40376

Volcano in Costa Rica with palm trees and clouds in front.

The course will follow the model pioneered by the Organization for Tropical Studies for teaching courses in tropical biology. The model emphasizes the use of field work to address specific issues in tropical ecology. The students are responsible for the design and collection of data in field projects under the supervision of participating faculty. The students are also expected to conduct data analysis and to present their results and conclusions to their classmates. Finally, students are also expected to complete a written report of each of the four project they will conduct in Costa Rica. These reports should follow the format of a scientific article written for Biotropica –The journal of tropical biology and Conservation. The course also offers the opportunity to learn about the diversity of ecosystems found in the tropics, as major tropical habitats will be visited. Students will observe the characteristics of tropical rain forests, tropical seasonally dry forests, mangrove forest, coral reef, coastal ecosystems, and montane forests, as well as the natural history of plants and animals that inhabit them.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2023

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