Global Learning & Immersions

4 students smiling in front of a lake in Cuba

Change your perspective. Travel. Conduct research. Become an ethical leader and a global citizen by studying in a new setting and making real world connections to course material. Global learning in BCLA encompasses courses and experiences that seek to engage and understand local, regional, national, and international communities and issues. You will examine the historical, contemporary, and global contexts that shape people, places, and different ways of looking at the world. Participating in global learning builds cultural awareness and critical thinking skills that can be personally, academically, and professionally transformative.

  • Every spring, BCLA offers semester-long classes that take a trip abroad during spring break. Need-based financial assistance is available to support travel costs. The current courses include:

    • HIST 3910: Museums, Landscape, and Empire
      Trip to: Oxford and London, United Kingdom
    • HIST 4910: Empire, Migration, and Reparations (Topics in Public History)
      Trip to: Oxford and London, United Kingdom
    • LBST 4900 (Section 1): Education and Global Issues
      Trip to: Bali, Indonesia

    See more information about BCLA Global Immersion Courses.

  • BCLA Domestic Immersion Courses are on-campus classes, which each include a multi-day domestic travel experience. With a Domestic Immersion Course, students can get out of the classroom to study a topic in-depth at the source with faculty experts. Classes can be open to all students or targeted towards majors. Need-based financial assistance is available.

  • There are over 50 study abroad programs all over the globe, and many are faculty-led and fit into liberal arts major curricula.

    LMU Faculty-led programs:

    • LMU Semester in Croatia
    • LMU Semester in Germany
    • LMU Semester in London, England: Leadership London
    • LMU Semester in London, England: Study and Internship

    Additional program locations:

    • Argentina: SIT Study Abroad Argentina
    • Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
    • Augsburg University in Cuernavaca, Mexico
    • Augsburg University in Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala
    • Australia: Southern Cross University
    • Cardiff University, Wales
    • Champlain Montréal, Canada
    • China: The Beijing Center
    • Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala: Augsburg University
    • Ecuador: SIT Study Abroad
    • France: IAU Aix-en-Provence
    • Ghana: NYU Accra
    • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
    • IAU Aix-en-Provence, France
    • India: SIT Study Abroad
    • Ireland: University College Cork
    • Israel: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    • Italy: Spring Hill Italy Center in Bologna
    • Japan: Sophia University
    • Mexico: Augsburg University in Cuernavaca
    • Morocco:  SIT Study Abroad
    • New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology
    • NYU Accra, Ghana
    • Peru: SIT Study Abroad
    • Québec, Canada: Champlain Montréal
    • SIT Study Abroad Argentina, Ecuador, India, Morocco, Peru
    • Sophia University, Japan
    • South Africa: Service Learning Program
    • South Korea: Sogang University
    • Southern Cross University, Australia
    • Spain: Universidad de Deusto in San Sebastian
    • Vietnam: The Vietnam Center
    • Wales: Cardiff University
    • Washington, D.C.: The Washington Center internship program

    Visit the Study Abroad Office to learn more about semester study abroad programs that work with BCLA majors.

  • Can’t fit an entire semester into your schedule? Summer programs provide shorter abroad experiences for credit, like:

    • LMU Summer in Croatia
    • LMU Summer in Oxford, England
    • LMU Summer in New Zealand
    • LMU Summer in Paris, France
    • LMU Summer in Rome, Italy
    • LMU Summer in Spetses, Greece Odyssey Program

    For details and more summer program options, visit the Study Abroad Office.

  • LMU and BCLA offer financial support for students who wish to study abroad.

    • Semester Abroad
      Institutional aid via Financial Aid is available for some semester study abroad programs. Study Abroad Financial Assistance Grants support students who study abroad. The award is based on financial need and a project proposal.
    • Semester Abroad in London
      Each semester, the Institute for Leadership Studies chooses one political science student to join the prestigious Hansard Fellowship Program in London, which includes a semester of study at the London School of Economics and Political Science, coupled with an internship in the British House of Commons. This competitive program covers the cost of studying abroad, is only open to political science and international relations majors.
    • Summer Abroad in Asia
      The Ferdinand Verbiest, S.J. Award funds summer study abroad in Asia for history majors/minors, Asian and Pacific Studies majors/minors, and liberal studies majors with a history focus. Learn more via LMU Study Abroad or ask the History Department for application details.
    • Summer Abroad in Catholic Studies or Jewish Studies
      Student Enrichment Funds in Catholic Studies and Jewish Studies can provide funding to Catholic Studies or Jewish Studies minors who participate in a thematically relevant abroad experience. Ask the program directors for Jewish Studies or Catholic Studies for details on qualifying programs.
    • Global Immersion Courses
      Need-based aid is available to fund travel costs for BCLA Global Immersion courses each semester. In 2019, BCLA provided at least partial support to all qualified applicants, over $100,000 in aid total.