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Pack your suitcase: ASU Havasu offers

February 22, 2019

Local residents who are in the mood for an adventure have a couple of international choices, courtesy of ASU at Lake Havasu.

Kimberley Rome, community outreach specialist at the Havasu campus, said the planned trips include South America and Europe. One excursion is to Ecuador and the Galapagos; the other is Italy and Switzerland.

“We are opening up our ASU Havasu study abroad trips to local community members,” Rome said. “They would have to apply to ASU as nondegree students and then apply to the Study Abroad program.”

The deadline to apply is March 1; there is a $50 nonrefundable application fee. Contact Laura Shuffler or Brandy Rideout at 928-854-9705 about the application process.

ASU Havasu professors will lead the trips and students will take a one-week class at ASU prior to departure.

Ecuador & the Galapagos

Experience a concentration of biodiversity over two weeks’ time exploring three ecosystems: the Andes Mountains, the Amazon jungle and the Galapagos Islands.

Travelers will take a one-week online class at LHC ASU campus, then fly to Ecuador to explore cultural and natural sites such as the equator monument, the indigenous market of Otavalo, a butterfly farm, a flower town, the Bella Vista Cloud Reserve, volcanos, the remote Amazon jungle and four days and nights on the Galapagos Islands.

The program fee of $5,610 includes housing, most meals, in-country transportation, entrance fees, air travel for the Galapagos Islands and international health insurance. Participants must make their own roundtrip airfare arrangements to and from Quito, Ecuador. In-country dates for the trip are July 12-25.

Kerrie Anne Loyd and Sharon R. Harvey are faculty directors. Learn more at www.studyabroad.asu.edu/?go=EcuadorBio or email K.Loyd@asu.edu and Sharon.Harvey@asu.edu.

Italy and Switzerland

The 10-day trip (May 14-24) begins in Florence, Italy to examine Italian banking and economics, continuing on to Bologna for a lecture on economics at the University of Bologna. The group will visit one of the largest social cooperatives of Emilia Romagna and tour historic areas before heading north on a train to Venice. Then it’s on to Zurich where travelers will examine the economic environment in Switzerland.

Planned highlights are:

• Visits to Uffizi and Academia galleries

• High-speed train travel, Venetian walking tour, Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica the Piazza San Marco and the Banco Rosso

• Visit to the Swiss National Museum and the Kunstaus Zurich (Museum of Art)

The program cost for lodging, international health insurance, in-Europe travel, breakfasts, a few dinners and all outings is $4,855. Students must make their own roundtrip airline reservations for Florence, Italy.

All students will take a one-week online class prior to departure.

For details, email Ilana.waldman@asu.edu, Cristen.Mann@asu.edu or Leepsa.Madhabika@asu.edu.

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