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Faculty-Led Short Programs

To learn more about the programs listed, you can stop by the Study Abroad Office in JAAC 1009 and request a program flier or click on the link in the program title as they become live. Currently, links to Spring Break programs are available below. Check back soon for links to Maymester and Summer programs. Maymester and Summer programs are open for application unless otherwise listed as "CLOSED." 

Spring Break

Belmont in Belfast: AET, MOT & SNG @ the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival: CLOSED

March 3, 2018 - March 11, 2018
Students will have the opportunity to take part in the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival in Belfast, Northern Ireland, during Spring Break 2018. Courses are offered for AET, MOT and SNG majors centered on the festival. The program will also include visits to The Giant’s Causeway and the Titanic Experience. AET & SNG are 1-hour 8-week classes and MOT is a 3-hour full semester class.  MOT students will have the opportunity to learn about documentary filmmaking and will be involved in a short documentary about the Festival. The AET class will spend a few days recording in Dublin before joining the rest of the group in Belfast. Students need permission of the instructors to register for the classes
AREA OF STUDY: Audio Engineering Technology, Motion Pictures, Songwriting
CONTACT: Michael Janas or James Elliott  or Robin Foster or Jeff Balding or Drew Ramsey 


Belmont in Belgium: Corporate Social Responsibility I-Week: CLOSED

March 3, 2018 - March 11, 2018
We will travel to Antwerp, the second largest city of Belgium, where the University of Antwerp organizes an intensive one week program about Corporate Social Responsibility. Corporate Social Responsibility is a business approach that creates sustainable development by delivering economic, social and environmental benefits for all stakeholders of a company. During this course, you will learn about the many different facets of Corporate Social Responsibility through lectures, a CEO-debate and workshops, and you will interact with students from other countries. During the program, you will also see the role of the cities of Antwerp, Brussels and Bruges for sustainable economic development in Europe.
AREA OF STUDY: Management, International Business
CONTACT: Dr. Christophe Van Linden


Belmont in Chile: Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: From Dictatorship to a Thriving Developed Economy: CLOSED

March 2, 2018 - March 11, 2018
Chile is a country on the rise.This phrase may be taken both literally and figuratively, as the Andes mountains to its east push the land up to some of the highest elevations of South America, and as its political life, economy, and culture have improved in ways that may have seemed impossible ten years ago. Indeed, Chile in the 21st Century is one of the single most exciting, and worthwhile destinations in the Americas. Chile is one of South America's most stable and prosperous nations, and the Chilean economy is recognized internationally as one of the most secure, open and competitive in Latin America. Students who participate in this program will learn about the entrepreneurial and business environment. We will study how recent changes to economic policies have supported the emergence of a thriving entrepreneurial and international business ecosystem. We will join students from the Universidad de Santiago and work on a joint case study. We will visit several startup companies as well as some international corporations. The cultural experiences of the trip include hiking, horseback riding, or whitewater rafting in the Andes mountains.
AREA OF STUDY: Economics, Entrepreneurship
CONTACT: Jose Gonzalez or Marieta Velikova


Belmont in Europe: European Model of Sport: CLOSED

March 1,  2018 - March 11, 2018
This ten-day program in Europe offers graduate students in sport administration the unique opportunity to experience international sports firsthand. The course is designed to introduce the European Model of Sport and to provide students an understanding of the changing context for sport in a global society. While traveling through Portugal and Spain you will hear from sport executives, engage in workshops, participate in organized class discussions, and visit sport facilities and events while enrolled in SAM 2020- Sport in Society. In addition to the many sport-specific activities the course offers, students will also get opportunities to explore cities like Porto and Madrid while taking in architectural and cultural experiences.
AREA OF STUDY: Sport Administration
CONTACT: Dr. Ted Peetz or Dr. Adam Pfleegor


Belmont in Iceland: The Coolest Study Abroad Ever: CLOSED

March 3, 2018 - March 11, 2018
Join us as we explore Iceland, truly a land of fire and ice which glows beneath the Northern Lights in winter and the Midnight Sun in summer.  This fragile, dynamic world, populated by the descendants of Vikings explorers whose sagas provide insight on  Northern mythology, gave rise to a nation which began as a democracy, became a colony and only in the 20th century again regained its independence, of whose people we have extensive genetic records beginning with their book of settlements and culminating in a modern national genome mapping project . In addition to studying such issues prior to departure, during our time in Iceland we will explore the distinctive geographical features which shaped this land and its people, and surrounding all the ocean.The week-long study abroad program is the centerpiece of an LCC experience which combines a first 8 week team taught class, Iceland in Language, Law and Life, followed by a second 8 week course in which students will hone their research skills by focusing on a specific topic related to political science or humanities.  While this program is designed to be a multi-disciplinary experience, especially appropriate for students wanting to fill their LCC requirement in some combination of Humanities, Political Science, and Biology credit, students not needing LCC credit can enroll in the first 8 week course and complete the post-program project.
AREA OF STUDY: Biology, Humanities, Political Science
CONTACT: Dr. Maggie Monteverde or Dr. Nathan Griffith or  Dr. Jennifer Thomas


