Outside the Classroom


""Since deep, lasting student learning happens beyond the four walls of the traditional classroom, College of Liberal Arts faculty offer a wide variety of Study Abroad and Alternative Spring Break programs. These immersive programs—some of which are featured below—provide students with the opportunity to, among other things, learn or improve language skills, encounter new methods of instruction, and, most importantly, broaden their worldviews through learning about new cultures and perspectives.

Current Study Abroad Opportunities

Psychology 351: Social Psychology or Psychology 499: Independent Study Oxford, England

May 24th – June 20th

""How do social, environmental, and cognitive factors shape our thoughts, feelings, and actions? This social psychology course is designed to answer these questions in a uniquely immersive fashion by combining traditional modes of education with a healthy dose of applied, “real world” experiential learning. As a study abroad course, the socio-cultural landscape of the United Kingdom – specifically, Oxford – will serve as an extension of our classroom. Students will have the advantage of observing and testing theories learned in class in a foreign environment. The ancient city of Oxford is the perfect location to host this 4-week program. Tucked between London and the Cotswolds, and surrounded by the unparalleled natural beauty of the Thames Valley, Oxford is known as the “city of dreaming spires.” Oxford is home to renowned museums, architecture, and cultural sites, including the oldest and most prestigious university in the English speaking world. Few cities can claim to have been the inspiration for so many icons of popular culture – Narnia, the Shire, Wonderland, Camelot, and Hogwarts, among others. In addition to being a travel destination in and of itself, Oxford is a 90-minute bus ride to London, opening up a number of travel opportunities for students. The trip will culminate in a 3-day excursion to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to apply social psychological concepts to understand the aftermath of the Northern Irish conflict (“The Troubles,” 1968-1998).

For more information visit: https://sites.google.com/view/oxfordsummer/home

Psychology Study Abroad in Germany (with trips to Amsterdam & Berlin)

""Spend a month in Bonn, Germany visiting castles, cathedrals, museums, and other historical sites.  Students stay with host families and participate in a variety of excursions, including a rafting trip down the Rhine River, bike trips, and a visit to a local winery.  Course offerings alternate between Abormal Psychology (Psy 371, taught by Dr. Chi-Ah Chun) and Interpersonal Violence (Psy 471 taught by Dr. Courtney Ahrens) every other year.  Students attend class at the Akademie fur International Bildung (AIB) in downtown Bonn, and will take two multiple day excursions to Amsterdam and Berlin.  Academic fieldtrips include visits to the International Criminal Court, the Humanity House, the Anne Frank house, Museum of German History, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp.  Other excursions include a rooftop tour of Cologne Cathedral, a visit to Drachenfels and Marksburg Castles, a visit to Bruhl Palace, and plenty of free time for more exploration. 

Application Deadline February 15th.

For more information, see:  https://sites.google.com/view/summerontherhine2019/home

Scholarships Available

Akko, Israel

""Religious Studies 490/UNIV 301: Global Issues and Special Topic in Religious Studies 

  • Join the dig at the Akko World Heritage site
  • Learn how to excavate, or improve your skills
  • Immerse in the history, cultures, and religions of the region
  • Learn conservation techniques in the Old City of Akko
  • Tour Israel
  • Accomplish your intensive writing requirement

Students will be joining the archaeological field school located on a site first established 5,000 years ago on a hill overlooking the Akko plain in Northern Israel. The tel or hill provided these settlers with a strategic defensive position, and a location near one of the few naturally protected places for boats to moor. Finds at the site have established that communities have engaged in trading throughout the centuries. Its significance was attested to New Kingdom Egyptian, Neo-Assyrian, Achaemenid, and Greek historical sources. As time went on, the area became a crusader town (Acre) and a seat of the Ottoman empire. This rich, multi-cultural heritage has inspired the creation of project that aims to link the past to the present-day community’s diverse desires for the future. The current city has Jewish, Christian, and Muslim residents, a Baha’i center, and the Sufi Shadhiliyya-Yashrutiyya Zawiya world spiritual center. Tel Akko Total Archaeology aims to engage these stakeholders in the heritage unearthed and conserved in the project in an effort to foster empathy, co-existence and collaboration.

