Winter Term

The perfect opportunity to study abroad for the first time

Our students travel across the globe every Winter Term. We hope you’ll be one of them!

2020 Programs

To participate in these trips, you must complete an application and fill out the Dean of Student Certification of Conduct form. You’ll also need to get your passport and pay a deposit. Scholarships are available.

Application for 2020 trips began Monday, September 2, 2019 and closed Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 5 p.m. We help you through the application process.

Fulfills the Arts Academic Area requirement:

WTI – 1A Art and Architecture in Ancient Greece

Professor Nathan Andersen

The art and architecture of Ancient Greece has stood the test of time as perhaps the clearest example of the enduring aesthetic ideal of beauty. We will consider this ideal and its influence on philosophy and aesthetics, beginning by reading what the Ancient Greeks themselves had to say about the importance of art. We will travel to Greece to examine firsthand, on site and in museums, many of the most famous works of art and architecture from Ancient Greek, Hellenistic, and Byzantine cultures. We will visit Athens and the Acropolis and Parthenon, the islands of Aegina and of Crete, the Temple of Poseidon, Mycenae, Olympia, Ossios Lucas, Vergina, Knossos, Sparta, Delphi, and many more sites. Evaluations based on participation, blogging, and presentations.

Fulfills the Arts Academic Area Perspective

Approximate Cost: $7,900
Fulfills the Environmental Perspective:

WTI - 1E Cultural and Natural Environments of the World: Canary Islands

Professor Joel Thompson

Explore the many wonders of the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands are made up of seven volcanic islands formed by the Canary Hotspot and located approximately 100 km west of Northern Africa or Morocco. They are a Spanish archipelago and the southernmost autonomous community of Spain in the Atlantic Ocean. We will be hosted by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and their Marine Science Department. Eckerd College has had a longtime exchange program with the University of Las Palmas. The focus of the trip will include studying the biology, geology, and culture of the Canary Island. We will be staying and working out of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which is one of two capital cities in the Canaries. Las Palmas is said to enjoy “The best climate in the world”. Las Palmas city center also includes UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Our field excursions will occur on Gran Canaria called “The little miniature Continent” for its diverse landscapes and its World Biosphere Reserve and Lanzarote island’s popular Volcanic National Park.

The course will include 1) pre-trip meetings on campus, 2) approximately two-week experiential field program on the biology, geology, and culture of the Canaries, and 3) a wrap-up period on campus following our return. Evaluation will be based on active participation, input into readings and discussions, journal, and an exam.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective.

Approximate Cost: $5,000

WTI - 2E Cultural and Natural Environments of the World: Cuba

Professor Rebekka Larson

Although Cuba is only 90 miles from south Florida, it is completely different from cultural, political, and environmental perspectives.  Environmentally, Cuba offers a wide variety of tropical terrestrial and marine environments including rainforests, canyons, rushing mountain rivers/waterfalls, unique rock formations (Mogotes), pristine coastal environments and spectacular coral reefs. This course will explore all of these environments, but will focus primarily on marine and coastal aspects, as well as how the Cuban culture has adapted to modern life while preserving their traditions and environment. We will spend approximately two weeks touring Cuba and offshore islands, experiencing its unique environments and cultures. This will be an active trip, which may at times, be physically demanding, including hiking and skin/diving. Stops will include Havana, Vinales with the spectacular Mogotes rock formations (found in only a few places throughout the world), and Bay of Pigs for extensive coastal environments and cultural/political aspects.

Course expectations include active participation including water activities, group projects dealing with aspects of marine and/or terrestrial environments and Cuban culture.  Grades will be based on participation, a field journal, exams, and a written report/oral presentation on the group project.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Approximate Cost: $3,400

