Faculty-Led Short Programs


Learn more details about these programs by viewing program websites as they become available or by emailing program faculty.

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Spring Break

Belmont in Barbados: International Negotiations

March 5,  2016 - March 13, 2016
Students interested in cross-cultural negotiations will get an opportunity to compare negotiation techniques of doing business in the Caribbean with those of the US. This program offers the opportunity to learn tactics for how to negotiate with individuals from different cultures. Students will learn the importance of culture during negotiations first-hand from Caribbean businesspersons, interact with Caribbean college students, and explore the beauty of the islands.
AREA OF STUDY:  Management/Negotiations
CONTACT: Dr. Cate Loes or Dr. Beverley Alleyne

Belmont in Belfast: A Music and Cultural Experience - Belfast Nashville Songwriter's Festival

March 3, 2016 - March 12, 2016
Students will have the opportunity to perform at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, attend workshops and concerts, and meet with industry representatives. The program will also include visits to The Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce Castle, Ulster Museum and Titanic Experience. This will be an 8-week class with 8 nights in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Students will register for SNG 3895 or MBU 3895 for the first 8 weeks in Spring 2016. Students will meet with the professor during the first 8 weeks before traveling to Ireland. This is a one-hour special topics course. Students need permission of the instructor to register for the course.
AREA OF STUDY: Songwriting/Music Business
CONTACT: James Elliott or Drew Ramsey

Belmont in Cuba: Entertainment Marketing & Popular Music (CANCELLED)

March 2016
Students will experience first-hand how recent changes to economic policies that allow private enterprises to exist have fostered an entrepreneurial spirit. Students will analyze how these changes are playing out in the marketplace and will draw comparisons between the political and economic systems of Cuba and the United States.
AREA OF STUDY: Entrepreneurship, Economics, International Business, Social Science
CONTACT: Dan Keen or Clyde Rolston

Belmont in Haiti: Social Entrepreneurship in Action

March 5, 2016 - March 12, 2016
In a unique parternship with Soles4Soles, a global not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting the devastating impact and perpetuation of poverty, students will learn how donated shoes can transform the lives of families and lead to increased quality of life and sustainability through a micro-enterprise program in Haiti.
AREA OF STUDY: Social Entrepreneurship
CONTACT: Dr. Bernard Turner

Belmont in Peru: Exploring Links Between Economic Development & The Entrepreneurial Environment in Developing Economies

March 4, 2016 - March 13, 2016
Explore the links between entrepreneurship and economic development in an efficiency-driven economy. Peru is enjoying a virtuous circle of economic growth. It has had eight years of growth averaging 7% a year - faster than anywhere else in Latin America. With higher levels of FDI coming into the country, more funds are being invested in various sectors of the economy.  The program will focus on two thriving segments of the business landscape:  Social enterprises and the Cacao sector.
AREA OF STUDY: Economics, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Social Science, Social Entrepreneurship
CONTACT: Jose Gonzalez or Marieta Velikova


Belmont in Africa: Extraordinary Encounters

May 8, 2016 - May 28, 2016
Immerse yourself in the wildlife, culture, and social issues of South Africa and Botswana through this service-learning study abroad program that engages NGOs seeking to address prevailing problems associated with poverty, racism, and AIDS in Southern Africa.
AREA OF STUDY: Religion Jr. Cornerstone, Third Year Writing, Travel Writing, Service Learning
CONTACT: Dr. Charmion Gustke or Dr. Manuel Cruz

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

May 14, 2016 - May 28, 2016
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 Austria & Germany: Music Product Design, Development & Marketing

May 11, 2016 - May 27, 2016
This program will take students through the process of music product design, development, and marketing in wonderful locales of Berlin, Germany and Vienna, Austria. Class highlights include visiting top German Audio Research Institutes, audio equipment companies, and acoustic performance spaces across the region.  The general science portion of the class includes an introductory survey of topics including electromagnetism, mechanics, and physical acoustics.  The marketing portion of the class will involve the process of taking a music product from its design through the marketing process.   In addition, students will have time to explore both cities during free time activities as well.
AREA OF STUDY: Physics, Audio Engineering Technology, Music Business, Entertainment Industry Studies, Marketing
CONTACT: Scott Hawley or Sarita Stewart

