Study Abroad 2018 – Belize

Informational session just announced – Tuesday – Sept 26 @ 12.30pm in room C025.  

BUS 206 International BusinessStudy Abroad – Belize

IDS 200 Interdisciplinary Studies-Belize : A Confluence of Art and Nature

During the spring 2018 semester the esteemed Professor Joel Chapin and the division of fine arts in conjunction with Mark Swain and the FM Biz Hub are offering another International Business: Study Abroad.  This is a special topics elective that includes an experiential learning objective with a study abroad component to Belize during Spring Break 2018. Students will study similarities and differences in the cultural, political and business practices of the United States, Central America and Belize. Business students will be visiting and studying at least one corporation in Belize City and an in-depth look at ecotourism and the impact on a culture and its economy.

To see the complete itinerary click here. The cost is $3,389 with a$150 surcharge if travelers are older than 30. That includes flights to and from Albany, NY, accommodation, breakfast, evening meals and 6 local lunches!

Contact Mark Swain, Business Instructor for more details: mark.swain@fmcc.suny.edu

Click here to enroll on the International Business Enrollment, including prices and travel information.

The Interdisciplinary Course- Belize: a Confluence of Art and Nature is an international study course that will focus on the art and architecture of the Mayan civilization and how this dynamic culture was influenced by the tropical environment of Mesoamerica including Belize. The course also enhances cross-cultural skills and develops a greater understanding of cultural, historical and political concepts of the newest democracy in the western hemisphere. We will travel to the Mayan sites of Lamina and to the magnificent complex of architecture at Xuantunich as well as many other rainforest and costal environments. This course fulfills a SUNY General education requirement in the area of Other World Civilizations .This is a repeat trip to Belize, winning high praise with FMCC students who participated in that travel experience.

Click here to enroll on the Art and Nature travel course with Joel Chapin, includes prices and travel information  www.efcollegestudytours.com/196515YC

Business is an exciting field to work in with many opportunities for both professional and personal growth. If you have an interest in international business and travel then consider signing up for the International Business elective in Spring 2018.

For more information on these trips and/or the class contact; Mark Swain, Business Instructormark.swain@fmcc.edu or Joel Chapin, Art Professor joel.chapin@fmcc.edu

Quotes from London 2016:

“This is the best group of travellers I have ever had the pleasure to lead! I have lead hundreds of students groups and FM’s students are the best prepared and most respectful of them all, I will truly miss you all…” — EF Tour Guide.

“I’ve been doing my best to think of my favorite part of the trip, and I’ve realized that it wasn’t anything specific but a sequence of somewhat small events that really have stuck with me.”

“…none of us thought we were going to fit in and how lucky we all were to have had such a wonderful group.. Trying to put it into better words and somewhat falling short I said the only way I could explain it, was that I had at least one meaningful one-on-one conversation with everyone on the trip, and I thought that was beautiful…”

“I got to see a lot of the things most travelers get to see in London. But more interestingly, I got to see parts of London that aren’t on a tourist map.”

“…I have made memories and friends for life…”

“On the Third day I wrote in my journal: “…[I’m] thinking to myself how this has been my focus since December and remembering how Europe doesn’t feel the way you’d think. It feels normal, and in turn makes me wonder if I’m strange…In retrospect I see that feeling normal wasn’t strange at all.  Normal is what you feel when you’re wherever it is that people use your name as the best way to describe you.. It means you feel understood, and at home… and THAT (by far) was the best part of the trip!”

“My favorite moments were not being able to say I experienced just “London”, but being able to experience the culture and history with friends and people who I now call friends. That’s what makes the difference.”