Rose-Hulman continues to develop short-term study programs led by faculty members committed to sharing international experiences with students. Some past examples of faculty-led programs include:
Computing in a Global Society (CSSE 241)
Students in this course travel to Sweden (fall quarter) or Turkey (spring quarter) for a week and collaborate with their Swedish and Turkish peers on a real-world project assigned by a local company or government agency. After the Rose-Hulman students return to campus, the students continue their collaboration by discussing the project with their peers via the Internet. When the project is concluded, Rose-Hulman students have the option to return to the host country to help present the information.
A Chinese View of Computing (CSSE 290)
This course looks at various aspects of computing in China. Students complete readings and engage in discussions about China, its culture, and its computing industry. During spring break, the course travels to Shanghai and Beijing where students visit a university in each city, learn about computing education in China, and visit local computing industries. There is time for cultural sightseeing in each city, as well.
Kenya Field Study (GS 492)
This summer program takes a group of students to Kenya to study the geography and culture of the country, and its people. As part of the Geography of Africa course, students learn about the culture, landscape, and peoples of Africa while also discussing social issues and current challenges to the area. While on the Kenya Field Study, students have the opportunity to visit schools and communities to talk with the local people and are given a chance to experience both urban and rural life in Kenya.
Japan Study Program (GS 384)
As part of the Japanese Society course, students can spend winter quarter break traveling Japan and experiencing what they have studied in class. Students arrive in Tokyo and immediately travel to the city of Kanazawa for excursions to traditional cultural sites such as shrines, temples, and castles. After spending time in Kanazawa, students return to Tokyo to experience the contemporary urban life they see depicted in social media and Japanese entertainment. Before departing for Japan, students are assigned in small groups and given the task of creating a travel itinerary for their time in Tokyo. This exercise is to give the students the experience of exploring a new country on their own and build their leadership and problem-solving skills.
Study Program in Peru (GS 399)
In GS 399, Topics in Hispanic Culture and Civilization, students learn about Latin American societies by examining their literature, visual arts, music, and film. The course is taught entirely in Spanish and requires students to be native speakers or have passed Spanish V with a grade of C or better. At the end of the course, 10 students will be able to travel to Peru for a week and visit sites of interest around Lima, Cuzco, and Machu Picchu.