Maymester

Belmont in Argentina: Doing Business Within An International & Intercultural Context

May 6, 2018 - May 19, 2018 
This program explores the unique challenges of doing business and entrepreneurship in an intercultural and international context. The highlight of this program is that Belmont students spend two weeks working in cross-cultural teams with students from a local university developing an entrepreneurial idea, and preparing the framework of a business concept to launch in Argentina. Participants experience firsthand how economic policies impact the ease of doing business within a developing economy.
AREA OF STUDY: Economics, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Management, Marketing
CONTACT: Jose Gonzalez


Belmont in Belfast & London: Actor Training in the Classical Tradition:CLOSED

May 7, 2018 - May 25, 2018
Have you ever wondered about the history of acting?  Where and how did it begin?  Who are the earliest practitioners of this art form?  How is one trained to be an actor?  What are the various approaches to actor training and technique?  And, where does one go to experience the best training in the world?  These questions and more will be investigated as students travel to Belfast, Ireland and London, England to experience the history, culture, lifestyles, significant landmarks, professional theatre performances, and actor-training of this part of the world.  This user-friendly, interactive and experiential course will focus on comparing the similarities and differences between the American approaches to actor-training and theatre production practices to those of Ireland and England.  From Shakespeare to the modern day musical, studying and experiencing theatre abroad can be inspirational for students in developing their international outlook on acting, theatre practices, and performance production styles.  
AREA OF STUDY: Theatre, Fine Arts General Education, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Brent Maddox


Belmont in the Biblical World: Israel, Jordan, Greece: CLOSED

May 6, 2018 - May 23, 2018
Belmont in the Biblical World 2018 will be an 18-day journey from Nashville to Israel, Jordan, and Greece. Highlights of the program will be Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, Petra, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Athens, Corinth, and Delphi.
AREA OF STUDY: Religion (Path A or B) Jr. Cornerstone, Sociology (Social Science General Education), Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Dr. Steve Guthrie or Dr. Erin Pryor


Belmont in Bonnaroo

May 14, 2018 - June 21, 2018
This program is made of two co-curricular classes "Sociology of Music" and "Research Methods and Festival Culture."  May 2018 will be spent in the classroom at Belmont University, studying the role of music in society, and the various attributes surrounding its meaning.  At the same time, students will be learning about various quantitative and qualitative methodologies used in research study designs.  The highlight of the class will be attending and conducting a research study at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival from June 7-10, 2018.  The classroom time spent after the festival will be spent compiling and presenting the results of the Bonnaroo study.  Details concerning festival tickets and travel accommodations will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.
AREA OF STUDY: Entertainment Industry Studies, Music Business, Sociology
CONTACT: Sarita Stewart or Ken Spring


Belmont in Cambodia: Culture, Healthcare, and Nursing in a Developing Country

May 7, 2018 - June 2, 2018
Immerse yourself in Cambodia's culture while learning about healthcare in a developing country. We will explore how the history of Cambodia's genocide impacts the culture, healthcare and social determinants of health in a developing country.  We will consider the impact of Sihnouk Hospital Center of Hope’s delivery of free, high-quality care to the poor of Cambodia.  We will partner with non-governmental agencies, such as Freedom’s Promise, to provide health screening, health teaching, and episodic health care.  The study abroad includes experiences in Phnom Penh, villages in various provinces, and Angkor Temples in Siem Reap.
AREA OF STUDY:  Nursing, Humanities Jr. Cornerstone, Pharmacy 
CONTACT: Dr. Linda Wofford or Dr. Tracy Frame


Belmont in Central Europe: The Hidden Treasure of Southern Bohemia & Central Europe:CLOSED

May 6,  2018 - May 31, 2018
This program is cross-disciplinary, combining music and marketing.  It is 25 days and includes travel to Czech Republic, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.
AREA OF STUDY: Music, Marketing. Third Year Writing, Religion Jr. Cornerstone
CONTACT: Dr. Ted Wylie or Dr. Robert Lambert


Belmont in Costa Rica: Tropical Biodiversity, Conservation & Sustainability

May 7, 2018 - May 24, 2018
Based at the University of Georgia's Costa Rica campus in San Luis de Monteverde in the Puntarenas province of Costa Rica and short stays at other sites around the country, this program exposes science and non-science majors to biology and environmental science concepts that cannot be accessed during a typical semester in one of the world's most diverse ecological settings.
AREA OF STUDY: Biology, Environmental Science,Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Dr. Darlene Panvini or Dr. John Niedzwiecki


Belmont in England, France & Italy:  The Art of Living Well Via Culture, Cooking & Cardio: CLOSED

