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Study Abroad Programs

University of Detroit Mercy provides students with opportunities to gain global perspective and experience by encouraging them to study abroad. Through its various schools and colleges, the University expands its curricula through study programs in other parts of the world.

Interested students should consult with the departments sponsoring the programs for more information. Study abroad programs include:

Canada
See section on opportunities in Mexico.

China
The College of Business Administration offers students the opportunity to take courses in international business and international computing in China. Students wishing to participate in the study abroad programs offered by the College of Business Administration must meet all prerequisites established by the College and be approved by their program director.

The Chinese American Partnership (CAP) Program was developed to meet the global needs of industry. Working with Tsinghua University, UDM has developed a program where students can both study in China and participate in a cooperative education assignment with one of the corporate partners.

England
Summer Study in Oxford, England
Three or six weeks, July through August
Spend the summer studying and absorbing a thousand years of culture in one of the world’s oldest and most renowned universities. For centuries, the scientific, political, literary and cultural development of England was shaped largely by Oxonians, whose fame and influence pervaded the world. The very word Oxford has become synonymous with age-old traditions and academic excellence.

All courses are three credits and are available for undergraduate or graduate credit or may be audited. Courses are a combination of lectures and tutorials and may include course-related excursions. Courses are available in business management, education, English, fine arts, history and political science. For course descriptions and course numbers, consult the appropriate department sections elsewhere in this catalog.

For further information, contact Dr. Edward J. Wolff, English Department, (313) 993-1082 or (248) 652-3405 or via fax at (313) 993-1166.

The College of Business Administration offers students the opportunity to take courses in international business and international computing in England. Students wishing to participate in the study abroad programs offered by the College of Business Administration must meet all prerequisites established by the College and be approved by their program director.

Greece
Summer Study in Greece
Mid-June through Mid-July
The Classic Theatre Study Abroad program takes students to Greece for a month-long program of study, travel and performance. Three weeks of morning classes in voice, dance, acting and study of classic drama, plus evening rehearsals of a classic tragedy or comedy culminate in a week of touring two productions; both are presented for the public in modern and ancient amphitheatres. Visits to archaeological sites, museums and a professional production at the Theatre of Epidauros complete the course work. The classic theatre program is unique in several respects. It is the only program sponsored by an American university abroad which performs in ancient amphitheatres. It regularly incorporates professional and mature actors and it is taught and directed by working professionals as well as academics. Designed primarily for UDM pre-professional undergraduates, the program has attracted many teachers and professional performers, as well as theatre technicians. The company is recruited from across the country.

Courses are available for undergraduate or graduate credit. TRE 400: Classic Acting is available only by audition and the permission of the director. This course is advanced work for actors/dancers/singers in classic performance and culminates in the performance of a classic tragedy or comedy. TRE 405: Classic Drama requires the consent of the instructor. Lectures on classical history, culture and drama with special focus on a major tragedy and an Aristophanic comedy, are supplemented by visits to major ancient amphitheatres.

For further information, contact Arthur Beer, Theatre Department, (313) 993-6463 or through e-mail at beeraj@udmercy.edu.

Italy
Summer Study in Volterra, Italy
End of June through mid-August
The city of Volterra is an unspoiled medieval city in the Tuscan countryside that has rich resources for the study of history, art history, archaeology and the fine arts. Unlike the great tourist cities of Italy, Volterra is not overrun in the summer, and students have the opportunity to meet Italians and to be introduced to Italian life and culture. Beginning Italian is taught with an emphasis on conversation.

All courses include visits to the museums and archeological sites in Volterra as well as in neighboring cities. A course is offered in the art history of the Etruscan, classical, medieval and Renaissance periods in Volterra, Tuscany and Italy. There are field trips to nearby Florence, Siena and San Gimignano. In addition, students have the opportunity for independent travel on weekends. The program opens with a trip to Venice, Padua and Vicenza. Since pre-Roman times, Volterra has been a center for sculpture. Students may take the sculpture studio; no previous fine arts experience is necessary.

Courses include FA 210: Art and Architecture in Italy, the study of art and architecture from ancient to modern times. Visits to museums, archeological sites and surrounding historic cities–Florence, Siena, Pisa and San Gimignano–are included. FA 391: Alabaster Sculpture Studio introduces students to basic issues in the creation of sculpture. ITL 115: Beginning Italian provides an introduction to the Italian language for everyday conversation. Students will be introduced to Italians who will participate in classes and with whom they may practice their language skills.

For further information, contact Dr. Sarah Stever, History Department, (313) 993-1099 or through e-mail at steversn@ udmercy.edu.

Beginning in 1984, the School of Architecture has offered a full term of study in Florence and Volterra, Italy during the summer/term III. Four weeks are spent in travel, four weeks in Florence, and six weeks in Volterra. In Volterra, Architecture students are joined by College of Liberal Arts students studying language, history and alabaster sculpture.

Education in Siena, Italy
Late July through mid-August

(alternating years)
Study in Siena is designed to meet the needs of students seeking to broaden their understanding of the education, culture, history and language of Italy.

Courses are available in comparative education, and/or special education, in integration of the arts in education and in the Italian language. All courses are three credits and are available for undergraduate or graduate credit. Courses related to excursions are included. In addition, independent study is available.

For further information, contact Dr. Josephine Gambini, Education Department, at (313) 993-6100.

Mexico
The College of Engineering and Science offers students the opportunity to spend their Junior year in Mexico through the Mexican American Partnership (MAP) program. UDM has partnered with Monterrey Tech in Monterrey, Mexico to provide a unique opportunity for students to take courses for up to eight months at Monterrey Tech and work for four months at the Mexican facilities of an automotive manufacturer. Students learn how to operate in a multicultural environment and gain valuable multinational work experience.

Students in Engineering can also participate in the North American Design Institute (NADI) where they can study and work in both Mexico and Canada. Participating schools are Monterrey Tech (Monterrey, Mexico), Universidad de Guadalajara (Guadalajara, Mexico), Ryerson Polytechnic University (Toronto, Canada) and Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada).

The College of Business Administration offers students the opportunity to take courses in international business and international computing in Mexico. Students wishing to participate in the study abroad programs offered by the College of Business Administration must meet all prerequisites established by the College and be approved by their program director. The College of Business Administration also participates in the Mexican-American Partnership (MAP) program with Monterrey Tech. This program enables business students to spend one semester studying in Mexico and also to co-op there.

Poland
Since 1980, the School of Architecture has conducted an exchange program with the Warsaw University of Technology for one term each year. Ten students and one professor from each institution exchange positions for a full academic term. American students are taught by faculty of the Politechnika in English.