Faculty-Led Programs

If your academic calendar does not permit you to study abroad during the fall or spring semester, you may want to consider a short-term faculty-led program. The College offers a variety of faculty-led study abroad programs that typically last between one and three weeks, during May-term or spring break. These short-term journeys usually focus on a particular interest or subject area. However, most are open to all students, regardless of your major. These cross-cultural experiences will enhance your education and may provide you with academic credit. Click on the links below to learn more about the upcoming programs. Stay tuned for more information as the program dates approach!



Upcoming Faculty-Led Programs

Gambia Dr. Kurt DeGoede "Field Research in The Gambia"

May 2019

South Africa Dr. Michael Roy "Peace and Conflict in South Africa" May 2020
China Dr. Jeff Bach and Dr. David Kenley "Brethren Missionaries in China: A Heritage of Peacemaking" TBD 2020
China Dr. Emma Neuhauser "Contemporary China: A Study Tour of Beijing, Tianjin, Xian, and Zhuhai" May 2019
Japan Dr. Mahua Bhattacharya "Discovering Contemporary Japan: A Three Week Cultural Immersion Experience" May 2019
Vietnam Dr. Maureen Riley-Behringer and Dr. Ann Marie Potter  

May Term Trip To Vietnam

May 2019
Martinique  Dr. Vanessa Borilot   TBD 2020
Czech Republic Dr. Sean Melvin "Entrepreneurship in the Emerging Economies" Spring Break 2019
England Dr. Tara Moore "Regional Writers of England" May 2019
England and Northern Ireland Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman, Dr. Shannon Haley-Mize, Mrs. Wendy Bellew "Peace Education and Integrated Schools in Northern Ireland and U.S." May 2020
Ireland and Northern Ireland Dr. Kathy Hughes "Ireland in Text and Image" May 2020
Switzerland Dr. Sanjay Paul "International Organizations: United Nations, European Union, and the World Trade Organization" May 2019


Short-Term Study Abroad Trip to The Gambia, West Africa

2013 participants with local hosts at Paradise Beach, The Gambia

Dates: May 2019

Faculty: Dr. Kurt DeGoede

Credit: Two-credit May term trip fulfilling a Signature Learning Experience and supporting a Capstone Project.   

Program Fees: $1000

Additional Expenses:  Travel expenses, typically $1500-1800.  You will also need travel medication/vaccinations/insurance.

Description and Learning Outcomes: This trip supports students working on a capstone, or honors in the discipline, project that would benefit from a site visit to a developing nation.  Students completing their junior or senior year are eligible for this trip. Proposals will be solicited in Fall 2018 (application). Competitive evaluation of proposals for a limited number of spots on this trip.  Capacity: 5 students.

Itinerary Highlights: We stay in guesthouses in the Gambian village of Pirang.  The itinerary varies with every trip to facilitate the goals of the student projects.  Through interaction with the community in Pirang we gain insight into daily life in West Africa.  We will feature activities supporting the work of one student project each day, with all students collaborating and learning across all projects.  Pirang features world-class birdwatching opportunities and our hosts in Pirang are expert guides.  We will conclude the trip with two days (one night) on the beach at Sandele Eco Retreat.

Registration: To register, click here or contact Dr. Kurt DeGoede at degoedek@etown.edu.

Short-Term Study Abroad Trip to South Africa

South Africa Short-Term Study Abroad

Dates: May 2020

Faculty: Dr. Michael Roy

Credit: Two-credit spring course, two-credit May term trip fulfilling a Signature Learning Experience and Non-Western Core.

Program Fees:

Additional Expenses:

Description and Learning Outcomes: This course aims to examine the specific problems that South Africa has and continues to deal with due to apartheid. Students will get a sense of the history of the country, the conflicts that have helped define the country, and the steps that have been taken to solve some of these conflicts.

Itinerary Highlights: Johannesburg (Soweto, Constitution Hill), Pretoria (University of South Africa), Cape Town (Bo Kaap Museum), Robben Island, Boulder Beach.

Registration: To register, click here or contact Dr. Michael Roy at roym@etown.edu.

