Honors Program Study Abroad

Honors Program Study Abroad

NJCU Honors Program includes a university supported Study Abroad component, in line with the Program's mission to promote student engagement in a culturally complex world. In their second and third years the students travel to a destination outside the US. The trips are embedded in Honors Program courses and complement the work done in the classroom. Students return from this first-hand experience with different cultures with new confidence, with their opinions challenged, and a new vision of the world.


In Spring 2015 Professor Tim White traveled with the students in his Historic Preservation in the Global City: New York, Shanghai, Beijing to China. Their course chronicled the historic preservation in the skyscraper cities of New York, Beijing, and Shanghai after 1900. Students in the course heard expert presentations at NJCU, visited sites in New York City, and traveled to China to evaluate the efforts undertaken in each city to preserve old buildings and neighborhoods, using successes and failures as windows into power, sustainability, and disenfranchised populations in the global city. Professor Louise Stanton co-led the trip.

Trip’s itinerary:

Day 1 - Land in Shanghai

Day 2 - AM Bund tour PM Nanshi district (old city) tour

Day 3 - AM Lilong housing, Luzan tours PM Nanjing Road tour

Day 4 - AM Day trip to Suzhou PM travel to Beijing

Day 5 - AM Forbidden City PM Cultural immersion dinner

Day 6 - AM “Back lakes” Hutong tour PM Summer Palace

Day 7 - Daytrip: Great Wall of China PM return from Great Wall

Day 8 - AM Tour: modern hutong in Gulou PM Tian’an Men Square

Day 9 - Flight home

STUDY ABROAD IN BERLIN: In Spring 2015 Honors students in the course “East Meets the West: Borders and Crossings through Cultures” will travel with Professor Anna Cieslik and Professor Rozzy Hooper-Hamersley to Berlin. The course focuses on the notion of borders and the politics and social processes associated with them. During spring break, they will explore Berlin, using it as a case study to engage the socially constructed divisions between East and West, Communism and Capitalism, Islam and Christianity.

Trip’s itinerary:

Day 1 – AM Arrival in Berlin PM Unter den Linden, Brandenburger Tor, Reichstag

Day 2 - AM Nikolaiviertel tour PM The Museum of Islamic Art

Day 3 - AM New Synagogue, Spandauer PM Jewish Museum Vorstadt

Day 4 - AM Sachsenhausen Labor Camp PM Sachsenhausen Labor Camp

Day 5 - AM DDR Museum PM Check Point Charlie, East Side Gallery Alexanderplatz

Day 6 –AM Kreuzberg PM Şehitlik Mosque

Day 7 – AM Potsdam PM Potsdam

Day 8 – AM Departure


Honors juniors will take Professor William Westerman's course “Politics, Folklore, and Theatre in Ireland,” and will travel to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland with Professors Westerman and Scott O'Connor. This year coincides with the centennial of the Easter Rising rebellion, and the course will examine the relationships between folklore, paganism, and nationalism, and the role of theatre and other arts in Irish independence, as well as reconciliation after The Troubles in the north.

Trip's itinerary

The itinerary will include four days in Dublin. Activities will include a backstage tour of the Abbey Theatre, visits to Trinity College Library and the Book of Kells, the National Museum of Ireland, Kilmainham Gaol, the Dublin Writers Museum, the homes of George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce, and attending several theatrical performances. After a day on the west coast, the group will spend three days in Londonderry/Derry in Northern Ireland, and visit the Bogside murals and Museum of Free Derry, the Tower Museum, the old city walls. They will meet with local theatre companies developing new plays to bring Catholic and Protestant populations together after decades of division and distrust.

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