May 7, 2018 - May 26, 2018 (Required on-campus classes May 6-8, depart on May 8)
An interdisciplinary program designed to discover the joys of England, France and Italy, this Maymester includes major cosmopolitan cities of Europe, through the lenses of food, music, psychology and wellness! Excursions will include walking tours, cooking lessons, museum visits in London, Paris, Florence, and Rome.
AREA OF STUDY: Chemistry, Honors, Music, Psychology, Wellness, LCC available
CONTACT: Dr. Mimi Barnard or Dr. Kim Entsminger or Marnie Vanden Noven or Dr. Deen Entsminger or Dr. Wayne Barnard 


Belmont in England, Poland & Portugal: European Union: People, Culture, Brexit, or Business as Usual

May 14, 2018 - June 2, 2018
As Britain prepares to leave the EU, in probably one of the most momentous political, economic and diplomatic episodes of our time, we travel to Europe to explore the implications. Over fish and chips, Pierogi and Bacalau we explore the cultural background that originally pushed Europe to integration and the ramifications as one of the most important member's leaves. Is this a threat to Europe or is this an opportunity for Portugal and Poland? We will also experience 3 completely unique European cultures; each one steeped in history and global impact, from the aspirations of the colonial Portuguese to the rise and fall of “Empire” and the role of Poland as the first country to revolt against the USSR and subsequently resulted in the fall of communism – these three nations have shaped our world today, a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit and learn from them all. You will have an opportunity to visit international companies and have an opportunity to ask their leaders questions, engage with entrepreneurs, as well as get firsthand experience on business and culture of today’s EU.
AREA OF STUDY: Economics, Management, International Business (Online), Religion Jr. Cornerstone (Online), Third year Writing (Online)
CONTACT: Dr. Marieta Velikova or Dr. Alex Assouad


Belmont in Geneva: Nursing, Humanities, Literature, 3rd-Year Writing: CLOSED

May 7, 2018 - May 28, 2018
This three-week program, centered in Geneva, Switzerland, offers interesting options for study abroad. For Nursing students, NUR 4950: Community Health Nursing. NUR 4950 will focus on international public health issues to meet the requirement for the clinical component. There will be cross-disciplinary readings, experiences, and reflective assignments with the other students on this study abroad as well as focused public health assignments for nursing students. Dr. Dunlap will direct this course.HUM 3950 Junior Cornerstone. Geneva: Under the Gaze of Mont Blanc offers the opportunity to fulfill Jr. Cornerstone credit while studying the history and culture of Geneva, including literary works by some of Geneva’s more famous English visitors, the Romantic writers Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), Percy Shelley (Mont Blanc), and George Gordon, Lord Byron (The Prisoner of Chillon). We will study these works and will visit the Valley of the Arve where the Shelleys stared up at Mont Blanc, highest peak in the Alps, the Château of Chillon, as well as the landscape which Mary Shelley uses as a setting for important scenes of Frankenstein. Our readings and discussions will also include two earlier “citizens of Geneva” who powerfully contributed to our modern world, Jean-Jacques Rousseau and John Calvin. Drs. Paine and Stover will co-teach this course. Credit may also be arranged for ENL, ENW, and HUM courses, with personalized syllabi as needed.
AREA OF STUDY: Humanities Jr. Cornerstone, Community Health Nursing
CONTACT: Dr. John Paine or  Dr. Ruby Dunlap or  Dr. Andrea Stover


Belmont in Germany: The Role of Natural Products in U.S. and German Healthcare Systems

May 7, 2018 - May 25, 2018
Students will learn about the history of the U.S. healthcare system and the number of ways this system is financed (i.e. health insurance).  Students will also gain an understanding of the use of natural products in the U.S. healthcare system, the ways in which these products enter the marketplace and their role in patient care.  As the healthcare industry capital, Nashville is home to a number of innovative healthcare systems and providers.  Field trips to some of these locations will be integrated in the course.  Once in Berlin, Germany, students will learn about the history of the Bismark model of healthcare and the Krankenkasse system of healthcare finance.  Students will come to understand how natural products are integrated into the medical care of patients in Germany and the training of healthcare providers. Students will visit one of Berlin’s major hospitals, a pharmacy and doctor’s office as well as the Ministry of Health.
AREA OF STUDY: LCC, Communication Studies, Sociology
CONTACT: Dr. Angela Clauson or Dr. Leigh Ann Bynum or Dr. Ken Corbit


Belmont in Germany: Political and Chemical Fermentation

May 7, 2018 - May 29, 2018
We arrive in Frankfurt and then travel by train to Bonn, which will function as our home base while we explore Roman, Carolingian, and modern Germany (in Bonn, Trier, Aachen, and Köln).  We will then travel to Berlin, our next home base, to explore imperial, Nazi, Communist, and modern Germany, with day trips to highlight Reformation and Enlightenment Germany (in Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig, and Wittenberg).  We then have three brief stops: in Dresden, Weimar, and Frankfurt, where we will highlight intersections of German history and present. Throughout the program we will study German political institutions and their evolution through interaction with historical sites and relics.  We will use popular music to add context to those events and political issues.  We will also study the special role of chemistry in the industrial development of Germany, through such products as aspirin, fertilizer, cologne, chocolate, gummy bears, and beer.
AREA OF STUDY: Chemistry, Political Science, LCC
CONTACT: Dr. Nathan Griffith or Dr. Alison Parker


