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CofC Summer Study Abroad Programs

Each summer a variety of study abroad programs are offered by College of Charleston faculty. Students pay CofC tuition* and a program fee that typically covers international round-trip airfare, lodging, some meals, local transportation, and co-curricular activities.  Students are responsible for passport fees, student visa fees (if applicable), and personal spending money.

*In-state residents pay the in-state tuition rate; out-of-state residents pay the in-state tuition rate plus 30%

Students should contact Gabriela Peschiera in the CIE with questions regarding the CofC summer programs abroad.

Application Process

In order to apply, please complete a profile on Abroad Office.  Once you have completed a profile, you will need to complete the online application for your program of choice no later than the published deadline.  All applicants will be charged a $50 application fee on their myCharleston account.  A program deposit of $250 (which includes the $50 application fee) will be posted to the student's MyCharleston account once the application is submitted to and approved by the CIE.  The Center for International Education and the program director(s) will require additional steps in the application process prior to full approval.  Upon acceptance, the CIE will post the program fee to the student's MyCharleston account and register the student for the appropriate course(s).  

2015 CofC Summer Programs Abroad

*A full listing of the Summer 2016 programs will be available by the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, September 9th, from 10 am - 2 pm in the Cougar Mall.*

Information on the 2015 CofC summer programs can be found below.  A full listing of the Summer 2016 programs will be available by the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, September 9th, from 10 am - 2 pm in the Cougar Mall. Full program descriptions may be found in the Abroad Office database or by clicking on the program titles below.


Austria, Germany, and Italy

Faculty Directors: Dr. Celeste Lacroix, Department of Communication and Dr. Alison Smith, Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Dates: May 18, 2015 - June 18, 2015

Courses Offered: Communication and Women's and Gender Studies (COMM 336: Addressing Problems in Cultural Context - Cross-Cultural Communication AND WGST 320: Gender Issues in the European Union)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: Participants in this program will spend a month living and studying in Florence, Italy; Munich, Germany; and Salzburg, Austria.  Students will study cross-cultural communication and gender studies while immersed in two of Western Europe's major cultural traditions: Tuscan Italian and Southern German.  This program affords students exposure to three different communities as we travel and allows for significant comparison and analysis of both communication and gender issues.  These studies will be enriched by excursions to such important cultural and historical sites as the Palazzo Vecchio (Florence) and the Dachau Concentration Camp (Germany).  Florence, Munich and Salzburg are among Europe's most beautiful and charming cities.  Each has a wealth of cultural, education, and recreational amenities, attracting students and scholars from around the world. 

Cambodia and Vietnam

Faculty DirectorDr. Jen Cole Wright, Department of Psychology

Dates for Program #1: June 9, 2015 - July 8, 2015

Dates for Program #2: July 15, 2015 - August 13, 2015

Courses Offered: Psychology (PSYC 315/PSYC 410: The Developing Child - The Role of Culture and Community AND PSYC 315/PSYC 410: Emerging from Violence)

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Description: This will be an amazing, action-packed program. First we will spend time in Cambodia, with the key locations being Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. We will visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, the Choeung Ek Killing Fields Memorial, and the temples of Angkor Wat. The students also spend a weekend at an eco-village. We then travel to Vietnam, visiting the UNESCO heritage city of Hoi An, the mountain villages in SaPa, and Hanoi. Class is held in the mornings, with excursions/events in the afternoon. The students are graded on their trip and class participation as well as their final research paper, which are due after we return to the U.S.

Czech Republic and Poland

Faculty DirectorsDr. Robert Westerfelhaus and Dr. Merissa Ferrara, Department of Communication

Dates: May 17, 2015 – June 14, 2015

Courses Offered: Communication (COMM 315: Communication Ethics in a Multicultural Context AND COMM 336: The Language of Food)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: Itinerary - two weeks in Prague, Czech Republic and two weeks in Krakow, Poland.  Unique features: Terezin and Auschwitz/Birkenau concentration camps, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Prague and Wawel castles, cathedrals and synagogues.

England and France

Faculty Director: Mr. Ralph Muldrow, Department of Art History

Dates: June 15, 2015 – July 2, 2015

Courses Offered: Art History (ARTH 340: Art, Architecture and Preservation in London and Paris AND ARTH 340: Urbanism in London and Paris)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: This program will explore some of the most significant works in the areas of Architecture, Urban Design, Preservation and Art in both London and Paris and their environs.

