Previous Faculty Led Trips
Australia - Canceled due to COVID-19
MSUB students were slated to experience and participate in the 22nd Sydney Biennale for two weeks. While there, students would have explored contemporary art and the relationship between indigenous culture, artist, and audience within the framework of a studio practice on a global stage. The program included art exhibitions, conversations with experts in first nation studies, visits to learning centers, and a short internship with the Biennale events.
Peru - Canceled due to COVID-19
This course would have provided students with a faculty-led immersion experience to Cusco, Peru with the aim of developing Spanish language proficiency within a contextual framework. It would have included 40 hours of language instruction at the Academia Latinoamérica de Español, homestays with a Peruvian family, guided excursions to local historical sites, and a weekend excursion to Machu Picchu.
This was a community course in which community members studied the cultural, political, and economic history of Slovakia, with particular emphasis on the 20th Century. Slovakia first gained its independence in 1993, following the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, but its cultural and political history extends far back in history. This course served as a general introduction to the main themes of Slovak national life, from the Cyril and Methodian mission until the present day. In conjunction with the course, community members traveled to Slovakia for 10 days in November 2019.
In May 2019, students traveled to Germany to study barriers and benefits of acculturation and integration for recent refugees, and participate in live interviews with refugees to capture their perceptions and life stories. Stories were videotaped and edited into an online storytelling project, giving a global voice to cultural boundary conditions. The first week was spent at our partner university, the University of Applied Sciences in Aschaffenburg, attending workshops on intercultural cooperation and communication, and visiting with local refugee institutions; discussing goals with director of refugee services; planning interviews; and recruiting participants. The second week was spent conducting interviews, exploring the countryside, including side trips to castles in Heidelberg, Mespelbrunn & Wuertzburg.
Italy, Macedonia, and Greece
In May 2019, MSUB students explored a large scale international art exhibition in Venice, Italy, where they stayed for five days, providing ample time to explore this unique city. Then traveled to Macedonia and Greece to discover the relationship of art and cultural identity in these two fascinating and ancient countries. Visited a working artist studio in Macedonia and had the opportunity to work alongside world-famous Macedonian artist Igor Josifov. Gained first-person perspective on how artists communicate a global message from their local history.
In May 2019, students traveled to Morocco to compare and contrast rural healthcare in Morocco with the healthcare system in Montana and participate in community-based, healthcare-related service learning projects. The trip included a two-day mountain trek to Zawiya Ahansal in the High Atlas Mountains to experience first-hand rural living standards surrounding healthcare.
The Amazon Way gave students a chance to explore the world’s greatest river system in May 2019. Students had the opportunity to work with Dr. Juan Carlos Galeano, a poet, translator, folklorist, and filmmaker who grew up in the Amazon Basin, and who has led numerous trips to the region. They experienced first-hand the lifeways of the contemporary Amazon, as well as the unparalleled biodiversity of rainforest and riparian environments, and the significance of the region to planetary systems and health. Dr. Quetchenbach directed a series of writing workshops and assignments designed to help student’s articulate reactions to and conclusions from the experience while developing skills in various genres and forms of creative writing.
MSUB students participated in a May 2019 two-week intensive immersion in language and culture study located in Salamanca, Spain coordinated with our partner school Letra Hispanica. Included in the two weeks of instruction in Spanish was 20 hours of instruction, a homestay with a family, guided historical tours of the region, and cultural activities organized by the school.