March 5, the Global Education Center unveiled its Winter Term study abroad programs for 2015 at the Winter Term study abroad fair.

This year there are more programs being offered than ever before, including the first upper level GST study abroad course, among several others.

Bill Burress, assistant director of international programs at the Global Education Center, said he is very excited for Winter Term 2015.

“We have a really good variety of courses this year,” Burress said. “With the new courses and the number of courses, I think we are providing a lot of good opportunities for students.”

One of the new courses being offered is  “Malawi — The Warm Heart of Africa.” It is a service-based course taught by Terry Tomasek and Brooke Barnett.  The class will spend two weeks exploring Malawi and learning about the culture and politics. Students will spend their third week abroad teaching children peer tutoring strategies.

“Our goal is to give [students in Malawi] sustainable reading strategies,” Tomasek said. “If we were to tutor them for a week, they wouldn’t have any tutors after we leave, but by teaching them to read with others and practice their reading strategies, we’re leaving them with something.”

Another new class is “Great Structures of Europe: Technology and History.” It is being taught by Rich D’Amato and Dianne Ford and will focus on the great architectural structures throughout Europe.

“If one is interested in development of civilization and experiencing it throughout Europe, then this is the course for you,” D’Amato said.

Jan Fuller is teaching the new course “Israel, Palestine and Jordan: Living Stones of Peace.” It will explore peacemaking organizations in the Middle East.

“This class is intended to complicated peoples’ views,” Fuller said. “It’s going to be an intense course.”

“Austria: Sex and Violins” is the first upper level GST study abroad course. It is being taught by Matt Buckmaster and Victoria Fischer Faw.

“It’s a unique course,” Fisher Faw said. “There are a lot of opportunities for students to reflect on the musical heritage of Austria and how it relates to other topics.”

The priority deadline for applications is March 20. All applications will be considered, and then the application period will reopen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students are encouraged to log on to for applications and more information about the programs.

For a more in-depth article on the courses being offered next Winter Term, check out the international section of the March 12 print edition of the Pendulum.