Program Information

The Center for Global Studies is constantly working with foreign institutions and UNA faculty to create new opportunities for UNA students to engage and explore the larger world. Some of our recent and upcoming opportunities are listed below:

The May intersession trip to Tianjin, China was cancelled for this year.

Study Abroad for a semester or year

Magellan Exchange

The Magellan Exchange offers opportunities to study abroad for a semester or an academic year, as well as offers some summer and short-term programs. Bachelor and master level students are welcome to participate. Program options and academic calendars vary by location.

ITALY Study Abroad

Travel with the UNA Chamber Choir as a non-singing participant to Montecatini, Florence, Pisa, and Rome. Enjoy the Florence Duomo, Michelangelo’s David, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Roman Coliseum and Forum, the Vatican, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Plus, enjoy stunning concerts by one of UNA’s elite choral ensembles in magnificent settings—including St. Peter’s! This program balances cultural and historical attractions nicely with typical tourist activities such as sightseeing and dining. We travel with Kingsway International for our fourth time—a company with a thirty-five year history of providing once-in-a-lifetime experiences. (As we have found on previous tours, they hire the best guides in the business!) This tour includes a morning and evening meal most days, all accommodations and land transport, and passes for all cultural sites mentioned.


  • Dates: 10-17 May 2015
  • Cost: approximately $3050.00 (excluding air taxes and surcharges capped at $450) based on current exchange rate
  • Application Deadline: 1 November
  • Scholarships available: Yes
  • Scholarship deadline: 1 November
  • Course Credit/area of study: 1) IE499 - Intercultural Experience – 1 hour (Tuition fee is separate from trip cost.)
  • Foreign language ability requirement: None
  • Accommodations: Hotels
  • Contact: Dr. Ian Loeppky at
  • Download the detailed brochure

CHINA Study Abroad Full Scholarship

The China Scholarship Council of the People's Republic of China are sponsoring scholarship opportunities to encourage American students to study abroad or conduct a research project in China for one academic year. The full scholarship will cover registration, tuition fees, accommodation and textbooks. Some stipend will also be provided. Two scholarships are available to qualified UNA students. All UNA full-time students who are US citizens are eligible to apply. Interested applicants should prepare an essay that details:

  • Why you are interested in studying in China and why you are committed to learning Chinese;
  • How this opportunity to study in China for a full year relates to your personal and career goals;
  • What makes you a good selection for this prestigious scholarship during which you are, in effect, an ambassador for your country and for UNA.

The deadline for essays is Monday, February 24. Essays should be mailed to Dr. Craig Christy at and Dr. Chunsheng Zhang at Successful applicants will be contacted for an individual interview by February 26.

UNA Faculty-Led, Short-Term Programs

PARIS, France Study Abroad

Cruise the Seine River during Spring Break. Plus, explore the Louvre Museum, Montparnasse Tower, and the Royal Palace of Versailles. The program is a nine-day intensive visit to Paris. A particular effort has been made to balance cultural and education experiences with typical tourist activies such as shopping and dining. The program includes daily European breakfast. Students will visit Paris attractions Notre Dame Cathedral, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees and more.


  • Dates for 2015: TBD
  • Cost: $2750.00 (excluding tuition) based on current exchange rate
  • Application Deadline: To Be Determined
  • Scholarships available: Yes
  • Scholarship deadline: November 1
  • Course Credit/area of study: 1) IE499 - Intercultural Experience - 3 hours; 2) FL490 - Special Topics in International Studies *Tuition fee is separate from trip cost.
  • Foreign language ability requirement: French
  • Accommodations: Hotels
  • Contacts: Dr. Keith Lindley at

PERU Study Abroad

Exercise and Nutritional Science: Promoting Study Abroad in Health and Nutrition - This program is made possible through the generous support of the PARTNERS of the AMERICAS 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund and the University of North Alabama Foundation, with additional support from Sodexo and other UNA divisions, in partnership with Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Lima/Cusco, Peru). Students focusing, or considering studying, in Exercise Science, Nutrition, Health Promotion, Culinary Arts, Nursing, Behavioral Psychology should take advantage of this opportunity to study at the Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Lima/Cusco, Peru).


  • Dates for 2015: June 6-20, 2015
  • Cost: approximately $3,300 (Much/most of the cost will be paid for through the grant and other scholarship support)
  • Application Deadline: February 2, 2015
  • Scholarships available: Yes
  • Scholarships deadline: February 15, 2015
  • Foreign language ability requirement: None
  • Faculty Trip Leaders: Dr. Matt Green (Exercise Science) -; Professor Prema Monteiro (Culinary Arts) -; Professor Jill Englett (Nutrition) -; Dr. Ryan Zayac (Behavioral Psychology) -
  • Application: Click here.

NEW ZEALAND Study Abroad

Experience Middle Earth! Travel to Auckland, Matamata, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Te Anau, Milford Sound and Queenstown. Earn credits in COM 480/580 Special Topics, ENT 490 Special Topics, EI 499 Intercultural Experience. College of Business credit is available in your major and for MBA students. See Dr. Gordon for details.


  • Dates: 11-16 May 2015
  • Cost: approximately $4,000.00
  • Application Deadline:
  • Scholarships available: Yes
  • Scholarship deadline:
  • Course Credit/area of study: Earn credits in COM 480/580 Special Topics, ENT 490 Special Topics, EI 499 Intercultural Experience (Tuition fee is separate from trip cost.)
  • Foreign language ability requirement: None
  • Contact: Dr. Bruce Gordon at or Dr. beth Garfrerick at

What if I don't have a passport?

Are scholarships available?

When is the mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting?

Watch this helpful slideshow for a quick introduction to what needs to do be done before travelling. You'll need Microsoft PowerPoint to watch this file.