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2019 Study Abroad Opportunities

This year will bring a mix of new and returning destinations, as well as a new short-term excursions

LSU/Honors in Cuba
April 13-20, 2019

LSU/Honors in Cuba returns to our lineup as a spring break excursion. Participants will enroll in HNRS 2020 (Contemporary Cuban Culture and Society: Arts and Activism in Cuba) in the spring 2019 semester. The class meets weekly on Wednesday evenings. Then students will visit Cuba during the week of Spring Break, April 13-20. 

With LSU/Honors in Cuba, students learn about Cuba’s history and contemporary society through essays, plays, poetry, films, site visits, and an academic exchange with students at the University of Havana. After studying the role of theatre, music, drag, religion, and sports in political history and current activism in Cuba throughout the spring semester, the class will visit Havana and Pinar del Rio to gain firsthand experiences with the ways civil society depends on cultural expression.

The excursion will include several site visits to Cuban historical landmarks (including Plaza de la Revoluciónand Habana Vieja), Afro-Cuban religious sites, and national cultural sites. Students will also attend a workshop with activist jazz hip-hop duo Obsesión, a performance with drag king group Cuarteto Habana, and an acting class at Instituto Superior de Arte(ISA). During an overnight excursion to Pinar del Rio, students will visit Las Terrazasand Viñalesto learn about Cuba’s agri-tourism sector and visit a tobacco farm.

To register for LSU/Honors in Cuba, you may request enrollment in HNRS 2020 section 4 when scheduling your spring 2019 courses. Upon enrollment, you will be required to meet with Dr. Eric Mayer-García to discuss your interest in the program.

For more information about LSU/Honors in Cuba, contact Dr. Mayer-García at

Ogden Honors in Oxford
July 12-August 3, 2019

For a third consecutive year, Ogden Honors College students have the opportunity to study at one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities in the Ogden in Oxfordprogram. Students spend three weeks in residence at St. Hilda’s College, participating in joint seminars that consider Ideas and Ideals from Classical Antiquity (HNRS 2030) and Victorian Ideas and Ideals (HNRS 2012). We will cover such topics as Roman and British imperialism, character and epic in Greek and Victorian literature, and the role of education in the ancient and Victorian worlds. By overlapping the two courses, we discuss Austen with Thucydides/Ruskin and Rhodes with Caesar/Brontë with Homer/Dickens with Socrates, exploring the evolution of the humanities and how the Classics made their mark on the Victorian world, and our own.

Ogden in Oxfordprovides visits to many of Oxford’s beautiful colleges, the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and the Bodleian Library and Christ Church—the “original Hogwarts.” Enjoy high tea on the roof of the Ashmolean Museum and attend a Globe Theatre production of one of Shakespeare’s plays. Take a day trip to Bath and enjoy a torchlight dinner and tour of the Roman Baths, and walk in the footsteps of characters from Austen’s Persuasion.

A weekend stay in London includes visits to Kensington Palace, the British Museum, the British Library, Buckingham Palace, and the National Portrait Gallery. The program also includes a free weekend when students can set off on their own British (or beyond) adventures.

For more information about Ogden Honors in Oxford, contact Dr. Drew Arms at

LSU in Vietnam
May 19-June 17, 2019

The Ogden Honors College will once again venture to the East as we visit Vietnam. LSU in Vietnam will introduce students to the complex history of modern Vietnam. Our program aims to place Vietnam into the general history of modern East Asia and its experience of an event that closely connected Vietnam with the United States—the Vietnam War. Additionally, the program introduces students to wider issues of development in Asia, tensions between regional and global forces, and the transition from communism to market economy.

Join us on an expedition of this vibrant region while paying special attention to its rich history. Visit pagodas and Buddhist monasteries as you wander through the streets of Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city. Take an overnight cruise on Ha Long Bay, filled with towering limestone pillars and grottoes. Discover the delectable bites of Hanoi’s Old Quarter on a street food tour where you will enjoy the exotic flavors of Vietnam.

From Hanoi, we will trek through the country from north to south, visiting Hue, Hoi An, and finally Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Tour the labyrinthine Mekong Delta to see mangrove swamps and rice paddy fields and shop at floating markets. Revisit Vietnam’s war legacy by navigating through the Cu Chi Tunnels that once symbolized Vietnam’s tenacity.

For more information about LSU/Honors in Vietnam, contact Prof. Margherita Zanasi at

Ogden Honors in London & Edinburgh
July 1-August 1, 2019

New to the Ogden Honors study abroad fold is Ogden Honors in London and Edinburgh. This summer program will connect the original scientific literature on major biological advances in the UK with the sites and people who made those advances (e.g. Darwin, DNA structure, and cloning), and will connect the historical cultural influence of the British Empire with modern music in the UK today. With three full weeks in London, you will feel like a resident. Field trips to Stonehenge, Bath and Oxford will feel like mini-vacations.

In London, we will see plays, concerts, museums, the Elephant Man, and Beefeaters. We will visit the lab where Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the college where Rosalind Franklin worked, and the house where Jimi Hendrix lived, among many other places.

After London, we will take a four-day sojourn in the Lake District, staying directly on the shore of the largest lake in England. We will visit Wordsworth's house and hike up hills and crags to take a swim in Easdale Tarn—an ice-cold lake 1,000 feet up.

Then we will head to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here we will tour the bizarre medieval maze of the city (built on top of a couple of extinct volcanoes), and we will visit where Dolly the Sheep was cloned, and listen to and watch as a music scholar plays one of the 400-year old harpsichords he has personally restored, along with much, much more.

For more information about Ogden Honors in London & Edinburgh, contact Prof. Vince Licata at