Germany, Czech Republic, and Austria

Faculty Directors: Dr. Marian Mazzone, Department of Art History and Dr. Blake Stevens, Department of Music

Dates: May 26, 2015 – June 18, 2015

Courses Offered: Art History and Music (ARTH 102: History of Art - Renaissance Through Modern AND MUSC 131: Music Appreciation - The Art of Listening)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: This course explores art and music in central Europe in three of its most important artistic centers: Berlin, Prague and Vienna.  Students will encounter masterpieces of European art from the Renaissance to the modern period in collections of the major museums in each city.  Students will attend musical performances at some of the most famous venues in Europe, including the Vienna State Opera and the German Opera.  This course should appeal to arts and non-arts majors who are interested in seeing and hearing some of the very best art and music on the continent, and at the same time fulfilling two courses of the General Education Humanities requirement.

Western Europe

Faculty DirectorsDr. Trent Salvaggio, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship and Dr. William Olejniczak, Department of History

Dates: Summer 2015 (exact dates TBD)

Courses Offered: Management and History (MGMT 391: The International Corporation - A Comparative Approach AND HIST 241: Contemporary Europe)

Deadline: February 5, 2015

Description: This program is open to any interested student (undergraduate or graduate), professional managers, and informed laypersons seeking increased understanding of modern management policies and practices within the European Union as well as within the historical context of Western Europe.  We expect to visit corporations such as BMW, Bosch, BASF, DaimlerChrysler, AstenJohnson, and Picanol as well as the European Union and the inland Port of Antwerp.  We also will visit historic sites such as Nuremberg, Cologne, Aachen, the Battle of the Buldge, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent/Bruges, Ypers, Verdun, the Maginot Line, and Trier.

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Faculty Directors: Dr. Anthony Greene, Department of African American Studies and Dr. Jon Hale, Department of Teacher Education

Dates: June 2015 (exact dates TBD; 1 week at CofC, 2 weeks in Barbados)

Course offered: African American Studies (AAST 300: Comparative Black Identity AND AAST 300: From Barbados to Charleston and Back Again)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: During this program, students will be taking 6 credits, exploring the island, and working/interacting with students and faculty at the University of the West Indies (UWI). In addition to the CofC course, students will sit in on guest lectures and partake in special curriculum offering provided by UWI. 

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Faculty DirectorsDr. Luci Moreira, Department of Hispanic Studies and Mr. Jose Moreira, Department of Hispanic Studies

Dates: May 17, 2015 - June 4, 2015

Courses Offered: Brazilian Culture and Literature (LTPO 150 or 250: Portuguese Literature in Translation AND LACS 105: Contemporary Brazil)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: This program will examine the way in which Brazil's historical background has contributed to the rich regional diversity of Brazilian culture, and how literature can provide a coherent point of entry for broader esthetic and other questions surrounding images of tropical places.  Students will visit the states of Parana and Rio de Janeiro.  Guided study excursions to museums, cultural centers, historical sites, natural parks, and boat trips will be part of the two courses and program.

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British Virgin Islands

Faculty DirectorDr. Rusty Day, Department of Biology and Grice Marine Lab

Dates: July 14, 2015 - July 28, 2015

Courses Offered: Biology (BIOL 250: Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology - for majors OR BIOL 453: Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology - for non-majors)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: This program allows students to study the biology, ecology, and conservation of the Caribbean coral reef ecosystem.  This program is offered in partnership with the  Marine Science and Nautical Training Academy (MANTA).

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Business in China

Faculty Director: Dr. Yu Henry Xie, Department of Management & Marketing and Dr. Wayne Smith, Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management  

Dates: June 1, 2015 - June 22, 2015

Courses Offered: Business (MKTG 360/INTB 360: Doing Business in China) and Hospitality (HTMT 360: Managing & Marketing Hospitality in China)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: This program will examine the most significant economic, cultural, and political environment in the big emerging market of China.  This program exposes students to the opportunities and challenges of doing business in China for U.S. firms.  Students will visit major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Hong Kong.

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The Galapagos Islands and Ecuador

Faculty DirectorsDr. John Chadwick, Department of Geology

Dates: June 2015 (1 1/2 weeks; exact dates TBD)

Course Offered: Geology (GEOL 240: Volcanoes in the Footsteps of Darwin)

Deadline: February 2, 2015

Description: This program will provide students with an in-depth, informative, and memorable field experience in the dramatic Andes volcanic region near Quito, Ecuador and in the volcanic islands of the Galapagos.  The course will provide in-depth and hands-on experiences with two major volcanic regions and provide important information about the links between geology and evolution.

