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Upcoming study abroad programs you don’t want to miss

October 4, 2019

Kenya, Croatia, Cambodia among the countries students can choose from

What awards course credit, builds your resume, provides hands-on experience and gives you the opportunity to travel the world?

Study abroad programs.

The Arizona State University Study Abroad Office coordinates 250-plus study abroad program options for all students across all continents (yes, including Antarctica) in more than 65 different countries. Some of the most popular programs are led by faculty members with groups of students, either over the summer, during a semester session or during an academic break (winter break, spring break and before/after semesters). 

Each program focuses on a certain academic topic and incorporates excursions and field experiences to give students the opportunity to explore and learn about their host country. The Global Intensive Experience model connects students to experiences and cultures abroad that are integrated within credit-bearing ASU courses over a period of seven to 12 days.

Each year, faculty submit proposals for programs that integrate with the local culture and engage with current events and local experts. Here's a peek at a sampling of programs that are coming back (here's a hint: winter is coming) and a handful of brand new ones.

Returning study abroad programs

ASU: Cambodia and Vietnam: Countries of Historic Resilience Facing a Future of Rising Seas

This program focuses on social, cultural, economic and political resilience and survival in the face of human and natural challenges, by experiencing a region that has witnessed centuries of human development. Students will travel through history and across geographies, including the Mekong Delta and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam, and the ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Students will witness firsthand how rising sea levels affect not only coastal cities, but the inner regions of the Mekong Delta and Cambodia, and how adaptation strategies, both new and ancient, can help solve flooding challenges.

Global Intensive Experience: Engage Berlin: Migration, Art and Justice

How do Europe and the United States respond to immigrants and refugees? How can the arts and storytelling help us understand migrant and refugee experiences? This program will engage critically in the history and contemporary experiences of migrants and refugees in Berlin. By working directly with Berlin-based NGOs, activists, policymakers and migrants themselves, students will get a firsthand account of how Germany, and Berlin in particular, handle arriving refugees.

Additionally, examine examples from various art forms, including film and the creative arts, storytelling, media and social media to help understand migration and immigrants in Germany. Comparative attention will be made with circumstances in Arizona and Germany to provide students a local/global lens and prepare them for addressing immigration through a robust, nuanced lens. Students interested in internship credit will work alongside Phoenix-area organizations and work closely with a similar Berlin organization to understand what immigration justice looks like on the ground in Arizona and how that might differ from the Berlin experience.

ASU: Game of Thrones: Global Film and Culture in Iceland, Ireland and Croatia

This program explores the film and television industries, history, culture and geography of Iceland, Ireland and Croatia through the global phenomenon of HBO's "Game of Thrones." The program features five-day stays in five major European cities — Reykjavik, Iceland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin; and Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia — and includes visits to the filming locations for Winterfell, King's Landing, Castle Black, the Wall and lands beyond, Meereen, the Eyrie, the Iron Islands and Blackwater Bay. 

ASU: Japanese Language & Culture in Hiroshima

Video by Yuxing Lei/ASU Now

New study abroad programs 

ASU: The Haunting of England: Ghost Stories and the Seduction of Fear

On this program, students will research how a culture develops its own horror mythos from beautiful but mysterious castles, manors and other supernatural sites. Through the study of ghost stories in literature, film and oral tradition in England and Scotland, students will examine the relationship between these stories and some of the actual locations where the stories originated. They will also examine, through their own personal experiences, what attracts us to the psychology of fear, comparing the literary involvement to the physical sensations in real life. 

ASU: Kenya: The Role of Tourism and Park Management in Sustainable Community Development

This program blends together all that the country of Kenya has to offer, from the great migration through its Serengeti Plain to its white sand beaches along the Indian Ocean. Students will visit five national parks all teeming with wildlife, including the world’s last two remaining northern white rhinos, and stay at a conservation center on the banks of Lake Naivasha where they may see hippos at night roaming the grounds. 

Through the lens of sustainable tourism and park management, students will learn how they can play a part in solutions to pressing sustainability issues. They will learn from exemplary global nonprofits with bases in Kenya and receive lectures from university professors at Kenyatta University, officials from Kenyan Wildlife Services and Maasai safari guides.

Learn about these programs (and more), meet the faculty leading the programs and chat with Study Abroad Office staff at these upcoming events:

Polytechnic: Monday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Backus Mall

Downtown Phoenix: Thursday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Taylor Mall

If you’re on the Tempe campus, catch an in-person Study Abroad 101 session Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m. in Interdisciplinary B building, room 255. If you're an online student, we’ve got you covered on Wednesday afternoons.

Top photo: Aerial view of Dubrovnik, Croatia, one of the many cities where "Game of Thrones" was filmed. Photo by Spencer Davis/Unsplash

Carrie Herrera Niesen

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ASU's Biodesign C receives top sustainability honor

October 4, 2019

U.S. Green Building Council awards facility the prestigious LEED platinum certification

The Biodesign Institute C building on the Arizona State University Tempe campus recently earned LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The $120 million Biodesign C project is the fifth ASU building to receive a platinum certification, and second this year, along with the net zero energy Student Pavilion. A platinum ranking is the highest green building ranking under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — program, which recognizes buildings that are designed and constructed to high standards of energy efficiency and sustainability. 

ASU has the largest number of LEED-certified buildings in Arizona and achieved the state’s first-ever LEED platinum certification with Biodesign B.

“Biodesign C is a great example of effective collaboration between users, designers and builders at the highest level,” said Bruce Nevel, ASU Facilities Development and Management associate vice president. “The building epitomizes the balance between energy efficiency, functionality, flexibility and architectural innovation. ASU is extremely proud of not only the design and construction of this world-class research building but equally proud of the invaluable research and benefits to society which will be discovered and generated from this remarkable building.”

The 191,035-square-foot facility houses critical lab and research support space designed to accelerate ASU scientific research and enable the creation of cutting-edge, collaborative research clusters. The building will house the Compact X-ray Free Electron Laser, anticipated to be the first of its kind in the world. The inspiring space represents one more reason U.S. News and World Report ranked ASU the nation’s most innovative university for the fifth consecutive year

“Since our researchers rely on cues from nature to find new means of confronting cancer, visualizing plaques and viruses, untangling neurodegenerative diseases and remediating environmental pollution, it is fitting that our research takes place in buildings that are eco-friendly and sustainable,” said Joshua LaBaer, Biodesign Institute executive director.

Biodesign C achieved LEED platinum by earning 85 out of a possible 110 points for implementing strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design. 

An innovative HVAC system that limits its energy and the environmental footprint was just one factor in helping the project score highest in the Energy and Atmosphere category within the LEED certification process.  

“This is an impressive feat considering that laboratory buildings are more energy-intensive than the average office building and can require as much as 10 times more energy per square foot,” said Rafael de Luna III, ASU Capital Programs Management Group director. “Biodesign C achieves this efficiency through sophisticated HVAC systems and controls, energy-efficient lighting systems and a high-performance building envelope.”

Some of the sustainable design and construction features in the building include:

  • An exterior copper screen provides shade and saves energy. As a shading device, the dual-facade screen reduces the surface temperature of the inner facade by roughly 65 degrees on hot summer days. The screen reduces the interior surface temperature of the wall by three degrees, significantly reducing the cooling load on perimeter spaces.
  • All nonlaboratory air cascades inside the building from perimeter offices through the laboratories, providing “free” air conditioning for office spaces and reusing the air to meet laboratory exhaust requirements. 
  • Water stewardship also was a project prerequisite, with an array of water-efficient fixtures leading to a projected 42% water savings beyond the LEED baseline. 

ASU worked with BWS ArchitectsMcCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and ZGF Architects to complete the project. 

Launched in 2003, the ASU Biodesign Institute today consists of three buildings totaling 550,000 square feet, housing nearly 1,200 researchers, staff and students.   

Since opening in September 2018, Biodesign C has garnered several awards for design and construction. Engineering News-Record designated the building as a Best of the Best Project nationwide. Biodesign C also has been recognized by AZRE magazine with a RED – Real Estate and Development – Award for Best Higher Education Project, and by the Arizona Masonry Guild with an Excellence Award. 

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