Faculty-Led Short-Term International Travel Study Programs

  • Travel Study in Australia & New Zealand
  • Travel Study in Central Europe 
  • Travel Study in Spain
  • Travel Study in Fiji
  • Travel Study in Nepal


Check this website regularly for updated information on programs taking place during 2017.

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 printable list of all 2017 International Study Tours (See below for detailed brochures on 2017 trips)

Click here for a printable list of all 2018 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.

Detailed information on 2017 trips

Armenia, Yerevan – Armenia Today

May 24 – June 9, 2017
ARMS 120T – 3 units
Fee: $1,595

Armenia Today is designed to acquaint students with the modern Republic of Armenia. Course requirements will include site visits to museums, important cultural sites, and interaction with college students in Armenia. Students will write reports on various aspects of their visit to Armenia. Lectures/classes will be provided on topics such as modern Armenian history, economics of modern Armenia, politics, etc.

Course is open only to current Fresno State students.

For more information contact Dr. Barlow Der Mugrdechian, barlowd@csufresno.edu or 559.278.2669.

Australia and New Zealand – International Tourism

May 25 – June 5, 2017
RA 130 – 3 units
Fee: $5,300

AustraliaExplore Australia and New Zealand while learning about international tourism in an experiential environment. Through on site visitations and selected texts and readings, students will experience the social, cultural, and environmental impacts of tourism. Students will also examine the development and meaning of ecotourism, adventure, natural, cultural and heritage tourism options particular to Australia and New Zealand. In addition to theoretical knowledge, students will be presented with experiential learning opportunities in commercial recreation involving hiking, snorkeling and exploring the Great Barrier Reef, visiting Maori villages, riding a skyline gondola, visiting the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and cruising Sydney Harbor.

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

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

Central Europe, Budapest, Prague & Berlin– Explore Healthcare

May 26 – June 10, 2017
HHS 100T or HHS 200T – 3 units
Fee: $3,750

BudapestExperience the culture, lifestyle, and history within Central Europe while visiting three beautiful cities and learning about the delivery of healthcare and accessibility for people with disabilities. This interdisciplinary course is a study abroad opportunity traveling within Central Europe, exposing students to a powerful international immersion experience providing an invaluable perspective on different regions of Central Europe. Students will spend time in Berlin, Prague, and Budapest. Historical sites will be visited, as well as experiences related to the culture and health of individuals living in these regions. Planned highlights include visits to medical spas, hospitals, healthcare agencies, and learning about health, education, and accessibility practices in the region.

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

For more information contact Dr. Peggy Trueblood, peggyt@csufresno.edu, 559.278.3008 or Dr. Nancy Nisbett, nancyni@csufresno.edu.

China, Beijing – Multicultural Psychology


June 10 – July 1, 2017
PSYCH 163 – 4 units
Fee: $4,300

BeijingPSYCH 163 Multicultural Psychology is a three-week service-learning course that will be taught in Beijing, China. Beijing, one of the most populated capitals, is the cultural, educational, and political center of China. In addition to the excursions to visit famous cultural sites in Beijing (e.g., Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City), students will have the opportunity to stay with local host families and go to local agencies to provide voluntary services, both of which will provide rich and unusual direct personal experiences of variety of concepts in cultural psychology. Students will also have exciting field trips related to topics of multicultural psychology during the class as well. It will be an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience for every student!

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

For more information contact Dr. Hong Ni, hongni@csufresno.edu or 559.278.1726.

China, Lanzhou – Multicultural Exchange

May 20 – June 3, 2017
COMS 101 – 3 units
Fee: $480

Visit China, particularly the north-central region of the Gansu province and the city of Lanzhou, and learn about its culture, diversity, and educational system by attending/living at Gansu Agricultural University (GSAU). Living accommodations and meals (along with Chinese students) are provided by GSAU, and there will be plenty of opportunity to interact with the locals and provide conversational English opportunities to students and faculty.

