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Study abroad is one of the most effective ways of learning about the world. Hofstra students have many opportunities to earn credits while studying in other countries. Undergraduate students can choose from a number of programs that have been developed over the years by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Communication; School of Education; and the Zarb School of Business.
A brief description of Hofstra programs is listed below. All Hofstra undergraduates who meet the specific prerequisites of any program are eligible and welcome to apply. Information on these programs is available from the individual dean’s offices indicated below.
Students who want to pursue programs not listed below can be advised by the Office of Study Abroad Programs, 107 Roosevelt Hall, about available programs elsewhere. To be eligible to receive credit toward a bachelor’s degree, students must have courses approved in advance via the Permission to Study Abroad at Another Institution Form, available from the Study Abroad Office.
The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs awards three full-tuition scholarships for a year or semester of study in the University of Amsterdam’s program in European History and Culture. There are also three full-tuition scholarships for Zarb School of Business students. Students receive Hofstra credit for courses in European history, geography, economics, politics, business and Dutch language (All courses are taught in English). The program is recommended for students who have achieved junior status at Hofstra ( a minimum of 58 credits), and have obtained better than a 3.4 grade point average. For more information, contact Professor Maria Fixell, Assistant Dean for Study Abroad, 107 Roosevelt Hall or at (516) 463-4765.
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Winter and summer short-term programs are offered through Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. These programs have distinctive advantages. While learning about the culture, people and attractions of the foreign city or country, students have the advantage of satisfying major/minor or distribution requirements. Even though these programs are limited in duration, they serve as excellent opportunities to gain cultural awareness and grow both personally and academically. Students can obtain a maximum of four credits in January or summer session 3 and a maximum of seven credits in summer sessions 1 and 2.
Our January three-week study abroad offerings include: Athens, Australia , Belize, Galapagos Islands and Ecuador, LGBT in Paris, London and Venice. The Athens program affords students the opportunity to study comparative literature or history and enjoy all the cultural richness of Greece. The Australia program, our most recent addition to our January study abroad offerings, gives students majoring in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences the opportunity to take a required course and enjoy all that the city of Sydney has to offer. The Belize program offers students 13 days of sun, sea, sand and study! During the program, students are stationed at the Belize Marine Tropical Research and Education Center on Amergris Caye. Course offerings include Biology 109A: Coastal Marine Biology (for undergraduates) and Biology 204: Advanced Coastal Marine Biology (for graduate students). The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador program allows students to earn college credit (either undergraduate or graduate) while studying in one of the world’s greatest natural laboratories. The LGBT in Paris program focuses on topics that address gay life in Paris and provides students with the opportunity to view the gay “world” in a French context and, thus, to contextualize the gay experience as it responds to the wider cultural framework. While in Paris, students can choose one of the following courses to take: LGBT 75: “Queer” Paris, LGBT 100: Independent Study in LGBT Studies or FRLT 120: Independent Study in French Literature and Culture. The London program offers courses in contemporary British theater and literary London. Class work is supplemented by theater performances and on-site excursions for both courses. The Venice program affords students the opportunity to study Italian, Art History, Public Relations or Comparative Literature. Side trips to Murano, Torcello and Burano and cultural tours within Venice supplement classroom work.
Our summer study abroad offerings include: China, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Spain. The China program takes place in Shanghai where students can study Chinese language and literature. The France program offers students four weeks in Paris with the possibility of taking courses in French language, culture and literature or courses in English (typically French literature in translation or business). Students also visit significant sites of culture such as the Louvre and Versailles as part of the program. The city of Berlin – with all its culture, history and vibrant city and economic life – is the setting for this August three-week study abroad experience. Students have the opportunity to take either a Comparative Literature class or a work-study experience in Berlin as part of an internship. The Japan Program stays in Tokyo for three weeks at Tokyo Future University and then spends the remaining two weeks exploring the western part of Japan. Exciting cultural experiences include staying in a Zen temple deep in the mountains, udon-noodle making, and a visit to the Naoshima, an island town known for the arts and its many museums. Students may take either three or six credits through the program in Asian studies, political science or Japanese. The Ireland program takes place in Galway where students attend classes at the university there. Course offerings include: creative writing, Irish studies and the Gaelic language. The Italy program takes place in Sorrento. Courses include all levels of Italian language and literature as well as at least two courses in English. The Spain program is based in Santiago de Compostela. Courses typically include elementary, intermediate and advanced Spanish language and literature, as well as courses in other disciplines.
Hofstra in India Program (Spring semester program)
Beginning in spring 2012 Hofstra University juniors and seniors have the opportunity to study at the University of Hyderabad as full-time students and enroll in a full semester of courses, selected from courses for foreign students, regular university courses and noncredit courses such as Yoga or Indian Classical Dance. The program is recommended for students who have attained junior status (a minimum of 60 credits) along with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
For further information about any of our short-term programs or our Spring semester program in India, please contact Professor Maria Fixell, Assistant Dean for Study Abroad Programs, 107 Roosevelt Hall, at (516) 463 4765 or Maria.L.Fixell@hofstra.edu.
These programs, housed in the Department of Global Studies and Geography, provide unique and exciting opportunities for students to discover both the world and themselves through study and travel abroad with Hofstra faculty and include the Mexican, European and Italian Odyssey Programs.
The Mexican Odyssey
Students have the opportunity to travel to south central Mexico for three weeks during the January session and study Mexico’s diverse past including the major indigenous civilizations of the Aztecs, Maya, Olmecs and Zapotecs.
The program also focuses on contemporary Mexican political, economic and social issues with particular emphasis on the effects on Mexico of NAFTA and globalization.
The European Odyssey
The European Odyssey is a semester-length interdisciplinary study abroad program open to all undergraduate students at Hofstra. Accompanied by Hofstra faculty, students travel for 10 weeks by minivan throughout western and eastern Europe. The focus and itinerary of the program vary each year in order to address events and issues of relevance in Europe. The courses examine both historical and contemporary topics in specific countries and regions as well as in Europe generally.
Students receive 16 credits for the program and take four courses.
Course content is analyzed through a variety of formats including lectures, briefings, discussions, and presentation. In addition to regular exams, each student keeps a portfolio of reaction papers and a personal journal describing his/her experiences on the road.
The Italian Odyssey
The Italian Odyssey explores the cultural and intellectual history of Italy in an exciting interdisciplinary program Summer Session 1. The program begins with two weeks in the town of Sorrento and concludes in Rome.
For more information about the Odyssey programs, please contact Professor Linda Longmire at (516) 463 5828 or Linda.A.Longmire@hfostra.edu.
School of Communication
The School of Communication offers a four-week study abroad program – SCO in Rome! - based in Rome, Italy, during the month of July. Combining study of regional media history, practices, and institutions with cultural excursions and studies, the program brings together students and faculty from two Departments – Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations and Radio/Television/Film.
The program exposes students to one of the most vibrant cities in the world. The media center of Italy, Rome has a rich heritage of communication in all forms to complement its breathtaking arts, culture, and ‘dolce vita.’ Students stay in modern dormitory facilities in the Prati section near Vatican City and a number of other attractions. Twice-weekly tours of major communication organizations and cultural attractions include Cinecittà (“Cinema City,” Italy’s version of Hollywood), the major ruins and museums, and the Vatican.
Two courses are offered – RTVF 065 - Television Production Practicum and PR 180A - International Public Relations.
For further information, please contact the Program Director, Randy Hillebrand, 516-463-5205.
School of Education
The School of Education offers one study abroad program during Summer Session II.
Mediterranean Cruise (Summer Session II: June 29-July 13, 2012)
This exciting Study Abroad 2012 option is a Mediterranean Cruise. SOE faculty members are collaborating to offer a variety of courses coupled with a Celebrity Cruise experience to Italy, Greece, and Turkey. Ports will include Santorini, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; Kusadasi, Turkey; Athens, Greece; Mykonos, Greece; and Naples, Italy.
Students and faculty members will depart on Friday, June 29th by air from NYC/JFK Airport to Rome and will stay two overnights in a Rome hotel until cruise departure on July 2nd. While in Rome, sightseeing activities will be available. The trip will end in Rome on Friday, July 13th with air travel to NYC/JFK on the same day.
Course Offerings on the Cruise
- Building Literacy Strategies by Exploring the Connection Between Cultural Influences, Italian Folklore and Children’s Literature (3 s.h.): ELED 186I; SED 186I; ELED 205; ELED 286I; SED 286I; CT 286I; ELED 278 .
- Exploring the Greek Heritage of Geometry (3 s.h.): SED 180M; MATH 280G; SED 280G; MATH 280M; SED 280M
- Interdisciplinary and Multicultural Education: Learning through the Arts (3 s.h.): CT 281I; SED 281I; ELED 281I; SED 181I; ELED 181I; CT 181I; ELED 122; ELED 212; CT 298B; SED 114; CT 297B
Course and Trip Information
Participants pay a program fee in addition to standard Hofstra tuition and fees. The program fee for participants is subject to change due to international currency fluctuations, energy surcharges and other price increases. The final cost includes: cruise and hotel accommodations (double/triple occupancy), round-trip Rome airfare to NYC/JFK, all ground and sea transportation, and all cruise meals. Fee does not include incidental costs, excursions and meals in ports-of-call.
For further information, contact the Office of Professional Development Services, 113 Hagedorn Hall, 516-463-5750.
Professional development hours and/or in-service credit may be available through school districts. School district purchase orders are accepted.
Zarb School of Business
During the summer, the Zarb School of Business offers Hofstra students several opportunities to study abroad and learn about global business issues through its programs in China, Rome and Budapest.
Zarb School in China (Beijing)
The Zarb School’s program in China offers Hofstra business students the opportunity to integrate their knowledge about international business/marketing gained in classrooms by exposing them to the real-life business environment in China. Through field experiences, students gain valuable experiential insights and perspectives that enhance and supplement their learning at Hofstra University. Students take MKT 170 /IB 170 - International Marketing in two stages: they attend three weeks of classes on campus where they learn about international marketing, and then they travel to China to experience the subject first hand and attend more lectures at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. Students visit businesses and learn about business practices in China. Local scholars and company personnel will give guest lectures to expose students to the local environment. For further information about Zarb School in China, please contact Dr. Yong Zhang, Department of Marketing and International Business, 127 Weller Hall, (516) 463-5713, or Yong.Zhang@hofstra.edu.
Hofstra University Exchange Program With the University of Amsterdam
The Zarb School of Business offers students the opportunity to travel to The Netherlands to take classes either on a full-time basis during a regular semester or on a part-time basis during the summer at the University of Amsterdam. Students from the University of Amsterdam also benefit from this exchange program and may take courses at Hofstra. For more information about the School of Business’ exchange program with the University of Amsterdam, please contact Ms. Gioia Bales, Assistant Dean, Third Floor Weller Hall, (516) 463-5703.