Univ 392 International Experience Courses

Providing international experiences to CI students is one of the pillars of the University mission. This upcoming Fall 2016 semester CI offers 3 short-term faculty led courses in different parts of the world. Check out your options below and if you find a course that you like, contact the faculty member directly for more information. 

For more information please contact the Faculty directly 

Fall 2016

India: Biotechnology in India

This course will provide CI student an opportunity to visit India and explore biotechnology advancements there. Students will be exposed to applications in the areas of biotechnology and enviromental ecology from the Indian perspective.

Travel to India and explore the dynamic biotechnology research along with its traditions and culture. Over a period of three weeks, explore four major cities in India and interact with scientists and students. Experience the mix of the traditional and modern and interact with people of various backgrounds

  • International Course fee $1600 (non-refundable)
  • Course Units: 3 Units
  • Travel Dates: December 26, 2016 - January 20, 2016
  • Faculty Contact: Nitika Parmar


Taiwan: Western & Eastern Approaches to Communicating Health and Mental Illness

This interdisciplinary course explores the etiology, course and treatment of mental illnesses, as we as their communicative and social constructions in the West and East, particularly in the United States and Taiwan. Students will first be given an overview of the paradigms underlying Western and Chinese medicine as well as the social and healthcare contexts in the U.S. and Taiwan.

Students will have the opportunity to develop knowledge about these issues through classes conducted in the United States in the fall 2016 semester and a field trip to Taiwan in January 2017. During this trip, students will (1) visit mental healthcare facilities in urban and rural settings, (2) spend two days volunteering with health-oriented organizations, (3) interact with communication majors and faculty from local universities, and (4) visit cultural and historical sites in Taiwan to gain a better understanding of the place's traditions and contemporary realities.

  • International Course fee: $900 (non-refundable)
  • Course Units: 3 Units
  • Travel Dates: January 05, 2017 - January 18, 2017
  • Faculty Contact: Nien-Tsu Chen

Costa Rica: Natural and Cultural History of Costa Rica

Students comprise an interdisciplinary learning community that conducts field research and service learning in Las Baulas National Park, Arenal National Park, and Monteverde Tropical Reserve during spring break. Through participation in community-based environmental research, students analyze relationships between the many contexts that affect condservation: science, history, education, language, economics, pilicy, social psychology, and culture at local, national, and international levels.

Based at field research stations in San Ramon and Puntarenas, participants will learn from lecturers involved in a variety of coastal and interior conservation studies, featuring aquatic and terrestrial research.Students will also participate in a community-based restoration program and consider the opportunitiesand challenges associated with ecotourism.

  • International Course Fee: $ 900 (non-refundable)
  • Course Units: 3 Units
  • Travel Dates: January 8, 2017 - Jaunary 18, 2017
  • Faculty Contact: Donald Rodriguez

Proposed Courses for Summer 2017 

(Pending IRA funding)

Germany: International Experience

This course seekd to enhance your global perspective through use of an intensive global field study. The academic component of the course will focus on the analysis of business practices in teh context of Germany and the European Union.

  • Non-refundable International Course fee will be required
  • Tentative Travel Dates: June 17, 2017 - July 02, 2017
  • Faculty Contact: Ekin Pehlivan

England: Intercultural Communication & Design

This course is meant to increase students' awareness and appreciation for the intersection(s) between intercultural communication and architectural design.

  • Non-Refundable International Course fee will be required
  • Tentative Travel Dates: August 06, 2017 - August 17, 2017
  • Faculty Contact: Jacob Jenkins

Proposed Course for Fall 2017

(Pending IRA funding)

South Africa: Journey to New South Africa

This course is a comprehensive study of South African history, politics, and society, which includes travel to South Africa to observe society in order to understand concepts and issues discussed in teh campus-based portion of the class.

  • Non-Refundable International Course fee will be required
  • Tentaive Travel Dates: January 02, 2018 - January 20, 2018
  • Faculty Contact: Andrea Grove

Previous courses

Fall 2015

Taiwan – Business & Sociology

Culture and Commerce in Taiwan

This is a 3-unit course that will meet throughout the fall semester, and a 2-week trip to Taiwan, R.O.C., over winter break in January 2016. The trip will include travel to Taipei, New Taipei City, Tainan, Yilan County. Among visits to cultural sites and business establishments, we will have on campus interactive activities with the Sociology Department at the Soochow University and the Business School at Tainan University. This course is well integrated into the framework of both sociology and business programs. It draws on the strengths of both programs, their connections in Taiwan, and shares those connections with students across majors.

  • Application Deadline: Closed
  • International Course fee: $1000 (non-refundable fee)
  • Course Units: 3 units
  • Tentative Trip Dates: Jan 5- Jan 18, 2016
  • Faculty Contact: William E. Wagner  & Minder Chen 


Spring 2016

India - Biology 

Biotechnology in India

This course will provide CI students an opportunity to visit India and explore biotechnology advancements there. Students will be exposed to applications in the areas of biotechnology and environmental ecology from the Indian perspective. Emphasis will be placed on demonstration of research experimentation in the fields of molecular biology, immunology, cell biology, animal husbandry, biomedical research and ecological conservation at top research institutions in three places- Mumbai, Pune and the Govardhan Ecovillage. Students will learn about the booming biotechnology research in India on one side and the deep emphasis placed on India’s ancient history, cuisine, culture, arts, religion and rich traditions on the other. The trip will include visits to places of historical significance such as museums and heritage sites. One of the highlights of the course will be an educational retreat to an Ecovillage to explore environmental biotechnology. 

  • Application Deadline: October 30, 2015
  • International Course fee: $1000  (non-refundable fee)
  • Course Units: 3 units
  • Tentative Trip Dates: March 18- March 28, 2016
  • Faculty Contact: Nitika Parmar 


Japan- Chemistry

Science and Technology in Japan

This is a general education course that includes a field trip to Japan.  We will examine case studies that relate natural and life sciences to Japanese culture and life.  On March 11th 2011, the Tohoku Earthquake and subsequent disaster devastated parts of Japan.  Northern Honshu was the area most affected physically, but the people of Japan and worldwide were also affected as a whole.  We will discuss the Earthquake and its affects in class.  In Japan, we will visit Tokyo, Kyoto, and the Tohoku region.  We will be volunteering to help rebuild the earthquake affected region.  Tokyo is the modern capital.  It is one of the largest and most modern cities in the world.  Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan.  It was the seat of power for over 1000 years (794-1868) and is rich with both historical and modern treasures.  At CSUCI, we will have regular class once a week discussing some aspects of the class.  This class will be student driven, with students presenting most of the content.  After the trip you will work on your project.  At the end of the semester, there will be a poster session where you will present your project.  

  • Application Deadline: November 18, 2015
  • International Course fee: $450  (non-refundable fee)
  • Course Units: 3 units
  • Tentative Trip Dates: March 19-March 27th, 2016
  • Faculty Contact: Simone Aloisio