Past Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs

In addition to multiple semester and short-term programs at our very own Tuscany Campus, students at the University of New Haven have the option to study at over 400 other locations around the globe. Explore this page and imagine yourself abroad as a part of some of the programs that we've run over the last few years.

Bahamas: Photography and Writing in San Salvador, Winter 2015


Students escaped the cold Connecticut winter to spend two weeks studying photography and writing in San Salvador, Bahamas. Led by Professor Robert Rattner and Professor Randall Horton, students were able to apply photographic techniques in a variety of unique field experiences. The program courses were titled Photography in San Salvador, Bahamas and Twice the Story: Creating Narratives with Writing and Photography in San Salvador, Bahamas.

Bahamas: Tropical Marine Ecology in San Salvador, Summer 2015, Summer 2016


This two-week course provided students with a hands-on opportunity to learn and explore the complex and diverse organisms and ecosystems found in tropical coastal regions. During this three-credit course in San Salvador, Bahamas, students explored reefs, mangroves, seagrass meadows, hardbottom and sand flat communities by snorkeling, before engaging in a group research project.

Cuba: Economics in Transition in Cuba, Spring 2017

Cuba is undergoing one of the most exciting transitions any country has undergone since the fall of the Iron Curtain. Once one of the purest communist countries with virtually all industries nationalized, Cuba is quickly adapting a Chinese type model of a large state apparatus complimented by small private industry. The goal of this course was to witness this historical transition at an important midway point. With US tourists finally returning to Cuba and commercial flights from NYC to Havana, change will accelerate exponentially. This program included numerous opportunities for students to witness and interact with local leaders and some of the drivers behind this conversation.

Denmark: International Criminal Intelligence Analysis, Summer 2017

This program was hosted by the Danish National Police. Students in the course were assigned to rotations with different police units and learned how police work to solve crime. The course was divided between classroom time and rotations with the Danish police units. In class we focused on deductive, inductive, and abductive reasoning and how each is used in criminal intelligence analysis.

Dominican Republic: Globalization of Sport in Santo Domingo, Winter 2016


Students are offered the opportunity to experience Dominican baseball first hand as they investigate the relationship between Major League Baseball (MLB) and Dominican society in a three credit course. The case of baseball in the Dominican Republic provides insight into the push-pull factors between global industry and local cultures that will prepare students to work and live as conscientious global citizens. Students will live in homestay accommodations with a Dominican family to fully immerse themselves in the culture surrounding them, as well as visit places such as Liga Dominicana and work with Dominican Little Leagues.

England: International Business Law in London, Winter 2015


The International Business Law program granted University of New Haven students the chance to spend two weeks studying international law in the area where our own legal roots stem. A legal tour of London and a visit to Parliament gave students a first-hand glimpse into international government and policy.

France: Law and Culture in Aix-en-Provence, Winter 2016


Students will take six credits and explore French law in relation to culture in French films and French food. In the Law and Culture and French film course, students will discuss a range of legal topics depicted in film, such as immigration and ethics. In the French Food and Law course, students will observe the integration of culture into food as well as consumer protection laws. Students will travel to cities such as Avignon, Beaune, Carcassonne, and Pont du Gard for a full range of French cultural immersion.

France: World War II and Contemporary Politics, Summer 2017

This program emphasized the history and politics of France in World War II and today. In many respects the contemporary French political environment is analogous to France in the 1930s and in World War II. Because both courses deal with France, and especially Paris, having the courses taught at the CEA’s Paris Global Campus, enhanced and benefitted students understanding of the French Resistance movement in World War II, and French politics then and now. Students visited several historical sites in Paris dealing with World War II and the French Resistance as well as contemporary French political sites (e.g., Palais du Luxembourg for the Senate and the Palais Bourbon for the National Assembly).

France: Food and Literature in Paris, Summer 2015


This one-month summer program hosted by the CEA Global Campus in Paris, France is an excellent opportunity for students to study the foods that shape society and the post-colonial literature of former French colonies. In conjunction with class, students will explore Paris and visit sites like the Parisian food markets.

