Global Learning Opportunities
Expand your world
Expand your knowledge of history while experiencing other
cultures and envisioning historical events right where they took place.
Students have several types of opportunities to travel and study abroad. These opportunities include studying, interning, and volunteering. See below to find out more information on each category.
NAU has connections with more than 180 study abroad programs across the globe to which students may apply. Our history students have recently studied in Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. After graduation, several students have gone on to graduate school and law school, while others have served as Peace Corps volunteers in China and Paraguay.
The History Department highly recommends the five programs listed below, as well as the USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium) programs worldwide and the ACMRS summer program at Oxford University. The programs below offer special opportunities to study history as well as local languages. You can find more information by clicking on the links below, by talking to Professor Lindsay Wilson in the History Department, and by talking to an advisor at the CIE, Center for International Education.
School for Liberal Arts– Siena, Italy (population 194,000)
The History Department has a long tradition of sending students to
SSLA where they can choose from a variety of humanities courses, including
courses taught in English that will lead to the ACMRS medieval and Renaissance
studies certificate and internships involving hands-on experience with art and
book restoration. An NAU faculty member is usually in residence.
All students at this small school, in which the average class size is 25, are
international students. Siena is in the heart of both medieval and
Renaissance Italy with easy access to Florence or Rome. Returning NAU
students have raved about living with families in Siena and coming to regard
the town as their own. This is a provider program that can be more
expensive for NAU in-state resident students than an exchange program but
offers unusual benefits.
Akhawayn University – Ifrane, Morocco (population 20,000)
AAU is a small university of 1,700 students. It opened in
1995 with an English-language, American-style curriculum. A ski resort town,
Ifrane has an Alpine climate (elevation 5,000 feet) and a European style
because it was a French protectorate from 1912-1956. Average class size
is 17 students. Of special interest are classes that focus on North
Africa and the Middle East such as contemporary Moroccan history, Algeria since
independence, history of the Arab World, North Africa and the Middle East in
the twentieth century. Students are housed in double rooms in residence
halls and dine in the university dining hall. AAU’s Office of
International Programs helps students with general advising, registration,
orientation, and general questions. This is an exchange program for which
students pay their regular NAU tuition.
Kong Baptist University–
Hong Kong, China (population 7 million)
HKBU is one of three major universities in English and Cantonese
speaking Hong Kong, with an enrollment of 5,000 undergraduate students and
2,000 graduate students. Courses offered in English include the history
of Hong Kong, Chinese history and political thought, European and U.S. history,
and the history of imperialism from an East Asian perspective.
International students reside in a residence hall for exchange students.
An institution with a Christian ethos, its mission is to create an environment
that sustains the whole person. Hong Kong is a dynamic city and serves as
a major business and educational hub of East Asia. This is an exchange
program for which students pay their regular NAU tuition.
University of Warwick –
Warwick, England (UK) (population 26.000; 3 miles from Coventry, population
300,000; 95 miles from London)
UW is a highly-selective British university with an outstanding
history department that has particular strengths in European history as well as
foci in global history and topics including colonial North America; native
Americans; slavery; gender, race and class; medicine and technology; history
and literature. Most classes include both lecture and seminar components.
UW offers a large residential campus committed to environmental
sustainability. It enrolls 12,000 British undergraduates, 10,000 graduate
students, and 6,000 international students from over 120 countries.
Students may live in residence halls on campus or rent a room from the university
off campus. This is an exchange program for which students pay their
regular NAU tuition. It is available spring term or full academic year
only and recommended for students with at least a 3.0 gpa.
del Salvador– Buenos
Aires, Argentina (population 12 million)
USAL hosts 500 exchange students per year in addition to 20,000
Argentinian students in downtown Buenos Aires. Exchange students are
required to have taken at least 5 semesters of Spanish in order to take history
courses like the history of the Americas or the history of Spain, which are
only offered in Spanish. USAL also offers PIC, a program on culture,
society, and politics for beginner level Spanish learners. Very few
courses are offered in English, and they vary by semester. Students with
advanced Spanish may reside in residence halls or with families; beginners
reside with families. USAL encourages PIC students to enroll in a service-learning
course that offers volunteer internships with local NGOs. USAL also
offers activities especially for international students such as walking tours,
a host student program, and a language exchange program. This is an
exchange program for which students pay their regular NAU tuition.
Internships - Worldwide
NAU offers a variety of international internships that can count
towards history degree requirements. Earn credit while interning in
museums or working for historical societies around the world.
More history study and internship programs are available if these do not meet your
academic and personal needs. Programs can be found by searching here.
NAU has one of the largest numbers of Peace Corps alumni of any U.S. university. The Fourth of July parade in Flagstaff is a great time to meet some of them.
Corps at NAU - Worldwide
The Peace Corps offers students experiences that often
serve as the first step in developing careers dedicated to public service. For
more information, check out the Peace Corps Catalog or contact Robert Fulé at Pete.Fule@nau.edu.
Opportunities at NAU
Students can also be a part of global learning opportunities right her on NAU's campus. See the list below for information on clubs and activities that connect students to the international community. International Friends Student Program
is a partnership between international students attending NAU and domestic NAU
students. Interested students should fill out an application form at the Center for International
Education in room 200 of Blome Hall and CIE will connect students with an appropriate
partner. Partners are matched according to age, gender, languages spoken,
and interests. The program coordinator will email students the contact
information for their partner about one week after the application deadline.International Club
Conversation PartnersInternational Films
is an opportunity to learn about different cultures and meet
from around the world. The NAU International Club is also on Facebook.
Work with the Center for International Education
- Attend international films held in LA 135 Wednesdays at 7:00pm. For the schedule, see the NAU International Film Series for showings. For more information, contact Astrid Klocke at Astrid.Klocke@nau.edu.
- The Sedona International Film Festival screens international films monthly at Harkins Theaters that are often followed by discussions led by NAU faculty.
Students can help the Center for International Education in a variety of ways:
- Volunteer as a peer advisor - Participate in e-advising, information sessions, classroom presentations, and pre-departure orientations and gain valuable communication skills and experience to add to resumes. A mandatory peer advisor training is held at the end of August. This opportunity is only open to study abroad alumni. Contact Kyle.Conway@nau.edu for more information.
- Submit a photo from abroad - Students can win a prize for a photo they took while abroad. There are four categories: landscape, pictures of locals, students, and monuments.
- Participate in student orientation - Welcome international students as they arrive on campus in August. Contact 928-523-2409 if interested.
- Get to know international students in your classes - Get to know students from other countries on campus.
For first-hand accounts by NAU students who have studied abroad, see the Inside Scoop Blogs at the Center for International Education.
For quotes from history students with experience abroad, see here.
Community and legacy
Below are resources students can access to better navigate their global learning opportunities. Participating faculty
- Professor Charles Connell - Leads the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies' Summer Study Abroad Program in Oxford program each summer.
- Professor Cynthia Kosso - Leads summer trips to Greece and Turkey.
- Professor John Leung - Works with Beijing
International Studies University, Hong Kong Baptist University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Fujian Normal University, China, the JET program, which combines studying abroad (though
not for NAU (course credit) with teaching English in Japan (usually after
baccalaureate graduation), and the South Korea
(Ewha University for Women, Seoul) Program.
- Professor Lindsay Wilson - Works with the University Study Abroad Consortium (USAC) programs, especially the semester, year-long and summer programs in Pau, France, and the NAU Summer Program in Annecy, France, led by Professor Nicole Bauge in the Modern Languages Department.
Index to Recent Articles
on Global Curriculum and Study Abroad
- "Northern Arizona U. Overhauls Curriculum to Focuson 'Global Competence,'" Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE), May 20, 2012.
- "Why EveryStudent Should Study Abroad," CHE,
November 29, 2010.
- "In StudyAbroad, Simple is Sophisticated," CHE,
December 9, 2010.
- "Cross-Cultural Skills: Essential for Expatriate Success," CHE, August 23, 2011.
- "Europe's Push to Teach English Creates Barriers in the Classroom," CHE, February 13, 2011.
- "When Introducing the Liberal Arts to Asia, Don't Forget the Students," CHE, June 5, 2012.
- "The Moral Ambiguity of Study Abroad," CHE, October
Index to Book Reviews
or Excerpts of Recent Histories of Study Abroad
- Review of Fortunate Sons: The 120 Chinese Boys Who
Came to America, Went to School, and
Revolutionized an Ancient Civilization by Liel Leibovitz and Matthew Miller.
- Review of The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough.
- Excerpt of French Lessons: How Paris Changed Jacqueline
Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and
Angela Davis by Alice Kaplan.
- Review of Internationalism, National Identities, and
Study Abroad: France and the United States,
1890-1970 by Whitney Walton.
Costs vary by program. Direct exchanges generally involve no extra tuition. Out-of-state students may find that tuition for some study abroad programs cost the same or less than NAU tuition. For information on financial aid for studying, interning, teaching, and volunteering abroad, contact Esther Cuellar at Esther.Cuellar@nau.edu
External funding can be found through the following groups:
- For detailed information on global learning opportunities for students of History and History/Social Studies Education to study, intern, or volunteer abroad, please see the Global Learning Opportunities Guide.
- The Center for International Education conducts information sessions on current CIE programs throughout the semester. See their NAU Education Abroad page for information on the next session and their Education Abroad 101 guide for details on applying and financial information.
- For additional information, contact Dr. Lindsay Wilson at email@example.com. Dr. Wilson is a historian who has a great deal of experience researching and teaching abroad, and serves as the department liaison for global learning opportunities.
National study abroad organizations