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Budapest, Hungary: Students studied in the heart of Europe for 2.5 weeks as we explored in the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary. We compared public policy between Hungary and U.S., focusing on a variety of common policy themes - from education to health and social issues. Learning how to compare policy across different nations gave participants a deeper understanding of what drives government decision-making, on both a national and global scale. This is especially true in a country that has gone through such dramatic political change in the past 100 years - from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, through WWII and Communism, and now as a member of the EU.
Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Comparative Public Administration and Collaborative Research Experience: This two-week program encompassed a comparative study of public policy and public administration involving students from UD and Faculty of Political Science, Administration and Communications (FSPAC), Babes-Bolyai University (BBU) in Romania – one of the largest and most renowned higher education institutions in the country – through a dual course in which students register at their home institutions.
Seoul, Republic of Korea - Policy and Management: This course was a case study of Seoul, the capital city of the Republic of Korea (ROK), both as an intriguing megacity in itself and as an example of governance, policy, and management in global cities. It focuses on the motivation, design, and implementation of urban policies and services in Seoul and in comparative context. Topics include the global and national context for Seoul's policy, management, and service-delivery efforts; the design, implementation, and evaluation of governance reforms and policy innovations generally; and specific policy subareas of urban governance including but not limited to urban planning and design, public health, health care delivery, education, infrastructure planning and management, social services, housing, public finance, and economic development.
Budapest, Hungary: Comparison of public policy between Hungary and U.S., focusing on a variety of common policy themes - from education to health and social issues. Learning how to compare policy across different nations gave participants a deeper understanding of what drives government decision-making, on both a national and global scale.
Seoul, Republic of Korea - Policy and Management: Intensive study of urban policy and management in a global mega-city in a joint program with graduate students and faculty from the University of Birmingham (UK), Cornell University, the University of Central Florida, and Portland State University.
LEAD in Italy with Cruise to Spain: It takes cultural intelligence to lead effectively in our interconnected, global world. Students who participated in the Summer 2018 study abroad had the opportunity to develop their own cultural intelligence by joining us in a new SPPA adventure. The program spent two weeks in Tuscany, Italy and then boarded the Celebrity Constellation cruise ship for a one week cruise from Rome to Spain, with port stops in Nice (France), Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona.
Vietnam and Laos: Vietnam and Laos provided great locations for an undergraduate civic engagement, leadership-focused study abroad experience. In Vietnam our locations will be Hanoi and Hoi An in northern Vietnam; in Laos our location will be Luang Prabang.
BBU and UD students worked cooperatively to develop study methodology and survey instruments in advance of the trip, conduct interviews and collect primary and secondary data in Romania, and write papers to be drafted during our stay in Romania and submitted at the conclusion of the course, with a deadline in the spring semester. Meetings with well-informed individuals, and classes and briefings led by course leaders, BBU faculty and Romanian public officials complemented information presented during orientation.
and Laos provided great locations for a civic engagement,
leadership-focused study abroad experience. In Thailand our location
was Chiang Mai in northern Thailand; in Laos our location was
Luang Prabang. Students received a firsthand understanding of how culture impacts leaders and the
leadership process and learned about direct action organizing,
consensus organizing and coalition building while developing leadership
development workshops and civic engagement projects.
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Seoul, Republic of Korea: Intensive study of urban policy and management in a
global mega-city in a joint program with graduate students and faculty
from Cornell, the University of Central Florida, and Portland State
University. This graduate study-abroad program examined the metropolitan city of Seoul, Republic of Korea, as a case study in urban governance and management reforms for global cities in the 21st century. Students had the opportunities to listen to briefings from policy-makers in SMG and learn more about Seoul's creative policies. They also had the chance to actually visit these policy sites and see for themselves why they are so widely recognized. Through the city tour, participants experienced the urban and traditional culture of Seoul.
course focused on the city planning and historic preservations efforts
of Krakow and Warsaw, Poland. Participants studied the ways in which a
country’s identity is reflected in its built environment, both in its
historical architecture and in the ways in which its urban centers
evolve. It focused on post-WWII, Soviet, and post-Soviet development of
two medieval cities through readings, lectures, and participation in an
11-day study trip between March 20th and April 30th, 2013.
comparative study of public policy and public administration in Romania
combining UD students and Babes-Bolyai (Babesh-Bolyaee) University
(BBU), Cluj-Napoca, Romania in a dual format course, in which students
worked together in research teams on topics tailored to student
interests. Excursions included Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, and
Seoul, Republic of Korea:
Intensive study of urban policy and management in a global city. This
field trip to Seoul ran Oct. 19–28, 2012, and included several daily
sessions with officials of Seoul Metropolitan Government and faculty
from University of Seoul, as well as daily visits to municipal
facilities. Students traveled with groups from Portland State
University, Cornell University, and the University of Central Florida.
