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Comparing U.S. and European Schools

Miami students

When: May, 2020

Credits: EDT 455

EDT 455, Comparing U.S. and European School Systems, provides a unique opportunity for undergraduates who are planning to enter the teaching profession. It entails a two-week trip to Europe, starting in Brussels, then visiting schools in Austria and Luxembourg, with a weekend to the Alps, and finishing up in Munich. This workshop also satisfies the Miami Plan Capstone requirement. Students will conduct observations of European classrooms and engage professionally and personally with European students and educators. EDT 455 is also well suited for special education and speech pathology majors, and is open to other majors across campus.


Questions? Email Dr. Jim Shiveley at or Tom Misco at     

Health in The Gambia

The Gambia

When: May 31 - June 16, 2020

Credits: KNH 402 and 453 or 699 (6 credits) Fulfills Global or Capstone Requierment

Students will experience first hand many perspectives of health in a developing country, and consider how healthcare is delivered when resources are scarce, understand context surrounding the complexity of health care in a poor country with both acute and chronic health care needs, engage with learners from different countries (many health care providers are from different countries in Africa as well as different countries around the world), and reflect on their initial expectations and what may surprise them about health in The Gambia.

Visit Health Professionals at:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO)
  • National Nutrition Agency
  • Medical Research Clinic
  • Francis Small Hospital in Banjul
  • Kaiaf Health Clinic
  • Eye and Dental Clinics
  • Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
  • St. John’s School for the Deaf
  • Peace Corps
  • Bundung Hospital for Women, Infants and Children


  • Overnight at nature reserve
  • Boat ride on Gambia River to Juffreh, home of Kunta Kinte

Open to all majors!


Questions? Email Helaine Alessio at

The Sport, Management, and Culture in the Global Marketplace

Miami study abroad

When: Summer 2020: 06/05/2020 - 06/27/2020

Credits: KNH 499 (6 credit hours) or KNH 499 (3) and KNH 414 (3)

The program is open to students of all majors and academic backgrounds. It’s intended for those students with personal and professional interests in the area(s) of: sport management, sport policy, tourism and event management, sport sociology, sport coaching, sport science, kinesiology, public health, physical activity, and/or physical education. Students will be fully immersed in the global and local spaces and cultures of the UK & Ireland sport industry.

  • The Program travels to cities (London, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Dublin, Ireland) over a three-week period.
  • Program fee includes accommodation, transportation, lectures, some meals, meetings, activities, and events.
  • Students will be given the opportunity for first-hand experience in, and a thorough understand of, the rapidly expanding global sport marketplace through:
    • Formal lectures delivered by prominent guest scholars from UK and Ireland universities in the field of sport management
    • Meetings with sport managers and executives from governing bodies, corporate sponsors, major venues, and professional teams in the UK and Ireland sport industries.
    • Site visits to locally and nationally prominent European sport stadiums, venues, and facilities.
    • Attend a Gaelic hurling match, a Euro 2020 viewing party, an FAI soccer match and the 2020 Stephen Roache Grand Prix
    • Physical cultural experiences such as Gaelic football and hurling, Highland games, and social sport competitions (netball, rugby, lawn bowls, and cricket).

For more information contact Adam Beissel at


Outdoor Leadership in New Zealand

students take group picture in New Zealand

When: Summer 2020: 5/19/2020–6/11/2020

Location: South Island, New Zealand

Course: EDT 485 (6 credit hours)

Offered by Miami staff, Jen Siliko
Questions? Email the program director at

The hallmark of this course is experiential education—in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop people's capacity to contribute to their communities (Gass, M.A. 2012). Students eat, sleep, learn and play together throughout their travels around New Zealand’s south island. This course will provide students with an opportunity to challenge and expand their traditional views of leadership and education. The course will focus on these five foundations: outdoor leadership, experiential learning, outdoor skill development, environmental stewardship and intercultural engagement. In addition to the course travel, students are required to attend several pre-departure orientation meetings.

Program Highlights

  • Explore Christchurch
  • Backpack the lush forest and mountains of New Zealand's National Parks
  • Sea Kayak through seal colonies in Abel Tasman National Park
  • Ice climb the 50 foot high walls of Fox Glacier
  • Experience Maori culture at Te Awhina Marae
  • Choose your own adventure in Queenstown, the adventure mecca of the world



ELL Summer Camp in Luxembourg (MUDEC)

building in Luxembourg

When: July 20 – 31, 2020

This 3-credit hour study abroad course, MUDEC ELL Summer Camp, consists of 2 one-week camps taught by Miami University students to a group of Luxembourg primary and middle school students during the last two weeks of July, 2020. The primary purpose of the camp will be to engage students enrolled in the International School of Differdange and Esch to improve their English language skills while engaged in a series of theme-based interactive activities directed by a small group of Miami University students. In the process of planning, developing, and delivering the summer camp curriculum, the Miami University students will learn best-practice teaching strategies for English Language Learners (ELL). Free housing will be offered in Luxembourg during the stay and additional scholarship funding is being sought to offset the cost of travel.

For more information, contact: James Shiveley


Perspectives of Health and Human Culture in Iceland and Greenland

northern lights

When: May 23rd - June 7th

Cost: tuition, airfare to Iceland and $4100 (covers all hotels, airfare from Iceland to Greenland, museums, dog sledding, , all tours (volcano caves, glaciers, waterfalls, museums etc') and most meals.

Credit hours: can be taken for 3 or 6 credit hours.

On this trip we will discover the wonders of Iceland and Greenland. From volcano caves (and different types of lava), the northern lights (magnetism and solar activity) to magnificent waterfalls and glaciers Iceland, known as the land of fire and ice, has spectacular scenery to witness. We will visit the original geyser and see a performance at the Reykjavik Concert Hall. All of this in the capitol city of Reykjavik which we will explore by foot. Some of the facets that we discuss are Iceland was the first country to have an elected female head of state, they lead the world in gender pay equality and geothermal energy.

When we fly to Greenland it will be like stepping back in time. Our transportation there will be snow shoes, dog sleds and boats. The scenery is spectacular. On last year’s trip we saw the northern lights every night we were there. Spectacular glaciers and icebergs. Local selling bone carvings.

Before the trip we will meet and get an intro to various cultural aspects of Iceland and Greenland. During the trip you will keep a journal each day and we will have group discussions daily.

Questions? Email Dr. Mark Walsh