Faculty-Led Short-Term International Travel Study Programs


Check this website regularly for updated information on programs taking place during 2016.

For information about other short-term international study tours offering academic credit, call 559.278.0333.

Faculty Handbook - International Travel Study

Click here for a list of all 2016 International Study Tours


Students traveling abroad must complete and sign the Student Information Packet (7 pages) and Pre-Departure Form listed below. Please submit completed documents to Cyndy Trent, Continuing and Global Education, Kremen Education Building, Room 130.


China – Chengdu CANCELLED

June 18 – July 10, 2016
Fee: $1,165 and $2,100 program fee, plus airfare

ChengduThe Department of Psychology is pleased to offer a study abroad course in Chengdu, China, June 18-July 10, 2016. PSYCH 163 offers 4 units of Fresno State academic credit taught by Dr. Hong Ni.


China is one of the best countries to experience! In Chengdu, China, students will experience not only the overall collectivist Chinese culture but also many ethnic minority cultures, as Sichuan Province is one of the most ethnically diverse places in China. PSYCH 163: Multicultural Psychology, in Chengdu, China will be a service learning class. Students will have the opportunity to work at a local community agency, providing a minimum of 15 hours of voluntary services. The service opportunity will enable students to experience the Chinese culture from an insider’s view, observe and have personal experiences with the major concepts of cultural psychology. The professor is a native Chinese, growing up in Mainland China, speaks Mandarin and understands the local dialect. Thus, she will be by the students’ side providing support and help. In addition, students will go for many excursions, including the Chengdu Panda Research Base, the world famous Dujiangyan Irrigation System built in 221 BC, Sichuan Opera, Mount Qincheng and more.


Scholarships are available to eligible students after registration. See instructor for more information.


An information session will be held on:
Monday, February 22, 12:15 to 1:00 pm in Science II, Room 312


To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For more information, please contact the instructor:

Hong Ni, Ph.D., NCSP
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
California State University, Fresno
2476 E. San Ramon Ave., M/S ST11
Fresno, CA 93740

Costa Rica – International Tourism in Costa Rica


May 26 – June 9, 2016
RA 130 – 3 units
Fee: $4,015
Scholarships available

Costa RicaThe Department of Recreation Administration is pleased to offer a travel study program (RA 130 International Tourism) in Costa Rica during the summer of 2016. This two-week program will be held from May 26-June 9. While traveling around Costa Rica, the class will experience a variety of international tourist adventures including: a two-day whitewater rafting trip, surfing lessons in the Caribbean, zip lining, snorkeling, horseback riding, kayaking, exploring waterfalls and cloud forests, touring biospheres, jungles, and panther rehabilitation centers.

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Jason Whiting, jawhiting@csufresno.edu or 559.278.8749.

Dominican Republic – Exploring Global Health: Dominican Republic

July 30August 9, 2016
PH 152T – 3 units
Fee: $1,730

Dominican RepublicPH 152T: Exploring Social Determinants of Health in the Dominican Republic, offers 3 units of Fresno State academic credit taught by Dr. Miguel Perez.

This global health program is open to individuals who have basic Spanish skills and who are interested in exploring social determinants of health while learning about the health care system in the Dominican Republic. Students will gain hands-on experience working with local health professionals and Dominican university students while engaging in a service learning project. For more information, please contact the instructor: Miguel Perez, Ph.D.,mperez@csufresno.edu,559.278.2897

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

Fiji – Naboutini, Fiji—International Community Engagement


May 26 –June 7, 2016
COMS 101 – 1-3 units
Fee: TBD

Participants will embark on a rewarding community engagement project in the beautiful beach-front village of Naboutini, Fiji. Fresno State will partner with Madventurer, an international service organization, to work on rural community development. Students will contribute to the village by working with the local community members on construction, public health and youth service projects. This is a multicultural, international trip, with participants immersing themselves in local culture, food, village accommodations, and daily life in Fiji. There will be opportunities for excursions and cultural immersion experiences such as waterfall trips, horseback riding, learning traditional dances, and more.

Italy – Rome, Italy (2016 Archaeological Field School Excavation)

June 8 – July 19, 2015
HUM 101T Archaeological Field School – 3 units

Whether you’re a postgraduate or undergraduate, archaeology or art history or anthropology major, or simply someone interested in learning more about the field of archaeology, this program provides an exciting and unique opportunity for a first-hand look at archaeological fieldwork at a one-of-a-kind Roman site.

The American Institute for Roman Culture's Summer Archaeological Field School is an intensive, accredited six-week educational program in Roman archaeology led by AIRC faculty and affiliated expert archaeologists. The program offers students a unique combination of (1) one week of specialized academic instruction on the topography and development of Rome, including visits to major museums and open-air sites to augment field studies and provide participants with a broader context of what life was like in the ancient city, and (2) five weeks of hands-on fieldwork at an important archaeological site in the city and environs. In 2016 the program will take place at Ostia Antica, the harbor city of ancient Rome.

The AIRC Summer Archaeological Field School offers its participants both a synchronic (single-period) and a diachronic (multi-period) approach to the study of Roman culture. Through this dual approach, which provides depth and breadth simultaneously, participants will gain a comprehensive historical and cultural appreciation of Rome and Roman civilization, from its rise to power to its decline, understanding how it set a standard of cultural values that continues to exert influence over the entire Western world to this day.

