Department of Geography Department of Geography

Courses Abroad

The Geography Department plays an integral role in helping CCSU realize its vision of "graduating broadly educated, culturally and globally aware students who will contribute meaningfully to their communities as engaged professionals and citizens." We provide many courses abroad for graduate and undergraduate students. Many of these opportunities are offered through the CCSU Center for International Education.

Over the years, the Geography Department has offered courses abroad to more than 20 countries, including:


Faculty Contact: Xiaoping Shen

China – an ancient civilization, a modern multi-national society – is the destination of this program to study and understand this dynamic country with thousands of years of history. The first leg of the journey will be to Beijing, a metropolis in northern China, capital of the People's Republic of China, and one of the four "great capitals" of China. A major transportation hub, Beijing is the political, educational, and cultural center of the People's Republic of China. Beijing has been an integral part of China's history for centuries. Students will visit famous sites including Tiananmen Square, located in the center of the city; the Forbidden City, the palace compound and residence of former Chinese Emperors; sections of the Great Wall; traditional middle class housing known as Hutong; and Olympic Park.

Shandong, a province located on the eastern coast of the People's Republic of China with which the State of Connecticut has a Sister-State relationship, is a pivotal cultural and religious site of Taosim, Chinese Buddhism, and Confucian- ism. In Shandong, China's second most populous province with a rich heritage and modern dynamic economy, students will visit Jinan City, its capital, Mt. Tai, the most revered mountain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Qufu, the birthplace of Confucius, the world-renowned philosopher whose influence on Chinese and East Asian culture and society continues today. Shandong Normal University, our host and partner university will organize other activities including visits to farms and factories. Students will also learn about economic development and environmental issues in China today.


European Union

Faculty Contact: Richard Benfield

The European Union is now over fifty years old and yet events, changes, and adjustments are still part of our daily news; financial austerity in Greece, recession in Ireland, questions about the role and tactics of the British media, and the role of the military are all part of the European Union today and impacts our lives here in the USA. Europe also impacts our cultural life, enriching and informing American cultural norms.

This course  will consist of a four week class in Florence, Italy.