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May Term Study: At Home or Abroad

May Term trip

Each May Term, faculty offer short-term study courses in a variety of domestic and international destinations.

A May Term trip is a great option for students who can’t or don’t want to dedicate an entire summer, semester, or year to studying away from campus.  It’s an exciting chance to get outside the classroom and learn by experiencing the world first-hand.

For anywhere between two and three weeks, Mary Baldwin students have the opportunity to study or perform community service in locations such as France, Costa Rica, South Africa, Peru, and Japan. Each trip is different; some tour several sites or countries, while others stay in one place. Students stay in homes or small hotels and often travel by public transportation. But one thing is always the same; students are always taught and accompanied by one or more full-time members of the Mary Baldwin faculty with expertise in the subject and location.

May Term courses are offered in many disciplines. Language programs improve students’ speaking and listening skills and provide cultural context for the language. Cultural programs take students to locations such as Italy, London, and Vienna to learn about art, music, theatre, history, business, or politics.

Visit the study abroad library at the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement for more information. Students may be eligible to apply financial aid; contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Please note: students must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA minimum) to participate in May Term Abroad. They will also undergo a Student Life clearance to ensure that they have no behavioral issues.

I would not have gone to as many places and experienced as many things (academically or not) if I had not been studying abroad.

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This trip changed my outlook on the world. I will no longer be blind to the injustices and atrocities that take place around the globe.

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2014 May Term Courses

The completed May Term Study Abroad application, Participation Agreement, and non-refundable deposit of $1,000 are due November 1. Balance of payment due February 1. Interested participants may contact the instructor directly to request admission to the course after the deposit deadline.


Destination:  Germany (From Berlin in the NE, through Central Germany including Eisenach and Frankfurt, to the SW and Heidelberg and the Black Forest, to the SE and Munich – we will see Germany!)
Course Numbers:  BUAD305 Global Business (3hrs), ECON/BUAD387 International Experience (1 hr), REL
Cost:  Approx. $3,500, deposit and application due by Oct. 15, 2013 (Includes all travel, lodging, breakfasts, dinners as noted, and admission fees for scheduled visits.)
Instructors:  Professors Ken Beals & Janet Ewing
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Note: students enroll in one course but study and travel together and are enriched by the cross-disciplinary exchange.

Those traveling on this May term study abroad will experience all that Germany has to offer in terms of its influence on culture, history, business, and religion.  We will explore the paths of Luther and the Reformation as well as Global Business in this financial, cultural, and business capital of the European Union.  We will visit the cradle of the Reformation and walk the walk of Luther.  Germany is the leading producer and exporter in the food and beverage, industrial manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, public services, and transport manufacturing industries.  We will visit several businesses in these industries as well as the Central Bank of the European Union.  We will talk with business and financial professionals who impact the global position of these companies in the world marketplace.  Few events in history have the power to move the world.  The fall of the Berlin Wall was one such event.  We will confront the Cold War at the famous Berliner Mauer (the wall), Checkpoint Charlie, the East Side Gallery, and the Brandenburg Gate.  We all love music and we all know the music of Back.  We will visit the Bachhaus, the birthplace of and first museum dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach.  We will tour the most beautiful castles in the world such as the Wartburg, the Heidelberg, and the Scholass Neuschwanstein.  A stay in Heidelberg, the oldest university town in Germany, will allow us to experience the life of a German university student.  We will be bewitched by the wine country and the famous Black Forest in southwest Germany.  Many other visits will keep us busy discovering Germany until we end with dinner at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, wrapping up our German experience Bavarian style.


London theaterDestination: London, England
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Cost: About $3500 for everything above including airfare! $1000 due with application by November 1st. $2600 due by February 1st –includes $100 required insurance fee
Instructors: Professor Terry Southerington and Dr. Sarah Kennedy
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Plans Include…

  • Guided half day tour of London
  • Trip to Stratford-upon-Avon with theatre tickets
  • Day trip to Warwick Castle
  • Guided visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage
  • Backstage tour the Globe
  • Twelve plays in three weeks


  • London housing for the duration of the program
  • Free afternoons and most weekends for travel and sightseeing
  • Transportation from Staunton to Dulles Airport and return
  • Transportation from Dulles to Heathrow and return
  • Bus and tube pass for all your London transportation
  •  Course credit applies to International
  • Attend morning class Monday through Friday
  • Attend Theatre and other scheduled events
  • Submit Journal demonstrating thoughtful attention to class, theatre, and other events
  •  Available P/NC only, but not included in limits of P/NC courses.



Destinations: London, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland
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Cost: Approx. $3500
Instructor: Professor Douglas Davis
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This course will take students to the United Kingdom to study the criminal justice systems of England and Scotland. The students will be taken to Parliament, Scotland Yard, a local Police Station, Cambridge University, Edinburgh, the Scotland Police College and Scotland Parliament.

