Study Away Programs

The Honors College is dedicated to providing high impact learning experiences to our students in and outside of the classroom. Through our study away programs, we afford students opportunities to enrich their intellectual development and intercultural learning.

We offer these opportunities through off-campus domestic experiences or through study abroad led by our faculty and faculty partners. International and domestic off-campus experiences facilitate enhanced learning about different communities, cultures, and socio-economic and technical issues in a variety of settings while gaining honors credits. Experience different educational systems, hone your language skills, gain new perspective and independence, develop your whole self, and become more competitive in the job market.

The benefits of study away are manifold. Many scientific studies have found students receive immense value from engaging in study away opportunities. Read more about these benefits here.

We invite all students to use the pre-planning sheet provided by the Purdue Office of Study Abroad when examining their options for study away. Although the pre-planning sheet is entitled “Study Abroad Pre-Planning Sheet,” most of the questions apply to students considering domestic study away courses as well. Should you have any questions about Honors College study away programs or for a better understanding of the process for study away, please contact our Director of Honors Study Away Programs, Dr. Natasha Duncan. She can be reached at ntduncan@purdue.edu

The Honors College offers study away courses during spring break and over the summer. In partnership with universities located abroad, we also facilitate semester-long study abroad experiences.

Spring Break Programs

HONR 299: Harry Potter Culture: London & Edinburgh

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series has provided a popular imaginative source from which to understand ourselves and the world around us. This course examines cultural and critical analyses of the Harry Potter literary works as a background to experiencing various locations in London and Edinburgh, which influenced the author’s stories and formed the basis of subsequent movie versions. Students are required to have read the seven novels prior to departure, to examine several critical analyses of the works, and to write responses to specific assignments. During the program, students will keep a journal of their experiences that addresses specific instructor-directed topics that include observations of and responses to the ways London and Edinburgh have reacted to the Harry Potter cultural phenomenon. Excursions to Stonehenge and Glastonbury and to memorials to witches burned in Edinburgh augment the course’s study of Harry Potter with readings on historical British attitudes toward wizards, witchcraft, and magic.

Details at a Glance

Duration:

March 11-18, 2017

Credits:

2

Enrollment:

20 students

Instructor:

Dr. Diane Facinelli, Honors College Assistant Dean for Global Affairs

Pre-requisites:

3.0 GPA

Approximate Cost:

$1950

Location:

UK: London, England & Edinburgh, Scotland

Contact:

For additional information, contact Dr. Diane Facinelli (dfacinel@purdue.edu).

Registration Deadline:

December 15, 2016 or until the program is full. Click here for the itinerary and registration.

HONR 299: VENICE AND PADUA 2017: INVENTING VENICE

Inventing Venice is a 2-credit immersive experience. “Inventing Venice” will take students to Venice and Padua, Italy, for March Break 2017 and will have as its textbook the city itself. Our focus will be on the Venetian empire, especially the world-changing transition from the Medieval period to the Renaissance that this region drove. We will consider art, architecture, music, and political history, and students will engage in cultural analysis of Venetian city life and spaces.

There is an accompanying 2-credit, 8-week course that takes place on Purdue’s campus before the spring break trip: HONR 299: Making the Human. Students may choose to do either HONR course separately or both together.

Details at a Glance

Duration:

March 11-18, 2017

Credits:

2

Enrollment:

Instructors:

Dr. Emily Allen and Dr. Dino Felluga

Pre-requisites:

3.0 GPA

Approximate Cost:

$1400 plus airfare

Location:

Italy: Venice & Padua

Contact:

For additional information, contact Dr. Emily Allen (elallen@purdue.edu) or Dr. Dino Felluga (felluga@purdue.edu)

Registration Deadline:

The application deadline has closed and the trip is full, but interested students can contact Dr. Allen or Dr. Felluga to be put on the wait list.

