7 Winter Programs That Will Have You Immersed in the Local Culture

Miami University offers a variety of education abroad opportunities. Here are some winter programs meant for students who want to be immersed in the local culture. Many programs are open to students of all majors.

Italy Visions and Contrasts

Location: Florence, Bologna, Pienza, Montepulciano, & Prato, Italy

The Roman ColiseumFood is an important part of Italian culture, and students in this program analyze the representation of food in Italian cinema while practicing the art of travel and culinary writing in Florence.

Made in Italy

Location: Bologna, Florence, & Urbino, Italy

A hand holds an Italian gelato near a narrow city streetStudy the “Three Fs” of Italian industry: Fashion, Food, and Furniture. Students visit multiple major businesses, from Armani to a gelato factory, to understand the history and culture behind them.

Paris: Cultural Capital

Locations: Paris, Blois & Amboise, France

Eiffel Tower and surrounding cityMasterpieces of French and American culture come to life by following in the footsteps of Hemingway, exploring the grandeur of Versailles, and experiencing other adventures in the City of Lights.

Individuals, Families, and Communities in India: Exploring Diverse Sub-cultures

Location: Bangalore, India

An archway in India frames cultural buildings on a streetDevelop the skills necessary to understand family theory by examining its application in the Indian cultural context and meeting with nonprofit agencies who work with familial issues in Bangalore, India.

Miami in Oman and UAE

Locations: Muscat & Ra's Al-Hadd, Oman; Abu Dhabi & Dubai, UAE

Modern and ancient buildings in a cityscape in OmanEncounter the intersection of economies, cultures, and religions in Muscat, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai to understand the importance of Arab culture and Islam to the pursuit of a successful, modern, and thriving economy and society.

Urban and Environmental Change in Peru

Locations: Lima, Cusco, & Ollantaytambo, Peru

Mountainous Peruvian terrainExamine the connected but different worlds of megacity Lima and historical Cusco to understand Peru’s evolving relationship with the environment and how this can inform 21st-century sustainability.

Life at Altitude

Locations: Kathmandu & Pokhara, Nepal

Nepalese tiered rooftops and mountainsTrek through the spectacular snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas and experience life at altitude by eating the local cuisine, traveling with Sherpa, and experiencing local practices.

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