Study Abroad Programs at Colgate University Send Students Around the Globe; University Offers Total of 23 Faculty-Led Study Programs Each Year

Originally posted: October 17, 2003

HAMILTON, N.Y., October 17 — Colgate University, a leader in international and off-campus study programs, sends more than 500 students abroad each year as part of its series of study abroad programs. The university, identified by the Institute for International Education as a national leader in study abroad programs, offers a total of 23 semester-long off-campus programs at sites around the world.

More than 150 are currently participating in off-campus study programs, in such sites as Madrid, London, India, Australia and Geneva.

“The off-campus study programs are closely tied to the academic program here at Colgate,” says Ken Lewandowski, director of Colgate’s Office of International Programs and Off-Campus Study. “The programs are inspired by faculty with an interest in taking their teaching beyond the classroom.”

Each of the study groups includes 15-20 Colgate students who are often required to take prerequisite courses in preparation for their studies. Students studying environmental issues at the University of Wollongong (Australia), for example, must have taken courses in environmental studies and sciences. Students in the London Economics Study Group, which Colgate has been running since 1962, must have taken micro and macroeconomics.


Australia Study Group, led by Peter Klepeis, assistant professor of geology:

Study and exploration of the Australian continent. Students will take classes at the University of Wollongong and take field trips to study issues of biodiversity, land use and land management systems in Australia.

Geneva Study Group, led by Barry Shain, associate professor of political science:

Examination of contemporary international organizations, European politics and thought, and the history and development of international law. Field trips include visits to the major European international institutions in Geneva and Brussels, and to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest.

London Economics Study Group, led by Ulla Grapard, associate professor of economics:

Courses on Britain’s economy and the economics of the European community, makes visits to various firms and government agencies, and gives the participants an internship experience in the economic life of the United Kingdom.

London English Study Group, led by George Hudson, professor of English:

Study of Shakespeare’s plays in depth, as well as take courses in the London theater scene, twentieth century British literature and a specialized review of other periods of British literature.

National Institutes of Health Study Group, led by Jun Yoshino, associate professor of psychology:

Coursework in the primary literature of the molecular biosciences and either chemistry or biology. Students spend 30-plus hours each week doing research in NIH labs under the supervision of the scientists of this world-renowned facility.

Venice, Italy Study Group, led by Ross Ferlito, professor of romance languages and literatures, emeritus:

Study of the cultural heritage of Italy and historical Venice, as well as the country’s position within the world of modern culture, in courses in Italian art, archaeology, literature, and language. The program, affiliated with University of Venice, also features field trips to historical and cultural locations.

India Study Group, led by Bill Skelton, the Robert Ho professor in Asian studies and professor of music, emeritus:

Participants in the India Study Group will focus on South India, studying the arts – music, dance and batik – philosophy and religion of the area. The main area of study will be the great Indian Tamil epic, Sillipadikaram, written sometime between the third and seventh centuries.

Colgate-Mt. Holyoke Study Group in Moscow, led by Susan Scotto, from Mt. Holyoke’s Russian department.:

Participants in the Moscow study group take academic courses in Russian language, culture and economics and also are required to participate in an internship during their time abroad.

Santa Fe Native American Studies Study Group, led by Sarah Wider, professor of English:

Students are engaged in a comprehensive study of Native American life and culture. They will have access to collections in the University of New Mexico Library, the Research Library of the Laboratory of Anthropology at the Museum of New Mexico, and the Santa Fe Public Library near Plaza Resolana.

San Francisco Study Group, led by Michael Peletz, professor of anthropology and W.S. Schupf Professor of Far East Studies:

Participants in the San Francisco study group focus on Asian America and the Pacific Rim with the objective of enhancing students’ knowledge and appreciation of cultures, social structures, and histories. Students will attend classes and perform community service projects during their time in San Francisco.

Madrid Study Group, led by Frederick Luciani, professor of romance languages and literature:

Participants in the Madrid study group participate in a two-week introductory session in Santiago de Compostela, followed by a 12-week semester at the Universidad San Pablo CEU in Madrid. Students study Spanish art, film and theatre, geography, and history.

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