This story first appeared in the fall 2018 issue of the Concordian, the official magazine of Concordia University Wisconsin.

Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor saw its largest study abroad send-out during the 2017-18 academic year thanks to the multitude of international learning opportunities offered through Concordia. Here are five trips that routinely top the list of Concordia’s most popular study abroad experiences.

1. Caribbean—Ecology of the Tropics

This nine-day cruise to five different tropical ports around the Caribbean takes place during Winterim and is open to all Concordia students looking to develop an increased appreciation for God’s creation through studying tropical ecosystems. Activities include kayaking in the mangroves; snorkeling to observe coral reefs, tropical fish, and sea turtles; and dolphin/whale watching. Photo courtesy of Jake Lipski

2. Israel—The Holy Land

This Winterim course has become a favorite of students from both the Mequon and Ann Arbor campuses. Students earn religion credits as they explore major Biblical sites throughout Israel and the West Bank, including Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jericho, and the Sea of Galilee. Photo courtesy of Dan Flynn

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3. London—20th Century Arts and Culture/Urban Society

This three-week summer learning program takes travelers to the iconic tourist sights (and lesser-known gems) of London. Students also get to spend a day in Paris. Photo courtesy of Kiely Page

4. Mexico—Global Perspective/Global Experience

This one-week medical mission trip for CUW nursing students takes place over spring break. Students learn about cross-cultural community nursing and also play a vital service role by providing health care services and donations to an under-resourced community. Photo courtesy of Giannina Vernon

5. Austria—International Business

This 10-day excursion exposes business students to Steyr, Austria, in May, during International Week. Concordia’s partner school, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, hosts guest lectures and engaging discussions, giving students the chance to meet peers from across the world. Students also participate in a day-trip to the Austrian Alps, and travel days in Munich and Vienna. Photo courtesy of Erik Hollander

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Find a full listing of study abroad options at

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— Kali Thiel is director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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