Study Abroad


Hawaii: Multicultural Communication in Diverse Organizations

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This course is no longer accepting applications for the Winter 2015-16 term.

UMAIE Course Number: T4671
SAU Course Equivalency: COMM 203, Interpersonal Communication (four credits)
Instructor: Dr. Debra Petersen and Dr. Kevin Sauter, Associate Professors in the Communication and Journalism department, University of St. Thomas
Dates: January 3 - January 28, 2016
Location: Oahu, Kaua'i
Price: $6,060 (subject to change)

Program description

In "Hawai‘i: Multi-cultural Communication in Diverse Organizations," we examine the concepts, theories and realities of the way individuals and groups work and communicate in organizations where culture and multiculturalism play a primary or prominent role. We do so in Hawai‘i because our fiftieth state is a microcosm of multi-ethnic cultures and co-cultures, all interacting in a business, retail, nonprofit and arts environment. Hawai'i provides us with a living laboratory in which we can study and experience multi-cultural 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.

What is included

  • Study abroad fee, in lieu of tuition 
  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis 
  • Accommodation in twin, triple, and quad rooms
  • Seven lunches and five dinners (subject to change)
  • Travel assistance
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals (when not included in program fees) - estimated cost is $1,075.
  • Personal baggage fees and spending money

How to apply

Application Deadline: October 1, 2015
Step 1: Complete the online application.
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Upload the form into your online application or submit it to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3: Choose an airport and fill out a Deviation Form (pdf).
Step 4: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 5: If your application is approved, follow the next steps for accepted students.

Payment deadlines and instructions

  • October 1, 2015: $500 deposit due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). 
    Deposit checks should be made payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL. 
  • November 1, 2015: remaining balance due
    Turn in your final payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University or pay online with credit card.
    Credit card users - Indicate that the payment is for the SPRING 2016 term.

Payment details

  • Read the UMAIE Rules and Procedures regarding additional payment policies.
  • The $500 deposit is refundable ONLY if you are not accepted or if the program is canceled.
  • If you are accepted, all payments are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
  • All payments are deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Credit card users will incur additional service fees.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.