Study Abroad in Ghana or Tahiti This Summer

Applications are now open for two great study abroad opportunities coming up this summer:

· 2016 Summer A-Term: iSchool French Polynesia| Wayfinding and Different Ways of Knowing

· 2016 Early Fall Exploration Seminar: iSchool Ghana| Experience Research: Communication Technologies and Development in Southern Ghana.

Please see below for information on each program and links to the application sites for more details and don’t hesitate to contact me (arabasey@uw.edu) if you have any questions.

1. iSchool French Polynesia| Wayfinding and Different Ways of Knowing

French Polynesia, and the island of Tahiti in particular, is an ideal site for exploring issues of “wayfinding” through the lens of place and identity and a rich culture of oral traditions. Drawing on traditional knowledge systems and la culture ma’ohi, which refers to an indigenous perspective on identity and connection to land, we will engage students in an exploration that traces both the historical, geographic, and mythical frameworks that shape our understanding of the key role the region has played in the Diaspora of Polynesian people across the Pacific. The course content is interdisciplinary in nature and draws on scholarship from information science, geography, history, and anthropology to help students understand the cultural, social, and economic realities of this island society. This program is open to undergraduate students.

The program will be 4 weeks long and takes place from June 20 to July 18, 2016. Students will receive 6 credits (INFO 498 – 5 credits and GEN ST 391 – 1 credit).

Application deadline is January 29.

Information sessions: There are no information sessions for this program, but feel free to contact me with your questions.

To apply or get additional information, follow this link:

https://studyabroad.washington.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11117

2. iSchool Ghana| Experience Research: Communication Technologies and Development in Southern Ghana

If you’ve ever wondered whether information and communication technologies (ICTs) are really changing lives in African countries, this is an opportunity to find out for yourself. Learn how to design and carry out a research project to answer questions you have about the role of ICTs in socio-economic development, while also experiencing the realities of life in Ghana. You do not need to have research experience, and we welcome both graduate and undergraduate students.

The program will be 4 weeks long and takes place from August 26 – September 25, 2016. Credits will be counted towards your Fall 2016 load. Students will receive 5 credits (INFX 598 or INFO 498). The course satisfies the research methods requirement for Informatics students (INFO 470) and qualifies as an elective for the International Development Certificate Program (IDCP). We are happy to work with you and your adviser if the program could satisfy requirements for other courses in your major.

Application Deadline is February 29.

Information sessions coming soon… Look out for a message in the next few days announcing the dates for our information sessions.

To apply or get additional information, follow this link: http://studyabroad.washington.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10922&Type=O&sType=O

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