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Global Education Experiences

Discover, Learn, Thrive: Global Education Experiences with OCC

Ocean County College’s global education experiences, spanning both national and international destinations, offer students and community members invaluable opportunities for experiential learning.  These travel seminars, led by our dedicated faculty members, aim to foster cross cultural understanding and equip attendees with a global perspective.  Scholarships may be available through the Ocean County College Foundation (see information below).

Why participate in a Global Education Experience?

  • Expand Your Perspective:  Gain firsthand insights into human behavior and learn to recognize and appreciate diverse points of view.
  • Build Confidence: Develop poise and self-confidence as you navigate through new environments and cultural nuances.
  • Cultural Appreciation & Immersion:  Experience the richness and history of other cultures, including their sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and languages, beyond the confines of traditional classrooms.
  • Develop a Global Skill Set:  Acquire transferrable global skills – teamwork, leadership, intercultural awareness, and work ethic among others – that open doors to future professional opportunities.
  • Earn Credits:  Earn 3-6 college credits under the guidance of experienced and passionate OCC faculty.
  • Forge Life-Long Connections:  Make lasting friendships with classmates and locals while expanding your global network.
  • Life-Changing Moments:  Brace yourself for a truly transformative experience, where each adventure presents an extraordinary opportunity for personal and academic growth.

Keep Your Eyes Open for….

Ireland Travel Seminar -Global Sciences and Humanities

Dates: August 8, 2024- August 17, 2024

Travel with us from OCC to…

Dublin: We will stay in Dublin City, Northside of River Liffey, with visits to Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, Trinity College (Book of Kells), St. Patrick’s Cathedral, James Joyce Cultural Center. MoLI, Seamus Heaney Exhibition  (National Library of Ireland), Chester Beatty Museum of Ireland, Dublinia.

Sligo: On our way to the west coast and Sligo, we hope to visit the 5000-year -old passage tombs of New Grange and Knoweth, Once in Sligo, we will explore Drumcliff Church, Thoor Ballylee Yeats Tower, Sligo Abbey and Yeats Society Building.

Galway:  As we travel to Galway, we will visit Roundstone Music and Craft shop in the quaint village of Roundstone, then to the Cliffs of Moher.

Leopardstown: Our next stop is Leopardstown, along the way we will stop for a spectacular Sheepdog demonstration in the village of Ballymore Eustace.

Price: $2,725.50, in-county students which includes a half-price Foundation Scholarship.  $5,505.00 for out-of-county students (not eligible for Foundation Scholarship).

Package Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All transports within Ireland
  • 3-4 Star Hotels (double occupancy)
  • All Breakfasts are included as well as the first and last dinner (as noted on itinerary)
  • Scheduled tours and admissions as noted on the itinerary
  • Price included tuition for one course

Registration & final payment deadline: All applications and payments are due no later than March 1, 2024.  Applications should be delivered to Dr. Mary-Ellen Rada or Dr. Samantha Glassford.

For more information, please contact:

  • Dr. Mary-Ellen Rada, College Lecturer II, Sciences – Heiring Science Building, Rm H235 (732-255-0400 x2329); mrada@ocean.edu
  • Dr. Samantha Glassford, Assistant Dean, Arts and Humanities – Instructional Building, RM 316B (732-255-0400 x2233; sglassford@ocean.edu

Generous travel scholarships from the OCC Foundation are available to OCC students, but all are welcome to share this unforgettable adventure.

Italy Travel Seminar -Global Sciences and Humanities

Dates: January 1, 2025 – January 16, 2025

Travel with us from OCC to…

Rome: Ancient Rome, Colosseum, Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel, Casa de Goethe, Museo Leonardo Da Vinci, Piazza del Popolo, the Pinchia Castle, Spanish Steps, Keats Shelley House, Antico Café Greco, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’ Angelo, Trajan’s Column, Capitoline Museums, Mamertine Museum, Borghese Gallery, Capuchin Monastery and Crypts, Santa Maria Vittoria, Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, Baths of Caracalla, Circus Maximus

Assisi: St. Francis Basilica, St, Clare Cathedral, beautiful Village of Assisi

Siena: Duomo, Santa Maria Della Scala, Piccolomini Library, Piazza del Campo, Shrine of St. Catherine, Santuario Casa di Santa Caterina

Florence: Duomo, Baptistry, Museum of the Duomo, Casa di Dante, Pinocchio Museum, Uffizi Gallery, Galileo Museum, Palazzo Vecchio, San Marco, Archeology Museum, Academia (The David), Santa Croce, Bargello, Santa Maria Novella and the Parfumerie, San Lorenzo

San Gimignano: Medieval hilltop tower town in Tuscany with amazing vistas

Orvieto: Duomo, St. Patrick’s Well

Ostia Antica: Protestant Cemetery, Ancient Ruins of a Roman seaport and luxury town

Price: $6,071.00 total cost

$3,036.00 for in-county students who qualify for the half-price Foundation Scholarship

Package Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All transports within Italy
  • 3-4 Star Hotels (double occupancy)
  • All Breakfasts are included as well as the first and last dinner (as noted on itinerary)
  • Scheduled tours and admissions as noted on the itinerary
  • On-site lectures
  • Trip Insurance
  • Price included tuition for one 3- credit course (Second course is an additional tuition and fee.)

Not Included:

  • Airline excess bags or overweight baggage fees (one checked bag and one small carry-on allowed on Lufthansa)
  • Any meals and activities not listed on the itinerary

Registration & final payment deadline: All applications and payments are due no later than August 23, 2024.  Space is limited to 15 people.

Applications should be delivered to Dr. Mary-Ellen Rada or Dr. Samantha Glassford.

For more information, please contact:

  • Dr. Mary-Ellen Rada, College Lecturer II, Sciences – Heiring Science Building, Rm H235 (732-255-0400 x2329); mrada@ocean.edu
  • Dr. Samantha Glassford, Assistant Dean, Arts and Humanities – Instructional Building, RM 316B (732-255-0400 x2233; sglassford@ocean.edu

Generous travel scholarships from the OCC Foundation are available to OCC students, but all are welcome to share this unforgettable adventure.

Travel to London, England with OCC!

Attention theatre enthusiasts!

Immerse yourself in the world of theatre and see (10) plays at the Royal National, the West End and the Fringe! Attend talk-back sessions with actors, directors, playwrights and/or designers and tour the Royal National Theatre. There will be plenty of free time for sightseeing, shopping, museum visits and more.

Package Includes:

  • Round Trip Airfare
  • Ten Nights Hotel Stay
  • English Breakfast Daily
  • Tickets to (10) Plays/Musicals
  • Tour of Shakespeare’s Globe
  • Backstage Tour of the National Theatre
  • Transfers
  • Classes & Meetings
  • Most Taxes and Tips
  • (3) Course Credits
  • Trip Insurance

For more information contact Professor Gary Shaffer (gshaffer@ocean.edu) or Professor Jayanti Tamm (JTamm@ocean.edu).

Scholarships For Global Education Experiences

OCC Foundation Scholarships:  The OCC Foundation frequently offers partial scholarships for full-time OCC students to participate in OCC-sponsored travel seminars and study abroad experiences.  Students should contact the professor leading the travel seminar for information on OCC Foundation scholarships available for that particular global education experience.

Outside Programs & Scholarships: The US State Department lists study abroad programs and scholarship opportunities on their website.

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