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Faculty Director: Dr. Chris Starr, Department of Computer Science

Dates: June 26, 2015 - July 4, 2015

Courses Offered: Computer Science and Entrepreneurship (CSCI 490: Special Topics - International Software Entrepreneurship and ENTR 445: Seminar in Entrepreneurship)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: This program will include interviews of tech company founders, developers, and investors in Estonia, and a comparison of cultures and processes used to those in the US tech startup community.

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Faculty Directors: Dr. Martine Cuvillier-Hiers and Dr. Lisa Signori, Department of French and Francophone Studies

Dates: May 17, 2015 - June 7, 2015

Courses Offered: French language, literature and culture (FREN 314: French Conversation and Composition, FREN 390: Special Topics in French, LTFR 250: Francophone Literature in Translation)

Deadline: February 15, 2015

Description: Students will stay in Grans in the Provence region of France.  It is a beautiful part of Provence which allows for easy access to the most interesting sites of the region.  Visits will include Avignon, St. Remy de Provence, Les Bauz de Provence, Glanum, Le Pont de Gars, Arles, Nimes, Cassis, Fonvieille and Salon de Provence.

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*Deadline has passed for Summer 2015; inquire about Summer 2016*

Germany Internship

Faculty Director: Mr. Stephen Della Lana, Department of German and Slavic Studies

Dates: May 17, 2015 - August 7, 2015

Courses Offered: German language and studies (GRMN 320 and transfer credit equivalent to a German 300-level course)

Deadline: December 2, 2014

Description: This program offers students the opportunity to obtain an internship in a variety of professional fields, including, but not limited to, business, general administration, production, computer science and engineering, all while improving your German language skills. 

Jewish Studies in Germany

Faculty Director: Dr. Joshua Shanes, Department of Jewish Studies

Dates: May 18, 2015 - May 22, 2015 in Charleston; May 27 - June 7, 2015 in Berlin, Germany

Courses Offered: Jewish Studies (JWST 300; 6 credits)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: This intensive program offers an introduction to and then in-depth, on-site exploration of issues related to German-Jewish history and culture since the Enlightenment, with an emphasis on the region of Berlin in the periods before, during and after the Holocaust. The course will examine issues related to German-Jewish identity at the intersection of history, culture, art, philosophy, politics, religion, and geography (urban studies). 

Neuroscience in Germany

Faculty DirectorsDr. Michael Ruscio, Department of Psychology and Dr. Chris Korey, Department of Biology

Dates: May 27, 2015 - June 23, 2015

Courses Offered: Psychology and Biology (PSYC/BIOL 446: Neuroscience Seminar in Germany)

Deadline: February 20, 2015

Description: This program is designed to enlighten students regarding the international nature of neuroscience research and the vast research opportunities and collaborations that are possible in today's scientific community.  More specificifically, the goal of this program is to expose undergraduate students to neuroscience research and traning conducted by the consortium of the German Schools of Neuroscience (GSN) through an intensive four-week neuroscience seminar experience.  Throughout the four-week program, students will interact with leading researchers through seminar style lectures, laboratory tours and demonstrations.  

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Faculty Director: Dr. Brumby McLeod, Department of Hospitality and Tourism 

Dates: May 17, 2015 - May 30, 2015 

Course Offered: Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTMT 360: Destination Iceland)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: This program is designed as an international course to explore, participate, and develop destination specific opportunities with existing organizations such as CVBs, chambers, tourist boards, and tourism suppliers.  Students will develop advanced tourism management skills related to identifying, evaluating, and utilizing destination specific research and participant observation to support strategic business decisions and develop new products.  Students will propose and suggest modifications to tourism products that mutually benefit the visitors and hosts.  Students will also discuss and evaluate the marketing efforts used to attract specific visitor segments to the Icelandic region.  

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Faculty Directors: Dr. Joe Kelly and Dr. Trish Ward, Department of English

Dates: July 18, 2015 - August 9, 2015

Course Offered: English (ENGL 325: Irish Literature AND ENGL 360: Major Literary Themes)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: Students will learn the central stories of the two main cycles of Irish mythology--the Ulster cycle and the Finian cycle.  The course will cover the pre-history of Ireland, both real and mythical, and the culture of the Celts in the first few centuries A.D.  Students will learn about the medieval transmission of these pre-Christian tales.  And they will learn about the revival of these myths at the turn of the last century by studying the works of Yeates, Gregory, Synge, Joyce. 

