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Ohio Dominican students have been all over the world and now it's your turn. With trips throughout the year, there is something for every budget and schedule.
  • Cuba Study Tour - June 2019

    The Cuba Study Tour is set for June 9-18, 2019!  Join us as we discover today’s Cuba. During our trip, we will make people-to-people connections and learn firsthand the reality of everyday Cubans. Our group will get to know both Cuban community organizations as well as private citizens. We will investigate a wide range of topics from healthcare to the arts. 

    Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

    Estimated Cost: $3,000 (including airfare, ground transportation, hotel, breakfast, lunch and all but 4 dinners)

    Faculty Leader:  Manuel Martinez, PhD.

    Contact:  Manuel Martinez, PhD. martinem1@ohiodominican.edu

    Spanish is useful, but not necessary. Some partial scholarship may be available Apply Now

    Apply

  • Guatemala 2019 May Term Trip Information
    • Travel to Guatemala: May 12-26, 2019
    • Application Deadline: March 15, 2019

    Travel to Guatemala and examine the causes, consequences and solutions to Central American poverty. This course will explore poverty in the context of colonial history, economic globalization, political and economic policies of unrestrained capitalism and trade, population growth, tropical climate and cultural patterns. You will travel throughout urban and rural Guatemala and meet with non-profit organizations, government officials and live with impoverished families. Grassroots efforts to address poverty will include micro loan programs, sustainable development and agriculture, empowerment of women, literacy campaigns, investment in human capital, land reform, fair trade policies, appropriate technology and education for democracy. Spanish is useful, but not necessary.

    Instructors: Dr. Julie Hart
    Course Offerings: SOC 379A
    Estimated Cost: $2,600
    Tuition Amount: $360 for 1-credit course

    Apply Now

  • Safety & Travel Information
    Ohio Dominican wants to make sure you take the best precautions for your safety while traveling abroad.

    General Safety Tips

    • Leave a copy of your proposed itinerary with your family so they can contact you in case of an emergency.
    • Photocopy all essential documents and leave copies at home.
    • Write down passport, traveler’s check and credit card numbers, and keep them separate from your wallet.
    • Never leave your luggage unattended.
    • Your contact information should be labeled on each piece of luggage.
    • Carry traveler’s checks or a bank debit card instead of cash.
    • Learn key phrases in the local language so you can ask for help or assistance when you need it.
  • Returning Student Information

    Welcome back! Let us help you transition back into life at ODU. If you have any questions or concerns, please come see us in the International Office or contact us at studyabroad@ohiodominican.edu.

    Evaluation Form
    After you have returned from your study abroad program you should complete the Student Evaluation Form. This evaluation will help our office advise students, and future students select the appropriate program of their choice.

    This is also an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and possibly provide us with recommendations to better serve our students. The International Office will email you the link to complete this evaluation.

    Grades & Transcripts
    Make sure you have requested an official transcript from your study abroad institution to be sent directly to the Registrar’s Office at ODU. The Registrar’s Office will then evaluate your transcript and post your transfer credit on your ODU transcript.

    Grades will appear on your ODU transcript and will be calculated into your cumulative grade point average. The Business Office will send you a bill for this credit when we receive your transcript.

    ODU Housing
    For information regarding housing arrangements upon your return to campus, see the Residence Life Office prior to your departure from campus.

    Re-entry Adjustment
    Just as living abroad requires you to make some adjustments, so does coming home. For some students, this may be the most difficult phase of all.

    By this time you have new knowledge and attitudes, and you may have changed intellectually and personally. You may find difficult to find people who understand your new perspective. The following tips may help you re-adjust:

    • Try to find other students who have studied abroad or meet new international students.
    • Think about how you have changed and what is now important to you.
    • Be patient with your friends and family; they are trying to understand your experience abroad.
    • If you have some negative feelings about your culture, it’s normal. You are now viewing your culture from a different perspective.
    Find some ways to keep the “international” aspect in your life:
    • Volunteer to assist the International Office in study abroad orientations for students going to the country you visited.
    • Get to know the international students on campus.
    • Consider adding a minor in international business.
    • Read online newspapers from your host country.
    • Consider how you can use your international experience in your academics or future career.
    • Start planning how you might go abroad again, either through personal travel, work/volunteer, or internship.

    If you are experiencing any emotional stress or are having a difficult time readjusting, please contact Counseling Services at (614) 251-4589.

ODU Haiti Service Mission Trip

Ohio Dominican University students share their experiences during ODU's Spring Break service mission trip to Haiti in 2016.

Previous Trips: Read the Blogs 

  • 2013 - 2014 Trips
    Summer Term 2014: Guatemala
    Ten ODU students and two faculty members are spending part of their summer break in Guatemala. This study abroad trip  follows their spring term course on Poverty and Development. They are being led by Dr. Julie Hart with Dr. Manuel Martinez accompanying them as a facilitator, translator and program coordinator. View blog and photo.
     
    Spring Break 2014: Florence & Venice
    Ohio Dominican students traveled to Florence and Venice during Spring Break to study art, architecture and public spaces. The group experienced life in Italy while visiting historic sites and taking day trips to both Siena and Pisa. View blog and photos.
     
    May Term 2014: Rome
    Students traveled to Rome to study the history of public spaces. They stayed in Rome and visited sites all over the historic center and enjoyed local day trips. The trip was part of their course on Architectural & Cultural History of Public Spaces. View blog and photos.
     
    Summer 2013: Costa Rica
    ODU Students spent just over two weeks in Costa Rica, volunteering at a local school, Green Valley in Atenas Costa Rica. They  also explored other parts of Costa Rica, including the Arenal volcano area and Manuel Antonio, which is a beach/rainforest area. View blog and photos.
     
  • 2012 - 2013 Trips
    Spring Break 2013: El Salvador
    5th Annual Service Immersion Program partnered with Maryknoll Missioners in San Salvador, the capital city. View blog and photos.
     
    May Term 2013: Rome
    HST/ART 285, Rome the Eternal City – Architectural and Cultural History of Public Spaces with Prof. Nancy Recchie and Prof. Jeff Darbee
     
    Summer Term 2013: Costa Rica
    TSL 540/EDU 385/EDU 585, Experience Cultural Diversity in Costa Rica with Dr. Michele Regalla and Prof. Tony Emanuel. In partnership with Atenas Spanish Academy.
     
  • 2011 - 2012 Trips
    Spring Break 2012: El Salvador
    4th Annual Service Immersion Program partnered with Maryknoll Missioners in San Salvador, the capital city
     
    May Term 2012

    Ireland - THL 285/ENG 385, Hagiography in the Early Irish Church or A Legacy of Irish Literature with Dr. Martin Brick and Dr. Kelle Lynch-Baldwin
     
    Paris - HST/ART 285, City of Light – the Architecture and Urban Form of Paris with Prof. Nancy Recchie and Prof. Jeff Darbee
     
    Spain/Portugal - EDU 385, Exploring Mathematics and Art in a Cultural Context with Dr. Lisa Douglass and Dr. Matt Conley