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academic year.

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jr the beaten pathB

But tempted by cheaper trav-
el costs and better exchange
rates, more students are getting
adventurous or creative with
their study abroad experiences.
The 2008 Open Doors study,
an annual report on study abroad
trends published by the Insti-
tute of International Education,
found that the overall popular-
ity of "non-traditional" destina-
tions like Asia, Africa and Latin

American surged last year. From
2007 to 2008, the numbers of
American students studying in
China, South Africa and India all
grew by more than 20 percent.
Below are just a few of the
more unconventional options
offered by the University, from
study "abroad" trips you won't
need a passport for to remote
locations on the other side of
the globe.

v Kelly Fraser

Lakota territories in the Quebec, Canada

Khon Kaen, Thailand
Through a program administered
by the Council on International Edu-
cational Exchange, University stu-
dents can spend a semester studying
the Thai language and national
issues including political and envi-
ronmental tensions- fieldwork that
has certainly grown more intense
given the country's recent political
turmoil. Khon Kaen, in central Thai-
land, wasn't a part of the eruptions of
sometimes-violent anti-government
demonstrations this summer and fall
that, at one point, forced the closure
of both of Bangkok's airports and
portions of the capital's government
district. When a court banned Thai
Prime Minster Somchai Wongsawat
from politics in early December, the
protests dissolved and the airports
were re-opened.

In past years, the University's
Department of Asian Languages
and Cultures occasionally organized
summer tours of the region, but the
program is currently postponed indefi-
nitely until the political climate of the
region calms down. The autonomy
of region has long been contested -
Tibet's spiritual leader, the DalaiLama,
has lived in exile since1959. These ten-
sions most recently boiled over last
March when protests turned devolved
into a riot violent and ended with the
Chinese government instating martial
law in the region.
The last University trip was in 2007
when students and faculty toured
monasteries and the countryside on
tourist visas, said Nicole Baker, the
department's graduate program coor-

Walpole Island, home of the Bke-
jwanong First Nation, a community
of a few thousand native people,
is just a two-hour drive from Ann
Arbor. Located on the opposite
shore of Lake St. Clair, Walpole
Island is practically shouting dis-
tance from metro Detroit. The trip,
which is sponsored through the tn i-
versity's Global Intercultural Experi-
ence for Undergraduates Program,
is now in the planning stages for this
May. During their four-week stay
on the island, students will work
primarily with Bkejwanong youth,
learning about Ojibwe culture and
the island's ecology.

Similar to the Bkejwanong First
Nation trip, GIEU students will also
have the opportunity to spend a
month this summer on the Lakota
reservation - 1,000 square miles
of unrecognized territory covering
parts of the Dakotas, Nebraska,
Wyoming and Montana. Under
the direction of Engineering Prof.
Kim Kearfott, students will work
witfh area nonprofit organizations
to measure and assess the dan-
gers of radiation levels caused by
a long history of uranium mining
in the region.

The University's five-week sum-
mer program with Universite Laval
is a popular choice with French
students who don't have an entire
summer to spend abroad or stu-
dents who don't want to shell out
the big bucks to cover the high cost
of living in Paris. And although a
plane ticket is probably the most
practical, if you always longed to
take a road trip through Ontario,
here's your chance. The campus
in Quebec City is just a short 12.5-
hour drive away. That's closer than
Orlando, Fla.



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Semester at Sea voyages earn students between 12
Who says studying abroad and 15 credits and dock at about a
requiresalocationonlandSemester dozen ports across the globe. The
at Sea, a study abroad program with Spring 2010 cruise includes stops in
a reputation for luxury, is run from a Ensenada, Mexico; Chennai, India;
state-of-the-art cruise ship complete Naples, Italy; and Southampton,
with air conditioning, a England. But the
piano bar and program comes
a swimming with a big price
l. The -- tag - cabins
approxi- , -on the Spring
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month-long $22,395.


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Russia (Moscow, St.
Petersburg, Yaroslavl or
The University has paired up with
several other colleges to offer stu-
dents multiple study abroad loca-
tions in Russia, including universities
in Moscow and St. Petersburg. But
if you're looking for a change of cli-
mate from grey Ann Arbor, kseep
searching. With high temperatures
hovering somewhere in the mid-20s
Fahrenheit during the winter months
in every single city is likely to be just
as chilly as Ann Arbor during a bad
week in February.
Scandinavia (Sweden,
The University participates in
three different programs in the
region, including partnerships with

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