The goal of this course is to teach students about the United Kingdom’s criminal justice system in comparison to the United States. During the study abroad trip, students will keep a journal of what they learn and observe. At the end of the course a reflection paper will be submitted on how the United Kingdom system compares to the United States.

Please Note: Students should have taken Criminal Justice 100 or be a Criminal Justice Major in order to apply to this program.



Destination: The Bahamas
Course Number: ED 640 (Characteristics and Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders)
Instructor: Dr. Rachel Potter
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Cost: $1800 for undergraduate, $2600 for graduate students

Students will complete the course requirements for ED 640 (Characteristics and Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders). This course provides an overview of autism and related developmental disabilities across the lifespan, including Asperger’s Syndrome and other pervasive developmental disorders. The course will cover assessment, diagnostic criteria and identification, characteristics, collaboration with families, an overview of educational impact and trends, transition needs and issues, controversial topics related to etiology and treatment, and an overview of national and state resources. As part of the course requirements, students will accompany Autism on the Seas for a 7-night cruise, where they will assist their staff in providing respite, supervision, and support for families traveling with children who have autism. Course instruction will take place during certain times while at sea in the ship’s conference area, and will be supplemented with pre-trip and/or post-trip assignments. Interested undergraduate and graduate students may apply to go on this May Term adventure. An interview for final selection and a background check will be required. Due to Autism on the Seas’ policies, students must be 21 years old at the time of travel. Space is limited to six students, and preference will be given to students with an interest in a future career working with individuals with disabilities (teaching, social work, psychology, etc.) or to those with related experience.

Please Note: In order to fulfill Autism on the Seas Requirements, you must be over the age of 21 and must undergo a criminal background check to be approved for this trip. The trip will be capped at 5 students.


Clase de conversacion2Destinations: Oaxaca, Monte Albán, Mitla, Hierve el Agua, Ocotlán, Tlacolula, Tilcajete, Yagul
Course number: SPAN 218
Cost: $2900 approx.
Instructor: Dr. Brenci Patiño
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SPAN 218 will be taught in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico during May Term 2014. Oaxaca, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Centre, is located in southern Mexico in one of the most culturally rich regions of the country.  While in Oaxaca, students can earn up to six credits by enrolling in SPAN 150 or SPAN 210 along with SPAN 218.   This course offers complete cultural and linguistic immersion through formal classroom instruction and home stays with local families.  In addition to taking language and culture courses daily, students will travel to Zapotec archeological sites in the vicinity such as Monte Albán, Mitla, and Yagul.  Additionally, students will participate in daily workshops that include,  Oaxacan painters, dance, cuisine, and music.



22Destinations: Prague, Czech Republic
Course Number: ART 245, Drawing in Prague (3 SH)
Instructor: Professor Paul Ryan
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Cost:  $3,500 [includes transportation to Dulles; round-trip airfare; hotel (kitchens in rooms); all museum and site entrance fees; transportation in/around Prague; half of our meals]

This course offers Global Understanding/International credit.


  • A studio art course in Prague, Czech Republic with an emphasis on drawing (both wet and dry media).
  • Drawing on site in the context of one of Europe’s most beautiful and enchanting cities surrounded by Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau, Cubist, Modernist, and Post-modernist architecture.
  • Students will create representational and abstract images through traditional and experimental approaches.  The varied processes and activities for learning include:
  • Daily drawing from observation at sites in Prague such as Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Petrin Hill, and Prague Castle, as well as on day trips at nearby sites such as Kutna Hora, Terezin, and Lidice.
  • Creating work based on the study of artwork and architecture observed at various museums, galleries, and cultural sites in Prague.  Style, artistic intention, and cultural and social contexts will be primary lenses and inspirations.



  •  Accommodations at the Little Town Budget Hotel in Malá Straná.  Each room has a small kitchen and private bath.
  • Enjoy Prague’s vibrant cultural life, including concerts, museums, restaurants, and parks.
  • Prague is a safe city and one easy to navigate—most sites are within walking distance and the tram and metro system is easy to use.
  • English is widely spoken in Prague and nearby towns.



TBLC Temple for NY tripDestination: Northern New Jersey & New York City
Course Number: Asian Studies 212
Cost: Approx. $1500, (includes all travel, lodging, most meals, and admission fees)
Instructors: Amy Miller, Daniel Metraux, Dr. Katherine Low
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This May Term Program is designed as a budget friendly option for students to pursue the benefits of travel and study — right here in the US! Focused on the creative ways in which Asian American immigrant communities have adapted their religious lives to the American cultural landscape, this trip will involve tours of temples, museum trips, lectures on religious values and traditions, interfaith dialogue, service learning, and more. Students will spend four days at the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, a 32-acre campus in Northwestern, NJ, where they will learn about Buddhist philosophy and meditation, take a Tai Ch’i class, and make day trips a nearby Jain and Hindu temples. The second portion of the trip focuses on the religious diversity of New York City. Students will tour Chinatown, visit the UN, walk through Japanese Gardens, and explore Asian Art at the Rubin Museum.