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Students often cite studying abroad as the highlight of their academic career and a crucial moment in helping them gain a clearer view of the world, its peoples and the complex challenges facing us all.

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change offers a suite of faculty-directed study abroad programs designed to connect students with real-life issues that impact local communities yet transect borders.

Whether studying environmental and health issues in Australia or investigating the intertwined nature of food and culture in France, you will see the world as you never have before and come away with memories to last a lifetime. Watch the following video to learn more about our study abroad opportunities, or click on one of our 2018 programs for more details.

SHESC Study Abroad 2018

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Human Dimensions of Sustainability and Health in Australia

May 12 – June 9, 2018
Faculty Director: Katie Hinde

This six-credit traveling program begins in Eastern Australia, and spends two weeks getting to know the cities, coasts and the outback of Australia. Learn how 200 years of colonization and more recent processes of urbanization and globalization have brought massive environmental, social and political changes to the continent with critical implications for its future sustainability. Students will explore the importance of good global citizenship, a concern with justice, and the outcomes of dynamic, complex interactions among people and their environments.

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London: Plague Pits and Body Snatchers: History of Health & Disease in a Global City

June 8 – June 30, 2018
Faculty Directors: Kelly Knudson and Christopher Stojanowski

This trans-disciplinary program explores London and the surroundings, with day trips to Stonehenge and Oxford. The emphasis is on the city as our classroom, exploring castles, museums, streets and parks to discover how the city's past and present are connected. Some of the fields we draw on to do this include urban studies, history, global health, anthropology, science and technology studies, geography and bioarchaeology.

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France: Food and Culture

July 1 – July 23, 2018
Faculty Directors: Megan Jehn and Jonathan Maupin

France is not only known for its beautiful landscapes and historic places, but also for its unique culture of food which is unparalleled in any other region of the world. As such, this program focuses on the intersections of food, culture and health. Students on this program will be exposed to the origins of the French diet and cuisine, rural and urban food systems and dietary globalization. This program is centered in central Paris and includes excursions to Reims, Versailles and Normandy.

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New Zealand: Adventures in Culture, Health, Sustainability and Environment

May 12 – June 4, 2018
Faculty Director: David Feary

New Zealand includes some of the most impressively beautiful places on earth, with towering snow-capped mountains, massive temperate and tropical forests, active volcanoes, geysers and hot springs, and expanses of dramatic and peaceful beaches. Our interdisciplinary program focuses on health, sustainability and the environment from a social and cultural perspective. This is a traveling program, where you get to experience many parts of the country through excursions and activities.

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Peruvian Food and Culture: From the Inkas to World Class Haute Cuisine

May 20 – June 5, 2018
Faculty Director: Sara Marsteller

In this six-credit program we examine Peru's rich history and modern food scene to understand the various ways in which food and culture intersect and shape health and social experiences. Join us as we tour museums and famous archaeological sites, including Machu Picchu; visit with local producers at beach, desert and Andes mountain locations; cook traditional dishes; eat world-class meals at a variety of restaurants; and explore some of the most diverse food markets on the planet. Includes stays in Lima, the culinary capital of Latin America, and Cusco, the capital city of the Inka Empire.

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Ecology, Evolution, and the Peoples of South Africa

July 2 – July 24, 2018
Faculty Directors: Kaye Reed, David Feary and Gary Schwartz

South Africa has an ancient past, a turbulent history, and now, one of the most progressive constitutions on the planet. Spend your summer seeing actual fossils of human ancestors, walk in ancient human fossil localities, drive and hike in national parks that encompass many different habitats, and encounter various cultures across South Africa.

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Immigrants, Indigenes and Imperialists

May 27 – June 16, 2018
Faculty Director: Michael Barton

Explore issues facing the modern world through the vibrant, dynamic history of Spain. Through visits to key fossil, archaeological and historical sites, students will learn about the deep history of immigrants, natives and empires that has transformed and created modern Spain, offering insights into issues of migration, nationalism and imperialism that are powerful forces in today's world.

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