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Current and Upcoming Study Abroad Trips

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Fall 2017: Seoul, Republic of Korea - Policy and Management
University of Delaware public affairs graduate students study in Seoul, South Korea.


​(UAPP 730-010-17F, 1 credit) Intensive study of urban policy and management in a global mega-city in a joint program with graduate students and faculty from the University of Birmingham (UK), Cornell University, the University of Central Florida, and Portland State University. Normally limited to 8 graduate students. More information about the course and requirements here. A brief introduction to the city of Seoul can be found here.

Important Dates

Contact information: Professor Jonathan Justice, or Professor John McNutt,

Winter 2018: Vietnam and Laos

Vietnam and Laos will provide great locations for an undergraduate civic engagement, leadership-focused study abroad experience. In Vietnam our locations will be Hanoi and Hoi An in northern Vietnam; in Laos our location will be Luang Prabang.

In the LEAD 411: Leadership Dynamics course, you will get a firsthand understanding of how culture impacts leaders and the leadership process. 

Questions we will address: 

  • How does culture define how people interact? 
  • Does one leadership style work in all cultures?
  • Do American leadership theories apply abroad? 

In LEAD 400: Leadership for the Common Good, you will learn about direct action organizing, consensus organizing and coalition building as you develop leadership development workshops and civic engagement project.

More details:

Important Dates

  • Interest session on Thursday, March 9 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm in MEM 124 
  • Interest session on Wednesday, March 15 from 5pm to 6pm in PRN 234.
  • Applications due April 20, 2017. 

Attend either interest session to find out more! 

*** To determine how the courses fit into your public policy major,contact Dr. Breck Robinson.

***The two courses can be used for the area electives for the OCL major and minor.

Summer 2018: LEAD in Italy with Cruise to Spain

It takes cultural intelligence to lead effectively in our interconnected, global world. You have the opportunity to develop your own cultural intelligence by joining us in a new SPPA adventure. For undergraduates, LEAD 411 “Topics in Leadership Dynamics: Leading with Cultural Intelligence in Italy, Spain and at Sea” will be offered this June 2018.  This course will spend two weeks in Tuscany, Italy. Then we will board the Celebrity Constellation cruise ship for a one week cruise from Rome to Spain, with port stops in Nice (France), Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca and Barcelona.

LEAD 411 fulfills the Community Leadership course requirement for OCL majors. Public Policy majors and OCL minors can use LEAD 411 as one of the required restricted electives. This trip also offers 3 credits of the required DLE.  In essence, you will complete two requirements in only three weeks.  LEAD 411 will not be offered on-campus during this academic year.

Learn more by visiting the trip’s webpage.  There will be an information/interest meeting Wednesday Sept. 6 and Thursday Sept 14, 6-7pm, 302 ISE.  Come find out more—no obligation.  Bring your friends too, as this opportunity is open to all students interested in developing their leadership capacities.  If you can’t attend but are interested, Dr. Stein ( would be glad to answer your questions.  We anticipate taking only 14 students so early applications are encouraged.

Please note that financial assistance through SPPA is not available for this study abroad program.

Winter 2019: Budapest, Hungary
Budapest, Hungary is the location for SPPA's Winter 2019 study abroad opportunity.

The course offered on this study abroad program is UAPP424 – Comparative Public Policy (3 credits).  This is an early fill study abroad program with only 15 students.

Study in the heart of Europe for 2.5 weeks as we explore in the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary. We will compare public policy between Hungary and U.S., focusing on a variety of common policy themes - from education to health and social issues. Learning how to compare policy across different nations will give you a deeper understanding of what drives government decision-making, on both a national and global scale. This is especially true in a country that has gone through such dramatic political change in the past 100 years - from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, through WWII and Communism, and now as a member of the EU.

While studying in the capital city of Budapest, you will have an opportunity to meet (and interview) local Hungarians, and we will share a meal and discussion with local students. We will tour historic and cultural sites, visit the Terror Museum, and learn about life behind the Iron Curtain. To enrich our understanding of health and social issues, we'll spend an afternoon at the Szechenyi baths, do a service project with a local non-profit, and learn to cook a Hungarian dish. Students will also have several free days to explore the city.

Our program will be housed in a 4-star apartment hotel in the center of downtown (two blocks from the Opera House), with easy access to the Metro, and within a 5 min. walk of our classroom. Students share double or triple rooms, and each apartment has a full kitchen. Breakfast is included daily, and several group lunches and dinners will be a part of the program. Students are responsible for the remainder of their meals.

The Budapest UAPP program is your opportunity to explore a fascinating region of the world with a rich history, culture, and future. Whether you are interested in public policy, political science, history, or Central and Eastern Europe in general, this program will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Attend an interest meeting during the Fall of 2017 (December 5, 3 PM; December 6, 11AM in 187 Graham Hall) or Spring 2018 (to be announced) and learn more about this highly competitive Winter 2019 study abroad program.  If you can't attend but are interested, Dr. Tóth ( would be glad to answer your questions.

To receive no obligation updates about the Winter 2019 Study Abroad to Budapest, Hungary please provide your email address at:

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UD Alumni Enrichment Award Program Undergraduate and graduate students may apply for UD Alumni Enrichment Award Program.

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For more information about SPPA's graduate study abroad programs, please contact Diana Simmons.

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