Short-Term Study Abroad Trip to China

China Study Abroad

Dates: TBD 2020

Faculty: Dr. Jeffrey Bach and Dr. David Kenley

Credit: 4 History or Religious Studies credits, cross-cultural SLE

Program Fees: $1,490 (estimated)

Additional Expenses:  Round-trip airfare to China (estimated at $1,200), Chinese visa ($140), US ground transportation

Description and Learning Outcomes: In addition to seeing such historical highlights as the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors, this trip will introduce students to the history of Church of the Brethren missionaries in China.  We will visit Shanxi province where we will study the heritage of peacemaking as seen through the activities of missionaries during China's tumultuous revolutionary history. 

Itinerary Highlights: Beijing (Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square), Xi'an (Terracotta Warriors, Muslim Bazaar), Shanxi (Pingyao UNESCO site, Brethren missionary sites), and Shanghai (International Bund, Jade Buddha Temple)

Registration:  Contact Dr. Jeff Bach at bachj@etown.edu or Dr. David Kenley at kenleyd@etown.edu.

Short-Term Study Abroad Trip to China

Dates: May 2019

Faculty: Dr. Emma Neuhauser

Credit: 4 Business credits, cross-cultural SLE

Program Fees: $1,490

Additional Expenses:  Round-trip airfare to China (estimated at $1,200), Chinese visa ($140), US ground transportation

Description and Learning Outcomes: Enroll now in this content-rich study tour for students from all majors. During the two and a half week trip, we will explore the history, geography, literature, business climate, and cultures of one of the most dynamic regions of the world.

Itinerary Highlights: Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace, and Shijing Mountain.

Registration: To register, click here or contact Dr. Emma Neuhauser at neuhausere@etown.edu.

Short-Term Study Abroad Trip to Japan

May 2018 Japan Program

Dates: May 2019

Faculty: Dr. Mahua Bhattacharya

Credit: 2-4 credits, which could count as Asian Studies, Interfaith Leadership, or Peace and Conflict Studies electives, as well as fulfillment of a Signature Learning Experience.

Program Fees: $2,500, which includes airfare, accommodation, travel to all field trips both outside and within Tokyo such as Imperial Palace, Tokyo National Museum, Asakusa, Kabuki performance, and other institutions connected with government and business.

Additional Expenses:  Students are responsible for their own meals in Japan (estimated at $300-$400)

Description and Learning Outcomes:  A three-week cultural immersion experience

Itinerary Highlights: Sites outside Tokyo include Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Kamakura and for the first time, Shikoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa.  

Registration: To register, click here or contact Dr. Bhattacharya at bhattacharm@etown.edu.

For more information, contact Dr Mahua Bhattacharya at bhattacharm@etown.edu or 717-361-1239.

Understanding the Child and Family Welfare System in Vietnam: Children in Orphanage Care

Dates: May 19 to June 5, 2019

Faculty: Dr. Maureen Riley-Behringer (Social Work) and Dr. Ann Marie Potter (Occupational Therapy)

Credit: 2 credit pre-travel course Spring Semester (SW346- elective; meets 1 evening/week) + 2 credits May-term (SW347- SLE)

Program Fees: $3400 – covers all international and in-country airfare, hotel accommodations, most meals, your visa, and activity fees.

Additional Expenses:  Travel immunizations, airport shuttle, and 2 credits for May term

Description and Learning Outcomes: This course helps students to understand the child and family welfare system of Viet Nam, specifically, what it is like for children growing up in institutional or orphanage care. Vietnamese history, culture, and conflict are explored, providing a foundation for why institutionalization is still the primary source of care for children growing up outside of their families. The pre-travel course prepares students in their role as global citizens. They learn how early adversity, institutionalization, and poor nutrition impact child development. Students learn to use different developmental tools/measures to strengthen their observation skills and inform their interactions (planned activities; play) with the children. Students also gain community-level prevention experience working on local projects that help to keep families together. The trip includes visiting many of Vietnam’s historic/scenic sites (Củ Chi Tunnels; War Remnants Museum; Marble Mountain, UNESCO World Heritage Center)

Itinerary Highlights: Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hoi An, Ha Tinh, Hanoi, and Ha Long Bay

Registration: To register or for more information, please contact Dr. Maureen Riley-Behringer at riley-behringerm@etown.edu or Dr. Ann Marie Potter at pottera@etown.edu. 


