HESA Study Tours

The BGSU HESA program has a long standing tradition of offering study tours to help individuals gain exposure to cultures and higher education institutions abroad.  Typically these tours run for a couple weeks just after the close of the Spring semester.   

In past years HESA has run multiple study tours to locations such as South Africa, New Zealand, the UK, and across Europe.  

Last year, HESA brought a group of students all over europe including Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Antwerp, and others.  This tour also attended the Transatlantic Dialogue series where students engaged with other individuals to discuss issues related to higher education both in the US and in Europe.

We are currently in the planning process for 2015 HESA Study Tours. Contact Kaci Abolt for more information, 419-372-0381.

Study Tours - Summer 2015


South Africa Study Tour - Program Overview

The South Africa study tour provides students with an opportunity to explore South Africa's higher education system.  The adventure begins with four pre-departure sessions that provide foundational information on South Africa's history, education system, and current issues impacting the country.  Once in South Africa, you will deepen your understanding of South Africa's higher education system through visits to eight universities.  You will also engage in cultural activities, including visits to Pilanesberg National ParkRobben Island, and the Cape of Good Hope.

  • Locations: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, and Stellenbosch
  • Program Dates: May 16 - May 31, 2015
  • Credits: 3 credits
  • Faculty MemberDr. Ellen Broido, Associate Professor, Higher Education & Student Affairs
  • Graduate Student Coordinator: Jeremy Doughty, Higher Education Administration


UK/Ireland Study Tour - Program Overview

The UK/Ireland study tour provides students with an opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the higher education systems of England, Wales, and the Republic of Ireland.  In preparation for the study tour, students will engage in 4 pre-departure sessions to deepen their understanding of the historical, cultural, and educational contexts of these countries.  Participants will visit 8 institutions, including historic Oxford University, during this 15-day trip.   The study tour will also allow students to explore stunning sites and landmarks in these gorgeous countries!

  • Locations: London, Oxford, Bristol, Cardiff, Galway, Limerick, Cork, Dublin
  • Program Dates: May 16- May 31, 2015
  • Credits: 3 credits
  • Faculty Member: Dr. Michael Coomes, Associate Professor, Higher Education & Student Affairs
  • Graduate Student Coordinator: Erika Orman, College Student Personnel