Belmont in Germany & Italy: Francis of Assisi and Martin Luther; Two Friars, Two Visions: CLOSED

May 8, 2018 - May 29, 2018 
Francis started a new movement of reform within the Catholic Church, and Martin Luther started a new movement that led to the Protestant Reformation. Travel with us to experience the birthplaces of some of the most historic events and conversations that have influenced the Western world. We will fly into the Eternal City, Rome, travel to Assisi, Ravenna, Padua, and Venice, learning about Francis of Assisi along the way. We will then fly to Frankfurt, Germany, moving forward in time 500 years to Martin Luther and the Reformation.  We will visit charming German towns and villages, and explore museums and castles, and end in Berlin. This program will be the perfect blend of history, food, beauty, and adventure that will change your view of the world. Come with us and see how two Friars changed our world.
AREA OF STUDY: Third-year Religion, Humanities, German Culture, Third-year Writing (online), International Business (online)
CONTACT: Dr. Ann Coble or Dr. Regine Schwarzmeier


Belmont in Haiti & the Dominican Republic: One Island, Two Countries, Many Cultures

May 7, 2018 - May 25, 2018
Compare the two countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and explore issues of poverty and injustice. Combine classroom experiences with volunteer work in Haiti/Dominican Republic and develop a better understanding of poverty alleviation, bringing about justice and how issues of public health affect both poverty and injustice. Immerse yourself in two vastly different countries that share one island.  Several NGOs will be visited in Haiti.  In the Dominican Republic students will have the opportunity to learn about the work of the International Justice Mission, as well as DRVision, an organization that provides employment and empowerment for women.
AREA OF STUDY:  Religion Jr. Cornerstone, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Science General Education, Humanities, Third Year Writing, LCC
CONTACT:  Dr. Martha Minardi or Dr. Bernard Turner 


Belmont in Hawaii: Cultural and Economic Dimensions of the Asia Pacific Region: CLOSED

May 6, 2018 - May 31, 2018
Students use the Hawaiian Island of Oahu as a laboratory to examine cultural pluralism and economic geography. Students will be issued IDs from the University of Hawaii (UH), Manoa, College of Pacific and Asian Studies and have classroom, library, computer lab and WiFi network access privileges, as well as extensive experiential learning activities.
AREA OF STUDY:  Economics, Experiential Learning, Global Studies, Humanities, Learning Community Courses
CONTACT:   Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn  or  Dr. Howard Cochran


Belmont in India: Framing the Secular and the Sacred - Art and Religion in Bangalore and Beyond

May 12, 2018 - May 31, 2018
On this program, students will ask questions about perception and cultural expectations and will examine the lenses through which they view the world—both literally and figuratively. With visits to Mumbai, Chennai, Kochin, Bangalore, Mysore, and Coorg, students will experience the cultural, historical, religious, and artistic richness of India.
Area of Study: Religion, Photography/Visual Art (Junior Cornerstone and Fine Arts General Education credits)
CONTACT: Professor Christine Rogers or Dr. Beth Ritter-Conn


Belmont in Ireland & Northern Ireland: Entrepreneurship and IT Across the Emerald Isle: CLOSED

May 7, 2018 - May 21, 2018
Explore two countries with common cultural roots that have finally found peace after centuries of conflict.  En route from Dublin to Cork, Cork to Galway, Galway to Belfast, and Belfast back to Dublin, students will experience breathtaking landscapes, places of cultural interest, and representations of business in Ireland and Northern Ireland.   Throughout the program we will explore interconnection of entrepreneurship, information technology, and culture.
AREA OF STUDY: Entrepreneurship, International Business, Management Information Systems Jr. Cornerstone, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Dr. Mark Schenkel or  Dr. Bryon Balint


Belmont in Ireland & Northern Ireland: Education, Empowering or Marginalizing?

May 7, 2018 - May 24, 2018
This program to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland offers students the opportunity to explore the historic development of fundamental education principles and a look into how education can either empower or marginalize groups of people.  
AREA OF STUDY: Education
CONTACT: Dr. Mark Hogan 


Belmont in Ireland & Northern Ireland: Thrones, Stones & Public Health

May 9, 2018 - May 28, 2018 : (TENTATIVE) On campus May 9-11, 2018 and Travel May 14-28, 2018
This program to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in the United Kingdom offers students the opportunity to explore and compare basic public health and public health nursing principles and services in each country. We will learn from Irish field experts and travel to places of cultural interest and historic sites throughout the Emerald Isle.
AREA OF STUDY: Nursing, Public Health
CONTACT:  Dr. Cathy Taylor or Dr. Christian Williams


Belmont in Italy: Ciao bella! Italian Culture, Food and Philosophy: CLOSED

May 7, 2018 - June 1, 2018
Travel to Italy with Professors Muccini and Anderson on a specially planned itinerary that combines two weeks in Florence with short residencies in Bologna and Rome and two weekends free for personal travel. Group day trips to Venice and Assisi will also be included.
AREA OF STUDY: Humanities, Italian Language, Religion Junior Cornerstone, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Dr. Mark Anderson or Dr. Francesca Muccini


