Find your place abroad

The College of Arts, Sciences, and Business, in partnership with the Office of International and Cultural Affairs, is offering a number of new faculty-led study abroad opportunities for the summer 2017 semester. These trips range from two to four weeks, and include three credit courses in disciplines ranging from literature to geological engineering. The programs span the length of the globe, with trips planned to Iceland and Nicaragua.

Summer 2017 offerings

The arts, languages, and philosophy department is offering a new study abroad opportunity for the summer 2017 semester in Nicaragua.


Intercultural Communication and Renewable Energy in Nicaragua

In this program, you’ll earn three credits in Spanish or multidisciplinary studies and three credits in geological engineering over four weeks while visiting both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, touring solar and wind farms, and hiking up volcanoes. You’ll stay at an ecovillage in the rainforest for a week, in Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, for a week, and with local families for two weeks. The program is being led by Dr. Audra Merfeld-Langston, interim chair of the arts, languages, and philosophy department and associate professor of French, and Dr. Joe Guggenberger, assistant professor of geological engineering.


“Intercultural Communication: Nicaragua”

In Merfeld-Langston’s course you will receive immersive Spanish language lessons by Nicaraguan instructors and listen to guest lectures by local experts on Nicaraguan culture, history, and technology. You’ll visit museums, cultural landmarks and artisanal markets. And you’ll volunteer at local schools.


“Renewable Energy Systems” 

Dr. Guggenberger’s class will be taught, in part, at the Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Nicaragua’s premier engineering school. Faculty will teach you how to build renewable energy systems such as solar ovens and phone chargers. Then you’ll take what you learned and apply it to a group design project to develop a renewable energy system for a rural community.

Trip details

The trip is tentatively scheduled for July 8-August 4, and will cost an estimated $5,500. Costs include in state tuition and fees for six hours of university credit, round trip airfare from St. Louis to Managua, accomodations throughout the program, Spanish-language immersion classes, renewable energy classes taught by UNI faculty, all excursion costs, health/travel insurance, and a $300 study abroad fee. Financial assistance is available.You can apply online now!

Register Online


Please contact:

Dr. Audra Merfeld-Langston, department chair and associate professor of French

Dr. Joseph Guggenberger, assistant professor of geological engineering