Women's & Gender Issues

Costa Rica/Nicaragua:

Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS)

The Institute for Central American Development Studies (ICADS) in Costa Rica

  • ICADS, a center for social and environmental research in Central America, focuses on women's issues, economic development, public health, education, human rights, and environmental issues.
  • The stated aim of the institute is to foster an increased understanding of the region and to stimulate critical evaluation of current development strategies, especially as they impact women, the poor, and the environment.
  • The Semester Internship and Research Program offers an initial four weeks of intensive Spanish language training and specialized seminars in history and culture, environmental problems, and women's studies followed by an eight-week supervised internship in Costa Rica, Nicaragua or Belize. Students may choose a research internship on a subject of interest to them or work on subjects of a more applied nature with trained professionals, e.g., environmental attorneys, public health professionals, teachers, and community organizers. One student is placed at each internship site in the interest of language learning and maximizing immersion in the local culture.
  • Housing is in homestays. The program concludes with a four-day study-tour to either Nicaragua or Panama. 
  • Eligibility: Minimum of three semesters of college-level Spanish; two years strongly recommended. Preference given to students with demonstrated interest in community service activities.  

Institute for Central American Development Studies Department | 011-506-225-0508 | Fax: 011-506-234-1337 | info[at]icads[dot]org

Advisor(s):
Professor Roper, (Anthropology) Goodnow 204
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Spanish to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study
Sociology
Anthropology
Global Development Studies
Website: Program Website

Senegal:

Dakar – Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID)

Why study in Senegal?

  •  development studies focus with half-semester field placement in an NGO, school, hospital, community-based organization
  •  concentration on French-speaking Africa

Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) Program in Senegal focuses on development and social change through classroom study and field placements. The semester is divided into three parts: seven weeks of classes in the capital, Dakar, six-weeks of field study, and a week-long final seminar.

  • Location: Dakar, Senegal.  Field placement in Dakar or rural area. 
  • Language of instruction: French
  • Courses: Curriculum includes theory and practice of development, national and regional history, economics, culture, and intensive Wolof, the majority ethnic language of Senegal.
  • Academic themes: French, Francophone Studies, Global Development Studies
  • Field trips: include a variety of sites such as local markets and other areas around Dakar.
  • Housing: Home-stays
  • Prerequisites: French majors: 300-level French.  Non-majors: French 222.  Coursework on Africa, development, and Francophone Studies recommended.
  • Calendar: Fall and Spring semester

You may also wish to consider:

Advisor(s):
Professor Ireland, (French) ARH 330D
Professor Roper, (Anthropology/GDS) Goodnow 204
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied French to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
French
Francophone Studies
Global Development Studies
Website: Program Website

After visiting the program website, please feel free to contact the program for more information: Learning Abroad Center | University of Minnesota | 612-626-9000 | Fax: 612-626-8009 | umabroad[at]umn[dot]edu

South Africa:

Cape Town – IES: University of Cape Town

Why study in South Africa?

  • opportunity to live in a highly diverse African nation undergoing profound social and economic changes while studying in a city faced with extremes of wealth and poverty
  • field placement with NGO or local business
  • university classes with local students at the University of Cape Town

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Program in Cape Town, South Africa features courses with South African students at the University of Cape Town and field placements with NGOs. 

  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Courses: Service-learning in NGO in environmental management, social and economic or health care and community development; two to four University of Cape Town courses.
  • Subject and themes: Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Global Development Studies, Global Health, History, Literature, Mathematics and Statistics, Natural and Applied Sciences, Political Science, Sociology     
  • Field trips: Excursions in the Western Cape; trip to Johannesburg and Kruger National Park.
  • Housing: Apartments shared with program students in local neighborhoods.
  • Prerequisites: All majors. GPA minimum-3.0. Strongly recommended: History 261 and/or other courses including study of South African history, politics, culture, and society.
  • Calendar: Fall (July – November) and Spring (late January – June)

Other university-based programs in developing countries you may wish to consider:

