Faculty-Led Programs

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By participating in a faculty led program you will be enrolled in and taking credits directly from Embry-Riddle. These opportunities are a great way meet and interact with faculty in a new and interesting way. They also make for a fun way to network with Daytona Beach students when you participate in the same program.

Faculty led programs consist of the following:

  • Programs last between 2-6 weeks and offer up to six credit hours
  • Participate in either Daytona Beach or Prescott programs
  • Financial aid applies for all programs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for details
  • Courses taught in English by Embry-Riddle (ERAU) faculty
  • Many programs include a three-day weekend
  • Field trips are included in all programs

There are two main types of faculty led programs currently available to students:

Summer Programs

A duration of 4-6 weeks during the summer. Some programs are specifically tailored toward a certain degree program, while others encompass all majors. The entirety of the program takes place abroad.

Semester Programs

These are on campus, semester long courses with required travel during winter or summer break. Travel duration is approximately 2 to 3 weeks and is a required course component.


  • At least sophomore standing (exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis).
  • At least a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average (CGPA), in most cases.
  • A valid passport and/or required visas due a month prior to the end of semester.
  • $100 application fee (non-refundable unless program is cancelled)
  • $400 deposit (refund information on the applications). Don't forget to register for the summer courses you will take while abroad.

Apply for Study Abroad

Deadline: Deadlines differ by program. See the application form for specific deadlines.

Health Information Form: Required for travel. Please contact Kelly O'Brien, Ed.D., Director, SAGE for a copy of the Health Information Form.

Cancellation: If you must cancel your participation in one of the ERAU Study Abroad Programs, please submit a Program Cancellation Form. Be aware that if you cancel after a certain date, you will be held responsible and will be charged a cancellation fee of at least $400 (possibly more), depending on the costs incurred on your behalf.

Spring Break Program 2019

Alternative Spring Break in Haiti: Serving the Poorest of the Poor

Spring Break March 11 to March 15, 2019

Learn about the social, cultural, political, and economic history of Haiti. Work with Food for the Poor (FFP), a humanitarian aid agency that has operated in Haiti for 30 years. Serve meals to the hungry, play with children at schools and orphanages, visit with elderly at a retirement community and paint a new house for a needy family.

The ERAU fee to participate in this program is $200.00.  The receipt for this must be submitted with the application. FFP is charging $1749.00. FFP program fees include lodging (Florida and Port au Prince), round trip flight from Florida to Port au Prince, in-country transportation, security support services, most meals, international emergency insurance. The fee may be higher depending on the cost of airfare at the time of ticketing. It does not include travel from Az. to Fla.

You are also required to complete FFP paperwork.  Please submit that paperwork with this application.

Deadlines and Fundraising to Cover Your Fees

The deadline to submit this application and the $200.00 ERAU fee for Haiti Spring Break is Monday, December 3, 2018.

If you intend to raise funds through Champions for the Poor through FFP, we strongly recommend that you have your application in by November 5, 2018. FFP will help you set up a webpage to solicit donations to help cover your costs for this program.

For questions about fundraising with Champions for the Poor, please contact Prof. Avery, AVERYD1@erau.edu.

Food for the Poor Application Materials

Food for the Poor (FFP) has four documents (see below). Two are informational for you to keep. Two need to be turned in with this application. FFP has a travel reservation request form.  If you want FFP to reserve a flight for you from Phoenix to Florida, please return this form with the appropriate information. If you don’t want FFP to help with flights from Az to Fl., please tick the appropriate box and return to SAGE. FFP will arrange your flights into and out of Haiti from Florida.  The other FFP form is a liability and photo authorization form. Please return the FFP forms with this application. If you have any questions about the FFP forms, please contact Prof Dale Avery, AVERYD1@erau.edu.


Professor Dale Avery
Phone: 928-777-4708
Office: B17 room 140
Email: AVERYD1@erau.edu


Research Abroad: Morocco

Spring Break March 8 to March 16, 2019

This year, we are excited to announce that Research Abroad will be going to Morocco, the land that mixes Western, Arab, and Barber culture. This is a Daytona hosted program. In the past Prescott students have not had the opportunity to participate because spring break dates have not aligned. This year the dates are the same!