WTI – 3E Marine Science Research in Cuba: Guanahacabibes

Professor Jorge Angulo-Valdes

Cuba’s marine environment is considered to be among the most pristine in the entire Caribbean. In light of the rapid changes currently underway in the Cuban economy and political situation, scientists are working to better understand Cuba’s unique marine ecology, with the aim of providing scientific information to best manage and protect the country’s marine resources. This project will investigate current scientific research in Cuban waters. While in Cuba, students will work side by side with students and staff from the University of Havana’s Center for Marine Research (CIM), learning about CIM’s activities, and assisting with some of its current research. Course topics may include marine reserves, tarpon biology, sea turtle conservation, coral reef restoration, reef fish communities, shark population assessment, and lionfish impacts, among others. Following on-campus preparation and study, we will be hosted by the Guanahacabibes National Park in the SW corner of the country, where we will study current research and conservation efforts in the area. We will then visit the Bay of Pigs on the southern coast of Cuba, where we will see the status of the coastal environment and its use in ecotourism and aquaculture. In addition, students will explore Cuban culture, including home stays at both field sites, and visits to areas of historical importance in and outside of Havana. Good swimming and snorkeling ability required. SCUBA certification is required. Students need to bring snorkeling gear and wetsuit; SCUBA gear is provided on- site in Cuba.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Approximate Cost: $3,900

WTI – 4E Tropical Marine Ecology: Belize

Professor Cory Krediet

Marine ecology is a subset of the study of marine biology and includes observations at the biochemical, cellular, individual, and community levels as well as the study of marine ecosystems and the biosphere. Studying in Belize offers a unique opportunity to explore ecological and evolutionary principles, with an emphasis on examples from tropical marine habitats, including coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangroves.  After a brief orientation, we will travel to Belize and begin at the Blue Creek Rainforest Preserve, where students will have opportunity to hike in the rainforest, explore limestone caves, and interact with local communities.  We will then travel to South Water Caye Marine Reserve.  Students will become familiar with techniques used in field studies of shallow marine ecosystems and conduct independent research projects on an array of topics related to coral-reef habitats.  This is an intensive field-based course and good swimming skills and snorkeling abilities are required.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Approximate Cost: $4,550

WTI - 5E India and Nepal: Buddhist Pilgrimage, Social Activism and the Environment

Professor Amy Langenberg

This Winter Term project explores the effects of religious tourism on environment and local life in two of the four major Buddhist pilgrimage places associated with the Buddha’s life: Lumbini, Nepal, site of the Buddha’s birth, and Bodh Gaya, India, site of his enlightenment. Students will perform service work with a locally founded and run Buddhist educational and environmental organization in Lumbini and collaborate with students from Nālandā University and local activists on environmental studies fieldwork at the Mahābodhi Temple complex in Bodh Gaya. Students will also visit the two other important Buddhist pilgrimage towns: Sarnath (near Varanasi), site of the Buddha’s first sermon, and Kushinagar, site of the Buddha’s death. Students will learn about Buddhist sacred geography and pilgrimage traditions in South Asia, and explore the relationship between Buddhism and other South Asian religions. Students will also learn about the complexities of Buddhist environmentalism, become sensitive observers of a gendered social environment different than their own, develop an understanding of the social and environmental impacts of transnational religious pilgrimage, and consider the role that religion might play in issues of social justice. This trip includes temple visits and cultural exploration in Kathmandu and Varanasi.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective and the RSL requirement.

Approximate Cost: $5,675

WTI – 6E Natural History of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador

Professor Patrick Schwing

This course presents a unique opportunity to explore and study one of the most geologically and biologically diverse regions in the world.  While in Ecuador, you will learn about the amazing geology and ecology of the Andes Mountains, the Galapagos Islands, tropical rain forests, and cloud forests.  Additionally, you will broadly study the natural history and biodiversity of Ecuador.  Participants must be in excellent physical condition, as you will hike through mountainous and varied terrain, spend a week exploring the Galapagos Islands by land and by sea, and camp in the Amazon Rain Forest.

Pre-departure classes, readings, and activities will prepare you for the study-abroad portion of the course.  Evaluation will be based on participation, examinations, and a final project.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Approximate Cost: $7,800

WTI – 7E Tropical Marine Environments: Roatán, Honduras

Professor David Duncan

This course is designed to familiarize you with diverse environments of Roatán, Honduras, and to provide you with an appreciation of the complex, interdisciplinary nature of this fragile environment.  The course will examine the integrated tropical ecosystems including coral reefs, sea grasses, mangroves, and rocky intertidal zones.  The geological component will examine carbonate systems particularly as related to the unique geological features, and the role tropical shallow-water ecosystems play in the geological development of the region.  This environment is an optimum site in which to see firsthand the interaction of geologic and biologic processes operating to produce this unique environment while requiring only a basic scientific understanding.