There are three components of the School. The core of the program is excavation of the Tel. This includes roughly six hours of field work, pottery washing, lectures, and visits to other archaeological sites in Israel. This core is required of all participants. Additionally, there are two optional components. One is a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) class that introduces students to survey, 3D documentation, and landscape archaeology.

Email: sophia.avants@csulb.edu
Cost: $4710 + airfare
Many grants & scholarships available




JULY 11-JULY 25, 2020

$3,750 (Multi-bed Room)
$5,200 (Single Room)

Your Program Includes:

  • Round-trip flights to Amsterdam
  • 13 nights accommodation in Amsterdam
  • Transportation passes
  • Tours/Museum Passes
  • Daily breakfast
  • International medical insurance coverage

Not Included:

  • Course tuition (Scholarships available)
  • Passport fees
  • Additional meals
  • Personal expenses

To apply go to: www.csulb.edu/international (search for SOC 342 in Amsterdam) or click HERE.

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Please contact Dr. Jan Haldipur at jan.haldipur@csulb.edu for more information!

Download an PDF copy of brochure for additional information.



""WHERE? Campus L’infinito

WHEN? June 28 to July 25, 2020

HOW MUCH? €1,260

Price includes a four week Italian language course, guided tours and local events, and accomodations for four weeks!

We will hold an informational meeting in November 2019
(Exact date and time to be determined)

For more information, please contact: Joanna Tatro, Program Coordinator


The Archaeology of Rome

""May Intersession

May 18-June 5, 2020
Visit Rome & Naples

Come experience the world of Ancient Rome with Classics lecturer and Archaeologist, Jessica L. Brooks. Visit the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona in Rome. Explore the streets if Pompeii and earn college credit while doing so!

For more information or to secure a spot: jessica.brooks@csulb.edu





Summer Study Abroad Mexico!

""CHLS 450: 1492 and Beyond

3 weeks of Spanish, social Science, Culture & Guided Trips
Excursions in Mexico City:

  • La Catedral, Palacio Nacional,
  • UNAM
  • El Zocalo, Tlatelolco, Teotihuacan
  • PLaza de Las Bellas Artes
  • Basilica de Guadalupe, Coyoacan
  • Museo Frida Kahlo (Casa Azul)
  • Xochimilco (las Chinampas)
  • Museo Dolores Olmedo
  • Tepoztlan – Tepozteco . . . And More!

Total Cost: Aproximately $3,000

To apply please go to: http://www.alfredocarlos.com/study-abroad.html then click on the ‘interest form’ botton and fill out your information

For more information please contact: Dr. Alfredo Carlos at Alfredo.Carlos@csulb.edu

Cost covers: Programming/Excursions, CSULB Summer Fees, Housing. Does NOT cover: Airfare, Food amd spending money

Alternative Spring Break

Mexico Spring Travel-Study 2020

 Travel-Study March 27-April 5, 2020 in Mexico City, visit cultural landmarks, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM), and study at the CILAC Freire Institute in Cuernavaca, Morelos.

To participate you must be enrolled in the Spring 2020 course CLA-490 (meets Friday from 10am-1pm)


""*Over 45 hours of intensive Spanish and Mexican culture instruction, daily lectures, cultural and archeological field trips and a California-Mexico Policy seminar in Mexico City;

*CILAC Freire Institute classes, hotel and home-stay lodging, meals and local transportation.

*CSULB credit for the CLA-490 course and units of Spanish credit (by petition), if approved.


Brief Course Description: This interactive course will meet the requirements for a CLA Special Topics course (CLA-490), and expose students to the cultural lifestyle, educational system and political climate of Mexico today, while enhancing their Spanish language skills. The primary goal of the course is to develop a deep understanding of critical educational policies & economic factors shaping the California-Mexico relationship and development of a bi-national higher education agenda.

All class activities, room and board, local transportation and meals during the travel-study will be covered by IRA funds. If selected for the class, participants will be required to cover their own airfare from LAX to Mexico City and personal expenses.

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To apply, please fill out the application form on the following link or scan the QR code on the left.





Alternative Spring Break: Yellowstone National Park & the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

""Univ 300 – The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Politics, Culture & Science

Informational Sessions:
Monday, 9/23 at 2:00p.m. OR Tuesday, October 1 at 10:00 a.m.
LIB, 5th Floor Honors Wing







Prior Alternative Spring Break Opportunities