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The Office for Study Abroad is dedicated to fostering a "culture of study abroad" at Saint Francis University. Our diverse international programs give students an exciting way of completing credits and/or offering service.
Study abroad will introduce you to a new culture, a new way of life. You will learn to recognize and appreciate how culture determines values and behaviors. Study abroad will help you develop skills and give you experiences a classroom setting will never provide. In addition to making friends around the world, study abroad will increase your self confidence and will have a lasting impact on your world view.
Juliana HorvathDirector, Office for Study Abroadstudyabroad@francis.edu814-472-3245214 Schwab HallBecome a fan on Facebook
Students stay in the University's facility in Ambialet, located in southwestern France. The site is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Tarn River and the village of Ambialet. The program is based in Ambialet but includes extended stays in Paris and Barcelona. Students profit from numerous visits to important sites in the region. Visits to museums, monuments and natural sites are enhanced by events such as fairs, pastry fests and concerts.
Students may take up to 7 credits (minimal of 5 credits) while studying in Parma. Classes include Fine Arts, Italian I & II, Exploration in the Arts, Photography, Guitar, Hand Drumming with Jim Donovan (drummer from Rusted Root), and several others.
You will explore the French countryside, local castles, incredible cathedrals, museums and restaurants all while earning 5 – 7 credits through the Center for International Education and Outreach
Become familiar with the Costa Rican culture, travel to new and interesting places and live within the land of the "Switzerland of the Americas." Gain the extra Spanish proficiency required by some majors allowing you to work with many Spanish-speaking clients, patients or students you may encounter in furture careers.
SFU students will have the opportunity to: be paired with a Deaf student during morning and afternoon classes; to a course to the students; to teach ASL to the students who currently do not possess ASL skills; to turn off their voices for an entire week; togo on a tour with a Deaf guide; and to grow their ASL skills by constantly using ASL with native language users.
Sail on the highest altitude navigable lake in the world (Lake Titicaca), serve the impoverished in the highest altitude city in the world, climb a famous extinct volcano at 16,000 ft, speak the language of the Inca, research the largest silver mine in the world, swim in thermal pools, wade with pink flamingoes, experience ancient cathedrals, and visit pre-Incan ruins.
This course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities like deeper diving and underwater navigating.
Participants will research the ecology of The Galapagos Islands, study the life style of Galapagos animals, and plan their travel before leaving on a nine day research trip
Travel to the Royal Botanic Gardens and to Daintree Rainforest to explore how Australian plants have diversified to meet ecological conditions. Visit the Australian Natural History Museum and zoological parks to examine animal diversity. Finally, snorkel/dive the Great Barrier Reef to study the world’s largest barrier reef ecology.
During Spring Break, the group will be going to Central and Latin America where they will work closely with an orphanage and provide much needed love and support. There will also be opportunities to volunteer in the local schools and possibly work on construction projects as well. A medical team and physical therapy team will also be going down and providing much needed medical attention to those less fortunate.
Led by Dr. Randy Frye, Professor of Business Administration and Dr. James Logue, Associate Professor of Accounting this innovative hybrid course counts as either a major or free undergraduate elective in Management, Marketing, or Economics and Finance.
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