Study Abroad Costa Rica, January 7-22: Sustainable Planning and Development. This program ran in conjunction with a 5 week undergraduate program.
England and Scotland: Change and Revitalization in Post-Industrial Europe: An Examination of Glasgow,
Scotland and Birmingham, England
The Netherlands: Housing and Neighborhoods in the Netherlands: The Role of Development,
Redevelopment, Preservation and Planning
UD/Beijing Normal University (BNU) Exchange Program:
program was open only to masters and doctoral students in
accordance with the MOU between SPPA and BNU.
program at Beijing Normal University's School of Social Development and
Public Policy represents the first full semester exchange for UAPP
graduate students. Two SPPA master's students attended Beijing Normal
University for the Spring 2010 semester and a SUAPP doctoral student
traveled to Beijing to conduct dissertation research for approximately 6
weeks during Delaware's spring semester. Classes in Beijing were
conducted in English. BNU provides tuition waivers and students have an
assistantship that provides them with a stipend towards incidental
academic and living expenses.
In 2010, SPPA graduate students were
able to choose between 2 very different opportunities over Spring
Break. Professors Peuquet and Wilder conducted a course during Spring
Semester, "Housing and Neighborhoods in the Netherlands: the Role of
Development, Redevelopment, Preservation and Planning" that culminated
in visits to Dutch cities and Neighborhoods. SPPA graduate students were
based in Amsterdam for the length of their stay and met with local and
national experts with a particular focus on the role of national and
local government policy in the field of housing, planning, preservation,
development and redevelopment.
Dr. Jonathan Justice led a group
to Seoul, South Korea, where they participated with students from other
public policy programs in a program sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan
Government. Students learned about the local government through
lectures, tours and case studies, attended a Korean theatrical
presentation and were guests at welcome and farewell dinners. They also
had free time to do some exploration of Seoul on their own.
the 2009-10 academic year, SPPA graduate students participated in
programs in Amsterdam, Beijing, Cluj-Napoca and Seoul, making this the
first year programs in Asia were available to students. In January 2010,
students under the leadership of Arno Loessner (SPPA Emeritus faculty
and co-initiator of the SPPA study abroad programs) and Maria
Aristigueta (SPPA Director and Professor) traveled to Romania to conduct
a cross cultural research course on various topics in public
administration and public policy with students at Babes-Bolyai
University. In addition to the academic component, students also had the
opportunity to experience the culture of Romania through travel,
cuisine, and interaction with students from BBU.
January 2008, 11 graduate students from the SPPA visited Cluj-Napoca,
Romania. While there, they partnered with other students from
Babes-Bolyai University (BBU) to study successes and challenges in
public administration and public policy in another culture. Each
University of Delaware student worked with a BBU student to research a
specific topic. Topics included:
addition to the academic component, students also had the opportunity
to experience the culture of Romania through travel, cuisine, and
interaction with students from BBU.
During January 2007,
Professors Loessner and Ware with professional staff member Martha
Corrozi led 16 students to examine governance, social and economic
development, public/private partnerships and environmental issues in
Scotland and The Netherlands.
Also during January 2007, Professors
Byrne and Wang led a group of five graduate students to India, where
on-site visits to major population centers gave new understanding of
poverty, and brought concepts such as sustainability into focus.
the spring break 2007, Professors Jabbar-Bey and Wilder along with
Ph.D. candidate Alain Noghiu led a group of nine graduate students and
five professionals on a study trip focused on neighborhood development
and housing policy and practice in The Netherlands.
about the current year's trips and financial assistance is provided each
fall at an open meeting in September. Students receive advance notice
about the opportunities through the SPPA summer mailing. All
matriculated graduate students accepted for participation are eligible
for financial assistance.
Study trips usually occur either in
January during winter session when most graduate students are not
enrolled in courses or during spring break, and last about one or two
weeks. Study trips are designed for academic enrichment and though
participants often collect information for their research, no academic
credit is given.