HONR 299: New Orleans 2017: Jazz in NOLA

To study jazz is to study away, to take one’s place in a boogaloo procession breaking out of the classroom and into the streets, the kitchens, the club, the porch, the hall. To study jazz is to trace a tradition that has itself traveled from Africa to the American South, from the South to the industrial North, and from there to corners the world. More than just a musical genre, jazz names a way of life, a means of recording history, a stump from which to express one’s personal needs and desires, a lab for the social production of culture. Along these lines, we will use the city of New Orleans and the style of New Orleans Jazz as a case point for understanding the music and culture of improvisation. We will explore the emergence of jazz music against the historical backdrop of the transatlantic slave trade and research the process by which a certain style of American music was solidified into a specific genre, known as jazz.

Our immersive curriculum will allow us to participate in the social rituals surrounding jazz, and investigate the many art forms influenced by jazz, from fashion and the culinary arts to poetry and dance. Taking a socio-political approach, we will contextualize jazz within the larger framework of black liberation in America. And jazz will also provide us with a critical lens through which to understand our contemporary moment. Through music, we will examine the effects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the local efforts to rebuild the city. But most importantly, students will gain an opportunity to develop a critical acumen for appreciating live jazz performance.

Although the trip will be carefully crafted to offer participants a once-in-a-lifetime tour of New Orleans and its musical heritage, we will be taking a note from the music itself and adopting an improvisatory spirit. Our goal is to follow the interests of the students and develop a truly organic set of learning opportunities. Interested parties can expect some version of the following: visiting numerous museums and cultural centers, participating in the tradition of the second line, touring the city’s iconic architecture and public spaces, learning the “secrets” of creole cooking, playing music with local performers, and listening to beaucoup live music.

Details at a Glance

Duration:

Spring Break, March 11-19, 2017

Credits:

2

Instructors:

Dr. Peter Moore and Dr. Jason Ware

Pre-requisites:

3.0 GPA

Approximate Cost:

$1600 plus air and ground fair

(Airfare will be between $500 and $600 per student. Ground travel will consist of taking a taxi from and to the airport – about $28 per student. We will use streetcars to travel around the city – about $160 per student)

Location:

New Orleans, LA

Contact:

For additional information, contact Dr. Peter Moore (moore708@purdue.edu) or Dr. Jason Ware ( jaware@purdue.edu)

Registration Deadline:

Registration Deadline: November 30, 2016

Semester-long Programs

Copernican Scholar Exchange Program

An exchange program between the Purdue University Honors College and the Honors College at the Università degli Studi di Padova for two “Copernican Scholars” is set for 2016-2017. Scholar selections will be made prior to the end of May 2016, and the two students selected will serve as ambassadors for the Italian honors student, who will be studying at Purdue during the fall 2016 semester. The Purdue students will then study at the Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori (the Università’s Galileo Honors College) from approximately March 1—June 30, 2017. Classes offered cover all majors, are taught in English, and carry honors credit if taken through the Scuola Galileiana. Before students register for spring classes in Padua, the Honors College will work with Purdue departments to determine possible transfer credit. The Presidential Study Abroad Scholarship of $3,000 is available for students as well as an additional Purdue Honors College scholarship, which will further lower costs below that for a regular semester at Purdue.

Details at a Glance

Duration:

March 1—June 30, 2017

Credits:

12

Instructor:

TBA

Pre-requisites:

Honors College Student in good standing

Approximate Cost:

The TOTAL cost for Indiana residents is $7,653 (Purdue tuition of $5001 plus $2,508 for meals and housing) and $145 for insurance. The total for non-residents is $17,054. Subject to change.

Location(s):

Scuola Galileiana di Studi Superiori (the Università’s Galileo Honors College)

Contact:

For additional information, contact Dr. Diane Facinelli (dfacinel@purdue.edu) or Dr. Dino Felluga (felluga@purdue.edu).

Registration Deadline:

Deadline for submitting applications is April 8, 2016.

Download the application here