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A semester abroad trip to Havana, Cuba inspired Candace King, '15 to build cross-cultural bridges of understanding and pursue stories outside her comfort zone.  


For athletic training major Chris Toone ’13, his entire worldview changed in 2010 when he studied abroad and visited poverty stricken Senase, a small village in Ghana.


Anthropology is the study of the human species, their cultures, and their development over time. To truly explore this type of work, anthropology majors at Ithaca College participate in fieldwork prior to graduation. Two anthropology majors recently embarked on two very different cultural immersion experiences last spring.


Want to immerse yourself in a foreign country but don’t want to spend an entire semester away? Ithaca College offers many valuable short-term study abroad experiences that take place outside of the academic calendar. Some connect international fieldwork to classroom research. Others focus on foreign internships or are service-learning projects led by committed faculty members. More than 500 IC students took advantage of short-term study abroad options last year. New programs pop up all the time, but here are a few that have become annual favorites. 


What did you do over winter break? I studied the culture, economics, biodiversity, and history of a country. Oh, yeah—I should mention this educational experience occurred in the country itself. Let me explain. Last fall, I enrolled in the environmental studies course Belize Rainforests, Reefs, and Ruins, which explores the local ecosystems and human impacts on biodiversity. Then, during winter break, students traveled to Belize to experience it all firsthand. If ever there were a class that epitomized hands-on, this is it!


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