Study Away

Study away 2019 group

CILMAR, along with the Cultural Centers and the Honors College, is committed to providing high impact experiential and immersive learning to our students in and outside of the classroom. Through our Study Away excursions, we afford students opportunities to enrich their intellectual development and intercultural learning. The goal of these Study Away tours is to create opportunities for mutual cultural exchange between international and domestic students and to raise global and multicultural awareness. These experiences facilitate enhanced learning about different communities, cultures, citizenship and technical issues in a variety of settings while gaining Honors College course credit. They are offered during October break, Spring break, and over the summer.

The Borderlands: An Immersion Experience

This trip was cancelled in compliance with COVID-19 recommendations.

The Borderlands course (3 credit hour) will be conducted in two parts: (1) weekly class over the first eight weeks of the spring 2020 semester; and (2) participation in the study away to the US-Mexico border over Spring break. During the immersive experience, participants will interact with immigrants and various actors involved in immigration advocacy as well as observe policy implementation and contemplate some important questions such as: Who are immigrants? Why and how do they move? What are the challenges faced or opportunities gained having migrated? What influences the United States policy towards immigration and what is its impact? What are our obligations toward the human rights of migrants? For more details, please go here.

  • Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States, & Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
  • When: First 8 weeks of the semester & travel over Spring break.
  • Credits: 3
  • Cost: $1,000

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Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher can receive 1 credit for this experience by registering for HONR 29900 Critical Geographies of Race.

The Fall Break Immersion Tour Featuring Memphis, Tennessee, 2019

This intensive 5-day, 4-night immersive experience centered on the theme of developing the relationships between domestic and international students and understanding race and place through the lens of food justice and citizenship post-Civil Rights movement in the current socio-political climate. With an emphasis on current events and ongoing social debates, participants examined the unique context of race in the United States, while also situating structures, processes, and events in their global contexts. Topics included food insecurity, the racialization of landscapes, place names and memorialization, monuments and memory in public space, environmental racism, and geographies of contemporary social movements. For more details, please go here.

The Fall Break Immersion Tour Featuring Memphis, Tennessee, 2018

The Immersion Experience was a five day domestic excursion in which Purdue students learned about African and Native American culture and history with a particular focus on the Civil Rights and Social Justice Movements. This journey included students from various economic, racial, geographic, religious and ethnic backgrounds. The facilitated program provided the opportunity to experiment with tolerance, acceptance, and food insecurity. During the Immersion Experience, participants had the opportunity to spend time with local experts, visit cultural and historical sites and build community through shared meals and discussion. The experience featured scholarly presentations, museum visits, and film screenings. 

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