Intercultural Learning

Study Away

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 October break, spring break, and over the summer.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted normal processes for travel and created much uncertainty for planning. Students,’ faculty, and staff health and safety are our priority. For these reasons, the Honors College is taking a circumspect approach to study away programming for Summer 2021.

All programs are TENTATIVE. Applications will be accepted on or after November 1, 2020. Although you submit an application or might be accepted into a program after this date, your participation in the program is still TENTATIVE.

Please do NOT make any financial commitments toward the program (such as purchasing airfare) until instructed by the program leader. The Honors College nor Purdue University will be liable for refunds should programs be canceled owing to mitigation measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please do not rely on study away programs to fulfill graduation requirements if your expected date of graduation is Summer 2021.

Why Study Away?

Maymester 2021: Entrepreneurship in California

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Unfortunately, this program will no longer be offered.

In this program, we will examine entrepreneurship across four major industries in California: entertainment, agriculture, tourism, and tech. We will study different meanings of entrepreneurship and entrepreneur, barriers and access points to entrepreneurship, and the roles that political and societal contexts, incentives, and the environment play in encumbering or bolstering entrepreneurship. Arguably, there is no better place to study these questions than California. It is a place of duality: a main site globally for the agglomeration of tech companies, venture capitalists, and talent, but it is also where startups are most likely to fail and the distribution of riches are uneven. By the end of this program, students will understand entrepreneurship from a critical perspective and will develop their worldview frameworks and self-awareness through reflexive practices embedded in the program.
For rising sophomores only.

Maymester 2021: Human Rights, International Law, and Contemporary Europe

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This program will no longer be offered due the university’s decision to suspend student international travel through July 31, 2021.

In this program, students will acquire firsthand experience with the institutions prosecuting human rights violations around the world. We will travel to The Hague, The Netherlands, and Strasbourg, France, to visit the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice, and the European Court of Human Rights. Students will attend hearings and guest lectures, interview lawyers and judges, report on ongoing tribunals, and participate in hands-on workshops on contemporary human rights investigations. This course will also offer intensive study of the history, culture and contemporary social issues in the program sites through tours and museum visits. Day trips to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Colmar, and other cities will offer additional experiences as students learn about ecological urbanism, migration, Dutch art and history, Alsatian wine production, and the workings of the Council of Europe and European Parliament.

Summer 2021: Culture and Commerce in Central Europe

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This program will no longer be offered due the university’s decision to suspend student international travel through July 31, 2021.

The culture and commerce of Central Europe are world-renowned. Both Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and Munich, Germany, have long influenced and been linked to this booming economic epicenter, which also comprises the heart of world-influencing culture and political change. These cities have rich histories of strong economic competitiveness in the global marketplace and are considered economic hubs, while also maintaining their distinct cultural imprints. Truly, culture and commerce are intertwined and interrelated in this area of the world. Group activities for this program are based on these inter-related themes, including an Oktoberfest night, Dachau Concentration Camp tour, Royal Palace visit, Glockenspiel viewing, BMW factory tour, and Olympic Village visit in Munich. Our activities in Rotterdam will include a South Holland food tour, a bike tour of Europe's largest port, a trip to the ancient Windmills at Kinderdyk, and daytrips to Delft and Amsterdam.