Cazenovia College students are invited to expand their college experience by taking advantage of international study opportunities. Study abroad opportunities are currently offered in Costa Rica, England and Ireland. These programs range in duration from a couple of weeks to an entire semester.
Cazenovia College takes students to Canterbury, England for a semester-long study abroad program during the Fall term. By participating in the Canterbury Program, Cazenovia students will live in, study, and explore the same city that inspired Geoffrey Chaucer. Inside the classroom, students will study an extensive variety of subject matter, including English literature and the history of Great Britain. Outside the classroom, the learning continues as students visit the very places they are studying. Canterbury Cathedral, Canterbury Tales Museum, the Roman Museum, and Norman Castle are just a few of the historical landmarks students may visit.
The river that flows through Canterbury and the city's numerous parks, such as Dane John Gardens, provide countryside-like getaways within the city. Canterbury is also home to great shopping both in the award-winning Whitefriars Shopping Centre and in the historic King's Mile district. Canterbury's weekly markets and wealth of cafes and pubs offer students the opportunity to savor local customs. Students can easily extend their cultural and historical learning experience beyond Canterbury as London, with its transportation hubs, is less than an hour away by train.
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Dublin, Ireland creates the perfect opportunity for students to experience a city rich in both historical and contemporary culture. Designated a UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin's strong literary tradition includes alumni such as Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift and Oscar Wilde, while the original manuscript of the Book of Kells is on permanent display at Trinity College Dublin.
Host to the arts, music, sporting events, and the city's own Temple Bar district with its restaurants, shops, and cafés, Dublin's diverse range of activities keep students inspired and entertained. The famous Irish countryside is not far from the city, but students can take a break from urban life in one of the many green spaces within the city, such as in Merrion Square, St. Stephen's Green and Phoenix Park, Europe's largest enclosed park.
Cazenovia College's inaugural international study program in Dublin is planned for March 2015.
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Spring Break, 2016
An eight-day trip to London and Paris is part of the coursework for "European Exploration: London and Paris." This class utilizes an interdisciplinary approach to "read" urban spaces as one might read a book.
Windsor Castle. Trafalgar Square. Westminster Abbey. Big Ben. St. Paul's Cathedral. Champs-Elysees. Versailles. The Seine. Eiffel Tower. Louvre. Notre Dame.
Visitors to London and Paris have these sites, and others, on their long lists of places to see. As part of their coursework, Cazenovia College students will see them as well, but as more than the casual tourist.
Students will visit these sites, as well as fashion ateliers, shops, streets, markets, people and the city environment as a whole, trying to decipher the messages they send and why.
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In coordination with Monteverde Institute, Cazenovia College will take students to Monteverde, a small village situated in the mountainous tropical forests of Puntarenas in the northern part of Costa Rica. It is also the site of the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve where numerous species of fauna and flora live and thrive.
This lush green setting gives students access to the ideal classroom for learning about the conservation, natural history, and sustainability of the rain forest and the people who live and work in this environment. Students will also have the opportunity to conduct research that involves reforestation and stream sampling fieldwork, and other activities involving birds, tropical biology, and animal behavior.
Additional activities will include taking Spanish classes, learning Costa Rican cooking, visiting a women’s traditional crafts and arts cooperative, observing wildlife and birds -- such as the rare Resplendent Quetzal, and visiting a coffee plantation. Various cultural and rain forest canopy activities, including 2 or 3 days on the Pacific coast, are also part of the program.
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