International Education


See the world — and earn college credit!

Learn about other cultures, and then travel there to see it for yourself. SUNY Adirondack’s International Education courses include trips to Europe, Asia, South America and Africa. The three- or four-credit INT 204 courses begin in either the fall or spring semester (with travel occurring over winter, spring and summer breaks).

The one- or two-week travel experience portion of the course allows students to actively engage in the culture of other nations.

SUNY Adirondack also enjoys a Sister College relationship with Japan’s Saga City Junior College and Sage Women’s Junior College, which alternates host sites. Japanese students visit Upstate New York in odd years and our students travel to Saga City in even years. Students study Japanese culture and visit Saga City through enrollment in INT 206.

Community members may participate in International Education offerings on a space-available basis. Course registration for community members occurs through the Office of Continuing Education. Contact the faculty member leading an individual trip for further details.


Guatemala Medical Mission Trip: March 2017

INT 204 Guatemala Medical Mission will be offered during the Spring 2017 semester.  The class will involve service learning in a medical/nursing capacity in a 3rd world country – with experiences serving in a variety of capacities, including:

  • Health clinic for routine health care
  • Pharmacy
  • Operating room
  • Post-Op recovery room
  • Hospital experience

For more course information, please contact Professor Dianne Schoder (

Ecuador: May 2017

INT 204 Ecuador: From the mountains to the Amazon will be offered during the Spring 2017 semester.

This program will support a broad range of academic subjects including:

  • Anthropology and archaeology (given the indigenous peoples of the Andes and the Amazon)

  • Andean and Amazonian art

  • Biodiversity

  • Various aspects of indigenous industry including textile weaving and leather shops

  • The exportation and marketing of these products as well as ecotourism and sustainability in the region

We will visit indigenous markets and stay in jungle lodges and haciendas. The course offers opportunities to students interested in geography, agriculture, tropical and neo-tropical eco-zones, volcanoes, jungle wildlife, botany, marine biology and environmental science, from the Andes to the Amazon. 

Other areas of focus include political science and economics as these developing countries face challenges in globalization, natural resource conservation and development of infrastructure.  Activities include day and night jungle hikes, horseback riding, jungle zipline, birdwatching and night boat/canoe safaris. The program has been designed to provide significant interaction and contact with the indigenous Andean people to facilitate an effective cultural immersion experience for the participants.

Destinations will include a wide range of geographical locations, including volcanos, high altitude mountains, jungles and rainforests (ie. Cuyabeno Reserve), colonial haciendas, indigenous villages and Spanish Colonial Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip concludes with a full day excursion to the Pululahua Crater in the cloud forest with a hike to waterfalls and natural pools and a visit to the Equator Museum in Intinannas as we return to Quito.

For more course information, please contact Professor Valerie Haskins ( or Professor Elizabeth Braxton (