Univ 392 International Experience Courses

Providing international experiences to CI students is one of the pillars of the University mission. This upcoming Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters CI offers 4 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 before the application deadline. 

For more information please contact the Faculty directly 

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