Spring Break

These courses are designed to provide an alternative to typical spring break activities. Students will earn one credit. Additional tuition is not charged as it is included with regular spring semester tuition.

The 2015 Spring Break Courses are in Costa Rica, Colombia and Ireland:

Colombia: Multifaceted and Cultural Dimensions of Cartagena

Registration is now closed for 2015.
Students will be provided with the necessary experience to understand the implications of cultural differences among nations, with regards to culture and cultural communication. Combining an academic component with a real-world exposure to not only the culture of another country but its needs will serve to create a unique course that encourages personal and professional development.

All student will gain a basic knowledge of the influence of cultural competency on successful international travel, marketing, education, and communication. Additionally, students will be exposed to the cultural history, tradition, and language of Colombia, and will broaden their cultural horizons through exposure to Latin American and Caribbean civilizations, its history, language, food, dance, and festivals. Students will also participate in common not-for-profit humanitarian activities, involving children at a public hospital, at a not-for-profit organization, and in an impoverished community. Students will gain knowledge of the cultural traditions of Colombia and Colombian business practices as well as the operation of not-for-profit organizations.

Students will earn two credits for this course.

For more information contact:

Dr. Pamala Morris, pmorris@purdue.edu
Myron McClure, mdmclure@purdue.edu
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Agricultural, Environmental & Community Sustainability" Costa Rica

This program is full for Spring Break 2015
Students will spend eight days, seven nights in Costa Rica and will earn one Purdue credit. Costa Rica 2015 Flyer A (2).jpg

This course will focus on agricultural, community and environmental sustainability and will be co-led by our colleagues at EARTH University. Students will learn about efforts on renewable energies and waste management. Students will visit the National Biodiversity Institute, EARTH's Banana

Plantation & Packing Plant, Natural Reserve, and workshop on Peri-Urban Agriculture & Recycling Program. They will tour EARTH's Ethnobotanical Gardens, and the Integrated Dairy Farm.
Cost estimate: $2,800

For more information contact: Dr. Marcos Fernandez, OAP,mfernandez@purdue.edu

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Costa Rica 2015 Flyer

Agriculture in Ireland

This program is full for Spring Break 2015
This course is offered in cooperation with University College Dublin, Ireland. Students will arrive in Shannon and depart from . While in , students will tour Irish farms, woolen mills, and research stations. Ireland spring break flyer 2014.jpgVisits to the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, and the castles of Ireland are also planned. You will also get to spend St. Patrick's Day in Ireland. Learn about Irish culture and history, food processing, food policy in the European Union, and Irish agribusiness, while visiting the sights of Ireland. Students will earn one credit hour for this course.

Led by Purdue faculty, the course has limited enrollment. This is considered to be a spring semester course and as such, no additional Purdue tuition/fees will be assessed. An $2,700 program fee (estimated) will be charged, which includes round-trip travel (to/from West Lafayette), overseas medical insurance, lodging, most meals, and cultural activities. Not included are passport, optional cultural activities, and miscellaneous expenses.

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Ireland spring break flyer 2014

Tropical Biology Practicum: Costa Rica

This program is full for Spring Break 2015 

This course offers students the opportunity to conduct field studies in tropical rainforest and coral reef ecosystems of Costa Rica. Students will stay at La Selva Biological Station and La Tirimbina Bioreserve, both located in the central lowland province. Students will be expected to participate in all aspects of the field sampling, including sampling rainforest and human-altered streams for fish and other aquatic organisms, measuring habitat characteristics. This course will emphasize the proper care and use of field sampling gears; identification of fish and invertebrates collected and observed in rainforest stream, human-altered stream, and Caribbean coral reef habitat; and handling and reporting on data collected from field surveys. Students will work in teams and each team will be required to give a written report and oral presentation of their work. Instructor approval is required for the course.

Cost estimate: $2,200

For more information contact: Dr. Reuben Goforth, FNR, rgoforth@purdue.edu

Costa Rica Spring Break
Costa Rica Spring Break

2016 Spring Break "Agriculture in Italy"

The course will focus on the Agriculture and Food Systems of Italy. Students will tour wineries, vineyards, Italian farms, and a pasta factory. You will visit

Milan, Florence, and Rome in addition to learning about Italian culture, history, and food processing. Students will earn one credit hour. It is led by Dr. Mario Ferruzzi and the course has limited enrollment.

Cost estimate: $2,550

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