This course format will include preparatory lectures on campus, a field program at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences, a multi-night visit to historic ruins and a wrap-up on campus following return.  The field portion will require, at times, long periods on and in the water making observations and collecting data.  Consequently, good swimming skills and snorkeling abilities are required.  SCUBA certification is not required, but recommended.  Non-divers are welcome.  A significant portion of this program will also be dedicated to examining the Roatán culture and how the population interacts with the environment.  Evaluation will be based on class participation, performance on research projects and presentations and examinations.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Approximate Cost: $3,825

WTI – 8E Marine Science Research in Cuba: Gardens of the Queen

Professor Nancy Smith

Cuba’s marine environment is considered to be among the most pristine in the entire Caribbean. In light of the rapid changes currently underway in the Cuban economy and political situation, scientists are working to better understand Cuba’s unique marine ecology, with the aim of providing scientific information to best manage and protect the country’s marine resources. This project will investigate current scientific research in Cuban waters, focusing heavily on coral reef ecology. Topics may include recent advances in marine reserve effectiveness, reef fish populations, shark biology, lionfish impacts, goliath grouper conservation, benthic reef structure, and the causes of reef degradation, among others. Following on-campus preparation and study, we will fly to Cuba and board a boat for a week of exploration of the Gardens of the Queen Archipelago, the largest marine protected area in the Caribbean, famous for its unusually high densities of sharks and large predatory fishes. We will also visit the Bay of Pigs on the southern coast of Cuba, staying with local families, where we will see the status of the coastal environment and its use in ecotourism and aquaculture. In addition, students will explore Cuban culture, including visits to sites of historical importance in and outside of Havana. Good swimming and snorkeling ability required. SCUBA certification strongly recommended.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Approximate Cost: $5,400

WTI - 9E Peru: Culture and Human Adaptation

Professor Scott Burnett

Peru is a fascinating country with incredible geographic diversity—from coastal deserts in the west, to the tropical Amazon in the east, and the high Andean mountains in between. Spanning over 10,000 years of occupation, humans adapted, both biologically and culturally, to living in these varied habitats. This course is designed to introduce students to the prehistoric societies of Peru and to how past peoples adapted to living there. Through archaeological site visits and trips to low coastal deserts, Machu Picchu and the Andean highlands, students will learn about Peru and concepts of human ecology—the study of how humans interact with and adapt to their environment–using local and regional examples. For example, in the high altitude region around Cuzco and the Sacred Valley we will visit vertical mountainside agricultural terraces, salt mining sites, and potato farms to explore cultural adaptations to food production in high altitude, rugged terrain. In addition, hypoxia and cold temperatures results in physiological adaptation by inhabitants of high altitude environments. Through a better understanding of how past humans met their environmental challenges, students will be able to more holistically contemplate our own options and understand their potential consequences.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Approximate Cost:$6,050
Fulfills the Global Perspective:

WTI – 1G Human Trafficking Field Study: Cambodia

Professor Nancy Janus

Trafficking of children for sexual exploitation is a significant problem in Southeast Asia.  Despite efforts of governmental and non-governmental agencies, the problem continues unabated in Cambodia.  This winter term offers students first hand exposure to anti-trafficking initiatives in Cambodia.  They will volunteer with children at risk for sex and labor trafficking at Agape International Missions. They will meet with representatives of other anti-trafficking groups in Phnom Penh: Chab Dai, International Justice Mission and Smile of a Child.  In Siem Reap they will interact with the students at the school for the deaf and blind and will collaborate with English Teachers at New Hope Cambodia. In Battambang, they will work with the Khmer New Generation Organization teaching children in English and Math classes and potentially building small homes for homeless families. These activities increase poor children’s opportunities for success as well as mitigating parents’ need to sell their children to traffickers.  Additionally, students will visit significant religious and cultural sites throughout Cambodia.  Three pre-travel classes and one post-travel class are required along with assigned readings.  Evaluation by class participation, reaction reports, and final project.

