After decades of war and isolation, Vietnam now boasts one of the strongest economies in Asia. With the help of outstanding academic and community experts, you’ll examine the interplay of Vietnam’s traditional culture and values and its recent economic, social, and environmental changes. Educational excursions immerse you in the culture and local realities of Vietnamese communities. The itinerary changes each semester, but always includes visits to temples and monasteries, nature reserves, local markets, orphanages, schools, and factories. Immediately preceding the Independent Study Project, the travel part of the program exposes you to myriad possibilities and contacts for your ISP.
Služeb 569/7, Malešice, 108 00 Praha-Praha 10, Czech Republic
Please visit our website for more information. Work directly with artists and social innovators to create an independent project in visual arts, creative writing, or performing arts practice or theory. Study with a dynamic community of visual, performing, and literary artists, where art and creative dissent have played a decisive role in shaping social and political change. This program will allow you to choose either an arts-based research project that integrates research methods with creative writing or visual or performing arts practice or, alternately, a field-based research project using traditional qualitative research methods. You will be immersed in the Czech Republic’s contemporary art scene and given the opportunity to explore the country’s rich artistic heritage. You will also be challenged to consider the relationship between art, politics, and society in the country’s historic and contemporary contexts.
68 St Geran Grove, Bluff, 4052, South Africa
Through coursework and community engagement, you will focus on issues of memory, reconciliation, development, and nation building as they relate to South Africa’s social and political transformations in the more than 20 years after apartheid. Choose between three different program tracks. Work with professional journalists from Peabody Award–winning Round Earth Media to produce a feature-length story to be considered for publication in media outlets, complete an internship with a local organization, or conduct independent research and produce a substantial academic paper. The program includes multiple excursions, including comparative visits to neighboring Mozambique and Swaziland, which have pursued different paths in their own recent histories of independence. Please visit our website for more information.