Students who attend the trip, during March 8 - 16, 2019, will have the opportunity to conduct their own research while visiting a Berber community, souks in Marrakech, and the ruins in the medina. They will be exposed to Moroccan history and culture by guided tours and interactions with Moroccans, including a leading expert on Moroccan culture. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to stay with a Moroccan host family and have meals with them. Furthermore, students will see Moroccan natural beauty through a sunset camel ride at an oasis and city life with visits to Casablanca, Rabat, and Marrakech. Before leaving, students will have pre-workshops before the trip in developing a research question, literature review, and methodology for collecting data while on the trip. As a condition of the scholarship, once students return from the trip, they will be expected to analyze the data and complete a scholarly paper for presentation at Discovery Day.

Funding to Help with Costs

SAGE and URI PC have available a total of two (2) Travel Grants of $1,500 to help cover the cost of the trip. The decision on who will receive these grants is competitive and will be based on the information supplied in the application. 

Application Due Date and Materials

Completed applications are due no later than 5 pm on Monday 19 November 2018. Application materials include a 1 page essay about why you would like to do Ignite abroad and what you expect to get out of the experience. Another 1 page essay describing your interest in research and your experience in research, is also required. See the application for more information. Also see the tentative itinerary. 


The cost of the program from Orlando is $4130.00 per student.  This Includes, airfare, most meals, tips, trip cancellation insurance, & all the trip activities. Prescott students would add the cost of getting to and from Orlando. The $1,500 travel grant will help offset these costs.

If you have questions, refer to contacts listed below.


Dr. Kelly O'Brien
Phone: 928-777-3774
Office: B58 room 105
Email: obrienk3@erau.edu

Dr. Anne Boettcher
Phone: 928-777-3825
Office: Library 117
Email: BOETTCHA@erau.edu


Spring 2019 Course with Required Travel

Israeli Security and Intelligence

Spring 2019 seminar with required travel May 6 to May 21, 2019

Courses Offered

This is the required travel portion for spring 2019 Seminar SIS-395F. You must register for the course and apply to go to Israel.


Dr. Brook Shannon
Office: B17 Rm 118
Email: SHANNOB2@erau.edu


Summer A 2019

Data Science & Social Science

Summer A: May 11 to June 8, 2019 (approximate dates)

Courses Offered

CS395x Data Science for Good

Introduction to data science culminating in projects focused on economic justice, social welfare, environmental sustainability, and human rights. 

Topics include the steps in a data science project, how to clean and process data, data visualization, modeling data, curve fitting, and presenting findings.

Laptop required, but software used is free or demo version.

SS399: Overview of Sociology & Culture of LGBTQ+ Communities in Western Europe

LGBTQ+ movements have flourished around the world, they have evolved through the particular contexts in which sexual minorities find themselves. Looking at Western Europe and most specifically Amsterdam, we will look at topics such as LGBTQ+ politics and policy, communities, gender research and trans issues, and gay rights activism, all within a transnational, cross-cultural, and analytic approach.


Dr. Melanie Wilson
Office: Women's and Diversity Office Student Union room 107
Email: wilsom28@erau.edu

Dr. Tim Wilson (Daytona Beach faculty)
Office: Lehman Building 345
Email: wilsonti@erau.edu


Physics, Math, Engineering

Summer A: May 18 to June 28, 2019

Courses Offered

PS 250/ PS 219 Physics III

ERG 115/PS 232 Matlab

MA 243: Calc. III

MA 345: Dif. Eq. 

ES 20: Statics

AE 201/ ES 206 Fluids (Tech. Elec.)


Dr. Andri Gretarsson
Phone: 928-777-6800
Office: B 76 STEM 231
Email: greta9a1@erau.edu

Dr. Christopher Briggs
Phone: 928-777-3403
Office: AC1 220
Email: BRIGGSC1@erau.edu

Professor Elizabeth Gretarsson
Phone: 503-871-2925
Office: B 76 STEM 132
Email: JESSE400@erau.edu

Dr. Snorri Gudmundsson (Daytona Faculty)
Phone: 1-386-226-6771
Email: Snorri.Gudmundsson1@erau.edu

Please note that students will be able to apply on-line for the Iceland program in early November.


