Study Abroad

Department of Geography and Anthropology faculty regularly teach in study abroad programs. These programs provide students with the opportunity to study geography, anthropology, and other subjects while immersed in the culture and landscape of another country. For more information about any of these amazing opportunities, visit KSU Education Abroad.

The following geography and anthropology study abroad opportunties are available with our faculty in 2018 in India, Greece, China, Italy, and France. Below this current listing, please find examples of past geography and anthropology education abroad programs led by our faculty. 


Spring Break 2018: KSU Year of India Seminar Abroad

Dr. Debarati Sen is teaching in the Spring 2018 Year of India course, which meets during the spring semester at KSU and will travel to India during Spring Break, March 28 to April 8. While in India, the group will visit a variety of community organizations, academic institutions, businesses, museums, and sacred places, in both rural and urban settings. Students will develop a holistic understanding of India and gain a greater appreciation for cultural diversity and global interdependence through reflection and analysis of issues of local and global importance. Students will interact with faculty, staff and students from both Tata Institute of Social Sciences and HR College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai. They will also meet with United Nations CIFAL Bangalore officials as well as visit numerous important cultural and historic sites including the Golden Temple of Amritsar, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


May/June 2018: Osteology Field School in Greece

Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith will be leading students in an Osteology Field School experience on the island of Crete in Greece. Note: Participation in this program is by invitation only. 


May/June 2018: USG Asia Council Program in Zhengzhou, China

Dr. Jun Tu will be teaching geography in China as part of the University System of Georgia’s Asia Council China Summer program, May 8 to June 5, 2018. Specifically, he will be teaching GEOG 1101: Introduction to Human Geography and GEOG 3360: Geography of Asia. The program's main host institution is Zhengzhou University in Henan province of the People's Republic of China. The group will also travel to other places in China, including Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai.


May/June 2018: KSU in Italy Program in Montepulciano, Italy

Dr. Paul McDaniel will be teaching two geography courses in Montepulciano, Italy, in Session 1 of the KSU in Italy program, May 17 to June 21, 2018. Specifically, he will be teaching GEOG 1101: Introduction to Human Geography and GEOG 3312: Geography of Europe. The program takes place at KSU’s refurbished fortezza facility in Montepulciano, a historic hill town in the province of Siena, in the southern part of Italy’s Tuscany region, between Rome and Florence. While there, the group will visit Rome, Florence, Pisa, Sienna, Lucca, Orvieto, Lake Trasimeno, and other locations. The Montepulciano, Italy Summer Study abroad program allows students an opportunity to take lower and upper division course work in historic Tuscany. Montepulciano is centrally located with accessible bus and rail transportation to the rest of Italy. Kennesaw State University has overseen this study abroad program since 2000.


June/July 2018: USG European Council Program in Paris, France

Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith will be teaching two anthropology courses in Paris in Summer 2018. These courses are part of the University System of Georgia’s European Council Paris program, which runs June 30 to August 5, 2018. Specifically, she will be teaching ANTH 1102: Introduction to Anthropology and an upper division course about Death in Paris. The USG European Council offers opportunities for students to participate in study abroad programs in Europe every summer. In summer 2018, there are six countries (seven locations) to choose from: UK (London and Edinburgh), France (Paris), Spain (Madrid), Germany (Berlin), Ireland (Waterford), and Russia (St. Petersburg). A variety of courses are offered in each location. 


Past Education Abroad Experiences

Examples of previous geography and anthropology study abroad programs led by faculty in our department:

  • Belgium, Ireland, and the Netherlands: Geography of Beer with Dr. Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Dr. Mark Patterson
  • Belize: Archaeology with Dr. Terry Powis
  • China: Geography with Dr. Jun Tu
  • Greece (Crete): Physical Anthropology with Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith
  • Montepulciano, Italy: Anthropology with Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith
  • Rajasthan, India: Archaeology with Dr. Teresa Raczek
  • Waterford, Ireland: Anthropology with Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith