Global Field Study Courses

Spring 2023 Global Field Study Courses

*AUC = Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum 
AUC fulfillments shown with an asterisk (*) are anticipated but pending, awaiting final approval.

Please note that travel locations, dates, and fees are subject to change. see Global Field Study page for FAQs and more information. Seniors may received priority placement in some cases. 

GFS courses are not open to direct registration; students must submit an application and meet other eligibility requirements. Most students wishing to apply for GFS courses will have received an email with a personalized application link; if you aren't able to locate that email or believe that you did not receive it, please contact 


It is expected that all participants in university-sponsored domestic or international travel will be compliant with the University's Interim COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Those who have not complied with the Policy will be ineligible to participate in such travel. Those who have complied with the Policy by securing an approved exemption from the vaccination requirement based on a medical condition or religious belief may face some limitations on travel based on factors such as, but not limited to, safety risk to unvaccinated travelers and/or restrictions on unvaccinated travelers at the travel destination, which may not allow for exemptions or which may impose additional requirements that are not the same as the University's. The specific circumstances of the travel will be evaluated by the Travel Advisory Committee. Before applying to participate in travel programs, individuals with questions related to vaccination status should contact

AH 224 Baroque Art with travel to Italy

Instructor: Jill Pederson
Meeting Time: Wednesdays 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Travel Dates: 5/28-6/6/23 (please note later departure date)
Travel Fee Range: $2,250-2,550
AUC Fulfillment:  CB/VL

This course considers works of art and architecture in Southern Europe from the end of the sixteenth through  the beginning of the eighteenth centuries. This period is characterized by massive upheaval in religious  systems, vast scientific discoveries, and political turmoil, all of which contributed to the fundamental  reconsideration of the values that had underpinned European society for centuries, leading to a range of  dramatic responses in the visual arts. Students in this course will be introduced to artistic production across a  range of media, including painting, sculpture, and architecture, in important European artistic centers. Special emphasis will be placed on Rome, the political and cultural center of Western Christendom. Though the  authority of this city was undermined in the sixteenth century, it emerged in even grander glory in the Baroque  period as it came to represent the cultural jewel of the West, reflecting the power and wealth of kings, popes,  and cardinals. As much of Baroque art is predicated on the manipulation of light and scale, students in this course will have the essential opportunity to fully appreciate these works on site in Rome’s palaces, churches,  and museums.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors

GFS 320/420 Castles, Forests, and Fairy Tales: Mapping the German Landscape

Travel Location: Bavaria, Germany
Instructors: Allyson McCreery and Rhianon Visinsky
Meeting Time: Tuesday 7:00-10:00 pm
Travel Dates: 5/20-5/30/23
Travel Fee Range: 
AUC Fulfillment:  IL, CE, NP, GCE/GCR

This Global Field Study will examine the literary, architectural, and landscape intricacies of the region of Bavaria, Germany. Using geocritical theory as a guide, students will explore the ways in which the German landscape influenced the creation and adaptation of narratives and how those narratives, in turn, influence the ways in which the land is viewed by those “reading” it. We will do this, in part, by reading select fairy tales, myths, and legends from around the globe and comparing those tales to the landscapes of Germany. We will create our own visual landscapes of the tales using various methods of computer and artistic generation; research the origins of the tales, the landscape and architecture; write a research essay and a group project; and create a map utilizing GIS technology. The field component of this course will explore the storied landscapes of Germany.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students

GFS317/417 Inspired by the View: The Beauty and Boldness of Ireland

Travel Location: Ballyvaughan, Ireland
Instructors: Maryann Worrell and Christian Patchell
Meeting Time: Tuesday 2:10-3:50 pm
Travel Dates: 5/20/-6/17/23
Travel Fee Range: 
AUC Fulfillment:  VL, GCE/GCR

This course provides students with the tools to generate creative works, and rediscover and reflect upon the natural world through the medium of their choice (photography, fine art, writing, performance, research, etc.)  The experience will be classroom-based at Arcadia during the Spring 2018 semester, as well as include a four-week stay in the West of Ireland from May 20th-June 17th.  This course is for sophomore- graduate students, studying any major, and combines lectures, studio work and field trip excursions. Students and two faculty members will be living and studying in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, a rural village in the West of Ireland.  Students will be attending The Burren College of Art, which  will provide all living arrangements, studio space and limited transportation (5 days a week, 9am and 5pm) to and from the College from Ballyvaughan.   Weekly courses at AU will cover a variety of topics including Ireland’s history and culture, artists and writers, various art studio methods, generating creativity, environmental issues (home and abroad), etc.; applicable to studio and writing course works.  