Fulfills the Global Perspective and RSL Requirement

Approximate Cost: $5,200

WTI – 3G Indochina, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos: A Business and Multicultural Adventure

Professor Ed Grasso

Explore ancient civilizations and world class organizations on this once in a lifetime adventure.  The countries of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos have exhibited high levels of economic growth, business development, and cultural changes over the last decade and are designated as the new Asian Tigers or the next Mini Dragons. We will compare and contrast the management strategies and leadership styles of organizations in each country while exploring their historical and cultural treasures, and interacting with students and faculty at major universities, embassies and consulates.

In the Socialist Republic of Vietnam we will explore the Cu Chi Tunnels near Saigon, visit clothing manufacturers in Hoi An, and walk the grounds of the Forbidden Purple City in Hue, the former imperial capital of past Vietnamese dynasties.  In the capital city of Hanoi we will visit Ho Chi Minh’s House, the Temple of Literature and enjoy “Roi Nuoc” a traditional water puppet show.  In Laos we will learn about and interact with elephants at an Elephant Village Sanctuary. We will visit the ancient temples of Luang Prabang and the caves of Pak Ou, stuffed with Buddha images of all styles and sizes, along the Mekong River.  While in Cambodia we explore the more than 100 sacred temples of Angkor Wat built between the 9th and 13th centuries in honor of the Khmer Kings.

Evaluation will be based on group project, paper, journal and intercultural interactions.  Open to all majors.

Fulfills the Global Perspective


Approximate Cost: $7,900

WTI – 4G Language Immersion in Montpellier, France

Professor Virginie Khare

This winter term combines the study of language and culture through a three-week immersion experience in Montpellier, a culturally rich city in the South of France. Intensive language courses at the Institut Linguistique du Peyrou (ILP) will improve and solidify your language skills while organized cultural activities will introduce you to significant French cultural beliefs and practices. In particular, you will place into a course appropriate for your linguistic ability at the ILP, and every morning you will focus on speaking, understanding, reading, and writing in French. Every afternoon, we will explore different aspects of French culture, from visiting Montpellier’s Musée Fabre (Fabre museum) to learning to make a traditional French dish in a private cooking class. As a compliment to the formal learning of language and culture at the ILP and with your professor, you will be staying with a French family with whom you will eat both breakfast and dinner every day.

Fulfills the Global Perspective

Approximate Cost: $4,850

WTI – 6G Language and Culture Immersion in Japan

Professor Eileen Mikals-Adachi

Learn Japanese in Tokyo while experiencing the culture of this fascinating nation.  Language classes will be held in the mornings, and students will explore the cultural heritage and contemporary trends of Japan through afternoon and weekend activities.  A variety of cultural excursions will be scheduled including visits to the largest Shinto shrine and buddhist temple in Tokyo, Meiji Jingu and Sensoji; the pop culture center of Japan, Harajuku; the mecca of anime and otaku culture, Akihabara; and a number of museums.  Among the other activities planned will be the opportunity to make a traditional glass wind chime, a day trip to the historical city of Kamakura and an overnight trip to the world heritage site of Nikko.  Evaluation will be based on performance in the language classes, overall participation, a journal and final paper.

Fulfills the Global Perspective

Approximate Cost: $6,700

WTI – 7G London: Street Markets: How Londoners Live, Buy and Sell

Professor Frank Hamilton

This course will immerse you in the bustling street market life of London, one of the most exciting and lively cities in Europe.  You will have the opportunity to visit some of the many street markets in London and observe the behavior of Londoners as they buy and sell products from fresh produce to flowers, antiques, books and a wide variety of products.  Street markets occur daily in different parts of the city.  With over 100 markets to choose from, students will be divided into teams to visit and sample different markets and observe consumer behavior and selling techniques.  Additionally, we will visit sites such as the Museum of London, the Docklands Museum, the Churchill War Rooms and the Tower of London, all of which will provide the historical context of the street markets.  Visits to Stonehenge, Salisbury and Windsor are planned, all the while you will learn how to hone your skills in making sense of, evaluating, documenting and writing about these experiences to share with your travel mates and others.  No prerequisites.

Fulfills the Global Perspective. 

