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Engaging Chicago: Seeing sustainable communities in a global city

What is study away?

Students visit ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago.Most people have heard of studying abroad in a foreign country, but did you know students can study away in other parts of the U.S.?

Miami’s study away programs are designed to allow students to earn Miami credit while traveling in places such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Silicon Valley and Wyoming.

These programs range from two weeks to two months and are open to all majors. Students explore another part of the U.S. while having an engaging learning experience outside of the traditional classroom setting. 

Study away opportunities are much more than just a class; they are career tryouts, field trips, networking experiences and friendship starters.


Students visit public art displays in Chicago.

Students visit a public art display in Chicago.

Engaging Chicago: Forging Sustainable Communities in a Global City is a newer program that was designed by Miami faculty Damon Scott and Jose Amador and began in the summer of 2012. It is organized into a series of daylong discoveries of Chicago neighborhoods emphasizing the local, regional and global forces that continue to shape them. The class met with a multi-media art professor at the Chicago Art Institute, an immigrant from Hong Kong working to refurbish the Chinese American Museum of Chicago, a street performer and the director of a homeless shelter that serves HIV+ and GLBT youths, just to name a few.

“Professor Amador and I set up a continuous series of field activities and engaging learning environments in which we, along with the students, explored the cultural complexity of the city from as many different vantage points as possible in two weeks,” Scott said.

Engaging Chicago is a program that can benefit students in any major. Last year’s student majors ranged from accounting to sociology to geography. One benefit to all students is learning how to navigate through a big city and at times travel independently while encountering its diverse culture.

Students like that the 2-week length does not interfere with other summer plans and allows them to plan internships, classes and vacations for the summer.

“Even though the program was only two weeks, I learned more about globalization and how cultures affect communities than I ever could in a whole semester in the classroom,” said accounting major Susanne Schott. “Seeing it with your own eyes and experiencing something firsthand makes the learning process much faster and longer lasting.”

Written by Evan Arnold (Miami '14), student intern, University Communications and Marketing

Published June 2013

What is study away?

Students visit ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago.Most people have heard of studying abroad in a foreign country, but did you know students can study away in other parts of the U.S.?

Miami’s study away programs are designed to allow students to earn Miami credit while traveling in places such as Washington, D.C., Chicago, Silicon Valley and Wyoming.

These programs range from two weeks to two months and are open to all majors. Students explore another part of the U.S. while having an engaging learning experience outside of the traditional classroom setting. 

Study away opportunities are much more than just a class; they are career tryouts, field trips, networking experiences and friendship starters.


Locations
Luxembourg
West Chester
Middletown
Hamilton
Oxford
  • Luxembourg
    Luxembourg

    John E. Dolibois European Center, Luxembourg

    One of Miami's oldest continuous study abroad programs, the Miami University John E. Dolibois Center (MUDEC) in Luxembourg offers students the opportunity to enroll in Miami classes taught by European-based and Ohio-based Miami faculty. Students enjoy a unique combination of first-class academics, engagement in the local community, and various faculty-guided and independent travel opportunities.

    Contact and emergency information for the Luxembourg Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    Château de Differdange
    1, Impasse du Château
    L-4524 Differdange
    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
    luxembourg@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/luxembourg

    217-222 MacMillan Hall
    531 E. Spring Street
    Oxford, Ohio 45056, USA

    Directions

    Main Operator: 011-352-582222-1
    Oxford-based Coordinator: 513-529-5050
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • West Chester
    West Chester

    Voice of America Learning Center

    Located midway between Cincinnati and Dayton along I-75, the Voice of America Learning Center (VOALC) offers undergraduate and graduate courses and programs drawn from Miami's Regional and Oxford campuses. Home to Miami's MBA program, the Learning Center provides ready access to graduate programs for area educators and courses leading to the BIS degree for undergraduates.

    Contact and emergency information for the Voice of America Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    7847 VOA Park Dr.
    (Corner of VOA Park Dr. and Cox Rd.)
    West Chester, OH 45069
     
    voalc@MiamiOH.edu
    MiamiOH.edu/voalc

    Printable Floor Plan
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-895-8862
    (From Middletown) 513-217-8862
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Middletown
    Middletown

    Middletown Regional Campus

    Nestled on 141 acres near I-75, Miami University Middletown offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Nearby Greentree Health Science Academy immerses Miami's nursing and health information technology students in the health care experience while taking classes.

    Contact and emergency information for the Middletown Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

     4200 N. University Blvd.
    Middletown, OH 45042
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-727-3200
    (Toll-free) 1-86-MIAMI-MID
    Office of Admission: 513-727-3216
    Campus Status Line: 513-727-3477
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Hamilton
    Hamilton

    Hamilton Regional Campus

    A compact, friendly, commuter campus, Miami Hamilton offers bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, and beginning coursework for most four-year degrees. Small class sizes, on-site child care, and flexible scheduling make Miami Hamilton attractive to students at all stages of life and career.

    Contact and emergency information for the Hamilton Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    1601 University Blvd.
    Hamilton, OH 45011
    regionalwebmaster@MiamiOH.edu
    regionals.MiamiOH.edu

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-785-3000
    Office of Admission: 513-785-3111
    Campus Status Line: 513-785-3077
    Emergency info: regionals.MiamiOH.edu/emergency

  • Oxford
    Oxford

    Miami University, Oxford Ohio

    Nationally recognized as one of the most outstanding undergraduate institutions, Miami University is a public university located in Oxford, Ohio. With a student body of 16,000, Miami effectively combines a wide range of strong academic programs with faculty who love to teach and the personal attention ordinarily found only at much smaller institutions.

    Contact and emergency information for the Oxford Campus. Starting with general contact info on the left; additional contact and emergency information on the right.

    501 E. High St.
    Oxford, OH 45056

    Printable Campus Map
    Directions

    Main Operator: 513-529-1809
    Office of Admission: 513-529-2531
    Vine Hotline: 513-529-6400
    Emergency info: MiamiOH.edu/emergency