Exploration Seminars

Exploration Seminars are on-campus seminar courses that incorporate a faculty-led international travel component, which takes place during the course.

Call for Proposals for Funding for Exploration Seminars

The Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), in cooperation with the Office of International Programs (OIP), is now accepting proposals for funding for Exploration Seminars for the Fall 2020 semester.

Exploration Seminars incorporate faculty-led international travel during fall and spring breaks in regular on-campus seminar courses. The travel of 7-9 days must be central to the pedagogical mission of the seminar. These can be courses currently on the books or proposed new courses within a department. Enrollments for such seminars cannot exceed 15.

Faculty from every division — natural sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and the arts — are encouraged to submit proposals.

While a limited number of such courses can be funded, PIIRS will provide substantial financial support to the travel component of an Exploration Seminar. PIIRS and OIP staff will be available to advise departments on implementation.

Please submit proposals for spring break 2021 travel by October 1, 2020 to Yolanda Sullivan.

Proposals should consist of:

  • a syllabus;
  • travel component rationale (1-2 pages);
  • statement of experience in country and proposed local partner (1 page);
  • sample itinerary;
  • draft budget (in consultation with PIIRS).

Please direct questions to PIIRS director Stephen Kotkin.

Exploration Seminars in Spring 2020

ENG 448/THR 448 Early Modern Amsterdam: Tolerant Eminence and the Arts
Nigel Smith, William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature and professor of English

Inter-disciplinary class on early modern Amsterdam (1550-1720) when the city was at the center of the global economy and leading cultural center; home of Rembrandt and Spinoza (Descartes was nearby) and original figures like playwrights Bredero and Vondel, the ethicist engraver Coornhert, the political economist de la Court brothers and English traveling theater. We go from art to poetry, drama, philosophy and medicine. Spring Break is in Amsterdam with museum visits, guest talks and participation in recreation of traveling theater from the period.

Admittance by application only. Interested students should complete the on-line application. Questions should be directed to Nigel Smith ( prior to the application deadline. Application deadline is Fri., November 22, 2019.

SPA 204 Spanish for a Medical Caravan in Ecuador
Paloma Moscardó-Vallés, lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese

SPA 204 is an advanced Spanish course focusing on health and medical topics. Its main purpose is to put students in contact with the healthcare situation in the indigenous communities of Ecuador. During the first six weeks of the semester, students will learn about those topics and will get ready for a medical mission that will take place during spring break. The last six weeks will be dedicated to research and reflection.