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Winter 2022 Session Programs

Winter is coming. Well, not exactly, but it’s not too early to decide your plans. There are several Winter Session study abroad programs accepting applications.

  • See Global Education’s calendar for any upcoming program informational sessions.
  • For a list of Spring 2022 program opportunities, see here
  • Contact the Global Education Office at vtabroad@vt.edu for questions or to set up a study abroad advising appointment.

 

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

CALS: Environment, Health, and Culture in Ecuador 

CALS in Ecuador
  • Winter Session 2021-2022 (December 26- January 14, 2022)
  • ALS 3954, 3 Credits  
  • Locations: Cumbaya (Quito), Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Isla San Cristóbal (Galapagos), Papallacta, Peguche, Ecuador

Students will experience first-hand the diverse culture of Ecuador, the environmental pressures associated with tourism, natural resource extraction, agriculture, and the health impacts connected between the two. Students also learn about medicine and medical systems through visits to traditional medicine clinics and modern medical facilities, talking with physicians and other medical providers, and creating infusions and teas with ethnobotanists and Kichwa guides.

CALS: An Exploration of Health, Community, and Yoga in a Blue Zone of Costa Rica

CALS in Costa Rica
  • Winter Session 2021-2022 (January 7-14, 2022)
  • HNFE 3954/5954, 3 credits 
  • Nosara, Costa Rica

Overall, students will examine the intersection between yoga, community values, and health. Key components will include discussion with locals about customs that support health (focus on physical health and community), a service-learning project (tree planting), an open-air food demonstration, and daily yoga practice (inclusive breathing, postures, meditation).

CALS: Youth Development in Senegal

CALS in Senegal
  • Winter Session 2021-2022 (January 3- 16, 2022)
  • ALCE 3954/5954, 3 credits 
  • Dakar, Saint Louis, and Thiès, Senegal

The core educational purpose of this program is to provide a transdisciplinary international service-learning experience in Senegal, West Africa, focused on youth development in relation to social entrepreneurship, agricultural value chains, community development, technological innovation, and culture. Through this program, students will learn new concepts related to issues facing youth in agricultural and community development in Senegal. They will also gain life skills such as self-confidence, teamwork, cross-cultural communication, and more.

CALS: Learning about Crops and Cropping Systems in Australia

CALS in Australia
  • Winter session 2021-2022 (January 3 - 18, 2022)
  • CSES 3954, 3 credits 
  • Locations: Brisbane, Cairns, Toowoomba, Canberra, Wagga, Griffith, Temora, and Sydney, Australia

The course will explore many cropping systems, both irrigated and dryland, across two distinct regions in Australia - grassland and temperate regions. The students also will be exposed to mixed farming systems – where crop production is integrated with animal production. 

CALS: Focus on Animal Agriculture and Sustainability in Australia and New Zealand

CALS in Australia and NZ
  • Winter Session 2021-2022 (December 26, 2021- January 17, 2022)
  • ALS 3954, 3 Credits 
  • Locations: Hamilton, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Wellington, and Christchurch, New Zealand; Brisbane, Hidden Valley, and Townsville, Australia

The core educational purpose of this program is to increase awareness among students about the effects of global markets, indigenous cultural factors, and climate change on agriculture and the environment in New Zealand and Australia, major exporters of agricultural products to the United States and other countries, while also improving their ability to communicate interculturally with those they meet.

 

College of Architecture and Urban Studies

CAUS/SPIA: Migration and Remittances as the Forces Binding Mexico and the United States

CAUS in Mexico
  • Winter Session 2021-2022 (January 2-9, 2022)
  • SPIA 3954/5954, 1 credit 
  • Location: Oaxaca, Mexico 

Oaxaca’s ethnic makeup is largely Indigenous, providing a unique perspective on immigration and other topics discussed in this course. The site will expose students to dynamics of migration and remittances. When students meet and interview with the recently returned migrants, visit their villages and see their conditions of living, it would help them gain a deeper understanding of what their lives are all about, and what drives migration to the U.S.

CAUS: Japanese Culture in Constructed Artifacts

CAUS in Japan
  • Winter Session 2021-2022 (January 1-16, 2022)
  • ARCH 2984/4984, 3 credits 
  • Locations: Tokyo, Okayama, Osaka, and Kyoto, Japan

This is an opportunity to see firsthand, under the guidance of a Virginia Tech faculty born and raised in Japan, the influences that traditional Japanese architecture and landscape has had on contemporary Japanese architecture. The students will observe and begin to identify how the Modern Japanese architects, following the destruction of World War II, endeavored to reconstruct Japan by reexamining the European Modernism and generating an architectural language that was distinct from that of the West.