Short-Term Study Abroad Trip to Prague

Prague Short-Term Study Abroad

Dates: March 1 - March 9, 2019

Faculty: Dr. Sean Melvin

Credit: 4 business credits and completion of a Signature Learning Experience.

Program Fees: $1,195

Additional Fees: Airfare costs announced on or about November 1, 2018.

Description: Students will enroll in the Spring 2018 semester in BA450: Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies. Using entrepreneurship as an entry point, the seminar introduces students to the study of the history and social structure of European economic integration by examining the problems and identifying the obstacles faced by businesses in member states, and the specific opportunities for entrepreneurial momentum in central Europe.

Itinerary Highlights: Prague, Plzen, and Karlstejn Castle

Registration: To register, click here or contact Dr. Sean Melvin at melvins@etown.edu.

Short-Term Study Abroad Trip to England


Dates: May 23 - June 5, 2019

Faculty: Dr. Tara Moore

Credit: 4 English credits and completion of WCH Core

Program Fees: $4,690 (Prices based on current exchange rate and subject to change leading up to final payment)

Additional Fees: Meals for lunch and dinner.

Description: Students will enroll in EN102: Western Literary Culture - Regional Writers of England. The course assigns students famous pieces of English literature and organizes a program guiding them through the regions of England that inspired these narrative settings. Students will experience the focal regions through walking tours, creative writing, and food tours. Students will reflect on their observations about these regions through journaling and photo essays. Please be aware that a large portion of our daily events will include walking tours.  Registrants should be able to walk up to 4 miles in a day at a mild to medium pace and manage their own luggage.  Some of our hotels do not have elevators (that’s common in Europe). 

Itinerary Highlights: Oxford, Stratford-on-Avon, Bath, Stonehenge, and London.

Registration: To register, click here or contact Dr. Tara Moore at mooret@etown.edu.

Short-Term Study Abroad Trip to Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Short Term Study Abroad

Dates: May 2020 

Faculty: Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman, Dr. Shannon Haley-Mize, and Professor Wendy Bellew

Credit: 2 credit spring course and completion of a Signature Learning Experience.

Program Fees: TBD

Additional Fees: Food expenses.

Description: Students will register for the two-credit ED372 course Peace Education and Integrated Schools in Northern Ireland and the United States, which explores the history, processes, and practices of peace education in those two countries. Comparative methods of peace education, integrative practices, inclusion, mediation, and conflict resolution will be examined. In the course, students will conduct independent research with a faculty mentor that links course content to each student's program of study. Upon completion of the course, students will travel to Belfast and Derry to visit integrated and shared schools and meet with leaders of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education. Then, it's off to London to tour Parliament and Big Ben.

Itinerary Highlights: Belfast, Derry, and London.

Registration: To register, click here or contact Ms. Johanna Gardiner at gardinerj@etown.edu.

Short-Term Study Abroad Trip to Ireland


Dates: May - June 2020 (TBA)

Faculty: Dr. Katherine Hughes

Credit: Two elective credit hours and completion of a Signature Learning Experience.

Program Fees: $4,850 (includes airfare)

Additional Fees: Meals apart from those included in the main program fee, summer tuition fee for COM370: Ireland in Text and Image.

Description: COM370: Ireland in Text and Image is a course that takes the form of a moving workshop in selected Irish cities.

Itinerary Highlights: Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Inis Mor, Killarney, and Cork.

Registration: To register, click here or contact Dr. Katherine Hughes at hugheska@etown.edu.

Short-term Study Abroad Trip to Geneva

Geneva Study Abroad

Dates: May 17 – 27, 2019

Faculty: Dr. Sanjay Paul

Credit: 2 or 3 credits

Program Fees: $2,000 (including airfare)

Additional Fees:  

Description: The Geneva study tour is an integral part of EC280 International Organizations Seminar. Students will learn about the history and functions of international organizations: the United Nations, European Union, and World Trade Organization. In Geneva, we will attend briefing sessions at the UN, WTO and various NGOs. The course is offered in the spring semester and will meet once a week on Mondays, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm.

Itinerary Highlights: Visits to the United Nations and WTO headquarters in Geneva. Collaboration with students at Konstanz University, Germany. A visit to Germany is also included in the program fee.

Registration: To register, click here or contact Dr. Sanjay Paul at pauls@etown.edu.