Director Spring 2013: Professor Scott Kraly, Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology The Wales Study Group
is intended for majors in the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics who wish to live and study abroad. Although the program is designed primarily for students who will be juniors during the spring term of 2014, qualified sophomores may also be considered. The program is hosted at Cardiff University during that college’s spring semester. The Colgate study group’s orientation will begin on Monday, 20 January 2014. The last final exam day is Friday, 13 June 2014.
As in the past, the study group will be based at Cardiff University, which, with its student body of twenty-eight thousand students, is the preeminent research university of Wales. Colgate students will register as non-matriculated students of the University of Cardiff and have access to all of the University’s academic and athletic facilities, including libraries, gymnasiums, and student union.
Wales is part of the United Kingdom and only in 1998 formed its own National Assembly. Its people consider Wales to be a separate and distinct nation; they are passionately conscious of their cultural heritage. While the dominant language of southern Wales is English, Wales is a bilingual nation. The Welsh language, a Celtic tongue, is alive and well as a second language and is strongly promoted in the Welsh educational system. Cardiff is an ideal locale for exploring this fascinating culture, serving as a center for the renaissance of Welsh language, literature, and national pride.
The city of Cardiff, the capital of Wales, has a population of approximately 330,000. The Welsh are justifiably proud of their artistic and cultural accomplishments, as exemplified by city theaters for opera, drama and ballet — the Welsh National Opera and the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra are located in Cardiff — and by the Welsh National Museum. In addition, Cardiff University, which is located near the center of Cardiff in Cathays Park, maintains a number of musical and drama theaters. The principal sport of Wales is rugby, and Millennium Park, an internationally known rugby ground, is within walking distance of the University’s campus.
All students will enroll in two elective courses (at least one normally must be in the student’s major) and in two required courses, which are designed specifically to reflect the study group’s unique location. University of Cardiff Course Approval Form HUMN 391 Welsh Culture (required Cardiff course).
This course examines Welsh literature, language, and culture, and in so doing, augments the cross-cultural experience that is an integral part of any study abroad program. The specific course content varies with the instructors, all of who are Cardiff University faculty. Before the semester begins, a member of the Welsh Department provides an introduction to the Welsh language. This course has a number of required field trips, including excursions to the Welsh Folk Museum, Dylan Thomas home site, and National Assembly. PSYC/NEUR 377 Psychopharmacology (Required Director’s course).
In this seminar, students and the instructor discuss the effects of drugs upon psychological processes and behavior in humans. Readings in the textbook treat the mechanisms of action (physiological and neurochemical) of various classes of drugs used in therapy or “on the street.” Readings in professional journals illustrate the experimental study of drug effects in humans and in animals. Elective Courses:
Of the two elective courses, at least one must be in the student’s major. Students must have satisfied the per-requisites for the courses in Wales before departure. Colgate departmental approval is required to transfer any course that will count towards a major.
Students are required to participate in all of the study group trips. There will be several day trips for the Welsh Culture course, a three-day trip to the western Welsh coast region, and a 4-day venture to Snowdonia and the Isle of Anglesey in the culturally distinct north of Wales. These trips will visit distinctly Welsh sites.
For details of student expenses on this study group, please see Student Cost Estimate Sheet.
The deadline for applications to the Spring 2014 Wales Study Group has already passed.
You must confirm that your passport is valid through December 2014. All students participating on the Wales Study Group will be required to obtain a U.K. student visa. With participation on this study group comes the responsibility of understanding and complying with U.K. government visa requirements. If you will not be traveling on a U.S. passport it is imperative that you contact an adviser in Off-Campus Study/International Programs, 101 Lathrop, and International Student Services, 103C Lathrop Hall, to learn as much as you can about the regulations. For some students there are significant visa requirements to be met that take time, advance planning, and incur extra costs.
Wales Study Group program dates: January 20 — June 13, 2014
All informational sessions for this program have already passed.
For more information, contact Scott Kraly
in 110C Olin Hall at 315-228-7348 or email@example.com