Short Term Faculty-Led Study Tours

A short term study abroad opportunity is a great way to introduce Asia to students who might not be willing to experience Asia on their own. It is also a great way to help already interested students take a major step forward in refining what they might want out of studying Asia. A third benefit is that such an experience can be used to bring a colleague from the sciences or other areas into the fold of your Asian Studies program and/or curriculum.

Typically, these study abroad opportunities last for anywhere from two to four weeks. They can occur either during a portion of the summer, be embedded into a semester, or during a January or May term. The cost of these trips varies greatly. While there are travel companies which can help you put such a trip together, many faculty will build the trip on their own. 

Featured Collaboration: Short-Term Study Abroad to Bangladesh

Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Bangladesh

Dr. Hashim and Dr. Gambino, Professors of Political Studies, Muhlenberg College

In this video, Drs. Hashim and Gambino discuss how they planned and teach their course “Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Bangladesh.” They discuss the impact the course has had, both on their students and on their own teaching and other professional activity.

About Dr. Mohsin Hashim


About Dr. Giacomo Gambino


Planning a short-term study abroad course involves both course design and trip planning. The latter can include the development of itineraries, finding partners on site, arranging for travel and accommodations, and drawing up budgets. Some faculty choose to stay at a hosting university or to contract with and educational tour provider. Below, we offer a sample syllabus to one successful short-term study abroad at Carthage.

Sample Syllabus: “Rooted in Place: History, Biodiversity, and Environment in Southeast Asia”

This 2017 study tour to Taiwan and Singapore included three Carthage College faculty members: two teachers and one chaperone. The lead faculty were Dr. Steve Udry, a historian, and Dr. Andrea Henle, a biologist. You can find the syllabus here:

All costs of all the faculty were covered by the trip costs. Of course, the prices have changed, but the overall cost is included as an illustration of how we budgeted for the study tour. If you have any questions about this study abroad experience, please feel free to contact Professor Steve Udry (