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Spring 'Break Away' Courses

Each Spring semester, Duquesne faculty develop and lead 5-7 Break Away courses: courses that meet all semester ON campus but include an obligatory, integrated study abroad trip during the 8-9 days of Spring Break. All students enrolled in the course must do this trip, because it is academically integrated into the fabric of the course. These are very attractive to many Duquesne students, often to students who don't wish to or can't study abroad for longer periods of time. The academic dynamic is especially interesting: you have seven (7) weeks in the classroom before Spring Break, one week abroad, and another 6-7 weeks upon your return. There is wonderful time to learn, experience, and then process the international experience as a class. 

How to get started:

1. See the kinds of Break Away programs offered this year.

2. Consider applying for a Faculty Development Grant to do exploratory travel. 

3. Contact the Office of International Programs to brainstorm: Dr. Roberta Aronson or MaryBeth Morris

What courses work well for Spring Break Away?

  • CORE classes work especially well

  • General electives with wide appeal

  • Courses for majors that can be open to non-majors and have NO prerequisites

  • What doesn't work well: highly specialized courses for majors/courses with only one section 

How to get your program approved:

Break Away course proposals are considered as part of the annual Faculty Deveopment Grant process each February (for the following year). If you are NOT applying for a Faculty Development Grant, but would like to offer a Break Away course, please submit this application by February 1 the previous year.