Students will be required to attend all field trips, as well as work in College studios or on campus daily from 9:30am-5pm, with an hour lunch.  Students will share studios, two students per 14’x14’ space and studios are available to students 24/7.   Students will present their works or research in a gallery setting, open to the public, at the end of their stay.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and grad students

GFS 381 Environmental Sustainability in Bali, Indonesia

Travel Location: Bali, Indonesia
Instructor: Prash Naidu
Meeting Time:  Tuesday 4:00-7:00pm
Travel Dates: 
Travel Fee Range: $3,350-$3,650
AUC Fulfillment:  * NP, SS, CB
*AUCs currently waiting approval. 

During our field study, Bali is our “living classroom” where we examine the ways that individual, community, and environmental well-being are intertwined and connected to global economies and local ecologies. Exploring Bali’s challenges through interactions with the island’s NGOs provides real-world context for issues discussed in the classroom. Students have multiple learning opportunities including visiting revered Balinese temples and royal palaces, exploring sustainability in a national park, snorkeling over coral restoration sites, speaking with a member of the Balinese royal family, and visiting an organization that brings simple technologies to communities in need. This GFS combines experiential learning with reflective writing, culminating in a project where you explore podcasting or photoethnography based on your experience in the field study.

Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students 


GFS306 Marine Biology and Cultural History of Fiji

Travel Location: Nadi and Nacula Island, Fiji
Instructors: Naomi Phillips and Kelila Jaffe
Meeting Time: Friday 2:00-4:00 pm
Travel Dates: 3/10-3/21/23
(Please note spring break travel dates, students responsible for any missed 3/10 courses and will attend Monday classes after 3/21 am return)
Travel Fee Range: 
AUC Fulfillment:  CL, NPL, GCE/GCR

This course will focus on the marine biology and cultural history of Fijian Islands, culminating in a 12-day field study to the Fijian island chains. This is a global experience course with an optional global reflection piece. The Fijian archipelago has more than 330 islands with 110 permanently inhabited encompassing a land area of about 18,300 square kilometers (7,100 sq mi). We will be taking daily trips to explore and learn about key marine habitats and cultural sites of the islands. We will learn about both the marine plants and animals of the island, but will focus on the marine plants since these are less well characterized. Evening activities include lectures, night snorkels, and other lab activities. Prerequisites: An interest in nature, marine biology and/or Pacific culture. Trip includes rigorous daily hikes and snorkeling, thus one needs to be in reasonable physical shape and a capable swimmer. Snorkeling and water safety will be taught in the required pre-trip classes. Students will need to pass a swim test before the first class meeting.

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors

GFS 321 Exploring National Identity in Central Europe

Travel Location: Munich, Germany and Vienna, Austria
Instructor: Christopher Cerski
Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00-5:40pm
Travel Dates: 
Travel Fee Range: $2,975-$3,375 depending on enrollment and variable costs
AUC Fulfillment:   CL, GCE/GCR

This course will study how nation-states develop a common national identity and its importance to governmental power. Students will develop an awareness about a nation-state's use of visual culture to form or project a national identity. This course will study the cultural artifacts that have been used throughout history to form national identity and national narratives, including architecture, monuments,memorials, and art. Students will visit Munich/Nuremberg, Germany and Vienna, Austria, and read an array of sources that examine the importance of capital city architecture, memorialization of key historical monuments, as well as the use of museums to preserve artifacts and art that construct national narratives, identity, and history. Before exploring the international sites, students will examine the United States' national identity and visit Washington, D.C. to explore how our government uses architecture, monuments, memorials, and art to construct an American identity that shapes the country's cultural and historical narratives.

Open to juniors, seniors, and sophomores

Helfpul Information

Would you like to apply for a GFS course? Please see the Global Field Study page for application information

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