Belmont in the Biblical World: Greece, Israel, Turkey

May 8, 2016 - May 26, 2016
Participate in a pilgrimage to holy sites while thinking through the varied roles religions have played in the social, economic, political, and religious climate of the region.
AREA OF STUDY: Religion (Path A or B) Jr. Cornerstone, Sociology, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Dr. Mark McEntire or Dr. Erin Pryor

Belmont in Cambodia: Nursing Studies

May 2016
Immerse yourself in Cambodia's culture while learning about healthcare in a developing country.
CONTACT: Susan Taplin, MSN FNP BC or Emily Morse, MSN,RN

Belmont in Central Europe: The Very Best of Central Europe (CLOSED)

May 8, 2016 - May 31, 2016
This three-week study abroad program allows you to complete 6 hours of academic credit in a variety of areas, including Business, Management, International Business, Music, Music History and 3rd year Writing, while travelling through Central Europe.
AREA OF STUDY: Business, Music, Other Disciplines upon request
CONTACT: Dr. Ted Wylie or Dr. Mark Schenkel

Belmont in Cologne: International Business & Marketing

May 8, 2016 - June 4, 2016
The International Trade and European Business Environment (INTEBE) Summer School runs a total of four weeks and will include field trips to companies and cultural sites in and around Cologne as well as day-trips to Frankfurt and Brussels.
AREA OF STUDY: Economic, International Business, Marketing 
CONTACT: Jeff Overby

Belmont in Costa Rica: Tropical Biodiversity, Conservation & Sustainability

May 9, 2016 - May 26, 2016
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 Germany: Old Germany, New Germany, East Germany, West Germany

May 9, 2016 - May 29, 2016
Travel through Germany, including Bonn, Trier, Aachen, and Köln, Berlin, Potsdam, Leipzig, Wittenberg, and Dresden, as you explore German political institutions and their evolution through interaction with historical events, using popular music to add context to those events and political issues.  You can also explore 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, Learning Community, Political Science
CONTACT: Dr. Nathan Griffith or Dr. Alison Moore

Belmont in Ghana

May 10, 2016 - May 28, 2016
This 18-day journey to the West African country of Ghana introduces students to a multicultural nation with a tragic history and a remarkable postcolonial restoration. With the University of Ghana as our home base (approximately twenty minutes north of the capital city of Accra), we will explore and experience the history, people, land, and culture of this country. Students will learn about the slave trade and middle passage, colonialism during the years of the British Gold Coast, and the postcolonial Ghanian past and present.
AREA OF STUDY: History, Psychology
CONTACT: Dr. Linda Jones or Dr. Pete Kuryla

Belmont in Greece: Art & Civilization: (CLOSED)

May 8, 2016 - May 31, 2016
What comes to mind when you hear ancient Greece mentioned? Perhaps the art of sculpting the human form, building classical temples, great philosophers like Plato and Socrates, democratic ideals of civilization, or even dramatic performances in open-air theaters are likely at the top of the list. If you are looking for an exciting and educational opportunity to study abroad, you can hardly do better than joining our fifth year of Belmont students abroad in Greece. You will experience firsthand aspects of the ancient Greek world that laid the foundations of modern Greek society and culture through extensive travel within Greece. Visits to art museums, monasteries, and archeological sites are scheduled for Athens, Delphi, Meteora, the seaport town of Nafplio, and the islands of Santorini, Mykonos, and Delos.
AREA OF STUDY: Greek Civilization (PHI, HUM, CLA), Art History (Junior Cornerstone Seminar)
CONTACT: Dr. Judy Bullington or Dr. Mark Anderson

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

May 9, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Compare the two cultures of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and explore issues of poverty and justice. Combine classroom experiences with volunteer work with Heartline Ministries in Haiti and develop a better understanding of how to promote the health of the worlds's peoples. Immerse yourself in the culture of the Dominican Republic as well as explore the work of the International Justice Mission.
AREA OF STUDY:  Religion Jr. Cornerstone, Social Science General Education, Humanities, Third Year Writing
CONTACT:  Dr. Martha Minardi 

