Photo of the Abbey of Senanque and blooming rows lavender flowers at sunset in France.

Faculty-Led Programs

Spring Break 2020 Faculty-Led Programs

Program Cost Published September 3, 2019

Applications Open September 3, 2019

Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates


Course Dates: January 21, 2020 – May 13, 2020

Travel Dates: March 5, 2020 – March 15, 2020

Courses: ARHT101 Art in Non-Western Societies: United Arab Emirates

Students in all majors are welcome.

Program Overview:

Following seminars on campus spring break week will immerse students in the UAE’s burgeoning and dynamic arts sector. The dramatic growth of arts institutions and arts infrastructure in the region in the past fifteen years has yielded a multiplicity of art fairs, auction houses, biennials, and commercial galleries, catapulting the region into a key position in the increasingly globalized art world. Experiential on-site learning in the UAE will provide students an exceptional opportunity to experience one of the most prominent centers of contemporary art today. A visit to Dubai and adjacent Sharjah will allow students to visit state of the art institutions, including the Jameel Arts Centre, Sharjah Arts Foundation, Al Serkal Galleries District, Barjeel Arts Collection and Maraya Arts Center, Dubai Design Fair, and Art Dubai. Through visiting art and design galleries and institutions, signature architectural sites and a range of historical districts, students will gain nuanced knowledge of MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) contemporary art and design and its place in the contemporary creative eco-system.

Spring Break in Graz, Austria + NYC

Painted facades and the Clocktower in the old town of Graz, Austria

Course Dates: January 2020 – May 2020

Travel Dates: March 6, 2020 – March 14, 2020

Courses: ENTR 201 Entrepreneurial Mindset and ENTR 260 – Introduction Innovation & 3D Printing

Students in all majors are welcome.

Program Overview:

This is a truly unique exchange program that involves working with students from Austria both in Graz, Austria and in NYC. Join with students from the University of Graz in an amazing learning experience as you explore innovation and entrepreneurship. Working in collaborative binational teams you will be immersed in the process of innovation design and developing new ideas in the business environment. The program begins with a week in Montclair/NYC where you learn about processes of innovation through major museum visits, working sessions in cutting edge Brooklyn Incubators, behind the scenes tours of transformative businesses and research centers and by speaking with entrepreneurial leaders in the field. You will design and print your own 3D prototypes in the Making and Innovating for X (MIX) Lab. The program continues when you travel to Graz, Austria during spring break. In Austria, we will be hosted by the internationally renowned Center of Entrepreneurship and Applied Business Studies at Karl-Franzen University. Now the program shifts to realizing your innovations in an entrepreneurial manner. You will work with entrepreneurial experts, visit significant startups, museums and business incubators. The week ends with a culminating presentation to a panel of experts, and a festive road trip into the countryside to celebrate. This program is sponsored jointly by Montclair State University Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship and the Center of Entrepreneurship and Applied Business Studies at Karl-Franzen University. Faculty from both institutions will provide a team-taught introduction to different entrepreneurial approaches.

 ARTX 345 Fashion Study Abroad: Paris

Students at pyrmid at the Louvre

Course Dates: January 21, 2020 – May 13, 2020

Travel Dates: March 6, 2020 – March 14, 2020

Courses: ARTX 345 Fashion Study Abroad: Paris

Program Overview:

The course develops analysis and synthesis skills through integration of study and travel. The field experience in Paris combined with the seminar study on campus will allow students to examine the evolution and development of Paris as a fashion center. Course study includes history of fashion in France and of pertinent sectors, as well as art movements that influenced Parisienne fashions. Students will develop skills in recognizing the contexts and infrastructure of creative urban locales and the interrelationships of visual culture and fashion. Students will gain firsthand exposure to great artworks, renowned Parisian sites and to contemporary taste in everyday fashion in Paris. Also, students will gain knowledge in the history of retail throughout the ages from Roman times to the Middle Ages to early and mid-19th-century, to the current day.

Summer 2020 Faculty-Led Programs

Australia Summer 2020

University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

Location: Maroochydore, Australia

Course Dates: May 26, 2020 – July 2, 2020

Travel Dates: June 12, 2020 – June 28, 2020

Courses: PEMJ 320 – Physiology of Exercise OR EXSC 234 – Anaerobic Exercise Leadership

Program Overview:

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) located just north of Brisbane, Australia will be the host institution during the students’ stay in Australia. USC has a number of the top Australian scientists and coaches in athlete performance testing, sport performance training, athletic coaching, and nutritional strategies for improved sport performance. In addition, USC serves as the Australian Paralympic training site that has partnerships with the Australian Paralympic team and several other national and international sport performance and health institutes. Students will live on campus and attend seminars given by USC faculty and tour local facilities. Interacting with top level scientists, coaches and athletes (both paralympic and otherwise able bodied), students will enjoy a unique experience only possible at a very select number of locations worldwide. Students will tour the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Center, located on the USC campus, to be exposed to and discuss different models for cardiopulmonary and metabolic health and rehabilitation. Lastly, students will learn about the Australian environment and ecosystem to gain a better appreciation for environmental sustainability management in this unique country. Through these experiences, students will enhance their overall understanding in areas of nutrition, training design, and testing for improved sport performance as well as cardiorespiratory and metabolic health.

Montclair State University/Gare St. Lazare Ireland Theater Immersion Program Paris

Photo of the Eiffel tower on a sunny summer day with blue sky and green Field of Mars in Paris.

Location: Paris, France

Course Dates and Travel Dates: July 1, 2020 – July 29, 2020

Courses: Contemporary Theatre of Cultural Diversity THTR 265/ FREN 367/ MLLT 367 (cross listed) OR  THTR 432 – Special Topics in Theater: Beckett Scene Study

Program Overview:

Paris boasts a rich theater history and a lively contemporary performance scene. Students will spend four weeks in courses designed around Paris as a historical and contemporary center of theatrical activity. As part of THTR 432 Special Topics in Theater, students will have the opportunity to study acting and directing Samuel Beckett’s works with internationally acclaimed members of the Gare St. Lazare company, Judy Lovett and Conor Lovett. The New York Times has described Gare St. Lazare as “unparalleled Beckett champions.” THTR 265 Theater of Cultural Diversity (which fulfills a general education requirement) will emphasize global francophone performance. The syllabus will be designed in part around current stage offerings, which students will attend as a group.

Dance in Seville

Photo of four colorful traditional flamenco dresses at a house in Spain.

Location: Seville, Spain

Course Dates and Travel Dates: May 18, 2020 – May 30, 2020

Courses: DNCE 280-71 Dance Practicum: Study Abroad in Seville, Spain (Students must be a dance major, minor or musical theater major)

Program Overview:

Montclair State University students will expand their dance vocabulary and world view through this study abroad program – that includes a rich cultural experience of contemporary and traditional dance and music of Spain. Students will connect with dancers from across Europe and experience conversations in movement, while getting a taste of the culture and dance of Spain. The program is based at the Centro Andaluz de Danza (CAD), a well-known dance conservatory that trains dancers in Modern, Ballet, and Flamenco. Located in Seville, CAD is considered one of the leading dance conservatories in Spain. Students will participate in classes taught by local dance faculty, attend student performances, and meet dancers and faculty from Spain. The daily dance classes will include ballet, contemporary and traditional modern styles and students can take up to 3 classes per day. Students will attend Flamenco and contemporary performances and visit various local sites. In addition, students will take some master classes with well-known choreographers from Seville and take one private group lesson in Flamenco.