Advisor(s):
Richard Bright, (Off-Campus Study) Macy 108
Jonathan Larson, (Off-Campus Study) Macy 107
Eligibility: Open to all majors 
Related Fields of Study:
Anthropology
Economics
Environmental Studies
Global Development Studies
Global Health
History
Literature
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural and Applied Sciences
Political Science
Sociology
Website: Program Website

Denmark:

Copenhagen - Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

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Advisor(s):
Professor Seawell, (Psychology) Science 1607 - (Available for consultation Spring 2013)
Professor Levandoski, (Chemistry) Science 2009
Professor Henry, (GWSS) Mears 301
Professor Marzluff, (Chemistry) Science 2208
Richard Bright, (OCS Director) Macy 108
Jonathan Larson (OCS Assistant Director) Macy 107
Eligibility: Open to all majors
Related Fields of Study
Biomedicine
Child Development
Economics
European Studies
Genocide Studies
History
Human Rights
Medical Practice and Policy
Migration Studies
Political Science
Psychology
Public Health
Website: Program Website

Multiple Countries:

Antioch Women's and Gender Studies in Europe

Comparative Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe Program offers the opportunity to study feminist and queer theory while engaging in extensive field studies in five cities across Europe.

Why study in GWSS in Europe?

  • opportunity to study feminist and queer theory in five cities across Europe: Krakow, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Berlin, Germany; Istanbul, Turkey; Amsterdam & Utrecht, Netherlands
  • develop an independent research project on a topic of your interest 
  • network with a variety of European scholars and organizations concerned with topics and issues in Women's and Gender Studies

Advisor(s):
Professor Henry, (GWSS) Mears 301
Eligibility: Open to all majors
Related Fields of Study
Anthropology
Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies
History
Political Science
Religious Studies
Sociology
Website: Program Website

Netherlands:

Amsterdam – IES: University of Amsterdam

Program Summary will be posted soon.

Advisor(s):
Richard Bright, (OCS Director) Macy 108
Jonathan Larson (OCS Assistant Director) Macy 107
Eligibility: Open to all majors
Related Fields of Study
Website: Program Website

Sweden:

Stockholm - The Swedish Program
  • The Swedish Program: Liberal Arts at the Stockhom School of Economics , primarily recommended for students intending to work on advanced projects in the social sciences, focuses on how Sweden has addressed political, social, artistic, and economic issues relevant to all advanced societies.
  • The curriculum reflects the country's innovative responses to public policy challenges such as environmental protection, gender equality, women's issues, immigration, workplace democracy, day-care, health care, and education; topics which are pursued in an interdisciplinary and critical tradition. Comparative study compares and contrasts Swedish social and economic policies with those of the United States and its European neighbors. Course work also includes the required study of Swedish language as well as offerings in Swedish literature, film, art, and architecture. All content courses are taught in English. Classes promote experiential learning through direct observation and discussion with Swedi sh professionals, and students are expected to keep journals in order to record and interpret their everyday experiences.
  • Field trips have included visits to the Swedish Parliament, art museums, the Royal Theater, public schools and private companies. The fall semester program offers an extended excursion to the islands of the Stockholm Archipelago while in the spring semester students travel to the Dalarna region 200 miles north of the Stockholm. An optional excursion is also offered to the island of Gotland.
  • Program participants have the option of living with a Swedish family or in university-owned apartments throughout the city.
  • Eligibility: Background in sociology, anthropology, and/or political science. Detailed plan of study.  

Hamilton College | 315-737-0123 | Fax: 315-737-0127 | info[at]swedishprogram[dot]org

Advisor(s):
Richard Bright, (OCS Director) Macy 108
Jonathan Larson, (OCS Assistant Director) Macy 107
Eligibility: Open to all majors
Related Fields of Study
European Studies
Health Care
International Relations
Migration Studies
Political Science
Public Policy
Swedish & Scandinavian Studies
Sociology
Women’s Studies
Website: Program Website