Students should plan to arrive in London at the Ridgemount Hotel, 67 Gower Street, on Friday and Saturday, January 3 & 4, 2020 and to depart on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Costs do not include airfare, round trip transport to and from the airport to the Ridgemount Hotel or London Study Centre, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.

Approximate Cost: $3,750 (airfare not included)

WTI – 8G Writers Abroad in the City of Light: Paris

Professor Jonathan Chopan 

Writers Abroad in the City of Light immerses students in Paris, France to consider historical and personal change and to produce travel writing based on their experiences.  The course combines overlapping themes such as art and architecture, human migration and empire, and politics and popular dissent, filtered through the public sphere in the space of the local market.  We tour a series of iconic landmarks and market sites—from department stores to flea markets—as a way to understand contending forms of human interaction and cultural expression embedded in daily sociability.

Fulfills the Global Perspective

Approximate Cost: $6,250

WTI – 9G Longevity in Sardinia, Italy

Professor Kristina Wenzel-Egan

The central region of Sardinia, an island located in the Mediterranean Sea, is considered a “Blue Zone” because it has a remarkably high number of centenarians (see What are centenarians, you ask? Centenarians are people who live to be 100 years of age and older. In fact, the proportion of centenarians in the central region of Sardinia is ten times greater than the U.S.! Researchers attribute their longevity to the region’s emphasis on close family and community relationships, as well as a plant-based diet and loads of low-intensity physical activity. In this course, we will learn the science of relationships by exploring how human relationships influence our health and longevity. After a couple of class sessions on campus, we will travel to the Sardinian villages known for the longevity to see relationship science in action by observing their culture’s emphasis on family and community relationships. During our travels, we will meet villagers, longevity experts, and—of course—centenarians! Our tour will include milking sheep on a sheep farm, learning how to make bread by local Sardinians, and touring a family-owned olive press. Lucky for us, Sardinia is honoring St. Anthony the Abbot with huge bonfires while we are there. We will spend an entire day learning about this ancient festival and taking part in the village’s celebrations. In this course, students will develop the ability to understand how our human relationships impact health, critically analyze the impact that cultural practices have on human longevity, and reflect on the health implications of personal choices around our own human relationships. This WT course will involve a lot of physical activity, including hiking the Seulo Mountains.

Fulfills the Global Perspective

Approximate Cost: $6,500

WTI – 10G Spanish Language Immersion in Salamanca, Spain

Professor Yanira Angulo-Cano

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to study and learn Spanish while living and exploring one of Spain’s most historic and celebrated cities, Salamanca.  Attend intensive classes (four hours daily) taught by the staff of Hispano Continental School.  Exposure to and knowledge of Spanish history and culture through discussions and lectures.  Students live with local Spanish families, which greatly facilitates the learning process. Students, upon arrival, will be tested and placed in appropriate language levels for classes. Evaluation by written test and oral interviews.  Successful students will earn a full semester language credit.  Excursions to nearby cities include LaAlberca, Pena de Francia, and Avila-Segovia.  Also included in the program are a tapas party, dinner at a Zamora winery, cinema, dance lessons and horseback riding.

Fulfills the Global Perspective

Approximate Cost: $4,650

WTI – 11G London: West End & Beyond: How It’s Made

Professor Jessica Thonen

Open the curtains to the vibrant theatre culture of London as we explore the current and historical aspects of London’s rich cultural life and how those influences, combine to create some of the best that contemporary theatre has to offer: West End musicals, Off-West End performances, and Fringe experimental pieces. The emphasis will be on attending performances on West End and Off-West End as well as going backstage. In addition, we will delve into the city, which so strongly influences the development of those productions by exploring discussing theatre with London stagehands and directors, visiting important landmarks, and challenging our own artistic eyes along the way. The program will begin on campus as we attempt to answer, “What is global theatre today?” by considering both what modern history has seen on stage as well as what is currently being performed. The group will then travel to London for ten days where, participants will explore various attractions that compose the London identity.

Fulfills the Global Perspective

Approximate Cost: $3,600

WT1 - 12G Global Studies at the UN-NYC: Security, Peacemaking & Peacebuilding

Professor Mary K. Meyer McAleese

How might we build a more peaceful world that balances international security with human freedom, human rights, and sustainable development?  How effective is the United Nations in its peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace-building work?

