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Global Intensive Experiences

Offered during academic breaks (such as Spring Break, Winter Break and before/after Spring and Fall semesters), Global Intensive Experiences are embedded as part of a semester course at ASU, or added on at the end or beginning of a session A or B course. Participants will be in class with other ASU students. These intensive field experiences abroad incorporate excursions and field trips to afford students an opportunity to connect their studies to international themes for credit. Each Global Intensive Experience ranges from seven to 12 days.

December 28, 2019 – January 10, 2020
(Please note that this program runs over New Years Eve.)

Spend two glorious weeks in Paris, France over Winter Break learning about the history of health care in one of the most beautiful and cultured cities in the world! Follow the historical development of modern medicine and its evolution to contemporary health issues, using medical art and artifacts as a contextual framework. Visit the Institut Pasteur, Université de Paris, Le Musée Ofrila, Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and more!

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Spring Break 2020: March 7 – March 14, 2020

Engage in hands-on health advocacy and health education in the Dominican Republic! During this 8-day study abroad trip, you'll join a health education medical brigade, hike through mountains, and enjoy restful afternoons on the beach. You will work alongside USAID, local doctors, instructors, and classmates to improve the health and well-being of women and children on the island. The Dominican Republic is an ideal location to explore two very different health systems: the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Haiti’s healthcare system has been strained by the 2010 earthquake, which was followed by a deadly cholera outbreak. Meanwhile, on the other side of the island, the Dominican Republic has weathered similar situations with completely different health outcomes. Explore this theme and gain firsthand experience in health advocacy.

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May 14 - May 23, 2020

Spend 11 days in France journeying into the world of the French Deaf community. You’ll have opportunities to practice ASL and Langues des Signes Francaise/LSF. Visit historical and culturally significant locations in Paris and La Balme-les-Grottes (birthplace and museum of Laurent Clerc). Interact with the local Deaf community at Café Signes and 1000 & 1 Signes, Deaf-owned and Deaf-run restaurants. Expand your knowledge of Langues des Signes Francaise/LSF via a workshop at International Visual Theatre.

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Faculty-Directed Programs

Faculty-Directed program courses are created and taught primarily by ASU faculty. Participants enroll directly in one or more ASU courses offered on the program, and will be in class with other ASU students. Offered primarily during the summer sessions, each faculty-directed program focuses on a certain academic discipline with students earning direct ASU course credit, and incorporates excursions and field trips to give students the opportunity to explore and learn about their host country. University, major, elective and internship credit may be earned through participation in a faculty-directed program.

Summer 2020 program dates TBD in June

This program will allow students to experience real world examples of cultural food variations in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway from both a current day and historical perspective.  Experiencing these climates will allow students to evaluate food availability and how this relates to nutrition and food choices.  Comparison of these scenarios in Scandinavia and specifically with the Sami culture to their hometown environment will allow students understand the impact in various cultural aspects (religion, ethnicity, availability) allowing students to develop empathetic and practical guidance to patients or clients in their chosen careers.

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June 5-19, 2020

Study and experience the healthy lifestyles, mindsets and social connectedness on the Blue Zone of Ikaria, one of five locations across the globe with the longest living people. Observe, socialize and interview locals of all ages, particularly the centenarians, in an effort to uncover their "secrets" to a long and happy life.

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May 18 - June 12, 2020

During this program, students will visit Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, and parts of Tuscany to study nutrition, culture, and the cuisine of this region and how consumption of a "Mediterranean Diet" may affect health. Students will participate in cooking classes, take excursions to farms, olive oil, wine, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and balsamic vinegar manufacturers. Students will also have guided tours of food markets and other popular tourist destinations.

We will explore food and nutrition in Spain and Italy from production to consumption, and compare Spanish and Italian habits with those of the United States. Through lectures, field trips, guest speakers and hands-on workshops students will study the Mediterranean Diet in depth—its components and evidence of its health consequences with the goal of developing nutrition and health communication materials for selected target audiences.

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July 11-29, 2020

  • Complete your summer CHS internship in Brisbane!
  • Participate in academic visits to places such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service Hangar, the Queensland Department of Health and Human Nutrition
  • Partake in discussions with and listen to lectures by Australia's leading health experts
  • Observational field work in health-related organizations and programs
  • Open to students outside of Barrett, the Honors College with a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Earn 6 internship credit hours to meet your program's required internship or elective credit hours, or complete EXW 454 and EXW 456 for 6 credit hours

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