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Faculty Director: Dr. Phillip Dustan, Department of Biology 

Dates: May 19 - June 9, 2015

Courses Offered: Tropical Ecology (BIOL 250: Introduction to Tropical Ecology - for majors OR BIOL 453: Introduction to Tropical Ecology - for non-majors)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: This study abroad program is located in the province of Bali.  It is designed to introduce students to the natural and human ecology of the tropics, explore the complex and distinctive natural features of tropical communities and to become familiar with ecological processes as they apply to tropical ecosystems.

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Faculty Director: Dr. Massimo Maggiari, Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies

Dates: June 2, 2015 - June 27, 2015

Courses Offered: Italian Poetry (LTIT 250: Survey of Italian Poetry AND LTIT 350: Italian Hermetic Poet, Eugenio Montale)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: Participants in this study abroad program will stay in Chiavari, Italy, a hospitable town where modern life blends with the original old characteristics typical of the Ligurian Riviera. Chiavari is situated near the Gulf of Tigullio, in a very green area rich in olive and pine trees. The climate is temperate and offers comfortable and good hospitality in all seasons.


Faculty Director: Dr. Giovanna De Luca, Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies

Dates: June 6, 2015 - July 3, 2015

Courses Offered: Italian language and culture (ITAL 201 AND ITAL 202: Intermediate Italian OR ITAL 328 AND ITAL 329: Current Issues Abroad)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: Sorrento is a real haven of peace for study and creativity, and it is not by chance that it has been, for more than three centuries, the destination of international artists, poets, and musicians.  Students will study and reside at the Sant'Anna Institute (SASL) in Sorrento.  The institute overlooks Marina Grande, just a short walk from the center of Sorrento and enjoys commanding views of the Gulf of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.  The town is known for its hospitality and is safe and easily walkable.  Students will be able to visit important historical and archaeological sites.  They will also participate in different cultural activities in Sorrento and in the nearby areas.


Faculty Directors: Mr. Bret Lott, Department of English and Dr. John Bruns, Department of English

Dates: May 13, 2015 - June 10, 2015

Courses Offered: Creative Writing and Film Studies (ENGL 339: The Travel Memoir: Writing In and Of Place AND ENGL 390: Studies in Film)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: Students will visit Charleston's sister city to write and to study literature, as well as to meet with artists and writers living there, inspiring them to continue their education with an even greater sense of the importance of art, and of writing.  Students and faculty will be stay at a villa compound located just outside of Spoleto, where they will share meals, hold readings, and spend quiet time writing and reading.

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Faculty Directors: Dr. Abdellatif Attafi, Department of French and Dr. Jack Parson, Department of Political Science

Dates: May 20, 2015 - June 10, 2015

Courses Offered: African Studies, French language, Literature courses in translation, and Political Science (AFST 202: Understanding Contemporary Morocco Through Literature, FREN 361: Current Issues in Morocco, FREN 490: Special Topics, LTFR 250: Francophone Literature in Translation (taught in English), POLI 359: Morocco and Contemporary Africa)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: This program will be a twenty-four day immersion in the history, culture, politics, languages and geography of this unique African country.  The first portion of the program will take place in Tangier, where students will attend formal classes in the morning, and the afternoon and weekends will be spent on excursions.  The second part will consist of touring important sites and cities that may include Volubilis, Meknes, Fez, Ouarzazate, Marrakesh, Casablanca, and Rabat, where students will discover the historical impact of each site.  The final portion will be back in Tangier and may include a day trip to Tarifa in Andalusia, Spain.

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New Zealand

Faculty DirectorsDr. Michael Flynn and Dr. Michael Hemphill, Department of Health and Human Performance, and Ms. Susan Flynn, Department of Teacher Education

Dates: May 17, 2015 - June 15, 2015

Courses Offered: Excercise Science, Health, and Physical Education (EXSC 444: Scientific Writing and Data Analysis, HEAL 216: Personal and Community Health, PEHD 222: Analysis and Conduct of Lifetime Activities)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: The study abroad program to New Zealand will be the first study abroad aimed at students in Health and Human Performance.  This study abroad program will take advantage of program director contacts in New Zealand and also the unique sport culture and health care differences from the US.  The group will arrive in Auckland and spend the first 15 days at The University of Auckland.  The weekends will allow for day trips to Bay of Islands, Rangitoto Island and other north island locations.  The last 15 days will be spent with the hosts at Victoria University of Wellington.  This location will allow for easy access to the south island of New Zealand which will include fitness hikes in the foothills and visits to “Lord of the Rings” locations.   

