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Virtual Faculty-Led Programs

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Explore virtual summer programs offering unique opportunities for online global learning. Taught by UI faculty and partners abroad, these courses earn UI credit. 

Summer 2021




“To my knowledge, a medical virtual study abroad of this kind had never been done before at the University of Iowa, this whole experience seemed like uncharted territory, nevertheless, it was the most rewarding cultural experience that I have had in college.”  ~ Tuan Truong, a human physiology and neuroscience major, describing his Winterim virtual faculty-led program


Hong Kong skyline
Introduction to Global Business: Asia Pacific

This summer, Tippie is offering a unique virtual study abroad experience that will explore four different locations in Asia Pacific: Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. This online adventure will feature lectures from professors in each of the four locations, briefings from leading businesses in the region, and fun cultural activities (like a cooking class!). Don’t miss your chance to engage with one of the most important regions and economies on the planet.

 Application deadline: March 31, 2021

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Stratford-upon-avon, England
Shakespeare's England

In addition to readings and writing that will fill the standard requirements for an undergraduate Shakespeare course, this class will offer a virtual study abroad experience in which we get to know Shakespeare’s England through performances, readings, and livestreamed interviews and presentations with actors, directors, and scholars in London and Shakespeare’s home town of Stratford-Upon-Avon.

Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

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Retiro Park, Madrid Spain
Virtual Abroad Experience: Cultures of Spain

This overview of Spain's cultural diversity will involve direct interaction with our guests, a representative group of Spaniards who are prominent in fields such as politics, education, and the arts. Study the conflict between two antagonistic national projects: one that understands Spain as a homogeneous entity and one that advocates for a more pluralistic, inclusive view. 

Application deadline: March 15, 2021

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Florence, Italy
Virtual International Business in Italy

How is international business handled at a time of mass disruption? Given protectionism, pandemics, and risks of political fragmentation, COVID-19 has created an unprecedented time in Italy, Europe, and the world. Join a virtual trip to Italy to examine the business, social, and political response to the pandemic.

Application deadline: March 26, 2021

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brown and white concrete building in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Virtual International Medicine

You will observe health-care professionals in various hospital/clinic settings and interact with patients. Possibly even more important, it is expected that you, through the personal interaction with patients and other experiences, will obtain firsthand experience on cultural, social, and economic aspects in the Dominican Republic.

Application deadline: April 15, 2021

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women sitting at table in Santo Domingo
Women's Empowerment in the Dominican Republic

During this three-week virtual trek in a land with great dichotomy, you will be able to take a life changing cultural plunge through virtual interactions with service providers from several NGO’s who work with at-risk women focusing on the elimination of gender-related violence, discrimination and other hidden inequalities.

Application deadline: April 20, 2021

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