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Hawaii: Multicultural Communication in Diverse Organizations

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This course is now accepting applications for the Winter 2014 term.

UMAIE Course Number: T4214
SAU Course Equivalency: COMM 203, Interpersonal Communication (four credits)
Instructor: Debra Petersen and Tim Scully, Associate Professors in the Communication and Journalism department, University of St. Thomas
Dates: December 29, 2013- January 24, 2014. (NOTE: SAU classes begin January 15)
Location: Oahu, Kaua'i
Price: $5,745 (subject to change)

Program description

In this program, we examine the concepts, theories, and realities of the way individuals and groups work and communicate in organizations where culture and multiculturalism plays a primary or prominent role. We do so in Hawaii because our 50th state is a microcosm of multi-ethnic cultures and co-cultures, all interacting in a business, retail, nonprofit, and arts environment. Hawaii provides us with a living laboratory in which we can study and experience multicultural communication and organizations. As we examine multi-cultural and organizational communication, we will be challenged to examine our own cultural identities and assumptions, asking ourselves not only about the role that culture plays in the experiences and observations we will make as part of the class, but as they translate to our daily lives and experiences back on the mainland in our careers and personal life.

We will spend December 31- January 13 on Oahu and January 14- 23 on Kaua‘i, including three partial travel days. Course activities include: classroom sessions, guest presenters, guided tours, a panel discussion on multi-cultural communication led by UST alumni, and a service-learning project at a bilingual Hawaiian school.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis 
  • Accommodation in double and triple rooms with kitchettes
  • Two lunches and six dinners (subject to change)
  • One cultural performance (subject to change)
  • Travel assistance
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Most meals
  • Personal baggage fees


How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 12, 2013
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Cosgrove Hall, lower level).

Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 12 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.

  • Follow the application instructions carefully.
  • Applications will not be reviewed until all application materials have been received.
  • Make checks payable to Seminars International.
  • The $500 application deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is cancelled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the application deposit is non-refundable after September 17.

Payment deadlines

  • November 1, 2013: remaining balance due

Payment details

  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Please submit your final payment to Student Account Services by November 1.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.