Pack your bags, see the sights

Study abroad program expands with new destinations

By Ashley Rodriguez, Cora Bishoppetty, Travis Hunter
On October 4, 2019

ASU’s Center of International Studies during the Sum­mer I semester in 2020 will give students the opportunity to study abroad in Hawaii and, for the first time, Japan.

The Tourism and Cross-Cultural Communication trip will be led by associate professor Dr. JongHwa Lee and spon­sored by instructor Teri Freitag. The travel dates will be June 1 to July 1 and students will spend one week in Honolulu, Hawaii, followed by three weeks in Tokyo, Japan.

While Lee and Freitag are both in the department of communication and mass media, this study abroad program will be open to students of all majors.

On the trip, students will gain knowledge of cultural ge­ography, history, cultural studies, communication, politics and identity through the lens of tourism, Lee said.

“With all of its pitfalls and shortcomings, the idea is tourism is a form of intercultural experience and communica­tion,” Lee said. “It gives us a very interesting opportunity to learn about how culture, communication and identity interact with each other and tell us something profound about today’s age and the people living in today’s time.”

Lee said the trip will provide chances for students to engage in self-reflection.

“People are running towards something as much run­ning away from something,” he said. “Travelers want to feel part of something larger and more powerful than themselves; an impulse that has always been deep within the heart and what it means to be natural.”

Students interested in applying for the trip must have a 2.5 GPA or better, Freitag said. They are currently looking for 10 undergraduate and 10 graduate students with at least one se­mester of completed coursework. Applications can be found on RamPort. Students can click on the study abroad link under the academics tab.

A few of the places students will get to visit include the Pearl Harbor Memorial, Hanauma Bay and the Tokyo National Museum.

“That’s just the tip of the iceberg on all of the things we have planned,” Freitag said. “We have historic, cultural, nature tours...they will also have an opportunity to go out and explore some on their own.”

According to the ASU website, the basic cost of the pro­gram will be $6,000 and students will also be responsible for an estimated $1,760 in tuition and fees.

For more information, students can contact Dr. JongHwa Lee at Jonghwa.lee@angelo.edu or Teri Freitag at tfreitag@ange­lo.edu.

For the full video interview tune in to Ram TV.

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