The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. Since the program’s inception in 2000, students have traveled to approximately 30 nations, including Argentina, China, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain, and Thailand. The GEL program aims to make the world a learning laboratory for students, providing deep exploration into individual fields of study, the opportunity to understand where the United States fits in terms of the world viewpoint, and the ability to enhance skills in cultural sensitivity, flexibility, and capability to adjust and adapt.
Students apply for these short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If the course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
Below is current list of GEL programs being offered for the 2017-2018 academic year. For details, contact the faculty leader via email.
Global Experiential Learning Trips for the 2018-2019 Academic Year
Proposals for 2018-2019 are currently underway. Please check back at the beginning of the fall semester for a full listing of available GEL programs.
Cultural Explorations of Cuba
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The explosive changes in Cuba and the private business sectors has brought both opportunities and challenges to new and seasoned entrepreneurs as well as the health care delivery. The Entrepreneur & Nursing Exchange program is packed full of People-to-People exchange activities and combines the opportunity to learn and experience Cuba’s art, music, dance, and history, while focusing on entrepreneurship and nursing in Cuba. This new program presents a unique learning experience in each area. The nursing and business students will spend the majority of their time together. However, during the trip nursing students will have the opportunity to meet local Cuban physicians and nurses, visit nursing facilities, and learn about Cuba’s healthcare system. The business/entrepreneur students will get a first hand look at Cuba and meet local business owners, discuss challenges, marketing, financial options, and visit local Cuban facilities. Students will also enjoy the beauty of Havana, Cuba and get a chance to learn about Cuban culture and history.
This course is suitable for graduate students and seniors with 90 plus credits.
London Theatre and History
Each year Shenandoah Conservatory students are able to explore London’s theatre scene!
This program is suitable for conservatory students.
Summer Arts Leadership Institute
The Summer Arts Leadership Institute will bring together American and European students for a 10-day intensive program in international and intercultural issues facing future arts leaders. The Institute will be hosted at the American University of Greece in Athens and will feature discussions with European cultural leaders, four half-day study tours of Athens, a guided day-long tour of Epidaurus and Mycenae, attendance at four evening performances in Athens, and even a leadership day at the beach.
This program is suitable for those interested in exploring arts management in an international setting.
Exploring Global Health and Policy Development
Students travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to attend the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Health Assembly (WHA) to learn more about global health policy and explore the diverse cultural regions of Switzerland. Students write issues briefs in preparation for the trip, and then, when in Switzerland, see how policy is discussed and developed in the global landscape.
This program is suitable for graduating seniors and graduate health professions students.
Faculty GEL Program Proposal
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