What Is "Short-Term" Study Abroad?

Many students want to study abroad before they graduate but are concerned that they will miss important coursework on campus while they are away for an entire semester. If you really want to go for an entire semester, our staff can usually help you find a program that will meet your academic and personal needs.  If you'd prefer to study during a school break such as winter session or spring break, you will spend less time abroad but will have the benefit of not missing a semester at your home campus.

At SUNY-Plattsburgh we offer different short-term programs every semester.  You will also hear these programs called "faculty-led" programs because they are directed and sponsored by individual faculty members.  The trips they offer vary according to the faculty members interests, and always incorporate academic study and credit.  Typically you will enroll in a class called "INT-360" for the semester that includes your short-term study experience.  This class will meet several times on campus before you take your group trip.  Students must be physically present for all class meetings and obligations, as well as the travel portion of the program.  The faculty sponsor travels with the group and handles course assignments and grading. 

The Office of Study Abroad and Exchanges is not a travel agency, so these short term trips are usually offered in conjunction with a respected educational tour company who arranges the group travel details.  Watch for announcements on our website in early fall semester for the trips that will be offered the following winter and spring.  These trips are generally space limited and fill up quickly so acceptance is first-come, first-served.  Be prepared to leave a significant deposit (approximately $250 or more) to secure your spot when you apply.

Short-Term Study Abroad Programs at SUNY Plattsburgh

Summer 2015 Programs

Please visit the Global Education Office (GEO) in Kehoe 210 for application instructions or more information about about any of the exciting short term study abroad adventures below.

Scotland (various destinations)

This short-term study abroad experience will explore Scotland's history through its national identity and nationalist movements, from the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320 through the present day.  Throughout their history Scots have maintained a fierce sense of uniqueness, in spite of the long 'incorporating union' with England.  It will examine elements of the Scottish past that have become touchstones in the national narrative of what it means to be Scottish, and trace the history of movements to declare or sustain Scotland's existence as an independent nation.  Scottish nationalism will be placed into the context of other global nationalist movements, attempting to discover why Scotland's recent referendum was so popular, and so peaceful. 

One scholarship will be available for program participants and financial aid may be applied to the program if students are eligible. 

For more information, contact Dr. Gordon (gordonwm@plattsburgh.edu) or visit the Global Education Office in Kehoe 210 for an application.  

  • Lead Faculty Member: Dr. Wendy Gordon

  • Location: Scotland (various destinations including Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, and Stirling)

  • Companion Course: HIS 3327 (3 credits) satisfies the General Education Global Issues requirement

  • Approximate Travel Dates: June 9-17, 2015 (dates may change based on flight availability and prices)

  • Estimated Cost: $4,381 (subject to change without notice); scholarships and other financial aid may be available

  • Application Deadline: March 23, 2015


This course will be an exploration of the impact of adventure travel and tourism (primarily mountaineering/alpine climbing) on the region around the Hohe Dachstein mountain in central Austria.  Course readings, discussion and assignments will be integrated within an itinerary of rock climbing, via ferratta (also called klettersteig), glacier travel, and general mountaineering. 

One scholarship will be available for program participants and financial aid may be applied to the program if students are eligible. 

For more information contact Professor Jerry Isaak (gisaa002@plattsburgh.edu) or visit the Global Education Office in Kehoe 210 for an application.

  • Lead Faculty Member: Professor Jerry Isaak

  • Location: Austria (various destinations around Ramsau)

  • Companion Course: EXP 303

  • Approximate Travel Dates: July 15-22, 2015 (travel to/from Ramsau may require extra travel days)

  • Estimated Cost: 3,483 (subject to change without notice); scholarships and financial aid may be available

  • Application Deadline:  March 23, 2015



Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about study abroad and exchange opportunities at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact us at:

Global Education Office
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-3287
Toll-Free Phone: (800) 388-6784
Fax: (518) 564-3292
Email: geo@plattsburgh.edu

Location: We are on the second floor of the Kehoe Administration Building on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus.