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Coursework for College Study Abroad Programs

Building on Dragons 25+ years of implementing experiential and cross-cultural educational programs, College Study Abroad students complete one semester of college-level coursework while also developing essential language competence, regional knowledge, research experience, and leadership skills.

College Study Abroad students enroll in 12-16 semester credits, depending on personal preference and home school requirements. Our targeted curriculum offers four courses (4 credits each) during the semester, allowing students to take a regular semester course load. These academic offerings have been carefully designed with the support of our School of Record. Included below is a general overview of our curriculum.

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The Regional Seminar (ANTH 250; 4 credits)

This course provides students with a background in regional history and politics that is specific to each host-country. Course topics may include public health policy, resource management, economic development, law, gender rights, human rights, and popular culture.

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Contemplative Intercultural Development & Leadership (ANTH 211; 4 credits)

Drawing from culturally diverse models of leadership and epistemology, this course examines topics such as intercultural and interpersonal communication skills, various leadership styles, and the roles and responsibilities of global citizenship.

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Independent Study Project (ISP) (ISP 325; 4 credits)

Each student conducts an in-depth study on a subject of their choice with the support of an academic advisor and local mentor. Students build key ethnographic research skills and practice working in cross-cultural partnerships.

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Language Study (CHIN 150/250/350, HIND 150/250/350, NPL 150/250/350, and SPAN 150/250/350; 4 credits)

Depending on the program location, students can enroll in a Mandarin, Hindi, Nepalese, or Spanish language course. Students participate in language lessons which focus on increasing verbal competency, building vocabulary, and improving grammar.


To learn more about the specific courses and to download sample syllabi, please visit individual College Study Abroad program pages: China, India, Nepal, South America.

School of Record

Dragons College Study Abroad Programs work in partnership with Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Naropa University is a liberal arts university that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and serves as Dragons School of Record. Upon successful conclusion of the program students receive a transcript from Naropa University. Naropa University Logo

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