At the United Nations in New York City, students will learn firsthand about the work of the United Nations (UN) through discussions with UN staff, delegates from Member-States, and representatives of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  The main topics of the course include the UN’s role in peacemaking and peacekeeping, with a special focus on the UN Security Council’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, as well as peace-building, with a special focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  We will also study the work of the UN in many ongoing crises around the world.  Students stay in midtown Manhattan near the UN, Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and other attractions in the heart of a great city.  We will have meetings with the Missions of the Permanent Members of the Security Council and other key states as well as with representatives from key UN committees and NGOs working on the WPS Agenda and the SDGs.  The primary objective is for students to participate directly in discussions concerning how the UN works toward a future of peace, security, and sustainable development based on respect for human rights for all peoples.

Evaluation for this course is based on completion of assigned readings, attendance and respectful engagement at all briefings in New York, the keeping of a daily reflective journal, and a final paper.

Fulfills the Global Perspective.  (Also fulfills the Practicum Requirement for IRGA majors.)

Students will arrive in New York City (Shelburne Hotel) on Sunday, January 5, 2020 and will depart on Sunday, January 19, 2020.  Costs do not include roundtrip airfare from home to New York or return to campus.

Approximate Cost: $3,650 (airfare not included)

WTI - 13G Reflective Service-Learning in Morocco

Professor Olivier Debure

The group of students will first stay a few days in Casablanca to be acquainted with aspects of the Moroccan culture, political history, and current economic situation that will contextualize the service-learning effort.

Then, the group will relocate to Tangier where the service will take place. The group will fund and partake in a construction project for a small local non-profit organization, which primarily cares for street dogs from the city of Tangier.

This course is primarily a service trip. It includes two weeks of service (approximately 60 hours) and is physical due to the daily construction work and the rudimentary living conditions. The activities on most days will consist of mixing cement, digging foundations, raising block walls, installing fencing, fetching sand and water and/or installing framing timbers.

After work, students will complete daily readings which will provide material for a series of reflective assignments. Those reflection activities are: evening group oral reflections, 3 written reflections essays, and a final reflection paper. This courses fulfills the RSL requirement. Visits of area sites, schools, clinics, markets will also be organized as available.

The last six days of the trip will be spent to enjoy the country’s natural beauty by visiting several cities such as Marrakech and Fez and trek in the desert.

Traveling dates are Friday January 3 until Saturday 25, 2020. Students will need to be back on campus on January 2, 2020 for the late afternoon pre-departure meeting on campus.

Selection of students will begin in September 2019. An information session date and time will be announced during the first week of classes. Preference will be made for students with experience in service related trips, interested or participating in the Peace Corps program, experience or physical ability to do construction work, experience in traveling, and with French or Arabic language skills.

Fulfills the Global Perspective and RSL Requirement

Approximate Cost: $4,850

WT1 - 14G Thailand: Community, Cultural and Service

Professor Jeff Felardo

In Thailand, we will visit some of the most important cultural sites and discuss the impact that culture has had on attitudes towards–and interactions with–the global community. Conversations on-site will be with government officials, forest managers, business leaders, Buddhist monks, and College students.  The trip begins in the urban capital of Thailand, Bangkok (exploring Universities, businesses, and cultural sites). Then we travel to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, where we will explore the urban area as well as visiting Hmong villages located in the mountain-jungle. From there we head to rural Mukdahan and Kam Cha i in Northeast Thailand (where subsistence farmers gather non-timber forest products). You will take part in a homestay experience and will then be immersed in the community and engage in service (40 RSL hours) with the local school system and Community College. We will be spending almost 2 weeks within this community with the goal of getting to better understand the genuine Thai culture and people. We will also spend a day in Laos’s second largest city, Savannakhet.

Fulfills the Global Perspective and RSL Requirement

Approximate Cost: $6,300

WTI-2G Language Immersion in Italy

Professor Kristy Cardellio

Spend your Winter Term in Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance and home of world renowned artists and writers such as Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Dante. You will be immersed in the Italian language and culture in this beautiful Renaissance city and have a chance to put your Italian to use each day as we explore Florence’s many masterpieces of art and architecture. In addition to daily cultural activities in Florence, we will explore nearby Pisa and Siena, and visit a country estate in the Chianti region for a private cooking lesson. We will also travel to Rome and Venice to get a taste of two very different and extraordinary Italian cities. Your host family in Florence will provide breakfast and dinner each day offering an unforgettable “insider” Italian experience. Language learners of all levels are welcome, even absolute beginners! Successful students will earn a full semester language credit.