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Computer Engineering & Electrical Engineering

Summer A: May 11 to June 15, 2019 (approximate dates)

Courses Offered

CEC220 Digital Circuit Design (Dr. Almagambetov)

EE223 / EE335 Linear Circuits I / Intro to EE (Dr. Almagambetov)

CEC 450 Real-time Systems (Dr. Siewert)

CEC 495 Intro to Internet of Things (Dr. Siewert) 


Dr. Akham Almagambetov
Office: B 72 room 144
Email: AMAGAMA@erau.edu

Dr. Sam Siewert
Office: B 72 room 145
Email: siewerts@erau.edu



Summer A: May 25 to June 28, 2019

Courses Offered

PSY 401: Psychology of Leadership

PSY/HU 399: International Psychology

The only academic prerequisites are that you have taken PSY 101 (Introduction to Psychology), or PSY 222 (Introduction to I/O Psychology) prior to Summer 2019.

Excursions to Luisa Spagnoli Museum

Museum of the Mind, Rome

Free time to explore other parts of Italy


Dr. Erin Bowen
Office: B 74 (AC1) room 260
Email: BOWENE1@erau.edu

Dr. Michele Gazica
Office: B 74 (AC1) room 261
Email: GAZICAM@erau.edu


Investigative Methodology, Forensic Science & Interviewing Techniques

Summer A: May 3 to June 8, 2019


The Scottish Highlands has mythical landscapes and enchanting mountains, historical and transfixing castles, beautiful coastlines and windswept islands. 

Visit the largest lake in Scotland with its famous Nessie monster. Thriving city life with shopping and cultural eateries, and the wonderful contrast of national nature reserves, woodlands, waterfalls, and majestic rivers.

The trip will include the mythic Isle of Skye, and the most northerly part of the UK, the Shetland Islands, where Scandinavian history and the North Sea meet. Shetland also holds a strong Viking history and archaeological sites. 

Travel will also include the vibrant city of Edinburgh, and visits to St. Andrews University, where Prince William and Kate Middleton graduated. 

Students will process crime scenes at Robert Gordon University's crime house, and another at a castle near Edinburgh.

A trip to London offers a chance to visit many famous, historical sites, along with a trip to world heritage sites, like the roman baths, in Baths UK, Stonehenge, the photogenic village of Lacock, and Glastonbury. 

In 5-weeks students will have a chance to gain 7 credits while seeing so much of Scotland. But more importantly, gain personal connections and friendships for life. 

Courses Offered

SIS 220 Investigative Methodology and Forensic Science (4 credits) 

SIS 342 Interview Techniques and Tactics


Professor Karen Meunier
Office: B 17 room 141
Email: meunierk@erau.edu

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Business & Marketing

Summer A: May 17 to June 19, 2019

Courses Offered

BA 399: Doing Business in Europe

BA 442: Global Marketing


Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Camp Nou soccer stadium

Colosseum and Trevi Fountain

Tour of Vatican City

BMW Welt plant


Dr. Tom Drape
Office: B74 (AC1) room 349
Email: DRAPET@erau.edu


Meteorology & Physics & Humanities

Summer A: May 14th to June 13th  2019

Courses Offered

Choose one or two

WX 201 Survey of Meteorology

WX399 Mountain Meteorology

PS 250 Physics for Engineers III

PS 299 Introduction to Particle Physics and Relativity

RS 399 Culture, History, & Language of Southern Switzerland


A visit to CERN

Visits to and work with MeteoSwiss

Hands on Research in meteorology or physics

Swiss chocolate, cheese, and pizza!

Take hikes in the Swiss Alps

See beautiful, historical castles


Dr. Curtis James
Office: B74 (AC1) room 233
Email: james61c@erau.edu

Dr. Michele Zanolin
Office: B74 (AC1)
Email: zanolinm@erau.edu


Chinese Language & Culture: Focus on Taiwan

Summer A: May 12 to June 22, 2019

Join us as we experience the global power house that is Taiwan--a small island of diverse cultures and breathtaking scenery.