France: Food and History in Paris, Summer 2014


"Food is basic to society and culture. Mankind's quest for food influenced society, shaped population growth, expanded commerce, inspired revolutions, and discovered new worlds."

The Food and History program to Paris, France allowed students to earn credits in two courses titled Food in History and World War I-Passion and Desolation. The history course explored the causes and consequences of World War I in political, social, economic and cultural contexts. The program also included excursions to Versailles, the site of the Battle of Somes, and Meaux WWI Museum.

Iceland: Photography in Iceland, Summer 2013


"Climbing over the moss covered hill and seeing the water crash down stopped me in my tracks. Combined with the beauty of the landscape, the sound of the water pouring over the fault line, and the mist that the wind was blowing onto my face, I was just in awe of everything around me. After a few moments, my photographic mind kicked in and I made my way down the water." - Joe Adams

As part of this program students earned credit in two courses: Creating a Narrative in Images and Words in Iceland and Landscape Photography in Iceland. Two weeks were spent writing a journal and developing a written and visual narrative of the experience. Students closely examined the nature and elements of landscape photography through hands-on teaching techniques. the program included travel throughout Iceland to locations including historic Munadarnes and the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa.

Ireland and England: Global Perspectives on Forensic Science and Biotechnology, Summer 2017

Program overview: The program consisted of two 3 credit courses, focused on providing students with insight to the practice of Forensic Science and applications and practice of Biotechnology in Ireland and England. The program began in Dublin, Ireland, where students participated in intensive hands-on training and received certification in sterile bioprocess techniques at the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT). This was followed by job shadowing and tours of Alexion and Pfizer Bioprocess facilities. Students then toured the National Forensic Science Laboratory of Ireland and met with some of Europe’s most respected forensic science professionals. The program then moved to London and Oxford, England, where the students attended seminars on cutting edge research at University College London (UCL) Center for Forensic Science and visited privately run forensic laboratories. Students immersed themselves in the culture of both Ireland and England as the program included group excursions in each location, including a weekend trip to Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, where we visited the world famous Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.

Italy: Food and Wine in Tuscany, Summer 2015


Come study at the University of New Haven Tuscany Campus this summer and experience the food, wine and culture of Italy. Earn 6 credits while living and learning immersed in Italian life. Students will take part in weekly trips to the surrounding regions of Prato; South to Montalcino, North to Parma and Reggio, West to Livorno, and East to Pimini and San Marino. Need we say more— come learn with us!

Italy: Art and Design in Tuscany, Summer 2015, Summer 2017


This program was designed to bring together students from interior design, graphic design and fine arts in a specialized and intensive program. Through this program, students gain an in-depth cultural and historical understanding of Italian architecture as a framework for developing meaningful graphic design campaigns rooted in the Prato community or evaluating the visual presence and aesthetic sense of structures and spaces through photography.

Italy: Interior Design In Italy, Summer 2014


The University of New Haven Interior Design students traveled to the University of New Haven Tuscany Campus to explore the art and architecture of the historic Tuscany Region. Students earned three credits in Architectural History and Design in Italy course. Guided architectural tours of the Duomo in Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa as well as an art gallery tour visits allowed for hands-on learning and unmatched experiential education.

Italy: Hospitality and Tourism Management in Tuscany, Summer 2014


"Excite your senses through food, art, and fun". This was the headline for the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program in Tuscany, Italy where students indulged their senses in a once-in-a-lifetime Italian experience. Students earned credits in two courses, Wine Appreciation and Cultural Understanding of Food and Cusine, where they were able to immerse themselves in rich cultural traditions. The program also included trips to the Chianti region, northern Bologna, Livorno and San Marino.