Belmont in Italy: Revolutions in Science

May 7, 2018 - May 27, 2018      (Courses take place on campus May 7-10.  Travel dates - May 11-27)
Are you interested in getting BELL Core science credit while exploring Italy? Based primarily in Florence, Italy, this program focuses on learning about the foundations of science in the same place where Galileo began his work. This is not your typical physics class! This conceptual physics course is for non-physics majors, and will focus on the philosophical and historical roots of physics, astronomy, chemistry, and medicine.  In the process, we’ll also learn how this very foundation of physics was overturned at the beginning of the 20th century and the role society has had in shaping the apparent conflicts between science, religion, and politics. Culture and science go hand-in-hand, and by studying the history of Italian culture, we will see many parallels to the interactions between science, religion, and society in today’s world.  Our itinerary takes us from Florence, Rome, Pisa, and Vatican City.
AREA OF STUDY: Honors Analytics: Science Models, (Conceptual) Physics Jr. Cornerstone (lab and non-lab options available), BELL Core Science, Online Third Year Writing, Online Religion Jr. Cornerstone.  Students must take one of the physics options.
CONTACT: Dr. Davon W. Ferrara 


Belmont in Pine Ridge: Justice & Reconciliation in the Lakota Sioux, Eastern Shoshone & Northern Arapaho Cultures

May 6, 2018 - May 25, 2018
Study Justice and Reconciliation in the Lakota Sioux and Eastern Shoshone/Northern Arapaho cultures at the Pine Ridge, SD, and Wind River, WY reservations, as well as hike and study in the Black Hills, South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park, WY.
AREA OF STUDY:  Religion Jr. Cornerstone, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Dr. Andy Watts or Dr. Robbie Pinter 


Belmont in Rome: Music & Religion in the Eternal City: CLOSED

May 6, 2018 - May 19, 2018
This two-week program in Rome offers students the opportunity to study Music History and Third Year Writing in a city that has been at the heart of music making in the Western Classical Style for over 1500 years. We will trace this history from the codified chants of Pope Gregory I, to Renaissance masters like Josquin Desprez, to the visit of a teenage Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and even the homesick lovelorn student Hector Berlioz.   As Rome is also an important religious center in the Western Christian tradition, students can explore the city's religious places as they take REL 3015, a third year Junior Cornerstone that fulfills the general education Religion Path B requirement.  REL 3015 is Ancient and Contemporary Wisdom: Mystics, Martyrs, Saints and Pilgrimage in Italy.  This course will consider sources of wisdom we find in the practice of pilgrimage as well as those mystics, martyrs and saints who appear in Rome's religious art and architecture.  

AREA OF STUDY:  Music History, Religion Jr. Cornerstone
CONTACT: Dr. Virginia Lamothe or Dr. Cynthia A. Curtis or Dr. Peter Lamothe 


Belmont in Scotland: History and Psychology of Sport

May 9,  2018 - May 23, 2018
This Maymester course offers students a unique opportunity to examine the history and psychology of sport in Scotland firsthand. While traveling through Edinburgh, St. Andrews, and Glasgow, students will visit the birthplace of golf and the Highland Games as well as several important sport stadiums to showcase the historical connections between sport and Scottish society. Students will also examine the psychological aspects of Scottish sport by meeting with coaches, psychologists, and athletes in various sports. Finally, students will be provided time to explore the cities to enhance the cultural experience of the trip.
AREA OF STUDY: Sport Science
CONTACT: Dr. Patrick Morseor Dr. Adam Pfleegor


Belmont in Seoul and Tokyo: Music Business, Management and Audio Engineering: CLOSED

May 7, 2018 - May 28, 2018
Experience the music and entertainment industries of Japan and Korea! In the vibrant cities of Tokyo and Seoul, we will visit palaces and other historic sites to explore Japanese and Korean culture and understand their influences on business practices. Additionally, we will be meeting with insiders in the J-pop and K-pop music industries, visiting with record labels, and attending music shows. The trip will allow students to immerse themselves in two of the biggest metropolitan cities in east Asia, enjoying a wide range of food, entertainment, and technology that the area is known for.
AREAS OF STUDY:  Music Business, Management, Audio Engineering, International Business, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Professor Amy Crook or Professor Doyuen Ko or Professor Rush Hicks 


Belmont in South Africa and Tanzania: Finding Ourselves in the Witness of Others:CLOSED

