Bringing Marist to the World
July 25, 2023 — Marist's short-term spring attachment programs empower students of all majors and grade levels to connect their Poughkeepsie-based classrooms with real-world experiences around the globe. Students participating in attachment courses spend most of the spring semester on campus and then complete a short-term trip — about two weeks — to conclude the term. Some of the overseas program destinations this year included Iceland, the Netherlands, and Greece.
While many Marist students go abroad for longer stretches during their undergraduate experience, a full year or semester abroad is hard for some due to sports, jobs, family, or other circumstances. Fortunately, short-term, faculty-led programs, like the 2023 spring attachment courses, are a great way for students to study abroad.
The Social-Ecological Systems course traveled to Iceland for an adventurous and picturesque trip for students interested in learning about the dynamic relationship between environmental systems and human impact. The trip offered a rich and exciting educational agenda where students got to learn about course topics while hiking volcanoes, sailing on glacial lagoons, soaking in geyser-fed hot springs, and visiting iconic waterfalls, black sand beaches, and national parks.
Iceland’s distinct geological sites and geothermal renewable energy make it a top travel destination for environmental experiential learning. The Social-Ecological Systems trip was led by Dr. Zion Klos, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science.
The Criminal Justice Ethics and International Law & Organization attachment courses both visited the Netherlands. While the courses had different academic topics, the classes had the opportunity to learn in tandem in some of the world's most compelling environments for international law and criminal justice. Students across both classes explored The Hague and Amsterdam, learning at notable locations like the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Anne Frank House, and other cultural centers.
Students delved into topics such as human rights, immigration, the evolution of Dutch tolerance of cannabis, and subversive crime. The two groups also had the opportunity to tour the historic cities. The Criminal Justice Ethics attachment course was led by Dr. Julie Raines, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, and the International Law & Organization attachment course was led by Dr. Juris Pupcenoks, Associate Professor of Political Science.
The Global Fashion Trends attachment course to Greece gave students the opportunity to explore Athens and the island of Santorini while learning about consumer preferences and fashion trend forecasting. Students dove into the traditional and innovative Greek fashion scene as they explored ethical and environmentally conscious businesses and boutiques.
The fashion-centric travel agenda put students in touch with Greek brands, retailers, and designers so they could be immersed in an international fashion experience. Led by Sonia Roy, Distinguished Professional Lecturer for the Marist Fashion Program, students also ventured to landmarks like the Acropolis of Athens and the National Museum of Contemporary Art and took in views of turquoise ocean waters.
Short-term attachment programs continue to help Marist students gain a global perspective. A growing number of study abroad program opportunities foster expansive mindsets through enriching experiential learning and life-long travel memories. In addition to international attachment programs, several programs also take place within the U.S.
Learn more about Marist study abroad here.