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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.

Short-term academic experiences abroad application - Apply Now!

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

2016 Short-term Academic Experiences Abroad

Notre Dame Nursing in Haiti
Dates: October 24-31, 2015 and March 11-19, 2016
Trip Leader: Dr. Mary Packard, RN  

Experience nursing as a practice of social justice in Jacmel, Haiti!  Students join faculty leader Mary Packard and 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. We will also learn and grow with nursing students from Université Notre Dame d’Haiti.

Women Surviving Trauma and Building Peace in Bosnia
Dates: January 6-16, 2016
Trip Leaders: Drs. Maria Mouratidis and Eleftherios Michael

This experiential learning opportunity explores the reality of women coping with complex social, religious, and psychological traumas of the wars in Bosnia and how resilience to build peace and sustainable reconciliation in ethnically divided communities are being cultivated. Participants will see first-hand how social, religious, and cultural fabrics were torn apart examining the psychological impact and reflect on how we might live the NDMU Mission as members of the global community.  We will learn from local women and advocates leading the efforts of post-conflict resilience, reconstruction and sustainable peace. The trip will include cultural experiences in Bosnia, Croatia and Austria.

London Calling
Dates: January 7-17, 2016
Trip Leaders: Drs. Gene Farrington, Jeana DelRosso, Sister Margaret Mahoney, SSND, and Bill Davis

 Encounter London through plays, day tours of Warwick Castle and Stratford Upon Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace and home of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre), Stonehenge and the historic Bath (home of Jane Austen). If this is your first London tour you are going to want to see Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the London Museum, the Changing of the Guard, the National Gallery, and countless other sites. You may want to take a boat trip down the Thames to Greenwich, shop at Harrods, find bargains in the market at Covent Garden, opt for a high tea, become part of the night-scene in Soho or take the Chunnel train on a day trip to Paris.

Exploring Brazil
Dates: March 18-27, 2016
Trip Leaders: Drs. Ademar Bechtold and Deborah Calhoun

Explore the history, culture, and business of Brazil while visiting Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Rio is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, exotic food, beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema, and much more.  Visit world famous landmarks including the giant statue of Christ atop Corcovado Mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and Sugarloaf Mountain with its cable cars. Stroll around the 2016 Summer Olympic Venues and visit the Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums and site of the 2014 World Cup final.  Finally, experience the heart of the Amazon Rain Forest, the planet’s greatest reserve of life forms and home of unique indigenous cultures.  The Amazon is home to 1/3 of all species on the planet and discharges 1/4 of Earth’s freshwater.

An Arizona/Mexico Border Experience with the SSNDs
Dates: March 20-26, 2016
Trip Leader: Sister Linda Stilling, SSND

The participants in this eight day educational, cultural awareness trip will live with the SSND community in Douglas, Arizona and cross over into Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico for various experiential learning opportunities.  These experiences will help participants gain an appreciation of the social justice issues surrounding the immigration debate, build relationships and solidarity with the poor and experience the convergence of learning, faith, and justice.  Among the trips are visits and interaction with the Migrant Resource Center and Shelters, the U.S. Border Patrol, Operation Streamline in the courts, the Healing Our Borders Vigil, Just Coffee, Micro Loan Garden Project, and the Fill the Water Tanks Project.

A passport is required. Working knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended.

There is a limit to the number of participants. Those interested should contact Sister Linda Stilling X5306 or lstilling@ndm.edu by September 27th.

A Journey from Moscow to St. Petersburg: Russian History and Literature
Dates: May/June 2016
Trip Leaders: Drs. Anne Henderson and Melissa Sokol

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Russia’s two largest cities.  In Moscow, visit Red Square, the Kremlin, and Peter the Great’s home.  Stroll the Arbat, a pedestrian street full of artists and musicians and imbued with historical and literary significance.  View astonishing icons in museums and churches.  Visit the former homes of great Russian writers such Fedor Dostoevsky and Lev Tolstoy. Then climb aboard the overnight train to St. Petersburg.  In this “Venice of the North,” visit palaces, museums, cathedrals, forts, and monuments such as the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Senate Square, and the Bronze Horseman Statue.  Sail along the rivers and canals and watch the drawbridges rise.

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

Previous Programs

  • 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