May 6, 2018 - May 22, 2018

Travel to South Africa and Tanzania on this 11th annual service learning study abroad program! In the past ten years, over 150 students have traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, and Arusha, Tanzania, to work with vulnerable and orphaned children affected by poverty and AIDS. Students will serve to meet the needs of the community by working with entrepreneurial nongovernment agencies that empower children and adults to face social and economic obstacles. There will be powerful encounters with wildlife, political prisoners, social entrepreneurs, and the places that have shaped the life and history of Southern Africa. Students will see penguins and baboons, visit Cape Hope and the District 6 Museum, take a Malay cooking class, climb Kigali Mountain and take in all of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain. There will be great food, wonderful people, beautiful sunsets, lions, elephants and springbok on safari, and, of course, the house by the beach in Cape Town. This is the program of a lifetime where students will be able to serve others, learn about other cultures, and meet some of the most amazing people in the world.
AREA OF STUDY: Religion Jr. Cornerstone, Third Year Writing, Service Learning
CONTACT: Dr. David Dark or Dr. Jayme Yeo


Belmont in South Africa and Zambia: Service Learning Through Live Sound

May 8, 2018 - May 24, 2018
Immerse yourself in the cultures of South Africa and Zambia through service-learning. This study abroad program engages you in teaching church volunteers how to setup and operate live sound systems. The program will also include visits to the Apartheid Museum and Cradle of Humankind (a world heritage site) in South Africa, a safari, trip to Victoria Falls, and an evening cruise down the Zambezi River in Zambia. Course is offered to Audio Engineering Technology and Worship Leadership majors. Students need permission of the instructors to register. 
AREA OF STUDY:  Audio Engineering Technology, Religion Jr. Cornerstone, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Benjamin Poff or Heather Daugherty 


Belmont in Spain: World Religion & Identities

May 6, 2018 - May 24, 2018
Visit cathedrals, mosques and synagogues of southern Spain in this study abroad program of about two weeks in May.  Religion Junior Cornerstone and Humanities/Spanish cross-listed courses anchor this program and offer students a unique opportunity to experience the diverse religious histories and peoples of Spain.
AREA OF STUDY:  Humanities/Spanish, Religion Jr. Cornerstone, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Dr. Sally Holt or Dr. Mitch McCoy


Belmont in Uganda and Zimbabwe: The Role of Songs in the Spread of Gospel

May 8,  2018 - May 29, 2018
Teach songwriting or audio production in Uganda's Watoto Children’s Village, trace the role songs have played in the spread of Christianity across Africa, and find your own muse in the morning mist of some of Africa’s wildest places. This program will visit Kampala and Jinja Uganda, Harare, Kariba, and Gweru Zimbabwe and will include white water rafting on the headwaters of the Nile and several days on a houseboat in search of elephant, hippo, and the melodies they inspire.
AREA OF STUDY:  Songwriting, Audio Engineering, Junior Cornerstone, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: James Thiele or Justin Dowse

Summer

Belmont in Australia: Poisons and Social Justice Down Under

July 15, 2018 - August 3, 2018 (students must begin travel to the location by July 12, 2018)
Join us on an adventure to OZ (that’s what the Aussies call it) where we will learn about Australian wildlife, customs, and current movements aimed to reverse the degradation of various habitats.  In this program we will blend the concepts of science and math as they relate to social justice and ecological issues.  During our journey you will have the opportunity to learn about the Aboriginal connection to the land and sea, visit the rainforest and reef as home to many poisonous creatures, and start to understand how businesses are stepping in to ensure the future of Australia’s diverse ecosystems.  We begin in Brisbane, home of the Australia Zoo, then make our way north towards the Great Barrier Reef.  Our journey will come to a close in iconic Sydney.  In total, students will spend 20 days down under as part of this once-in-a-lifetime short-term study abroad program.
AREAS OF STUDY: Chemistry (non-majors) and Mathematics (non-majors)
CONTACTS: Dr. Alison Parker or Dr. Brad Schleben


Belmont in Australia: Adventure Tourism & Entertainment in Australia

June 9, 2018 - June 30, 2018 

For the Global Perspectives in Entertainment course, students will have the opportunity work across disciplines & programs from Australia, China, Sweden & United States. They will plan & execute a collaborative project with an entertainment industry partner (record label) and work closely with students from those countries on the project. They will also have the opportunity to gain insights and perspectives from faculty through lectures from those programs. For the Adventure Tourism & Wellness course, students will become familiar with different aspects of fitness & health, while actively participating and learning about adventure tourism activities in Australia.  Students will have the chance to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef, Tour the Sydney Opera House, hike in the Australian Outback and learn about other walking or wildlife tours while learning about the adventure tourism industry.
AREAS OF STUDY: Entertainment Industry Studies, Wellness
CONTACTS: David Schreiber or Marnie Vanden Noven


Belmont in Austria: Business and Culture in the European Union

May 27, 2018 - June 17, 2018
This summer session offers an introduction to various aspects of the Austrian and European culture. The courses emphasize the special opportunities provided by the Salzburg setting. The field experience component includes a three-day trip to Vienna, Austria's historical capital. This trip provides a broad range of experiences related to history, art, music, and modern life. In addition, a variety of local field trips constitute an integrated part of the academic program. There is also some time for independent travel on weekends.
AREAS OF STUDY: Humanities, International Business, Marketing
CONTACTS: Dr. Jeff Overby 


