Fall 2011 Semester Abroad
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.
2010 Study Abroad
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.
2009 Study Abroad
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.
2008 Study Abroad: Romania
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:
- Health care
- City management
- Internship programs
- University and NGO partnerships
- Faith-based NGOs
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.