For more information contact instructor Dr. Alejandro Calderon-Urrea, calalea@csufresno.edu or 559.278.4080.

China, Shanghai, Weifang and Beijing – The Food System


May 21 – June 4, 2017
AGBS 185T – 3 units
Fee: $3,750

ChinaChina is the largest export destination for agricultural and food products from the United States. This program focuses on learning about the agricultural and food supply chain operations in China right from the production practices used in the fields to operations in various facilities where agricultural products are processed, imported, packed, tested, transported, inspected, traded and so forth. The visits may include a briefing with the U.S. Embassy Agricultural Attache as well as a meeting with representatives of Chinese food companies. Participants will have extended visits at cooperating universities to bring about an exploration of ideas and cross-cultural exchange.

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

For more information contact instructors Dr. Srinivasa Konduru, skonduru@csufresno.edu, 559.278.4434 or Dr. Jiaochen Liang, jiaochenl@csufresno.edu, 559.278.5686.

Dominican Republic – Advancing Sustainable Development Goals

June 3 – 13, 2017
PH 152T – 3 units
Fee: TBD

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. 

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

For more information, please contact the instructor: Miguel Perez, Ph.D., mperez@csufresno.edu,559.278.2897

Fiji – Naboutini—International Community Engagement

December 30, 2016 –January 10, 2017
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 – (2017 Archaeological Field School Excavation)

June – July 2017 (TBA)
HUM 101T Archaeological Field School – 3 units
Dr. Daius Arya

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.

Nepal, Kathmandu – Cultural Landscape and Environmental Change in the Himalayas

May 21 – June 6, 2017 
GEOG 177T – 3 units
Fee: $3,400

NepalThis study abroad course will take students to the interior of the third pole, the Nepalese Himalayas, to learn about cultural landscape and environmental change. Participants will spend a few days in Kathmandu Valley, known for its historic sites, ancient temples, religious shrines, and captivating villages. Activities include a tour of the primeval city of Bhaktapur and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Students will travel to the picturesque town of Pokhara and trek through Nepal's largest protected range, Annapurna Conservation Area, where they will have a rare opportunity to interact with an ethnic Gurung community in a world famous Ghandruk village nestled at the foot of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna Himalayan peaks. The program will conclude with a field tour of deep gorges, magnificent lakes, and stunning views of the Himalayas from Pokhara and wrap up in Kathmandu.

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

For more information contact Dr. Mohan B. Dangi, mdangi@csufresno.edu or 559.278.4857.

Spain – Global Wine and Agri-Tourism in Ronda

June 23 – July 30, 2017 
AGBS 185T and AGBS 180
Fee: $6,988

SpainIn addition to rigorous academic work, this program includes regional explorations, intensive language and cultural training, and an engaging, hands-on competition where student teams create and market their own wine blends! The 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 wine and agricultural tourism in Spain. Students will use a field study experience to advance primary research for regional tourism and develop case study results based on the local business environment and work culture.

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

For more information contact Dr. Annette Levi, alevi@csufresno.edu or 559.278.3004.

Spain – Sevilla

May 21 – June 10, 2017
Spanish 3 (3 units) or Spanish 125 (3 units)
Fee: $3,100 plus airfare and one excursion

SevillaSevilla is a culturally rich city in the historical country of Spain. A 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. Included in the overall cost of the trip is lodging with families, half-day classes, excursions, lectures and cultural tours. Cultural excursions are included to Granada and Córdoba, as well as a weekend trip to Barcelona.

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

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

Past Travel Study Programs

Japan – Experience Healthcare in Japan –
Registration Closed

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

Costa Rica – International Tourism in Costa Rica – Registration Closed

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.

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

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.

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.

Tanzania – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania—International Community Engagement – Registration Closed

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.

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.


Highlighted International Travel Study Videos

International Tourism in Costa Rica 

Fiji 2016: Community Engagement Adventure

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Fiji2014 | Ryan from Ryan Brisco on Vimeo.

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.