Belmont in Berlin: German Studies 

June 29, 2018 - July 28, 2018
Enjoy four weeks of German language study and a course in German Culture and Civilization, as well as cultural immersion in Berlin, Germany. 
AREA OF STUDY: German Language, Humanities, European Studies
CONTACT: Dr. Regine Schwarzmeier


Belmont in Buenos Aires: Spanish Studies in Argentina

May 29, 2018 - July 1, 2018
Enjoy 4 weeks of Spanish study and cultural immersion in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
AREA OF STUDY: Spanish Language
CONTACT: Dr. Natalia Pelaz or Dr. Mitch McCoy


Belmont in China: The Changing Face of China

June 6, 2018 - June 27, 2018
This program introduces you to the extraordinary culture and people of the longest continuous civilization on earth: China! Our emphasis this year is on the rapid and complex changes occurring in China and within the Chinese people, taking advantage of a diverse faculty ranging from management, to psychology, and Chinese language.  Field experiences include Forbidden City and Great Wall,  Shaolin monastery and Longmen Buddhist Grottoes, FoxConn (maker of iPhones), the Academy of Seven Cultivations, and dozens of other sites.
AREA OF STUDY:  Global Supply Chain Management, Doing Business in China, Cross Cultural Personality and/or Chinese & Western Views of the Self (Gen Ed Science nonLab AND or PSY major/minor), Chinese language, Asian Humanities (Gen Ed in HUM),  Asian Social Sciences (Gen Ed in Soc Sci), Third Year Writing, Religion Junior Cornerstone, Global Studies, and Experiential Learning
CONTACT:  Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn or  Dr. Qingjun (Joan) Li or  Dr. Pete Giordano or  Dr. Dennis Chen


Belmont in Cuba: Cuban Music, Culture & International Business

May 22, 2018 - June 1, 2018
The vibrant arts and culture of this tropical island have survived 50+ years of Communism because the soul of creative people cannot be denied! Come to this forbidden land with us. We have a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in Cuba; its Spanish, Cuban and Afro-Cuban music & arts and gain enlightenment about the fascinating history and current daily life of the Cuban people. Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and the secrets of Ernest Hemingway are there for your discovery. We’ll see how young musicians and other artists are expressing their hopes and dreams like the female hip-hop duo Reina y Real, who are breaking down stereotypes including machismo, gender relations and race, and like Fuster who turned his neighborhood into an art project featuring murals and other designs. We’ll encounter the processes of doing business under a Communist regime and will explore how business owners in Cuba plan to adapt to changes in the external environments and to create new businesses.  Soon, the “wall” will fall. Will you be ready for the opportunities?
AREAS OF STUDY: Music Business, International Business
CONTACT: Dan Keen or Cate Loes


Belmont Month in London

July 8, 2018 - August 9, 2018
Experience London as the natives do, by living for a month on the South Bank in walking distance of The Tower, the Thames, St. Paul’s, Borough Market and the Houses of Parliament.  A center of theatre, art, culture, banking, music, media, fashion, and science:  you name it, London has it.  We’ll also explore other parts of England with course-specific and group day excursions as well as a four-day trip to Scotland.  Join us as together we find out why Samuel Johnson famously said, “the man who is tired of London is tired of life.”  This year, courses in Communications, Media, Honors, Literature, Writing, and Music Business are being offered. Students interested in a practicum-based experience in Songwriting or AET should consult the related  program Month in London Practicum in Songwriting or AET.
AREAS OF STUDY: Communications, Honors, English Literature, Media, Music Business, Writing.In combination with one or two classes above, qualified students can also take an online Third Year Writing course.
CONTACT: Dr. Maggie Monteverde 


Belmont Month in London: SNG/AET Practicum

July 8, 2018 - August 9, 2018 (preceded by required pre-departure online assignments throughout the month of June)
Experience London as the natives and music industry professionals do, by living for a month on the South Bank in walking distance of The Tower, the Thames, St. Paul’s, Borough Market and the Houses of Parliament and having an opportunity to work with London songwriter and recording studios.  For many years now, London has been one of the world centers of the music industry and on this program, which is being offered as an adjunct to the Month in London Program, following four weeks  of pre-departure online instruction in Songwriting or Recording Techniques, SNG students will  work together with industry professionals in the UK to create songs in genres specified by potential clients for which master demos will in turn be produced by AET students in London facilities. Because of the practicum that is the centerpiece of both of these classes, students participating in this version of the Month in London program can only take one of these two courses, plus, if they wish, an online version of Third Year Writing. Nevertheless, students will also explore other parts of England with course-specific and group day excursions as well as a four-day trip to Scotland. 
AREAS OF STUDY: Songwriting, AET 
CONTACT: Drew Ramsey or Alan Shacklock or Dr. Maggie Monteverde


Belmont in France: French Studies in Angers

July 1, 2018 - August 1, 2018
Enjoy a month-long French language immersion program in the picturesque Loire Valley. Studies take place at the Centre International d'Etudes Francaises (CIDEF) on the campus of the Universite Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, with the final four days of the program spent in Paris. 
AREA OF STUDY: French Language (all levels), Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Dr. Cheryl Brown 


