Office of Education Abroad Update, May 8, 2013: Issue 16

Case Western Reserve University

Office of Education Abroad Update
May 8, 2013: Issue 16

Bon Voyage to All of Our Study Abroad Students

Over 60 students studying abroad this summer

The semester is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean all Case students will stop taking classes!  There are many students who have decided to experience a study abroad program this summer.  Here are a few places Case students will be learning over the summer:
Botswana - We currently have two major programs going to Botswana in the summer.  One is the ENGR 225B course led by Prof. Daniel Lacks.  Students will attend class at the University of Botswana, and they will have the opportunity to go on field trips that show how engineering solutions related to the course material are implemented within the economic and societal constraints of the region. The other program, also led by Prof. Lacks, is a program on Research in Sustainable Energy for sub-Saharan Africa.  Students will work on research projects within the theme of sustainable energy relevant to the desert environment that characterizes Botswana and much of Africa – specifically, solar and wind energy and biofuels from plants that thrive in arid conditions.
China - For the first time, we are having our MGMT 315 course taught at the Tongji University in Shanghai, China!  In addition to attending lectures on entrepreneurship, marketing, etc, our students will be visiting the companies AC Nielson and Bao Steel.  They will also visit Beijing and Xi’an, where they will be able to see up close the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and much more!
Cuba - Students will be going to Editorial Vigía, in Matanzas, Cuba for three weeks learning the Spanish language while immersing themselves in the culture of Cuba.  Students will also visit historical sites and museums, where they will see many aspects of Cuban culture, such as art, architecture, music, dance, film, literature, artisan work, folklore, history and urban growth.
India - The MSASS course in India will help students to understand the technical project assessment, selection, planning and implementation in India from a social work perspective. The course is also designed to help students understand culturally-relevant community engagement strategies to ensure project acceptance in under-served and developing communities. Furthermore, the students will be visiting field sites in order to observe first-hand the community assessment and development of projects that engineers implement. An example of these projects could include infrastructure to support water and sanitation as well as projects around energy, agriculture, human rights and women empowerment.
Although these are 5 of the larger study abroad programs this summer, there are about 50 students who will be studying elsewhere independently.  Congratulations to the students who were accepted into their programs, and the best of luck to you all!

Announcements and Events from The Office of Education Abroad

Almost ready to study abroad?  Double-check your application.
Students who are participating in May, Spring II, Summer I, Summer, Fall, or Academic Year study abroad programs should log into their applications to make sure that everything is complete.  To log into your application, go to, click LOGIN, and click your application.  All items without a checkmark next to them need to be completed as soon as possible.  If you have questions on any of these requirements, please don’t hesitate to email
Spring Semester 2014 in London with RADA
For over 100 years RADA has specialized in professional training for the dramatic arts. RADA students spend very little time sitting around in lectures: the skills of the actor, the stage manager, the scenic artist need to be practiced to achieve expertise. The staff combines excellence as teachers, with continued engagement in the profession: winning awards, directing movies, publishing books and working with major producers, both in the UK and abroad.  CWRU has partnered with RADA to offer a full spring semester course of study, in London.  This is a CWRU "IN" program, which means students will register through CWRU for this semester abroad. 
Visit our website to learn more about this exciting program.
To hear directly from Geoff Bullen, Director of RADA, about this exciting experience, click here. Click here to APPLY.

Spring Semester Applications now open
The application for Spring 2014 is now open.  Simply go to, search for the program you’re interested in, and click Apply Now.  The system will walk you through the rest of the process.

Winter Break Application now open
The applications for Winter break 2013-2014 short-term study abroad are now open. Courses are for Fall registration. 
Apply early!

Other Announcements and Events

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS) is offering a winter break 3-credit course to Ecuador
SASS 375A/575: International Travel & Study Abroad:  ECUADOR: Health, human and social development: Dec 29, 2013 - Jan 11, 2014

APPLY   Approved for Global and Cultural Diversity Credit for Arts and Sciences students.  Approved for Engineering students as Social Science credit.  This course is open to all undergraduates, graduates, from all majors and concentrations, as well as professionals in the health and human service fields. Instructors: Mark Chupp, Phd <> and Sonia Minnes, Phd <>.  Spend two weeks in Ecuador and experience the capital city, Quito, spend time in the Amazon rain forest, live with Quichua indigenous family, and spend a day with the Afro-indigenous community!   The 3-hour course provides an integrated approach to the study of the multicultural issues related to policies and services that center around human and community development in Ecuador.   The learning objectives will be accomplished through a series of visits in urban and rural Ecuador that expose you to basic knowledge of the country’s history, politics, economic system, delivery of social and health services, and the unique diversity of Ecuadorian citizens.  You will have site visits that include programs in public and private hospitals, HIV/AIDS, education, child welfare, disaster interventions, trafficking in human persons, and U.S. Aid policy.  Another highlight is a visit and service learning project with a center for families of young boys that work in the streets of Quito to make money for their families. The center is quite unique in its philosophy and service delivery. Other experiences include shopping at a traditional open air market in Otovalo, the largest in South America, visit to the equator, cultural museums, zip-lining,  horseback riding and hiking volcanoes and mountains. You will have free time in Quito to also explore on your own. The fee for the Ecuador is $3,950 and includes: domestic and international airfare, in-country travel, most meals, accommodations, instructional materials, agency visits, guest lecturers, program fees and excursions and cultural events. The program will also have interpreters and regional staff guides.  For more see    Contact Dr. Debby Jacobson

The Department of Bioethics is offering a Winter Break 3-credit course to Costa Rica
BETH 315C/415C: Health and Health Care in Comparative Perspective: Costa Rica and the United States - Course and Community Service in Costa Rica: January 1-11, 2014

APPLY  Approved for Global and Cultural Diversity Credit for Arts and Sciences students.  Approved for Engineering students as Humanities credit. Open to all undergraduate (all majors),graduate students (all programs.)  This course is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students from any discipline.  Instructor: Nicole Deming, J.D., M.A.  This 3-credit course gives students the unique opportunity to observe patients and practitioners encounter in a radically different health care system. Costa Rica has one of the most comprehensive and successful health care systems in the Western hemisphere, featuring the innovative use of mid-level health care workers organized in basic comprehensive health care teams. This has resulted in a longer life expectancy than the United States, despite a per capita GDP of only $10,000 per person.  Students will gain firsthand experience of Costa Rican health care through field experiences at a national hospital in the capital city, San Jose; a peripheral treatment clinic in a smaller town; and observation of the work of an integrated basic health care team in a native reserve. Following each visit, students will discuss the practical and ethical dilemmas that practitioners face in the context of the Costa Rican health care system. Specific topics include: health inequalities within and between nations; the ethics of transplantation, medical research, and end-of-life care; and health care in rural environments and with indigenous populations.  Prior to the trip, students attend six hours of lectures at Case Western Reserve University. Following the trip, students meet with instructors for an additional two hours, and will be expected to complete an original research essay.  The course will be integrated with community service experiences.  The fee for the Costa Rica is $2,950 and includes: airfare, in-country transportation, all meals, accommodations, all site visits. Financial aid may be applied toward travel costs.  For more information; visit our website or contact Michelle Champoir to set up an appointment.

May 8, 2013

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September 24th

Winter Break:
October 15th

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