Belmont in Hawaii: Learning Community Cohort

May 8, 2016 - May 30, 2016
Examine the cultural and socioeconomic dimensions of the Asia Pacific Region while immersed in the cultures of Honolulu and the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.
AREA OF STUDY:  Economics, Experiential Learning, Global Studies, Humanities, Learning Community Cohort
CONTACT:   Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn  or  Dr. Howard Cochran

Belmont in Ireland & Northern Ireland: Culture & Commerce Across the Emerald Isle (CLOSED)

May 8, 2016 - May 22, 2016
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 business and culture.
AREA OF STUDY: Entrepreneurship, International Business, Marketing, Jr. Cornerstone, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Dr. Jeff Cornwall or  Dr. Susan Taylor

Belmont in Italy: Art & Italian

May 10, 2016 - June 3, 2016
Travel to Italy on a specially planned itinerary that combines two weeks in Florence with short residencies in Bologna, Venice and Rome.
AREA OF STUDY: Art, Humanities, Italian Language, Religion Junior Cornerstone, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Dr. David Ribar or Dr. Francesca Muccini

Belmont in London: Lifestyles of the Rich & British

May 15, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Shakespeare, Elizabeth, Austen, Victoria, Henry, and Oliver...Join us as we walk in the footsteps of these and other British monarchs, writers, actors, and fashion icons! Choose your own path of exploration--theatre or fashion history-- as we journey through major periods in London history, theatre, and fashion in order to gain a rich understanding and appreciation for a culture that has inspired the world. 
AREA OF STUDY: Fine Arts Junior Cornerstone, Theatre, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Jessica Mueller or Jayme Yeo or Brent Maddox

Belmont in London: Music Business, International Business: (CLOSED)

May 8, 2016 - May 29, 2016

AREA OF STUDY: Economics, Music Business, Jr. Cornerstone
CONTACT: Marieta Velikova or Don Cusic or Dan Keen

Belmont in London & Dublin: Education and Public Health Perspectives

May 9, 2016 - May 28, 2016
Through the lens of education and public health services students will look at the education and public health services of England and Ireland and analyze how access to each can either marginalize or empower a group of people.  The program spends 9 days in London and then moves to 7 days in Dublin.
AREA OF STUDY: Education, Public Health
CONTACT: Dr. Cathy Taylor or Dr. Mark Hogan

Belmont in London & Paris:  Food, Film & Fitness

May 9, 2016 - May 28, 2016 (Required on-campus classes May 9-10, depart for London May 11)
Embark on an interdisciplinary program to discover the joys of London and Paris, two major cosmopolitan capitals of Europe, through the lenses of food, film and fitness!  Excursions will include walking tours of both cities, cooking lessons, museum visits and day trips to Oxford (Harry Potter!), Stonehenge, and Chatsworth (Jane Austen’s “Pemberley”) in England, and Normandy and Versailles in France.
CONTACT: Dr. Mimi Barnard or Dr. Kim Daus or Will Akers

Belmont in Pine Ridge: Justice & Reconciliation in the Lakota Sioux and Crow (Apsáalooke) Cultures

May 8, 2016 - May 27, 2016
Study Justice and Reconciliation in the Lakota Sioux, Crow (Apsáalooke) cultures at the Pine Ridge, SD, and Hardin, MT Reservations, the Black Hills, South Dakota and Yellowstone National Park.
AREA OF STUDY:  Religion Jr. Cornerstone, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Dr. Andy Watts

Belmont in Rome: Music & Religion in the Eternal City

May 8, 2016 - May 21, 2016
Learn about music history in Rome - one of the most important centers of musical activity in the Western tradition from ancient times to the present day. Students can also explore explore the city's religious places and 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. Peter Lamothe or Dr. Cynthia A. Curtis

Belmont in Spain: World Religion & Identities

May 2016
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 Sweden: Learning "Lagom" in Social Justice, Culture & Communication

