Our First Year International (FYI) courses combine classroom instruction with unique, faculty-led international travel. Most courses are offered in the spring quarter with travel during the summer, and are:

  • Designed specifically for first-year students.
  • Led by Rose’s internationally recognized faculty who offer exceptional disciplinary knowledge coupled with keen insights into places and cultures across the globe.
  • Experiences which allow you to apply your classroom knowledge to real-world problems.
  • Short trips (most 10-14 days) during breaks to give you an international educational experience without interfering with other courses, keeping you on track for graduation.
  • Available through both STEM and non-STEM courses.

Explore the world beyond the classroom and begin your journey to becoming a globally technically competent engineer.

Upcoming FYI Courses


Dr. Terrence Casey -- Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts Spring Quarter 2021 – Travel to the UK in June 2021

Order! Order! From Question Time to the Queen, Professor Terrence Casey will guide you through the ins and outs, the nuts and bolts of the British political system. During the spring 2021 term, we’ll examine the big events of recent British history -- Churchill and Britain’s “finest hour”; the “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher transforming the economy; the never-ending drama that is Brexit. We then take a deep dive into the institutions and actors of the British political system – the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the Prime Minister, the Monarch, the Conservative and Labour Parties, etc. Did you know that Scotland has its own Parliament and political parties? As does Wales and Northern Ireland. We will explore their politics too!

We will not just be talking and reading about British politics; we will be living and breathing it. In June we will travel to the UK to get hands-on experience through visits to the Houses of Parliament in London and Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. You’ll see these bodies in action and meet politicians at different levels. We will also be visiting multiple British cities and exploring world-class historical and cultural sites, such as the British Museum, Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle, the National Gallery, and the Cabinet War Rooms.

POLS303 British Politics and Government offers the unique intellectual and cultural experience of immersing yourself in another country’s politics. You might even grow to appreciate American politics more!

For more info, email Dr. Casey >>

HUM/MDS 130 - Introduction to Sustainability

Dr. Jenny Mueller (Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Dr. Mark Minster (Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts) Spring Quarter 2021 -- Travel to Belgium and the Netherlands during Spring Break

This is a course about the future that we need right now. How is it being imagined? How is it being built?

We know humans need food, water, and energy, for example. But growing food is energy- and water-intensive. It takes lots of energy to clean water and lots of water to generate energy. What kinds of infrastructure and agriculture will we need in order to sustain the well-being of 10 billion people, without requiring even more water and energy?

What kinds of changes will we need to make? Leading the way in imagining and building a sustainable future are countries like Belgium and the Netherlands. Over Spring Break, we will visit historic windmills and state-of-the-art wind-farms, world-class farms and greenhouses. We will meet scientists, engineers, activists, and experts from climate and eco-power cooperatives and car-sharing initiatives. We will tour climate resiliency infrastructure from medieval dikes and canals to newly restored wetlands. And of course we will build in plenty of time for cultural experiences: museums, breweries, chocolatiers, and marketplaces.

Before the trip, we will learn about the fundamentals of sustainability in historical, social,
scientific, and engineering contexts. We will see firsthand how these concepts are applied in Belgium and the Netherlands. After the trip, we will examine the costs and benefits of what we have experienced in our travels, proposing strategies to manage these challenges. Focusing on the food-water-energy nexus, we will think about how they can be redesigned to complement each other.

For more info, email Dr. Mueller or Dr. Minster >>

ANTH 301 - Japanese Society

Dr. Paul Christensen -- Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts Spring Quarter 2021 – Travel to Japan in June 2021

Japan has long-inspired fascination among outsiders. From the Samurai to Godzilla and the tea ceremony to Pokemon and Hello Kitty, it’s iconic cultural and creative innovations have fascinated and confused the outside world. ANTH 301 - Japanese Society seeks to unravel some of this confusion and attach our collective fascination to sturdy intellectual moorings. In class we will examine contemporary Japan with an eye to experiencing all that we study over 10 days of travel to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Himeji after 10th week.

We will explore how Tokyo exists simultaneously as a globally oriented mega-city and collection of small interconnected villages. We will marvel at Kyoto’s wealth of religious and cultural sites that make it Japan’s spiritual center. In Hiroshima we will tour the site of the atomic bomb blast and discuss the complex relationship between Japan and the United States more than 70 years on from WWII. And finally, in Himeji we will consider Japan’s feudal samurai past and efforts to maintain connections with a history vastly different from contemporary realities. As a historically rich and wealthy, industrialized nation sometimes struggling to meet contemporary or projected future demands from its citizenry, Japan is an illustrative example of the necessity to directly engaging with historical, societal, institutional, and cultural variability.

For more info, email Dr. Christensen >>

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