The 12 Days of Custom Programs: 22 Amazing Programs Underneath the Tree

Brendan Richardson is a Program Manager in ISA‘s Custom Programs [CP] division and a contributor to ISA Today as a part of ‘The 12 Days of Custom Programs‘ Series.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, ISA CP gave to me: 22 faculty-led programs underneath my tree!

We hope you have enjoyed unwrapping The 12 days of Custom Programs as much as we have enjoyed compiling them for you.  Here is the list of all of our featured custom programs, but check out our website for new additions and application deadline extension!  Happy Holidays from ISA CP!

Urban Imagination in 19th Century Paris with Arizona State University

  • Four weeks in Paris, France during May 2013
  • In-depth encounter with the history of 19th century Paris
  • Visit monuments, neighborhoods, museums, and the Loire valley

For more information and to apply: ASU Urban Imagination in 19th Century Paris

Art History and Studio Art with Saginaw Valley State University

  • Four weeks in Florence, Italy during Summer 2013
  • Examine techniques by artists during the Renaissance in Florence
  • Visit museums, churches, chapels, and buildings

For more information: SVSU Art in Florence

To apply: SVSU Art in Florence Application

Humanities and Renaissance with the University of California, San Diego

  • Five weeks in Rome, Italy during Summer 2013
  • Allows students to view Renaissance period through art and literature
  • Visits to historical sites, museums, cathedrals, and Florence

For more information and to apply: UCSD Humanities and Renaissance

Experience London England with Rowan University

  • Two weeks in London, England during Summer 2013
  • Study how people experience cities using London as a case study
  • Visit many of the museums of London while paying attention to urban communities

For more information and to apply: Rowan University Experience London

Music and the Child with Rowan University

  • Eleven days in Florence, Italy during May 2013
  • Designed to help students who plan to work with children through music
  • Excursions to classrooms in Florence and nearby Bologna

For more information and to apply: Rowan Music and the Child

LSU in Rome with Louisiana State University

  • 26 days in Rome during Summer 2013
  • Students will experience the richness of Italian culture through coursework
  • Feast on delicious Italian cuisine with the program

For more information and to apply: LSU in Rome

Rome Studio: Place, Context, and Response with Ohio University

  • Four weeks in Rome during Summer 2013
  • Discover Rome by visiting significant architectural sites
  • Excursions to Pompeii and Assisi

For more information and to apply: Rome Studio: Place, Context, and Response

Italian Language and Culture with the University of Florida

  • Five weeks in Rome during Summer 2013
  • Students will learn Italian and Italian culture both in and out of the classroom
  • Visits to the most influential and well-known attractions in Rome

For more information and to apply: UF in Rome

Going Virtual: Global Business and Information Technology with Middle Tennessee State University

  • 18 days in Newcastle upon Tyne, England during Summer 2013
  • Students explore the innovative science and research community through visits with local experts
  • Visits to Newcastle University and an excursion to Edinburgh, Scotland

For more information and to apply: Going Virtual: Global Business and Information Technology

Mathematical Beauty with the University of California, San Diego

  • Five weeks in Rome during Summer 2013
  • Students will explore classical Roman Architecture from a mathematical and engineering perspective
  • Visits to ancient Roman sites and excursions to Florence and Pisa

For more information and to apply: UCSD Mathematical Beauty

Spanish Language and Culture with Colorado State University

  • Four weeks in Granada, Spain during Summer 2013
  • Speak Spanish comfortably and understand its linguistic and cultural origins
  • Live with hosts families and experience Madrid, Toledo, and Sevilla

For more information and to apply: Spanish Language and Culture with CSU

Spanish Literature with Texas A&M International University

  • Five weeks in Malaga, Spain during Summer 2013
  • Study the Generación del 27 novelists from Southern Spain
  • Excursions to Sevilla and Granada with visits to historical sites within Malaga

For more information and to apply: TAMIU Malaga

Spanish Language and Culture with Grand Valley State University

  • Five weeks in Santiago, Dominican Republic during Summer 2013
  • Participate in a service-learning opportunity in the Santiago community
  • Excursions to Santo Domingo, La Romana, Bayahibe, and Saona Island

For more information and to apply: Exploring the Hispanic Caribbean

Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture with University of Florida

  • Two weeks in Santander, Spain during Summer 2013
  • Live with host families to improve your language proficiency and to integrate into Spanish life
  • Excursions to Madrid, San Sebastian, Toledo, and more

For more information and to apply: UF in Santander

Advanced Spanish Language and Culture with University of Florida

  • Six weeks in Sevilla, Spain during Summer 2013
  • Study Spanish language, literature, and linguistics
  • Excursions to Madrid, Granada, Cadiz, and more

For more information and to apply: UF in Seville

Social Cultural Exploration of Schooling in the Dominican Republic: Parallels, Tensions, and Lessons with Grand Valley State University

  • Two weeks in Santiago, Dominican Republic during Summer 2013
  • Graduate-level credit
  • Comparative study and application of the local educational system
  • Serve the Dominican people through a local community organization
  • Excursions to La Romana, Museum of Mirabal Sisters, and Santo Domingo

For more information and to apply: GVSU Graduate Education

International Service Learning in the Dominican Republic with University of Florida

  • Six weeks in Santiago, Dominican Republic during Summer 2013
  • Service-learning opportunities in classrooms, clinics, and children’s services
  • Excursions to 27 Charcos, Santo Domingo, and more

For more information and to apply: UF in the Dominican Republic

Kinesiology in the Dominican Republic with Grand Valley State University

  • Five weeks in Santiago, Dominican Republic during Summer 2013
  • Academic visits to a physical therapy clinic and an exercise facility
  • Excursions to Samaná, 27 Charcos, and Santo Domingo

For more information and to apply: Movement Science with GVSU

A Culinary Tour of Spain with Wright State University

  • Two weeks in Madrid, Spain during Summer 2013
  • Students will study Spain’s language, culture, and history through gastronomy
  • Visits to museums, a vineyard, and several UNESCO world heritage sites within Spain
  • Excursions to Madrid, Toledo, Ponferrada, Salamanca, and Segovia

For more information and to apply:  ¡Viva España!

Energy, Sustainability, and Development in Morocco and Spain with Arizona State University

  • Three weeks in Morocco and Spain during Summer 2013
  • Students will investigate the social impact of the Desertec project
  • Visits to solar projects, A UNESCO world heritage site, and the Sahara Desert

For more information and to apply: Energy, Sustainability, and Development in Morocco and Spain

Latin American Society and Politics with the University of California, San Diego

  • Four weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina during Summer 2013
  • Students will study the economic and political transformation of Latin America
  • Meetings with prominent business leaders, politicians, and human rights activists

For more information and to apply: UCSD in Buenos Aires

Discover Madrid with the University of Kentucky

  • Four weeks in Madrid, Spain during May 2013
  • Observe the role of Madrid as it applies to the formation of a nation
  • Live with a host family while visiting the most famous museums and attractions in Madrid

For more information and to apply: Discover Madrid

*Please note that because these programs are administered by a U.S. university (not by ISA), you should discuss your interest in these programs with your study abroad office and academic advisor before applying to determine your eligibility for academic credit and financial aid. The eligibility requirements, application process, and program fees for these programs will vary and are determined by the U.S. university administering the program.