For more information, go to the AIRC website: http://romanculture.org/programsinstitutes/academics/

Italy – Global Wine and Agri-Tourism in Puglia, Italy


June 14 – July 23, 2016
AGBS 185T and AGBS 180
Fee: $7,990

Italy photo


Puglia’s Mediterranean climate and warm people create an enticing location to learn about Italian culture, local wine and olive oil production, agricultural tourism and global business. This fertile agricultural region located between the Adriatic and Ionion seas is the largest of Italy’s wine and olive oil producing regions. Puglia is also known for its fine cuisine, local traditions, fascinating history, and breathtaking architecture. In 2013 the Wine Enthusiast named the Puglia region one of the world’s Top 10 wine-travel destinations.


This project-driven, multi-disciplinary academic field studies program uses various wineries, farms, tourism and related industry organizations as a laboratory for learning about the business challenges and opportunities of Puglia, Italy. The program includes a week of orientation in Vicenza in northern Italy, followed by 3 weeks of academic and cultural explorations, research, reflective activities in the Puglia region.


To download (PDF) a detailed brochure, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Todd Lone, tlone@csufresno.edu or 559.278.4455.

Japan – Experience Healthcare in Japan

August 6 – 15, 2016
HHS 100T or HHS 200T
Fee: $2,955

JapanThe Department of Physical Therapy and the College of Health and Human Services are pleased to offer a study abroad course in Japan, August 6 - 15, 2016. HHS 100T: Experience Health Care in Japan will offer 3 units of Fresno State academic credit and will take place in Toyko, Niigata, Kyoto and Osaka. The course will expose students to a powerful, once-in-a-lifetime international immersion experience that provides the participants an invaluable perspective on Japan and a significant understanding of the many Japanese cultural, educational, and health care practices. The program will explore public health themes including aging and physical therapy issues. Recreational activities include an engagement event with local students and a visit to the second tallest building in the world, the Tokyo Sky Tree. The course is offered in partnership with Niigata University of Health and Welfare. 

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure and registration form, click here.

For information on the program, contact the instructor:

Dr. Peggy Trueblood, PhD, PT
Professor and Chair
Department of Physical Therapy
559.278.3008 or 559.278.2625

Panama – Administration of Justice and Culture in Panama City, Panama


March 19 – 26, 2016
CRIM 136T – 1 unit
Fee:  $305 due to Continuing and Global Education. The remaining program fees are payable to the travel agent.

Through readings, site visits and lectures, participants in this travel study program will examine Panama City’s criminal justice system and the country’s culture and history. The program includes special emphasis on the psychology of penal institutions, role of treatment in offender rehabilitation, incarceration and punishment of adults and juveniles, drug enforcement, and the administration of the law. Comparisons will be made between corrections, courts, law enforcement, and victim services systems in Panama City and the United States. Also Panama City’s administration of justice will be examined in the framework of its history and culture. 

For more information contact Dr. Bernadette Muscat, bmuscat@csufresno.edu or 559.278.1012, or Professor Bob McDonald, bobmc@csufresno.edu, 559.250.1959.

Spain – Sevilla, Spain


May 21 – June 10, 2016
Spanish 3 (3 units) or Spanish 125 (3 units)
Fee:  $2,775

SevillaA special session of SPAN 3 and SPAN 125 offers students the opportunity to live in and experience one of the cultures that has influenced many of the cultures in this hemisphere, while improving their skills in reading and writing the Spanish language.  Students live with host families and are immersed in Spanish language and culture. Cultural excursions, such as a trip to Granada and a trip to Portugal are included. 

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Isolina Sands, isands@csufresno.edu or 559.676.6005.

Tanzania – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania—International Community Engagement


June 7 – 21, 2016
COMS 101 – 1-3 units
Fee: TBD

Participants will embark on a rewarding community engagement project in the beautiful, rural village of Nkwamwasi in the foothills of Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Students will aid development of the village by working on a variety of service projects and take part in ongoing cultural exchange. Participants will engage in the community through service, village events, sports, games and educational opportunities. As a cultural immersion trip, participants will live in the village for the majority of their stay in Tanzania, experiencing local food, local accommodation and daily life. There will be opportunities for excursions throughout the area, including possible safaris, hikes, and other Tanzanian cultural experiences. 

Past Travel Study Programs

WWII and the Holocaust: Berlin, Munich, Warsaw – Registration Closed

July 10 – 25, 2015
HIST 149T – 3 units
Fee:  $510 plus program fee due to Travel Agent

WWIIStudents will explore World War II and the Holocaust through readings, lectures and films, and will culminate their study with a travel experience to major sites of the 20th century war experience.  Students will have the opportunity to meet with Holocaust survivors, to visit concentration camps, to explore the pre and post war past of Germany, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. 

For more information contact Dr. Melissa Jordine, mjordine@csufresno.edu or 559.278.5418 or Dr. Michelle DenBeste, mdenbest@csufresno.edu or 559.278.5154.

Society and Culture of Renaissance Italy: Florence, Venice, Rome – Registration Closed

June 1 – 21, 2015
HIST 129T – 3 units
Fee:  $3,100

Italy photoTravel to Florence, Venice, and Rome to discover the history and culture of the Italian Renaissance!  Investigate the social, economic, and cultural background which made possible one of the greatest art revolutions in the West, characterized by such masters as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael…while walking the very streets they walked! Our goal will be to learn to appreciate not only the beauty of Renaissance art, but also its meaning and function as a mirror of the society which created it.  

To download (PDF) a detailed brochure, click here.

For more information contact Dr. Tere López, mariterel@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2601.

Highlighted International Travel Study Videos

 International Tourism in Costa Rica
Fiji 2016: Community Engagement Adventure

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Exploring Global Health: Dominican Republic

Fresno State students led by Professor Miguel Perez spent two weeks in the Dominican Republic, learning about Global Health issues.