Study Away Programs

Platform 9 and 3 quarters

"No matter how much you read, how many videos you watch, you won’t actually experience it until you go there."

French Street

"It helps you think strategically, critically; you gain an understanding of the world."

Venice

"I learned a lot about myself and learned to appreciate my own culture more, seeing how it contrasted with other cultures."

Study Away

"I was learning in a very hands-on way with people from every different major."

Liz Walker

"It really made me realize how small the world is and how connected we all are."

Two people in Africa

"It’s very fun, super educational, broadens your horizons and gives you a greater view of what’s out there."

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. These experiences facilitate enhanced learning about different communities, cultures, and socio-economic and technical issues in a variety of settings while gaining honors credits. They are offered during spring break and over the summer. In partnership with universities abroad, we also facilitate semester-long experiences.

Questions?
Please contact our Director of Honors Study Away Programs, Dr. Natasha Duncan: ntduncan@purdue.edu

International Spring Break Programs

Cultural Memory in Berlin

This is an international Study Away trip. Specific trip details and course description TBA

Faculty: Dr. Peter Moore

Food Security in East Africa

This is an international Study Away trip. Specific trip details and course description TBA

Faculty: Dr. Elizabeth Brite

Leonardo in Italy

This is an international Study Away trip. Specific trip details and course description TBA

Faculty: Dr. Dino Felluga and Dr. Steve Wereley

Domestic Spring Break Programs

Jazz in NOLA

This is a domestic Study Away trip. Specific trip details TBA

Dr. Jason Ware

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.

Maymester Programs

Delhi India: Old and New

Specific trip details and course description TBA.

Faculty: Dr. Megha Anwer

Genius in Silicon Valley

Specific trip details and course description TBA

Faculty: Dr. Adam Watkins

Investigating London's East End

Specific trip details and course description TBA.

Faculty: Dr. Jason Ware

Transylvania: Dracula and Beyond

Specific trip details and course description TBA.

Faculty: Dr. Diane Facinelli

Previous Programs

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.

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.

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.

Transylvania 2017: Dracula and Beyond

Students taking this Study Away course traveled to Romania with Honors College Assistant Dean Dr. Diane Facinelli, where they enhanced their learning about Bram Stoker’s Dracula, vampire legends and the historical figure of Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler). They analyzed how contemporary Romania regards and uses historical and fictional accounts, by traveling to places detailed in the novel and those connected with Tepes. After spending a day in Bucharest, they traveled as a group to notable sites including Sighisoara, Castle Dracula, the Borgo Pass and Bran Castle.

French Food Culture 2017

Explore the rich culinary and cultural background of France. Rather than pursue a harried schedule of packing every morning and unpacking every night, students on this course enjoyed the peaceful surroundings of a French villa (Villa Beaulieu) between daily excursions to local farmers’ markets, a vineyard, an oil press and a chocolate maker. Scientists have been baffled about the observation that the French eat delicious, rich food and yet their rates of heart disease are less than the rates of Americans. Student participation in a wine and cheese class, as well as cooking classes, aided in their exploration of the phenomenon called the French paradox. The course capitalized on the scientific and social issues surrounding this controversy, while simultaneously immersing students in the culture of French food and eating patterns.

Explorations in Human Culture Diversity: Humans and Animals in Peru

Students on this trip joined Honors College Professor Liz Brite in Peru, where they explored the diverse ways that humans interact with animals in different cultural and environmental contexts. They worked in collaboration with Peruvian graduate students to gain insight into the diversity and complexity of live in Peru. Highlights included incredible scenery, from the coastal desert, all the way up into the pure air of the Andes Mountains.

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.