Fulfills the Global Perspective 

Approximate Cost: $6,500
Fulfills the Natural Sciences Perspective

WTI – 1N History of Science in London

Professor Steve Denison                

Many of the greatest scientific discoveries in history were made in England. Darwin wrote “The Origin of Species” at his home in South London. The structure of DNA was discovered in Cambridge and Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in his laboratory at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. From our home base at the Eckerd College London Study Center on Gower Street, we will explore a wealth of resources in and near London in our study of the history of science. We will visit sites including the British Museum, Natural History Museum, Kew Gardens, the London Zoo and the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. We will also take trips to Cambridge, Charles Darwin’s House in Kent and Bletchley Park/National Museum of Computing. In addition, we will explore the arts in London by visiting the Tate Britain and Tate Modern Museums and attend two plays or musicals. Students will have time to explore London on their own.

Fulfills the Natural Sciences Perspective.

Students should plan to arrive in London at the London Study Centre, 35 Gower Street, on Sunday, January 5, 2020 and to depart on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.

Costs do not include airfare, round trip transport from the airport to the London Study Centre, personal expenses and entertainment not within the program design.

Approximate Cost: $3,500 (airfare not included)
Fulfills the RSL Requirement

WTI – 1RSL Civil Rights Tour of the South

Professor Doug McMahon

Martin Luther King, Jr, Rosa Parks, Ralph David Abernathy, Malcolm X, Dorothy Irene Height, and Joshua Abraham Heschel are only a few of the religious leaders and activists that participated in the Civil Rights movement in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s. In this course, we will travel to museums and other historic Civil Rights locations throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Florida learning about significant moments in the Civil Rights movement including the struggle for voting rights and overcoming segregation. As we study these movement leaders, we will reflect on the concepts of freedom, justice, and pluralism and the ability of these moral leaders to act with courage and imagination. We will also become familiar with relevant local agencies and worker-based human rights organizations promoting civil and human rights today.

Fulfills the RSL Requirement

Approximate Cost: $4,525
Fulfills the Social Science Perspective

WTI-1S Inside Congress: How it Works, Washington D.C.

Former Congressman, Professor Dave Trott

Travel to Washington D.C. to examine how the United States Congress works.  While in Washington D.C., you will meet with Members of Congress, their staff, lobbyists, the media and also attend committee hearings.  You will explore the influence fundraising, social media, Congressional leadership and special interest groups have on Members of Congress.  You will be asked to propose ideas to improve the process, particularly how Congress can more effectively address issues like climate change, the national debt, immigration and campaign finance reform.  There will also be time while in Washington D.C., particularly over the weekend, to visit several of the great landmarks and museums in our Nation’s Capital.

Evaluation will be based on participation, a group project and a final paper.

Fulfills the Social Sciences Perspective



Approximate Cost: $2,700
Ghost Ranch Conference Center

WTI – 1 Abiquiu: Ghost Ranch Conference Center

Ghost Ranch is a working ranch located in the uniquely beautiful high desert of northern New Mexico. Students will be immersed in local culture through the lens of an academic course (select from list below) and activities such as hikes, presentations (cooking, dancing, speaker series), and excursions to Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, and Ojo Caliente Hot Springs. On the ranch, students can participate in yoga, massage, horseback riding, hiking trails, a high ropes course, and museums. Participate in a regional orientation program and enroll in one individual study project. Students travel on their own. Participants in this program should plan to arrive in New Mexico by way of the Albuquerque Airport on Thursday, January 2, 2020 and to depart on Monday, January 20, 2020. Additional travel information will be furnished at the time of registration.

Costs do not include airfare. Costs are, however, inclusive of all fees and include round trip transportation from the Albuquerque Airport. Weekend and evening activities, dances, movies, and worship services are included. Enrollment is limited by Ghost Ranch – apply early.

