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Academic Programs

Education Abroad


Students can earn up to 15 credits towards the human rights minor or major while doing an internship as part of a UConn Education Abroad program. Spend a semester studying human rights in Cape Town or London. Travel to Bangalore, India to observe mediation or explore sustainable energy practices in Istanbul, Turkey. These are just some of the unique opportunities available to our students.

UConn Human Rights in London

Work, study and live in one of the most global cities in the world: London!  Building on the success of UConn in London’s Global Citizenship in Practice program and an ongoing partnership with the Education, Training and Citizenship organization (ETC), this new track offers students the opportunity to complete 12 -15 credits of coursework, which includes a semester-long internship with a major human rights organization. Courses count toward both the human rights major and minor requirements, but are open to all majors. You will gain valuable international work experience and develop a fuller understanding of human rights theory and contemporary debates framed within the London context.  During various field studies you will explore the capital city of London, and in the course of your internship have the chance to engage with critical global issues through active participation.

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UConn Cape Town, South Africa

Since the early 1990s, South Africa has witnessed sweeping changes in its political and cultural landscape. Once stigmatized as a racist regime, it is now celebrated as one of the more tolerant nations on earth with a progressive constitution. South Africa’s constitution is indeed the only one with specific language on women’s rights, children’s rights, workers’ rights, health care rights, education rights, and environmental and conservation justice.

UConn in Cape Town draws on the University of Connecticut’s core value of human rights. It will immerse you into the living history of South Africa by directly involving you in institutions that are wrestling with South Africa’s troubled past and creating a modern, democratic civil society. At the heart of the program is a three-day per week internship. Internships are specifically selected to meet the individual interests and goals of each student. Students will earn 15 UConn credits during their time in Cape Town.

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UConn Human Rights in Paris, France (Fall 2016)

Through this Fall 2016 semester-long UConn faculty-led program, students have an opportunity to take two HRTS courses (earning up to 6 credits): HRTS 3293 (Foreign Study), combining classroom and “clinical” study where students become acquainted with the inner workings of Amnesty International; and HRTS 3420 (Being International), a Human Rights core course looking at human rights and geopolitics. Both courses include site visits to major human rights institutions such as AI, the League of Human Rights, and UNESCO, in Paris, and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the International Court of Justice at The Hague.

Application Deadline: March 25th, 2016
Apply at: http://abroad.uconn.edu/program/uconn-in-paris-france-faculty-led-exchange/

For more information, please contact the program faculty advisors:
Eliane DalMolin (LCL 2016-17 Paris Program Director, eliane.dalmolin@uconn.edu) or Samuel Martínez (HRTS Director of Undergraduate Studies,Samuel.martinez@uconn.edu)


The Arava Institute, Israel (Spring 2017)

The Arava Institute is at the forefront of environmental studies and research in the Middle East. Accredited through Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Arava Institute offers students an opportunity to explore a range of environmental issues from an exceptional transboundary and interdisciplinary perspective. Under the guidance of leading environmental professionals and researchers, students maintain a full course-load in environmental studies that focus on water management, renewable energy, ecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental politics, and more.
http://arava.org/student-brochure/

  • Courses focus on the areas of water management, renewable energy, ecology, sustainable agriculture, environmental politics, and more. Students can also pursue an independent research project in the framework of a 3-credit elective independent study course. All courses are taught in English.
  • Students have an opportunity to complete HRTS 4291 Human Rights Internship through participation in weekly Peace-building and Environmental Leadership Seminars.

The scholarship for this program was generously funded by a grant
from the Alan B. Slifka Foundation.
Scholarship funding is available to cover the cost of tuition for this program.

If you would like more information about how to apply for this unique and exciting opportunity, please contact Rachel Jackson before September 30th for more details.
Rachel.jackson@uconn.edu, 860-486-5393


UConn Politics of Energy and Sustainable Development in Turkey

This program will introduce students to the economic, political and social aspects of developing sustainable energy in an emerging market like Turkey. In addition to the 3-credit course, the students will gain exposure to Turkish scholars and energy industry experts on various issues such as privatization of energy markets, the environmental impact of fossil fuels and nuclear energy, civil society activism and public opinion on clean energy, renewable energy technologies, and energy pipeline politics. In addition to learning and observing the energy consumption patterns in a metropolitan city, like Istanbul, the students will also participate in various energy-related activities organized by environmental organizations such as Greenpeace. The program includes field trips out of town to visit power plants, wind farms, and hydroelectric dams.

The Human Rights Institute is working to develop an internship or field study component to this study abroad program.  More information will be posted here as it is available.

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