June 1,  2016 - June 17, 2016
Sweden is well known for its high quality of life, with many polls consistently ranking it as one of the most socially just countries on earth. On this journey, we will explore the amazing cities of Uppsala and Stockholm, familiarizing ourselves with the rich and beautiful heritage of these places, as well as examining how this modern community cares for its people so well. "Lagom,” a Swedish word that means “just the right amount,” sums up our Swedish study abroad—just the right amount of rich and diverse culture, vibrant scholarly experiences, and fantastic summer fun.
AREA OF STUDY: Communications Junior Cornerstone, Social Work, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: Susan Finch or Dr. Nathan Webb or Dr. Jennifer Crowell

Belmont in Switzerland: Humanities

May 9, 2016 - May 30, 2016
This three-week program, centered in Geneva, Switzerland, offers all eligible students the opportunity to fulfill a Humanities-based Junior Cornerstone while studying the history and culture of Geneva, including literary works by some of Geneva's more famous English visitors. 
AREA OF STUDY: Humanities Jr. Cornerstone, Third Year Writing:Travel Writing
CONTACT: Dr. John Paine or  Dr. Andrea Stover


Belmont in Argentina: Spanish Studies in Buenos Aires
May 28, 2016 - June 30, 2016
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 Canada: Canadian French Language Immersion in Quebec

May 2016 - June 2016 or July 2016 - August 2016
You will enjoy 4 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 China: China Then & Now

June 7, 2016 - June 28, 2016
This program introduces you to the vast story of China, including historical, religious, business, and cultural sites from Beijing, Jinan, Qingdao, Zhengzhou and Xi'an.  Included are experiential activities at the Forbidden City, the home of Confucius in Qufu, Qingdao's coastal businesses and culture, the Shaolin temple and Longmen Buddhist Grottoes in central China, homestays with Zhengzhou university faculty and 'nights out' with university students, a visit to FoxConn (maker of iPhones), the terracotta underground army of China's first emperor in Xi'an.
AREA OF STUDY: Asian Studies, Third Year Writing, Religion Junior Cornerstone, Humanities,  Chinese Language, Psychology, Organizational Management, International Business, Global Studies, Experiential Learning
CONTACT:  Dr. Ronnie Littlejohn or  Dr. Qingjun (Joan) Li or  Dr. Dennis Chen

Belmont in France: French Studies in Angers

June 26, 2016 - July 27, 2016
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 or Dr. John Paine

Belmont in Germany: German Studies in Berlin

July 1, 2016 - July 30, 2016
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 Ireland and Northern Ireland: Lyric Writing, Irish Writers & Celtic Spirituality

July 6,  2016 - July 27, 2016
Explore the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in this program that combines Lyric Writing, Writing and Celtic Spirituality with the beauty, tragedy, history and hope that defines this land still struggling to be united. The program will include stays in Dublin, Limerick, Galway and Belfast and visits to the World Heritage Site, Giant's Causeway and more. 
AREA OF STUDY:  Religion Path A or B, Religion Jr. Cornerstone, Songwriting, Music Business, Third Year Writing
CONTACT: James Elliott or Ann Coble or Kimberly Balding

Belmont Month in London

July 3, 2016 - August 4, 2016

Join us as we spend a month living in London, the city of which Samuel Johnson said anyone “who is tired of London is tired of living”; we’ll also explore other parts of England with course-specific and group day excursions as well as a four-day trip to Scotland.  In this special year, the 400th  anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we will also attend a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a fifteen minute walk from our residence in historic Southwark.
AREA OF STUDY: English Literature; English Writing; Entertainment Industry Studies; History; Junior Cornerstone Seminar; Learning Community Cohort;  Media Studies; Psychology; Third Year Writing. Graduate credit in English will also be available
CONTACT: Dr. Maggie Monteverde

Belmont in South Korea: International Business & Marketing (CANCELLED)

July 2016


Belmont in Spain: International Business and Culture in Valencia

June 23, 2016 - July 28, 2016
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.
FOCUS: Art, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Humanities, International Business, Management, Marketing, Music, Public Relations
CONTACT: Jeff Overby