Revealed: Fantastic Travel Study Locations for 2016

freixenetSPAIN: cookingChemistry of Cooking, a four credit course, will be offered in Spring of 2016 by Dr. Anthony Trimboli. Class will meet three times a week and once a week for lab. During the lab students will take cooking lesson at Whole Foods and meet with local restaurant owners.

According to the professor: During the trip, we will submerge ourselves in the unique learning environment of San Sebastian, the culinary capital of Spain and one of the top five food cities in the world.  We will prepare and taste authentic foods of the region. We will learn to create tapas, paella, and gourmet meals from fresh seasonal ingredients bought locally in the open air market and experience the art of presenting and serving in European fashion.  Come see the influence Spain has on food and many other things. Learn and experience science behind our food throughout this study abroad experience in the top kitchens and restaurants in Spain. Students from all majors are invited to take advantage of this program.

Paris in 1916… and Paris today!

Paris in 1916… and Paris today!

FRANCE: Join us over Spring Break, March 5-12, 2016, as we begin our travels to France. Dr. Neal Palmer is offering a class that reflects, and creates a greater understanding of the 100th anniversary of the Great War. Visiting the battles sites of WWI in Paris, France, and Belgium will be a highlight of the course which will also include an exploration of the Ivalides and Arc de Triomphe. The students will cruise the Seine River by night, see memorable sights of the city such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Left Bank, Monmarte and stroll the Champs Elysee. On this trip we will relive the past and then celebrate the present in the “city of lights.”

Student Perspective: RaKesha Gray

RaKesha Gray is a sophomore majoring in English.

St. John Lateran Basilica

St. John Lateran Basilica

Ten days in Italy created memories worth a lifetime! I shamefully admit that in high school, I had no real interest in studying abroad. Even though I had been exposed to stories from my parents and friends of the family who had traveled abroad, I always thought of it as being uncomfortable for half of year in a foreign place.

I’ve always enjoyed traveling, but I did not realize the options of studying abroad until I got to CBU. I sat through a session in the summer. Dr. Forsdick and students passionately shared their experiences, and that passion must have transferred directly to me. I learned of the best opportunity ever dealing with studying abroad. There was a chance to take a class (The Chemistry of Cooking), get to know students, and then travel with them to enjoy a foreign place for about ten days. How cool! It dispelled my fear of being totally uncomfortable. Short study trips are a great segue for first time international travelers. However, I now have the excitement and courage to study abroad for a whole semester.

Lighting in Dozza

Lighting in Dozza

Being in Italy allowed me to experience the taste of authentic pasta, gelato, and pizza. (The pizza and gelato class was even more awesome!)  Being out of the country allowed me to realize how big the world is and what a small place I occupy in it. I also realized that despite language and cultural differences, we all smile the same. We all want to enjoy life.

I had not financially prepared to go on this trip, but a little faith and willpower took me a long way; literally. I learned to budget and to ask others for help. I am very appreciative for the generosity of family, friends, and church members. I am blessed to have been supported with monetary gifts and words of traveling wisdom.

The overall process of traveling abroad is indescribable, but I know it makes one grow up. I could go on and on about how life changing it was, but that doesn’t even touch the surface. If you want to be rich one day, study abroad. Traveling is truly the investment that pays. I agree with the saying it’s the only service you pay for that makes you so rich. In what ways is my life now richer? You’ll have to study abroad to find out.

London & Paris: May 2015

ParisExperience our exciting trip to London and Paris in May 2015 right after graduation. See the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, ride the bright red double decker bus, hear the chimes of Big Ben, and so much more. NLondon/Parisext stop is Paris, the city of lights. Climb the Eiffel Tower, stroll the Champs-Elysees, the most famous boulevard in the world, hear the bells of Notre Dame, and cruise down the Seine River. Courses offered are Finance 437: International Financial Management, with Dr. Bjoern Claassen and Global Studies 300: The Global Citizen with Dr. Emily Forsdick. GS is open to all students and satisfies a  GER for Social Sciences. It also satisfies the international experience requirement for GS minors. Classes begin after spring break and meet on a TBA basis at a time convenient for all students. Much learning occurs on site in an experiential setting in both London and Paris!

$$$$$ FLASH FOR LONDON/PARIS STUDY TRIP! In addition to four $500 need-based stipends for the trip, there are now four $300 scholarships for students who have travelled before with CBU on a study trip or have spent a semester abroad on a CBU program. Early applications are advised. Request educational travel for your Christmas gifts and remind family and friends that Amy Ware, Director of Career Services at CBU, indicates that international learning experiences enhance your resume. Applications available on the Study Abroad website.

Student Spotlight: Anna Baumheckel

Picture8 RomeI can honestly say that being a part of last spring’s study abroad trip to Italy was one of the most defining times in my college experience. I was able to immerse myself in a new culture for a week, bond with some amazing classmates, and take cooking lessons in Italy; what could be better? As we traveled through Rome, Florence, and Bologna we soaked up the local culture — enjoying all the history, arts, architecture, and delicious meals possible.

My favorite stop on our whirlwind tour was definitely Florence. The charm of the city’s cobblestone streets and gelaterias on nearly every corner was captivating. The shopping was second-to-none, too!

I’m very proud to have been born andRome raised in the South, but I am so grateful I was able to take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity CBU provides to expand students’ horizons. Not only did the Chemistry of Cooking trip through Italy open my eyes to new, and old, ways of life, it also gave me a sense of empowerment. After conquering five airports, three hotels, and countless Metro stops and taxi rides within 10 days, I feel as though I could take on the world — and I just might! — Anna Baumheckel (Chemical Engineering ’15)


Upcoming Trips


Memorial at Neuville St. Vaast

Watch for Dr. Neal Palmer’s study trip on World War I sites. In France, students will visit Paris, Reims, Arras, and the battlefield memorials at Vimy Ridge, Verdun, national cemeteries at Neuville St. Vaast and Notre Dame de Lorette, and the Meaux Museum of the Great War. In Paris, we will visit the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triomphe, and more.

