G-RAP Spring Break Global Experiences
G-RAP sets itself apart from the other RAPs at CU Boulder by its avid promotion of education abroad opportunities. Global Experiences offered through G-RAP give our students the opportunity to expand their horizons beyond the traditional classroom setting. Every spring break, our Director, Dr. Artemi Romanov, leads a short Global Experience to exotic locations including; Thailand, Vietnam, Morroco, and India. Dr. Romanov is also the sponsor and professor for CU’s summer Global Seminar to St. Petersburg, Russia, each year. Each Global Seminar is different and exciting, and enthusiastic faculty members help create and guide the itineraries. As the globally-focused residence hall at CU, G-RAP encourages students to consider learning abroad through either semester or year-length education abroad programs. Traveling is an enriching experience, and G-RAP wants to share the world and all its knowledge with its students. Amazing plans are always in the works ... where will G-RAP go next?
Global Studies RAP is introducing our Global Experience Spring Break Trip:
Fly to Venice, Italy, then depart to Croatia and Slovenia!
Every year 15-25 lucky G-RAPper's get the incredible opportunity to attend an international trip with our very own Director Dr. Artemi Romanov. We are happy to announce that this trip will include a total of nine nights in Opatija, Split, Dubrovnik, Sibenik and Bled!
Please read below for the the trip itinerary and the application below!
Morocco - March 2019
An exotic experience awaited the G-RAP Spring Break Global Experience participants as our Director Artemi Romanov guided 8 students on an incredible 2-week stay in Morocco! They toured spice markets, saw ancient mosaics, rode camels in the Sahara Desert, and sampled couscous and other local delicacies. Exploring a culture different from their own, these students learned about the diverse and historical land of Morocco!
Thailand - March 2018
For this year's G-RAP Spring Break Global Experience, our Director Artemi Romanov guided 11 students on an incredible trip to Thailand! They toured extravagant Buddhist temples, ruins, and sampled some of the best cuisines Thailand has to offer. This enriching cultural experience was definitely a trip to remember for these G-RAP students.
India – March 2017
Director Artemi Romanov chose India as this year's exotic location for the G-RAP Spring Break Global Experience. A group of eager G-RAP students joined Dr. Romanov on the 12-day adventure. They saw the Taj Mahal, visited the Chandela Dynasty Temples, and rode elephants at Amber Fort. The students learned about Indian culture, cuisine, and daily life.
Vietnam- March 2016
For this spring's Global Experience, Dr. Romanov led a group of G-RAP students to Vietnam. Students were able to explore different cultural sites, eat delicious local cuisines, and meet people from diverse backgrounds. One student wrote the following about his experiences in Vietnam with G-RAP:
“As an International Affairs major with a focus on Latin America, the spring break trip to Vietnam offered by the G-RAP was an amazing way for me to see a new country that I never thought I would have visited before. Four of the other students and I were simultaneously taking a history of the Vietnam Wars class in the G-RAP at the time of the trip which allowed us to both understand the country we were going to better, and appreciate the history and culture even more. Every day we spent the morning touring cities and religious and political sights. By the afternoon, we were free to explore as we pleased and follow our personal interests. I could not think of a better way to spend my freshman spring break than by joining this great group of people and experiencing a completely new world, trying new foods, and learning a different way of life.” – Henry Allen, G-RAP 2015-2016
Thailand- March 2015
During the Spring of 2015, Dr. Romanov took a group of G-RAP students to Thailand on a trip of a lifetime. They toured elaborate Buddhist temples, ruins, and sampled some of the best cuisines Thailand had to offer. This enriching cultural experience was a trip to remember for these G-RAP students. A graduate of G-RAP and CU Boulder wrote this about his experiences in Thailand below:
"This was a very life-transforming trip for me. As a History and English major here at CU, I study a lot of different cultures, but this was the first time that I was able to travel the world and experience the cultures first hand. People in Thailand are devoutly Buddhist and it was very humbling to witness many different sacred Buddhist temples and Buddhist ruins that are scattered throughout Thailand. One of my favorite relics that we visited was the Emerald Buddha Temple. When I walked into the temple I could feel the centuries of history radiating off that magnificent piece of stone. This truly was a trip of a lifetime and I will cherish the memories that I created there for decades to come." – Aaron Miller, G-RAP 2013-2014
G-RAP Faculty-Led Summer Global Seminars
CU Boulder offers a variety of summer global seminars, and two are led by G-RAP faculty, Dr. Artemi Romanov and Dr. Carol Conzelman. The summer global seminars offer course credit and multiple weeks abroad. See below for more information about G-RAP faculty-led Summer Global Seminars.
St. Petersburg, Russia - May-June
Based in St. Petersburg, students earn nine credit hours during a six-week period. The Russian culture and language courses fill students’ time along with various field trips and cultural excursions. After morning classes, students have the opportunity to explore palaces, museums, churches, attend concerts and operas, and meet new people. This summer global seminar is led by Dr. Artemi Romanov, who is a native of St. Petersburg and a Russian speaker. A past participant said, “Artemi Romanov was an amazing instructor. He had more knowledge of the area than one could imagine.”
La Paz, Bolivia - June
The enthusiastic and knowledgeable Dr. Carol Conzelman accompanies a group of CU students to the country of Bolivia during the month of June, every other year. This global seminar, lasting two and a half weeks, allows students to earn three upper-division credit hours while they learn about democracy, life in the rural Andes Mountains, Bolivian history, Aymara culture, agriculture, and rural development. While in Bolivia, students will gain a unique perspective of the coffee industry, social movements in Latin America, and so much more. A former student wrote, “The course is very experiential and interactive. Every day there are engaging discussions and you get to meet experts on topics that you study. You have your own research that you do, so you get to decide how you want the class to relate to your interests and can choose how in-depth you want to study your topic. Coroico is a beautiful place with very welcoming people. The small-town feel sets in quickly as you see people you know every day in the plaza or your favorite restaurant. It is better to know Spanish before you go so that you can get to know the locals on a deeper level.”