This program is required for Chinese Track students. It is also open to non-Chinese track students.

Course Required for Chinese Track Students

LCH 207: Geography

LCH208: Chinese Speech

LCH 402: Cross-Cultural Communication

Courses Required for Non-Chinese Track Students

LCH 199/299: Chinese Language

HU/SS 399: Chinese Culture-Taiwan Focus


Fieldtrips to see the oldest colonial fortress in Taiwan, to experience Hakka (indigenous Taiwanese peoples) traditions and culture, to hike in Ali Mountain (Alishan)--tallest mountain in Taiwan, to taste world-famous Alishan tea.


Dr. Hong Zhan
Office: AC1 313
Email: Zhan121@erau.edu

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Summer B 2019

Spanish Language and Latin American Studies

Summer B: July 1 to August 1, 2019


From the ancient Llaqta of the Quechua to the magical Marka of the Aymara, spend July 2019 exploring the heart of South America’s Andean Altiplano while taking Spanish and Latin American studies courses with Peruvian-American Dr. José Ninawanka and American-Bolivian Dr. Thomas Field.  You will spent two weeks living and dining with local families in Cusco, Peru, visiting Ollantaytambo and Pisaq and the majestic Machu Picchu citadel.  During the second half of this adventure, you’ll be experiencing the cosmopolitan urbanism of the world’s highest capital city, La Paz, Bolivia, taking in expansive Andean mountain views from the longest cable-car system in the world, touring the Witches’ Market and the Valley of the Moon, with world-class excursions to the birthplace of the Sun deity Inti on sacred Lake Titicaca and to Salar de Uyuni, the biggest salt flat on the planet.

Four courses are available on this study abroad experience, LSP 301 and LSP 302, in addition to two RS/SIS399/599 courses, both of which meet SS, HU, SIS, and MSSIS requirements: “Latin America and the World” and “US Foreign Policy toward Latin America”.  By the time you arrive home, you will have gained a greater appreciation for Latin America’s languages, cultures, and histories, not to mention the region’s importance to contemporary international affairs.

Courses Offered

LSP 301 - Spanish: Intermediate Grammar and Composition

LSP 302 - Spanish: Intermediate Conversation and Composition

RS/SIS 399/599 - Latin America & the World

RS/SIS 399/599 - US Foreign Policy and the World


Dr. Jose Ninawanka 
Email: ninawanj@erau.edu

Dr. Thomas Field
Office: B 17
Email: fieldt@erau.edu

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Arabic Language & Culture

Summer B: July 6 to August 6, 2019


Interact daily with native Arabic speakers! The Arabic Summer Study Abroad Program in Rabat, Morocco not only offers Arabic language training but also a rich cultural experience by immersing you in an Arab country.  Weekly excursions to several historic and cultural sites in Morocco, including Merzouga, the Moroccan Sahara, Tangiers, Casablanca, Meknes, Fez, and Marrakesh will deepen your understanding of the region. 

Additional cultural activities, such as guest lectures, roundtable discussions, music and dancing, cooking, Arabic calligraphy, visiting the library and the king’s palace, provide more opportunities to learn about the culture, history, and lifestyle of the Arab world.

Courses Offered

LAR 201: Arabic 

LAR 202: Arabic 


Dr. Tarek Mahmoud
(928) 777-6918
Office: B 74 (AC1) room 308
Email: mahmoudt@erau.edu


Geometry & Regional Studies

Summer B: July 1 to July 31, 2019


Coming Soon...

Courses Offered

MA 399: Origamics: Geometry of Paper Folding

MA 399: Hands-on Geometry

RS 399: Japan: History, Culture, Society


Dr. Hisa Tsutsui
Office: B 74 (AC1) Rm. 214
Email: tsuts157@erau.edu

Dr. Tatsunari Watanabe
Email: WATANABT@erau.edu

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Fall 2019 Course with Required Travel

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Kelly O'Brien, Ed.D.
Director Study Abroad & Global Engagement (SAGE)