Belmont in Ireland, London & Edinburgh: Design, Photography & the Book Arts

July 7, 2018  - July 28, 2018
Explore Ireland, London, and Edinburgh as we delve into the history of the book arts. Traveling between Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh, and London you will explore art museums, breathtaking landscapes, castles and ancient monasteries as you practice photography and learn the history of the book arts. You will earn Art & Design History credits as you create your own masterpieces of the visual and written word in the same environment the magical Book of Kells was created!
AREA OF STUDY: Art, Design, English
CONTACT: Professor Dan Johnson or Dr. Robbie Pinter 


Belmont in Ireland and Scotland: Lyric Writing, Third Year Writing, Celtic Spirituality & Recording Industry 

July 7,  2018 - July 28, 2018
Experience the magical land of saints and scholars while traveling to destinations in Scotland and Ireland.From Edinburgh Castle to the Scottish Highlands and Iona you’ll explore amazing sites and write about your experiences.Traveling from Glasgow to Belfast and the majestic Giant’s Causeway the trip will also take you to ancient monasteries and to Dublin where you’ll see the iconic Book of Kells at Trinity College. Songwriters will write songs that AET majors may record on a mountain, in a castle or a monastic site.
AREA OF STUDY: Songwriting, Third Year Writing, Religion, Audio Engineering
CONTACT: Professor James Elliott or Professor Kimberly Balding or Professor Jeff Balding or Dr. Ann Coble 


Belmont in Morocco: Culture, the Arts and Identity in the Maghreb 

June 27, 2018 – July 19, 2018
Morocco is the ideal location to encounter a Muslim-majority country and share an unforgettable cross-cultural experience. As a constitutional monarchy with expanding civil liberties and an engaged civil society, Morocco is among the safest and most politically stable countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Because of its geography and unique historical experience, Moroccan society and culture blend together the Arab civilization of the Middle East, the Amazigh (Berber) culture of North Africa, Andalusian/Spanish culture, influences from sub-Saharan Africa, and a long-standing engagement with Western Europe. Students will experience this dynamic and rapidly changing culture firsthand in an integrated program of music, literature, history, and theatre taught by both Belmont faculty and Moroccan specialists and artistic figures.
AREAS OF STUDY: History, Literature, Music History, Theater
CONTACT: Dr. John H.E. Paine or Dr. Daniel Schafer or Dr. Terry Klefstad or Paul Gatrell


Belmont in Northern Ireland: Global Leadership and Conflict Transformation

June 25, 2018 - July 20, 2018
Hosted by the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at Queen’s University Belfast, one of Belmont’s new, elite partner institutions, this program will offer an interdisciplinary perspective of conflict transformation and social justice. Queen’s and Belmont faculty will help students examine the history of conflicts and processes of social justice not only on the island of Ireland but around the world. Case studies will include Northern Ireland, the Balkans, the Middle East, South Asia and South America. Topics include the importance of security and transitional justice, as well as the role of restorative justice in democracy and how religion impacts peace-building. Excursions to archaeological, historical and cultural sites in Belfast and beyond, with music and dance evenings, are included.
AREA OF STUDY: Global Leadership Studies, Psychology, Social Work
CONTACT: Dr. Wayne Barnard


Belmont in Paris: Writing, Fashion and Communication

June 1,  2018 - June 18, 2018
In the 1920s, F. Scott Fitzgerald described Paris as a place of "excess, endless parties, and lurid decadence." The city of Paris has always been a place rich with literature, history, fashion, food, and relationships, but maybe especially so for the expat writers of the 1920s like Fitzgerald and Hemingway. On this trip, we will have the opportunity to explore the amazing city of Paris through the eyes of famous expats and embark on day trips to other cultural sites like the coastal towns of Normandy and the palace of Versailles. We will familiarize ourselves with the rich and beautiful heritage of these places, as well as examine the impact of politics and history on writing, fashion, and communication. Join us for an adventure full of rich and diverse culture, vibrant scholarly experiences, and fantastic summer fun.
AREAS OF STUDY: Communication Junior Cornerstone, Third Year Writing, Fine Arts Junior Cornerstone
CONTACT: Susan Finch or Nathan Webb or Jessica Mueller


Belmont in Quebec: Canadian French Language Immersion 

May 21, 2018 - June 23, 2018 AND July 2, 2018 - August 4, 2018
You will enjoy four weeks of Canadian French Language study at  Ecole de langue française et de culture québecoise (ELFCQ) of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) and cultural immersion in Quebec.
AREA OF STUDY: Canadian French Language
CONTACT: Dr. Cheryl Brown


Belmont in Spain: International Business and Culture in Valencia

June 28, 2018 - August 2, 2018
Spend four weeks in the historical coastal city of Valencia, Spain and complete a concentrated study in a wide array of courses of your choosing including Art, Business, Humanities, and Spanish culture.
AREA OF STUDY: Art, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Humanities, International Business, Management, Marketing, Music, Public Relations
CONTACT: Dr. Jeff Overby