Faculty-Led Programs Abroad

Every year, Barnard faculty lead programs abroad - either as part of a semester course or as stand-alone opportunities in the summer or winter.  The Dean for International and Global Strategy, often in conjunction with academic departments, makes financial support available to keep program costs low for students. 

Faculty-led programs in 2016-17 included:

Architecture: Design Studio III - Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden 

Led by Karen Fairbanks 

November 4-15, 2016 

The Design Studio researched the natural resources and built infrastructure that are significant to the planning and growth of New York City, Oslo, and Stockholm. Students developed a program and designed a small temporary structure before the trip, which then led to an expanded program and project after on-the-ground research in Oslo and Stockholm.

The Fall 2017 Design Studio III will be led by Ignacio Galan and will travel to Mexico City. 


Visual Arts: Capstone Experience for Majors - Berlin, Germany 

Led by Joan Snitzer and John Miller

March 9-17, 2017

Visual Arts majors had the opportunity to experience the vibrant arts scene in Berlin by visiting museums, galleries, and studios.  Professors Snitzer and Miller organized meetings and discussions with active artists, curators, and critics in the city, giving students a window into working in the arts.  See the Berlin Trip Catalogue to learn more.


Music: Barnard-Columbia Chorus Concert - Lausanne, Switzerland

Led by Gail Archer 

May 8-10, 2017

The Barnard-Columbia Chorus sang the Mass in C KV 427,  Te Deum laudamus  KV 141 and  Ave verum K. 618 with the Chorus of the University of Lausanne on April 19, 2017 at the Church of the Ascension in New York City.  Members of the Barnard-Columbia Chorus then traveled to Lausanne from May 8-10 to sing the same program at the University of Lausanne.


German: Vienna Stories - Vienna, Austria 

Led by Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj

May 12-21, 2017

In conjunction with the course Advanced German II – Vienna-Now and Then, students explored the use of digital technology for analyzing culture, language and identity in one of Europe’s most diverse cities—Vienna, Austria. During a one-week stay in Vienna, students put their German-language, filming and digital technology skills to use gathering ethnographic material for a short German-language documentary film on identity, the notion of homeland, and stereotypes. Live encounters with native Viennese as well as recent migrants from Turkey, Ukraine, Poland, the former Yugoslavia, and Syria served as the main sources for the video.  See this student-made video on the program. 

The program will be integrated into the spring 2018 course Vienna Stories: Filming Identities and Voices and will travel to Vienna during spring break, March 10-16, 2018. 


French: Translating Theatre Workshop - Paris, France 

Led by Laurie Postlewate

May 22- June 8, 2017

Students spent three weeks in Paris attending collaborative workshops on translation at Reid Hall. Their classroom time was divided between sharing their own translation work and discussions of translation theory applied to theatre. The students worked closely with both the Literary Translation Masters Program at Université de Paris Charles V and the Centre International de la Traduction Théâtrale.  Outside of the classroom, students were able to attend five theatre events, including performances of works they translated.


Dance: Barnard Dance in Paris

Led by Colleen Thomas-Young

June 1-30, 2017 

This long-standing 4-week summer course is an immersion in Parisian culture from the point of view of the dancer.  Students took a series of technique classes in modern, ballet and yoga, taught by USF, Barnard College and guest faculty.  They were exposed to the rich artistic side of Paris through lectures and performances, as well as assigned readings by major dancers/writers/artists who have drawn on the Parisian landscape as inspiration for their work. Students then presented a final choreographic project based on compositional exercises that took them to various Parisian locales.


Psychology: Research in Metacognition & Korean Language Study - Seoul, South Korea 

Led by Lisa Son 

June 27- July 21, 2017 

The program allowed a Barnard Psychology major to travel to Seoul, South Korea, for 4 weeks in the summer to conduct research on metacognitive processes at Korea University with Professor Son.  The student was also able to enroll in Korea University’s International Summer Program and study Introductory Korean.


Barnard Center for Research on Women: Transnational Feminisms Seminar - Bridgetown, Barbados 

Led by Tami Navarro

July 8-16, 2017 

This Global Seminar took place on the campus of the University of the West Indies—Cave Hill in Barbados. In partnership with BCRW’s research partner, the Institute for Gender and Development Studies (IGDS), the seminar featured lectures by UWI faculty members on themes including the making of feminisms in the Caribbean, Caribbean gender ideologies, and gender, science and technology. 


Theatre: Capstone Experience for Majors at the Noorderzon International Performing Arts Festival - Groningen, The Netherlands

Led by Alice Reagan 

August 22- 28, 2017 

Seniors in the Theatre Department had the opportunity to attend the internationally respected Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival in Groningen, The Netherlands. Now in its 26th year, the Noorderzon Festival presents works of live performance from all over the world, with an emphasis on experimental and devised work.  Students were able to attend performances and meet with artists.