HESA Study Abroad Courses


The BGSU HESA program has a long standing tradition of offering study abroad courses to help individuals gain exposure to cultures and higher education institutions abroad.  Typically, courses run for two to three weeks just after the close of the spring semester.  In past years, HESA has run multiple study abroad courses to locations such as South Africa, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and across Europe. 

Courses in 2018 had four pre-departure sessions that provided foundational information on the country's history, education system, and current issues impacting the country. In 2018, HESA facilitated a study tour trip to the United Kingdom.  Participants on the UK study abroad course visited Edinburgh, Glasgow, Alnwick, York, Oxford, London, and a number of smaller cities along the way.  They toured seven institutions of higher education and participated in cultural events. Each institution provided a unique experience for our students to network, expand their minds, and learn more about future career paths in Higher Education. 

Study Abroad Courses - Summer 2018

United Kingdom 

  • Destinations: Scotland: Edinburgh and Glasgow, England: Alnwick, York, Oxford, and London
  • Program Dates: May 12-27, 2018
  • Credits: 1-3
  • Faculty Member: Dr. Ellen Broido
  • Graduate Student Coordinator: Brittany House

Study Abroad Courses - Summer 2017

South Africa

  • Destinations: South Africa: Johannesburg, Pilanesberg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Bellville, Stellenbosch
  • Program Dates: May 12-28, 2017
  • Credits: 1-3
  • Faculty Member: Dr. Christina Lunceford
  • Graduate Student Coordinator: Krystal Allen

Europe and Transatlantic Dialogue

  • Destinations: Europe: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany and 4th Transatlantic Dialogue at University of Luxembourg
  • Program Dates: May 13-29, 2017
  • Credits: 1-3
  • Faculty Member: Dr. Maureen Wilson
  • Graduate Student Coordinator: Jessica Reagan

Previous Study Abroad Courses

  • Years offered: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018
  • Countries courses have visited: England, Scotland, Ireland, and Whales
  • Sample itinerary: 
    • Day 1: Depart U.S.
      Visit the University of Edinburgh
    • Day 2: Arrive in Edinburgh; Tour Wisconsin in Scotland program
    • Day 3: Free Day in Edinburgh
    • Day 4: Visit the University of Edinburgh
    • Day 5: Visit the University of St. Andrews
    • Day 6: Travel to Alnwick; Stop in Lindisfarne en route
    • Day 7: Visit St. Cloud State University (at Alnwick Castle) and the Alnwick Castle
    • Day 8: Travel to York; Visit York St. John University  Free Day in Oxford
    • Day 9: Cultural activities
    • Day 10: Free Day in Oxford
    • Day 11: Visit/Tour Oxford
    • Day 12: Additional Campus Visit
    • Day 13: Travel to London; Free afternoon in London
    • Day 14: Campus visit in London
    • Day 15: Meet with the National Union of Students (NUS) and AMOSSHE: The Student Services Organization
    • Day 16: Return to U.S. (from London)
  • Years offered: 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016
  • Course visits both the North and South Island
  • Sample itinerary:
    • Day 1: Depart the U.S.
    • Day 2: Travel day
    • Day 3: Drive to top of Mt. Eden (extinct volcano); common meal and group meeting in the evening
    • Day 4: Visit the University of Auckland; free time in the evening Visit the University of Auckland
    • Day 5: Cultural activities in Auckland
    • Day 6: Visit Waikato University
    • Day 7: Visit Bay of Plenty Polytechnic
    • Day 8: Visit Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi (Whakantane); free time in the evening
    • Day 9: Te Puia guided tour; visit Maori Arts & Crafts Center
    • Day 10: Free day
    • Day 11: Visits to the Tertiary Education Commission and Victoria University; free time in the evening
    • Day 12: Visit the Ministry of Education; reflection meetings during travel timeUniversity Of Otago
    • Day 13: Cultural activities in Kaikoura; Hanmer Springs (thermal pool)
    • Day 14: Travel day
    • Day 15: Visit University of Otago; free time in the evening
    • Day 16: Visit to vineyard
    • Day 17: Free day or participate in optional activities
    • Day 18: Common breakfast; travel day
    • Day 19: Return to U.S. (from Auckland)
  • Depart U.S.Years offered: 2013, 2015
  • Sample itinerary:
    • Day 1: Depart U.S.
    • Day 2: Arrive Johannesburg; Overnight in Jo-Burg
    • Day 3: Drive to Sun City/Pilanesberg; Visit Pilanesberg National Park
    • Day 4: Visit Pilanesberg Nat’l Park; return to Pretoria; Visit Apartheid Museum
    • Day 5: Campus visit: Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria)
    • Day 6: Campus visit: University of Pretoria
    • Campus with statueDay 7: Campus visit: University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg) 
    • Day 8: Campus visit: University of the Free State (Bloemfontein)
    • Day 9: Fly to Cape Town; Cape Town City Tour  
    • Day 10: Free Day
    • Day 11: Visit Robben Island; Visit: Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
    • Day 12: Campus visit: University of the Western Cape
    • Day 13: Campus visit: University of Cape Town
    • Day 14: Campus visit: University of Stellenbosch
    • Day 15: All day visit to Cape of Good Hope; Group dinner
    • Day 16: Free Day
    • Day 17: Return to U.S.
  • Years offered: 2008, 2011, 2014
  • Courses have visited: England, Scotland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, France, Amsterdam, Brussels 
  • Sample itinerary:
    • Day 1: Depart U.S. (fly to Paris)
    • Day 2: Bus tour of Pairs
    • Day 3: Visit American University of Paris
    • Day 4: Visit to CROUS – The Regional Centre of University and School of Paris, Tour of the Louvre, Depart of Brussels
    • Day 5: Visit KU Leuven in Antwerp
    • Day 6: Visit European Union Education and Training Commission in Brussel
    • Day 7: Site Visit to College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium
    • Day 8: Free Day in Bruges
    • Day 9: Travel to Ghent, Belgium
    • Day 10: Site Visit to Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium
    • Day 11: Visit Miami University Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) in Differdange, Luxembourg
    • Day 12: Transatlantic Dialogue at University of Luxembourg
    • Day 13: Transatlantic Dialogue at University of Luxembourg
    • Day 14: Transatlantic Dialogue at University of Luxembourg
    • Day 15: Guided Tour of Luxembourg: Luxembourg City, Echternach, Mullerthal, and Vianden
    • Day 16: Tour of Trier, Germany and Rhine River Cruise
    • Day 17: Return to U.S. (from Frankfurt)