Korea: Exchange program with the Korean National Police University, Fall 2017

This was an exciting opportunity for Criminal Justice students who became immersed in a different culture and gained a first-hand view of policing from an international perspective. The Korean National Police University (KNPU) combined classroom study with physical training to produce supervisory-level officers for the Korean National Police. All courses for exchange students were provided in English. The courses included psychology of crime, crime prevention, cyber crime investigation, etc. Through these studies, the students had deeper understanding about issues related to Korean policing. For easier adjustment in the country, KNPU also provided a Korean Language class and mentoring program with various study visits to places of interest. In addition, students had the chance to learn and get belts of various martial arts class such as Taekwondo, Kendo, Judo and Aikido.

Morocco: Arabic Language and Culture in Fez, Winter 2016


Students have a unique opportunity to travel to Morocco to practice their Arabic language skills while living with a Moroccan family. This three credit program invites intermediate level and advanced level Arabic speakers to immerse themselves in Arabic culture and partake in round table discussions with locals and visit cities such as Volubilis and Chefchaouen. Students will also have the chance for extra-curricular activities, such as oriental dancing and calligraphy.

Netherlands: Exchange Program with Saxion University, Spring 2016, Spring 2017

This program included students from the Security Management Bachelor Program at Saxion University and the students from the National Security program at the University of New Haven. Saxion University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the Netherlands, with over 24,000 students. Saxion University has a rich history – its roots can be traced back to the 1875. The Security Management Program (part of the School of Governance and Law) is a four-year bachelor program that offers a mix of risk, security and emergency management topics. It also includes several business administration topics, focus on criminal justice and legal studies.

Russia: Criminal Justice System Abroad in Russia, Summer 2017

The program was designed so that students see several different places in the European part of Russia, including Moscow, Pskov and St. Petersburg. The students experienced educational, professional and cultural activities in every place. Moscow was an important stop where students saw the Kremlin with its cathedrals and museums, World War II Memorial on Poklonnaya Hill, museum of police and the Russian Legal Information Agency. This provided the students with some historical and political background into the country. Pskov is a city in the north-west of Russia, which is the oldest among 3 cities students visit during this 2-week program. Through its history, Pskov has been the fortress for Russia in the north-west.

During their stay in Pskov, the students attended the lectures at the Pskov State University Law department and learned about criminal laws and criminal justice education, met with federal judges and attorneys, and met the students from the Federal Penitentiary Institute. St. Petersburg was where the students were hosted by the Higher School of Economics’ Department of Applied Political Science. While in St. Petersburg, the students met with professors of the Applied Political Science department, attended their lectures, visited one court in St. Petersburg and discussed the influence of politics on criminal justice system. Sightseeing places also included the museum of Political History of Russia, Aurora battle ship, the Hermitage, and St. Isaak’s cathedral.

Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore: Food and Culture of Southeast Asia, Winter 2017


Students visited four of the ten countries that comprise the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in a two-week program that studies the cuisine and culture of these nations. The program explored the interconnections and differences in the food and culture both in academics and through excursions at each location. While earning three credits, students visited famous destinations including Ha Long Bay, Thailand's floating markets, and Malaysia's Twin Towers.

Ukraine, France and Italy: War and Terrorism, Summer 2017

With Europe being the center stage for historical events during the 20th and 21st century there is no better place for students to learn and embrace history first hand. Students were able to take their academic knowledge and apply it in the field by visiting historical landmarks and experiencing new cultures. Students were able to do so by visiting France, Ukraine, and Italy. Europe has been in the spotlight in regards to how nations are battling the War on Terrorism. This class familiarized students with key concepts, theories and the evolution of terrorism.

Students were able to explore and see first-hand how various countries are working on defeating the threat of terrorism. Many students view on terrorism is extremely limited due to only being exposed to American media. By traveling overseas, it allowed the students to explore the War on Terrorism from various perspectives and see firsthand how nations are working on battling the War on Terrorism.

United States: Las Vegas, Nevada: Gaming and Casino Management, Spring 2017

This course provided an introduction to the casino industry and examined its phenomenal growth and relationship to tourism and community development. The focus was on the concepts and definitions essential for understanding the industry and on links of its history to current gaming practices. This course was only open to students registered for HTMG 3370.