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Semester at Sea is a pioneer and leader in global, comparative education—a form of international study that focuses on surveying the world's peoples, patterns, cultures, and traditions. Global, comparative education is the element that distinguishes Semester at Sea from other study abroad programs. Operating a traveling shipboard campus allows diverse learning communities to live and learn in close quarters as they travel the world, and SAS provides opportunities for intensive engagement, reflection, interaction, and exchange that simply aren't available with other programs. Field-based, experiential learning is a vital component of Semester at Sea. The ship becomes a campus where participants study in a traditional setting, while the world is transformed into an academic laboratory where students earn 20% of their grade. Field Labs are designed and led by a faculty member who has expertise in a particular culture, location, or subject matter. These in-port labs enhance and explore course content. SAS directed trips are led by staff or faculty. May be recommended by a faculty member as an excellent complement to a student's syllabus. Independent Practica are opportunities for a participant to conduct independent research. Requires faculty approval to count as fulfillment of field requirement.
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Classes and residences are on board the MV Explorer, a 590-foot ship made into a floating campus. There are seven decks, student residences, dining halls, a library, recreational facilities, and more. Check out the Semester at Sea website for more information! There are voyages summer, fall, and spring with different routes around the world. The destinations vary slightly every year. While in port, students have the choice to stay in country or on the ship.
Minimum 2.75 GPA, Consistent full time student status where one full term has been completed, 300-500 word essay.
See the Semester at Sea Application Checklist for more information on application requirements.
Program is a study tour through Finland, Denmark, and Sweden hosted by OSU College of Forestry faculty.
Class will travel throughout Finland (Helsinki, Rauma, Olkiluoto and Tampere) and Sweden (Stockholm, Uppsala, Falun) examining the housing industry from mulitple perspectives that address regional sustainability.
• Good academic standing, with a minimum GPA of 2.75
• Sophomore standing or above
• Maturity and ability to participate in a rigorous daily program
The fifteen-day study course will begin in Helsinki, Finland, and progress to Stockholm, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark. From these cities, students will travel into forested and agricultural areas to encounter sustainable forests and forest management systems, wood production, and examples of renewable energy systems. Emphasis will be placed on sustainability throughout the time abroad; where possible, public transportation (buses, trains and ferries) will be used to reach the learning destinations.
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University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Jyväskylä is the only teaching and research university in Finland with a program in Physical Education and Sport Science. It offers curriculum in sport pedagogy, sport and exercise psychology, adapted physical education, dance pedagogy, sports planning and administration, sport sociology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, science of sports coaching and fitness testing, gerontology and public health, physiotherapy, sports medicine, health education, and occupational therapy.
Research activities cover the entire human life-span with the an emphasis on sport culture and physical education culture, aging (especially changes in functional capacity), neuro-muscular mechanisms and adaptation in physical exercise, and research on health promotion and health education.
Finland is the seventh largest country in Europe, and after Iceland, the second most northern country. Despite its image as a snowbound landmass, it has temperate and distinct seasons. Jyväskylä is situated in the heart of Finland, approximately 300 km from the capital, Helsinki. It is a city rich with culture and arts, sporting events, education and business.
Minimum 3.0 GPA. Completed Human Anatomy/Physiology sequence. Must have junior or senior standing when departing for the program.