Academic Travel Abroad

Coordinator of Academic Travel Abroad
Patricia Brennan, Ph.D.
PH 402.552.6125  TF 800.647.5500  
brennan@clarksoncollege.edu

Inspired by the belief that some of the best learning experiences cannot be duplicated in the classroom, Academic Travel Abroad (ATA) offers a student-centered, first-hand introduction to the people, arts, history and health care of Western (non-American) cultures. Under faculty guidance, ATA exposes students to other cultures, including its challenges and perspectives, with the possibility of earning college credit. Guided tours include hospital visits, medical history sites and other customized tours. Free days are included to foster students’ self-directed learning skills. In conjunction with traditional ways of acquiring knowledge, experimental components such as discovery learning help transform students’ finite educational experiences into a lifetime of learning. 

ACADEMIC TRAVEL ABROAD (ATA)

ATA is scheduled between semesters as described below.

April – May ATA

Offered between spring and summer semesters, this two-week immersion experience is the keystone of several General Education courses – students may enroll for one or multiple courses.

  • HU 215 (Health Care Core course) for 3 semester hours
  • HC 280 for 1 - 2 semester hours   
  • HU 290 for 1 - 3 semester hours
  • HU 291 for zero semester hours.

HU 215 Academic Travel Abroad Humanities

Three semester hours
This Academic Travel Abroad course satisfies the Health Care Core - Humanities requirement. A 12-day travel experience serves as the keystone of this hybrid courses, which consists of pre-trip preparations and post-trip assignments. It offers a student-centered, first-hand look at the history, arts, and cultural identity of the country or countries on the itinerary. It also traces the history of healing in that country, including a visit to a hospital or clinic for students to interact with providers, educators, and students from another system.

HC 280 International Health Care

One to two semester hours
International Health Care examines health care systems in other countries and compares them to the American health care system. Students will participate in international visits to hospitals and other historical health care sites in the country visited by students participating in the Academic Travel Abroad program.

HU 290 Special Topics in Humanities

One to three semester hours
Taken through Academic Travel Abroad, this course provides a first-hand introduction to the historical and artistic identity shaped by a Western (but non-American) culture. Foci may include the history (people, places, ideas, events) and the arts (architecture, sculpture, literature, painting) that reflect a unique cultural identity. This ATA course may be taken in conjunction with HU 215 and/or HC 280, can be used as an elective, and may be repeated as different cultures are visited and studied.

HU 291 Special Topics in Humanities

No semester hours assigned
Taken through Academic Travel Abroad, this course provides a first-hand introduction to the historical and artistic identity shaped by a Western (but non-American) culture. Foci may include the history (people, places, ideas, events) and the arts (architecture, sculpture, literature, painting) that reflect a unique cultural identity. This ATA course is intended for students who do not need additional elective credit but wish to benefit from the opportunity to travel abroad. The course may be repeated as different cultures are visited and is graded Pass / No pass.

December ATA

Clarkson College offers a collaborative academic travel experience in which students from Clarkson College, Nebraska Methodist College, and Bryan College of Health Sciences have the opportunity to experience cultural diversity and travel, as well as, an international view of health care through ATA 270 or ATA 271. These trips are scheduled between the fall and spring semesters.

ATA 270 Special Topics in Academic Travel Collabration

This course is a team-taught variable credit course that satisfies one to three hours of General Education credit. It offers a first-hand introduction to the history, arts and health care systems of other cultures, including at least one hospital tour for students to interact with providers and educators from another system. The course may include more than one culture and may be repeated as different cultures are visited.

ATA 271 Special Topics in Academic Travel Collabration

This course is a team-taught course intended for students who do not need elective credit but wish to benefit from the opportunity to travel abroad. It offers a first-hand introduction to the history, arts and health care systems of other cultures, including at least one hospital tour for students to interact with providers and educators from another system. The course may be repeated as different cultures are visited and is graded Pass / No pass.