Micaceous Pottery: The Spirit of Clay

The rich earth of this mysterious and sacred landscape is the starting point for this class – the brilliant geological formations, the earth’s clay, the yucca paintbrush. After thanking the earth and gathering the clay, you will learn how to prepare it and coil it into pots, and then fire your pots in ways traditional to the Pueblo potter. Join in the rare opportunity to experience the potter’s relationship to the earth, which is rooted in the respect and honoring, and carry the earth of northern New Mexico back to your homes as micaceous pots.

Approximate Cost:$3,825 (airfare not included)

The Desert Light In Digital Photography

Are you ready for the possibilities of a Ghost Ranch photographic adventure fresh into the New Year? Explore and experience the natural beauty of the ranch and seldom seen places in northern New Mexico in a course for all who want to craft and hone their photography skills. This is both a field class and a studio class. Participants will hike to absorb many landscapes by day and capture the stars by night. Then, make the most of your images apprenticing in the studio using state of the art techniques to edit and create images that will coach in the field by the eye, intuition, and perspective of a master teacher and artist.

Approximate Cost:$3,825 (airfare not included)

Silversmithing In The Southwest Tradition

$200 Course Material Fee

Silver jewelry making in the Southwest emerged among the Navajo in the 1860s and the Zuni in the 1870s. Atsidi Sani is credited as the first Navajo who learned to metalsmith and make silver jewelry in 1865. The Zuni fashioned early pieces from brass and copper salvaged from old cooking kettles. Today, the making, trading, and selling of silver stoned jewelry continues to be a vital part of Southwestern art and culture. This class is both a hands-on course in the basics of making silver jewelry and lapidary with stones and shell, and in the history of Southwest jewelry-making and its role in the culture and economy of local families and communities. In addition to time in the studio with a master teacher and guest artists, participants will interact with artisans from Santa Fe and the pueblos, tour museum collections, and visit the historic Santa Fe plaza where native makers have been selling their creations for generations. Participants will leave the class with wearable and sellable jewelry of their own making. Please Note: Class fees do not include the purchase of silver used in class. Silver can be purchased from Ghost Ranch at market prices, or students can bring their own. All other tools and supplies are provided. Students should expect to spend between $50 – $200 for silver purchases.

Approximate Cost:$3,825 Plus $200 Course Material Fee (airfare not included)

Rocks, Ruins & Dinosaur Bones For Explorers

An outdoor adventure to hike amidst the geology, paleontology and archaeology of northern New Mexico, for which the Ghost Ranch area is internationally known. Enjoy field trips to view the spectacular geology of the Colorado Plateau, Rio Grande Rift, and Jemez volcanic field (geology), the dinosaur quarries of Ghost Ranch (paleontology),and ancient village ruins of the Southwest (archaeology). Explore the ancient worlds of cliff dwellings and kivas and the primordial worlds of oceans, volcanoes, Coelophysis and Effigia.

Approximate Cost: $3,825 (airfare not included)

O'Keeffe: history, painting and more

What can we learn when we see Ghost Ranch through Georgia’s eyes? Georgia O’Keefe’s time here will be investigated through historical, environmental, and culturally-critical lenses to reveal the lessons she uncovered throughout her life. Investigating what brought her to Ghost Ranch, what made her stay, and contextualizing her narrative to American history, can bring her unique narrative to the forefront of Modernism as a female painter. Her natural curiosity led her to many eclectic, far-reaching topics such as food psychology and gardening, while her innovative perspective, both personal and societal, reveals the gender roles of American society of the 20th century.

Approximate Cost: $3,825 (airfare not included)

WTI – 999 Washington University Engineering & Applied Science

During January, Washington University offers concentrated introductory courses in engineering and applied science. These course allow students attending institutions affiliated with the dual-degree program to explore their interest in and aptitude for these fields. Students should plan for travel expenses to and from St. Louis, personal expenses, dinners, and incidental expenses.
Please see Professor Anne Cox for additional information.

Courses Offered:
Introduction to Electrical & Electronic Circuits
Engineering Mechanics I

Approximate Dates: December 26, 2019 to January 7, 2020

Approximate Cost: $1,985 (airfare not included)