Other locations may include Barcelona and Shanghai. Stay tuned!

Why Go To PCB When You Can Go To Southern Spain?!


Study Abroad is now reserving spots for its wonderful Southern Spain trip for Spring Break 2015. The trip will focus on renewable energy and sustainability. Students will visit a solar plant and a wind turbine facility. They will also see mosques, cathedrals, and synagogues. Stroll through the Generalife Gardens and view a fascinating flamenco show. Students will truly be immersed in the culture and ambiance of Southern Spain. The trip is open to all majors and will count towards a requirement for a sustainability minor. The Business Office is now taking deposits of $200 for the trip. Please let know if you are interested or have any questions!

Don’t Just Read About It, Experience It!

Upcoming Trips for 2014

Space still left for the LEON, MEXICO trip — Please put your payment down ASAP!
Spring Break 2014: March 9-15
  • PKG/ME 498 Special Topics: Transport Packaging (3 crs.)- Siripong Malasri, Ph.D., P.E., CPLP Technologist
  • PKG 496 Special Topics: Pre-shipment Tests (1 cr.) – Siripong Malasri, Ph.D., P.E., CPLP Technologist

Cost: $1,580.00 (Based on 10 students)
ROME TRIP WAIT LIST NOW BEING COMPILEDPlease contact to put your name on the list!
If you are interested in studying abroad, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Forsdick at, or stop by the Study Abroad office and see Ms. Melody Caldwell in Buckman Hall 346 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Be the Change: The MHIRT Experience

“I had the opportunity to classify specifically what type of Albinism an individual has; therefore, researchers could draw these massive classification scales for people that have Albinism in Brazil, because thus far in Brazil… nothing has ever been done for them.”
Junior Biology major JD Wolfe was one of several students selected to participate in CBU’s Minority Health and International Research Training (MHIRT) Program this past summer. MHIRT provides international research training opportunities to qualified undergraduate, graduate, and medical students from socially or economically disadvantaged groups who have been historically underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research careers.

While offering placements in both Uganda and Brazil, MHIRT stations students for 10 weeks, partnering them with leading scientists and universities within the region.

“MHIRT provides a cohort for you, pairing students in the project that most suits them. This program is unique in the sense of not only their research, but their networking… the contacts that I made while there, thanks to our program directors, were critical to my experience. I tried to meet as many people as I possibly could, because you may never see those people again, underestimating the impact they may have in your life.”

Selected students engage in research related to biomedical science, behavioral science, environmental science, carnivore conservation, and/or public health. Thanks to funding by the Fogarty International Center and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health, all expenses in relation to the internship program are paid.

Did you know that the Albino population in Brazil is approximately 1 in 17,000? The research JD Wolfe is performing plans to study 10% of this population. His experience is just one example of the numerous strides MHIRT is making around the world.

When asked to give advice to others interested in applying for the program, he stated, “Do whatever you can possibly do to go abroad — without hesitation. Make it a priority. Make it happen.”

MHIRT applications for Summer 2014 are now available. Feel free to browse the MHIRT website for guidelines. Curious about other student testimonials? Check out the MHIRT blog!

Keep this in mind: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Fiestas and Siestas: Barcelona, Spain 2013

20130428-213640.jpgEver dreamed of a city that not only stops all types of activity from two p.m. to five p.m. in the afternoon, but also parties till six o’clock in the morning? Then you have never been to IMG_0111Barcelona, Spain. “What happens in Barcelona, stays in Barcelona,” J.D. Wolfe states as we return back home from our trip, but Barcelona was much more than a city that knew how to entertain their guests. The city is also filled with some of the most magnificent and stunning artwork, architecture, and an experience one will never forget.

​During spring break 2013 Christian Brothers University took students, family, and friends to visit and study in Barcelona, Spain and Carcassonne, France. Not only were we taken out of our comfort zone, being my first time out of the country, but we were easily adapted due the the group we were with and the outstanding kindness of everyone in the city.

“‘Take the path less traveled’: The cab rides in Barcelona were always eventful. For IMG_0109example, when no one spoke a lick of Spanish except for me and we got dropped off in an alley behind our hotel. We were all thinking our cab driver was going to kill us and he actually led us directly back to where we were suppose to be,” says University of Memphis student, Melody Caldwell. Most of the greatness of the trip should be accredited to the CBU study abroad program. Their tentativeness and particulars to detail made this trip a trip I will never forget. Honestly, my first time out of the country was with the CBU study abroad program, I graduate in May, and I am planning on going abroad with them again in 2014.

​”CBU Study Abroad trips are extraordinary for students of all ages. Our trip to Barcelona last month was an experience not to be forgotten. Seeing the Sagrada Familia and La IMG_0192Pedrera, strolling down La Rambla, dining at tapas bars, ascending Montjuic on the funicular, descending to the Underground City Museum to see excavations of Barcelona 2,000 years ago, enjoying a Flamenco performance, traveling to the Salvador Dali museum and the unbelievable medieval city of Carcassonne, France were all feasts for the senses. Our walking classroom led us to places beyond our expectations, and we were amazed,” says Ms. Barbara Kernan (and put very well I might add). I will always hold that week abroad with CBU near to my heart. You do not just learn about a new culture, you gain a deeper understanding for who you are as a person. For that, I thank CBU for having such a phenomenal itinerary planned for us in which we got to participate and live fully as a part of Barcelona, Spain and Carcassonne, France.” -Taylor Tartera, English ’13

You can view more photos on the Study Abroad’s Facebook page or Spain album.