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Biology in Panama

Faculty Director: Dr. Craig Plante, Department of Biology

Dates: May 17, 2015 - June 6, 2015

Courses Offered: Ecology (BIOL 341: General Ecology)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: This combined lecture and lab course in Ecology is a biology core course and is required for Marine Biology majors.  Students will spend approximately 0.4 weeks in Charleston and 2.6 weeks in Panama, which will offer a significant portion of the laboratory in a tropical setting.

Business in Panama

Faculty Directors: Dr. Kent Gourdin, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management and Dr. Chris Cain, Department of Economics & Finance

Dates: May 23 - May 30, 2015

Courses Offered: Business (REAL 360: Special Topics in Real Estate OR TRAN 360: Special Topics in Intermodal Transportation)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: With the Panama Canal Expansion project scheduled for completion in 2016, global trade will be profoundly impacted in the two critical business areas of global logistics (including distribution and transportation) and real estate (networks and infrastructure). The study tour will include lectures by global experts in both areas (in Charleston and Panama). The week-long stay in Panama will include visits to the existing Canal and the construction site for the expansion; international companies that have located in Panama, and new real estate developments on what were U.S. military installations that are a direct result of Panama’s emergence as a business hub for Central and South America.

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Faculty DirectorMs. Oksana Ingle, Department of German and Slavic Studies

Dates: May 19, 2015 - June 15, 2015

Courses Offered: Russian language, literature, and culture (LTRS 210: Short Stories of 19th Century Russian Literature in Translation AND RUSS 201: Intermediate Russian or RUSS 314: Russian Conversation and Composition)

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Description: This program is planned for 28 days, with 4 nights in St. Petersburg, 2 in Moscow, and the rest in Saransk. While visiting the former Russian capital of St. Petersburg, there will be a visit the Hermitage, one of the world's finest museums. There will also be walking and boat tours of the city - the "Venice of the North" - and visits to several former czars' residences, including the palaces and summer homes of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great. While in Moscow, students will visit the Kremlin and major museums.  In Saransk, students will stay in a MSU dorm, attend weekly classes at MSU, socialize with Russian students, visit local museums and theaters, and make a special excursion to Boldino, the historical estate of Russia's renowned poet, Alexander Pushkin.

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South Africa

Faculty Directors: Dr. Adem Ali and Ms. Cynthia Hall, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Dates: July 10, 2015 - July 29, 2015

Courses Offered: Geology (GEOL 240: Geology and Environment Field Experience: South Africa - for non-majors OR GEOL 395: Geology and Environment Field Experience: South Africa - for majors)

Deadline: February 7, 2015

Description: The Geology and Environment Field Experience: South Africa is a 2 1/2 week course designed to broaden students' geology and environmental experience by providing an opportunity for them to see firsthand some of the best geology in the world and some current environmental issues facing South Africa.  This field camp will allow students to gain international field experience and learn about geology in new settings.  The course will focus on the geology of South Africa in the vicinity of Cape Town and northeastern Johannesburg.  Students will specifically study sections of South Africa, looking at rock exposures ranging in age from Proterozoic to Paleozoic to Modern, and perhaps a few sites in Namibia.  There will also be visits to various sites of natural, cultural, and historical significance, including Sterkfontein World Heritage site and Kruger National Park.

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Faculty Directors: Dr. Nadia Avendano and Dr.  Lola Colomina-Garrigos, Department of Hispanic Studies

Dates: May 17, 2015 - June 20, 2015

Courses: Spanish language; literature, and culture (SPAN 275: Spanish Skills Review, SPAN 320: Introduction to Hispanic Literature, SPAN 328 Spanish Language Study Abroad, AND/OR SPAN 390: Special Topics in Spanish)

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: A thriving center for tourism with a rich historic past, Trujillo is the place of origin of many explorers and conquistadors of the New World, including Francisco Pizarro.  Students will live with host families in Trujillo, offering them an extraordinary opportunity to improve fluency in Spanish and experience Spanish culture firsthand.

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Faculty Directors: Dr. mutindi ndunda, Teacher Education, and Dr. Rene Mueller, School of Business

Dates: May 18, 2015 - May 28, 2015

Courses: Education and Business (EDFS 560: Special Topics OR INTB 390: International Social Enterprise and Development

Deadline: March 2, 2015

Description: The program will provide College of Charleston students the opportunity to participate and enhance their knowledge and understanding of health, educaiton, and business related issues through field experiences in urban and rural settings in Tanzania, East Africa.

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