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Bulldogs Abroad: A may of Exploration for University of Redlands Students

Students will venture to foreign places with more than 15 study-abroad courses during the May Term

REDLANDS, CA (April 26, 2011)— From studying sustainability in Palau to conversations in India with Tibetan Buddhism’s second-highest lama, University of Redlands students will be taking advantage of the innovative May Term and embarking on professor-led trips across the world.

May Term, the University’s intensive third term, allows students to broaden their horizons with local courses that include providing community service to researching medical genetics in the Biology lab— or through travel courses in the U.S. and around the globe.

Included in the 2011 May Term itinerary:

  • A rare opportunity for a group of students to work closely in India with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, as he articulates what Buddhism has to offer to the concerns of the present world, especially those of young adults 
  • A trip to the small island nation of Palau, where students will learn about the island’s unique and fragile ecosystem and how to protect it through meetings with local politicians and dives to the beautiful reefs of the Palauan rock islands 
  • A community-service based trip to Cambodia to assist in the construction of a preserve for the dwindling elephant population 
  • Learning about approaches to language learning and development in educational settings in Guatemala 
  • Learning about tropical ecosystems in Costa Rica and visiting research stations in cloud forest, dry deciduous forest and lowland rainforest as well as exploring coastal ecosystems 
  • A unique opportunity to study Chinese culture in China and teach oral English in both a Chinese university and a Chinese high school
  • Learning about world hunger and about the problems of international development during a study tour to Nicaragua 
  • A walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps through London, where students will take in live theatrical performances at world-class theatres and visit historical landmarks, museums and memorials
  • A course that focuses on three cultures, the Sephardic, Muslim and Basque, that contribute to the diversity of modern Spain
  • Exploring the culture of Peru through food and cooking, the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, volunteering and adventure travel

Offerings in the U.S. include: 

  • An introduction to animal ethics through hands-on service for animals at local animal sanctuaries and shelters and volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary in Utah 
  • An introduction in Washington, D.C. to the domestic and foreign policy making process in the U.S. government, taught by University of Redlands faculty and University alumni with practical experience in federal agencies, on Capitol Hill, and in private consultancies

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