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Short-term Programs

Notre Dame of Maryland University recognizes that we live in a global environment and encourages students, graduates, and others in the community to broaden their educational and personal horizons through short-term study abroad experiences.

Short-term academic experiences abroad, carefully developed and planned by faculty members with expertise and extensive travel experience, can be taken for college credit or personal enrichment.

  • All short-term academic experiences abroad satisfy the general education cross-cultural requirement.
  • Prices and dates are subject to change.
  • Scholarships are available to qualified students.
  • Please check with the faculty leader for specific details.

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You may be eligible for a Stevenson / Copeland Endowed Award or a $1,000 Morrissy Study Tour Scholarship.

2017 Short-term Academic Experiences Abroad

Service-Learning Experience at SSND Educational Center, Queens, NY
Dates: January 8 – 14, 2017
Trip Leader: Sister Linda Stilling, SSND (lstilling@ndm.edu, 410-532-5306)

The participants in this educational service-learning experience will live with the SSND community in Queens, New York and serve with them at the SSND Educational Center (EC) for Women.  The participants will tutor immigrant women who are pursuing their high school diploma and are also enrolled in ESL classes.  SSND EC provides holistic education for the women including educational self-esteem and job preparation.  NDMU was recently accredited as a Non-governmental Organization (NGO) at the United Nations.  Participants will have the opportunity to visit the UN headquarters in New York for a tour and a briefing on the role of NGOs and efforts to implement the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals.  


Crime and Justice in the Netherlands: A Comparative Approach
Dates: Spring Break 2017
Trip Leaders: Drs. Mischelle Van Brakle mvanbrakle@ndm.edu, 410-532-5704) and Ammad Sheikh

Explore the concepts of crime, justice, and punishment in the Netherlands during this weeklong excursion to Amsterdam. Students will have the opportunity to observe a system of justice that is very different from the United States in terms of its tolerance and consensus-based politics.  The journey includes visits to key criminal justice organizations such as The Hague, the International Court of Justice, and the International Criminal Court and Police Headquarters. There will also be opportunities to visit important cultural and historical sites, including Anne Frank’s home, the Gevangenpoort Medieval Prison Museum, the Rembrandt House, and the Van Gogh Museum.


Dates: Spring Break 2017
Trip Leaders: Hannah Murphy Buc (hbuc@ndm.edu, 410-532-5539) and Rachel Witter

During this service-learning trip, students will participate in rural homestays, workshops with brigadistas (community healthcare workers), and work on health-focused community initiatives.  Activities such as building stoves or laying concrete floors in homes will help participants better understand the difficulties of having limited access to healthcare. Students will also be challenged to analyze the historical, political, and cultural factors that have resulted in limited healthcare and the changing environment in Nicaragua.


Service-Learning Experiences with the SSNDs in West Palm Beach, Florida
Dates: March 19- 25, 2017
Trip Leader: Sister Linda Stilling, SSND (lstilling@ndm.edu, 410-532-5306)

The participants in this educational service-learning experience will live with the SSND community in West Palm Beach, Florida and serve with them at St. Ann’s Place, a center and refuge for the homeless.  St. Ann’s mission is to provide a comfortable, clean, safe place where clients receive services in a dignified and respectful manner, regardless of race, religion, or sex.  Participants will also have the opportunity to work at Indiantown, FL with the SSNDs at KinDoo Center.  The center works with the Guatemalan population in a family center teaching ESL and many other skills.  A working knowledge of Spanish is helpful at this site.   


Notre Dame Nursing in Haiti
Dates: Spring Break 2017; Fall 2017
Trip Leader: Dr. Mary Packard (mpackard@ndm.edu, 410-532-5236)                

Experience nursing as a practice of social justice in Jacmel, Haiti!  Students join colleagues from the Community Coalition for Haiti in caring for persons in a variety of community settings: primary care clinic, surgical center, Angel Wings children’s clinic, Mt. Fleurry School, and orphanages. Participants will also learn and grow with nursing students from Université Notre Dame d’Haiti.


International Education in Helsinki, Finland
Dates: April 15- 22, 2017
Trip Leader: Dr. Patricia Dwyer (pdwyer@ndm.edu, 410-532-5560)

This experiential learning opportunity, designed for graduate students in education, explores Finland’s world renowned educational system through the University of Helsinki’s Eduvisit Program.  Travelers will visit schools and attend lectures from expert educational leaders on the characteristics and benefits of the country’s educational system. In addition, participants will explore Finland’s capital, Helsinki, with its cultural treasures, culinary delights, and architectural beauty.  Pre-travel and post-travel classes will be held on NDMU’s campus.  


Environmental Education and Service-Learning in Costa Rica
Dates: June 17-July 1, 2017
Trip Leader: Dr. Juliann Dupuis (jdupuis@ndm.edu or 410-532-5148)

This program provides a unique opportunity for students to use nationally recognized environmental education materials from Project Learning Tree (PLT) (a division of the American Forest Foundation) in a tropical setting. Students use PLT to apply ecological concepts to environmental education and the use and management of natural resources in Costa Rica. Working side by side with local community members, they complete environmental action and education projects while developing an awareness and appreciation for the local culture and environment.  Program highlights include a whitewater rafting excursion on the Sarapiqui River; bird watching walks, Tirimbina Lodge, a hike into the La Selva Biological Field Station guided by a local wildlife expert, and a visit to the Arenal Volcano.


Archaeological Tour of Greece
Dates: June 30-July 13, 2017
Trip Leaders: Sister Therese Marie Dougherty, SSND (tdougherty@ndm.edu, 410-532-5559) and Sister Theresa Lamy, SSND

Enjoy modern Greece as you explore its early history.  Climb the Acropolis in Athens.  Travel to Delphi, home of the oracle of Apollo; continue on to Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games; experience the acoustics of the theater at Epidaurus, the Corinthian canal, the breathtaking monasteries of Meteora. Then go on to the island of Crete to visit the famous Palace of Minos.


FOR MORE INFORMATION - Please contact the lead faculty member(s) listed.

Previous Programs

  • Notre Dame Nursing in Haiti
  • Women Surviving Trauma and Building Peace in Bosnia
  • Exploring Brazil
  • An Arizona/Mexico Border Experience with the SSNDs
  • A Journey from Moscow to St. Petersburg: Russian History and Literature
  • China: Contemporary Chinese Culture and Its Influence on Business and Education
  • Service Abroad: Women in Leadership and Service
  • Literary England and London Theater
  • Archaeology of Roman Italy
  • Syria: Islam and Christianity—Yesterday and Today
  • The Guatemalan Adventure
  • Australia and New Zealand: Global Nursing—Health Care Down Under
  • Tanzania: Wellness Initiative