What Is "Short-Term" Study Abroad?

Many students want to study abroad before they graduate but are concerned that they will miss important coursework on campus while they are away for an entire semester. If you really want to go for an entire semester, our staff can usually help you find a program that will meet your academic and personal needs.  If you'd prefer to study during a school break such as winter session or spring break, you will spend less time abroad but will have the benefit of not missing a semester at your home campus.

At SUNY-Plattsburgh we offer different short-term programs every semester.  You will also hear these programs called "faculty-led" programs because they are directed and sponsored by individual faculty members.  The trips they offer vary according to the faculty members interests, and always incorporate academic study and credit.  Typically you will enroll in a class called "INT-360" for the semester that includes your short-term study experience.  This class will meet several times on campus before you take your group trip.  Students must be physically present for all class meetings and obligations, as well as the travel portion of the program.  The faculty sponsor travels with the group and handles course assignments and grading. 

The Office of Study Abroad and Exchanges is not a travel agency, so these short term trips are usually offered in conjunction with a respected educational tour company who arranges the group travel details.  Watch for announcements on our website in early fall semester for the trips that will be offered the following winter and spring.  These trips are generally space limited and fill up quickly so acceptance is first-come, first-served.  Be prepared to leave a significant deposit (approximately $250 or more) to secure your spot when you apply.

Short-Term Study Abroad Programs at SUNY Plattsburgh

Fall 2014/Winter 2015 Programs

Please visit the Global Education Office (GEO) in Kehoe 210 for application instructions or more information about about any of the exciting short term study abroad adventures below.

Oaxaca, Mexico

This is a program designed for students in many different academic disciplines.  With stunningly beautiful, safe, and friendly Southern Mexico as the setting, program participants will complete an in-depth exploration of the many components of community health and wellness including local customs, beliefs, history, politics, economics, resources, geography, and more.  Through excursions to rural village clinics and schools, urban markets, museums, environmental project sites, a coastal fishing village, and other exciting destinations, students will experiencing the way Oaxaca’s vibrant Native American cultures have integrated colonial and modern traditions.  These immersive experiences will help students better understand their own worldviews and perspectives on health and wellness. 

The course associated with this program is NUR 380, a three-credit course that satisfies the GE5 Global Issues requirement for non-nursing majors.  Assignments will include a pre-trip paper, photo stories/journals, and a final reflective writing assignment.  In this course, you will be living your learning!  

Two scholarships will be available for program participants, and financial aid can be used to pay for related costs. 

For more information, contact Dr. Bongiorno (bongioaw@plattsburgh.edu), and/or visit the Global Education Office in Kehoe 210 for an application.  

  • Lead Faculty Member: Dr. Anne Bongiorno

  • Location: Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Companion Course: NUR 380 (3 credits) satisfies the General Education Global Issues requirement for non-nursing students

  • Approximate Travel Dates: January 11-24, 2015 (dates may change based on flight availability and prices)

  • Estimated Cost: $4,017 (subject to change without notice); scholarships and other financial aid may be available

  • Application Deadline: October 17, 2014

  • Additional Information: Please visit the Global Education Office in Kehoe 210 for an application. 




Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about study abroad and exchange opportunities at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact us at:

Global Education Office
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-3287
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 388-6784
Fax: (518) 564-3292
E-mail: geo@plattsburgh.edu

Location: We are on the second floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.