 

College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

CLAHS: Informal Learning in Northern England

CLAHS Northern England
  • Winter Session 2021-2022 (January 1-16, 2022)
  • EDCI 3954/5954, 3 credits 
  • Locations: London, Manchester, Leeds, and Nottingham, United Kingdom

The focus of the course is how national and local narratives on industrialization, politics, radicalism, race, immigration, gender, class, and sexuality from Northern England are represented within the cultural curriculum, that is, in national and local museums and historic and radical history walks. The course offers the opportunity to compare these representations and concepts with those in the United States.

CLAHS: VT Costa Rica

CLAHS Costa Rica
  • Winter Session 2021-2022 (December 27, 2021- January 15, 2022)
  • SPAN 3954, 3 Credits 
  • Locations: San Jose, Santa Elena, Monteverde, and Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Explore Costa Rica with us as we study its culture and language. We'll visit the Arenal Volcano, a coffee plantation, learn how chocolate and sugar are made, and explore the Monteverde Cloud Forest. We'll also spend two weeks living with local families and taking Spanish classes next to the beach in Tamarindo. When not in class, we'll be exploring the countryside, searching for wildlife, and getting to know the people and culture.

CLAHS: Northern Lights on the Saga Road

CLAHS Northern Lights
  • Winter Session 2021-2022 (December 27, 2021- January 15, 2022)
  • Location: Reykjavik, Iceland 

Students and faculty will travel the “saga road” to locations of literary importance in the creation of the Old Norse sagas.  The terrain of Iceland is critical to the nature of Old Norse imagery and plot in these sagas, and to the government and society that they describe.  Visits to the Althing, the farmsteads, and the Viking museums that commemorate the saga period will support the readings, lectures, and written assignments that are the core of this academic program.

CLAHS: VT in Latvia

CLAHS Latvia
  • Winter Session 2021-22 (December 27, 2021- January 15, 2022)
  • RUS 3954, 3 credits 
  • Locations: Daugavpils and Riga, Latvia; Vilnius, Kaunas, and Trakai, Lithuania

The goal of the program is to provide Virginia Tech students with an exceptional opportunity to enrich their college experience by studying a foreign language and civilization while being immersed in Russian culture in the European Union.

 

College of Natural Resources and Environment

CNRE: Global Issues in Sustainability in Costa Rica

CNRE Costa Rica
  • Winter Session 2021-22 (January 2-14, 2022)
  • SBIO 3954, 3 credits 
  • Locations: Guacimo, Limón, Liberia, and Guanacaste, Costa Rica

This course will take you to a large variety of rural, and urban settings to learn about water management, ecotourism, agribusiness, biology, forestry, and renewable materials issues. The course balances different teaching methods to increase the learning process to reflect on past, present, and future natural resources in a developing country and their relationship to other geographies such as the United States.

CNRE: Sustaining Human Societies and the Environment

CNRE New Zealand
  • Winter Session 2021-22 (December 26, 2021 - January 18, 2022)
  • GEOG 3954/5954, 6 credits
  • Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

This three and a half-week experiential program will examine resource conservation and the natural, and related social, history of New Zealand’s South Island. In this course you’ll use New Zealand as a case study to examine different cultural perspectives on the three pillars of sustainability: environment, social equity, and economics.

CNRE: Issues in Natural Resource Conservation in Panama

CNRE Panama
  • Winter Session 2021 -22 (January 2 - 15, 2022)
  • NR 3954, 3 credits 
  • Locations: Panama City, Cocobolo Nature Reserve, and Guna Yala, Panama

The core educational purpose of this program is to provide students with a unique educational experience that highlights the global issues related to natural resource conservation, including biodiversity, indigenous and diverse cultures, tropical ecology, and the world economy.

 

CNRE: Sustainable Business Development in Nepal, Dubai, and Bhutan

Pamplin in Dubai
  • Winter Session 2021-22 (December 27, 2021 - January 11, 2022)
  • BIT/SBIO 3954, 3 credits
  • Locations: Dubai, UAE; Bhaktapur and Kathmandu, Nepal; Thimpu, Punakha, Phobjika, and Paro, Bhutan

This program will have the opportunity to experience each cultural context through the many business visits and excursions that are planned throughout the course of the program. In each destination country there are course activities geared toward the local cultural and historical context (e.g., sustainable business practices, traditional arts and crafts, constitutional monarchy form of government). Part of the course assignments include cultural preparation as well as reflective journaling through the experience.

 

College of Science

COS: Coastal Hazards in Chile

COS in Chile
  • Winter Session 2021-22 (January 1 - 16, 2022)
  • GEOS 3954, 3 credits
  • Location: Valdivia, Chile

This course focuses on geological hazards in the coastal zone. It will provide students with the tools necessary to understand how coastlines have changed in the past and how they will be modified in the future. The course follows a combined lecture/field experience format with associated labs. The first week of the course will involve instructor-led lectures or labs that introduce coastal hazards concepts and methodologies. The second week will be spent in the field, where students will transfer their theoretical skills and knowledge to hands-on data collection and analysis.

 

Pamplin College of Business

Pamplin: Business and Culture in Italy

Pamplin in Italy
  • Winter Session 2021-22 (December 26, 2021 - January 13, 2022)
  • MGT 3954/5954, 3 credits
  • Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Milan, Italy

This study abroad program is intended to give students exposure and experience to European culture and the business environment in Italy. The country of Italy has been of vital interest to the United States for many years, as a trading partner and producer of luxury goods. This program will provide the students an opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of the main drivers of the Italian economy: food and wine, luxury products, and art and culture.

Pamplin: Business, Culture, and Leadership in India and UAE

Pamplin UAE India
  • Winter Session 2021 -22 (December 31, 2021 - January 15, 2022)
  • MGT 3954/5954, 3 credits
  • Locations: New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai, India; Abu Dhabi, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

This study abroad program is a unique opportunity to combine instruction, industry, and cultural visits in India and the United Arab Emirates. Our itinerary is designed to give you firsthand exposure to the business environment and culture in two distinct and rapidly developing economies. The program will visit four cities in India and the two major cities in the United Arab Emirates. The program will be a mixture of class time, visits to businesses, and excursions to some of the significant cultural and historical sites in the area.

Pamplin: Resort Management in the Dominican Republic

Pamplin in the DR
  • Winter Session 2021-22 (December 28, 2021 - January 11, 2022)
  • HTM 2954/3954/4954
  • Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The program will include an overview of hospitality in the Dominican Republic with instruction on various aspects of resort management including service, sports amenities, and food and beverage operations, cruise ship operations, destination weddings, marketing, agro-tourism, and crisis management.

Pamplin: Pop Culture Effects on Marketing in South Korea and Japan

Pamplin in S. Korea
  • Winter Session 2021-22 (December 27, 2021 – January 14, 2022)
  • MGT 3954, 3 credits
  • Locations: Seoul, Busan, and Jeju, South Korea; Tokyo and Osaka, Japan

The purpose of the program is to provide students with an understanding of businesses related to pop culture industries and how they affect the marketing and economic strategies in Korea and Japan. Pop culture businesses in these two countries predominantly consist of the beauty industry, Japanese-pop (j-pop) and Korean-pop (k-pop) music, anime and manga, and gaming. Students will explore these pop culture industries, their marketing schemes throughout Asia and worldwide, and how the industries affect the economies of these two countries.

Pamplin: Business and Culture in New Zealand

Pamplin in New Zealand
  • Winter Session 2021-22 (December 30, 2021 - January 17, 2022)
  • MGT 3954/5954, 3 credits
  • Locations: Auckland and Queenstown, New Zealand

This study abroad program is intended to give students experience and exposure to the culture and business environment in New Zealand. The program will visit two areas of New Zealand; the city of Auckland on the North Island, and Queenstown on the South Island. The program will be a mixture of classroom lectures at the University of Auckland, executive speakers from businesses in Asia Pacific, visits to businesses, outdoor adventure activities, and excursions to cultural sites on the islands. There will be a lot of walking and hiking on this program, so students should be physically capable of hiking for at least half a day.

Pamplin: Business, Culture, and Society in Spain

Pamplin in Spain
  • Winter Session 2021-22 (December 27, 2021 - January 15, 2022)
  • MGT 3954/5954, 3 credits
  • Locations: Madrid, Toledo, Seville, Montserrat, and Barcelona Spain

The purpose of this program is to provide students exposure to the Spanish culture, while considering how the influence of the cultural, political, and social force and are influenced by business decisions and practices. Students will observe, interact and learn in five distinct locales (in three regions) of Spain.

Pamplin: Sustainable Business Development in Nepal, Dubai, and Bhutan

Pamplin in Dubai
  • Winter Session 2021-22 (December 27, 2021 - January 11, 2022)
  • BIT/SBIO 3954, 3 credits
  • Locations: Dubai, UAE; Bhaktapur and Kathmandu, Nepal; Thimpu, Punakha, Phobjika, and Paro, Bhutan

This program will have the opportunity to experience each cultural context through the many business visits and excursions that are planned throughout the course of the program. In each destination country there are course activities geared toward the local cultural and historical context (e.g., sustainable business practices, traditional arts and crafts, constitutional monarchy form of government). Part of the course assignments include cultural preparation as well as reflective journaling through the experience.