Student Project for Amity Among Nations (SPAN)

Student Project for Amity Among Nations (SPAN) — About

About Student Project for Amity Among Nations (SPAN)

The Student Project for Amity among Nations (SPAN), offers a unique opportunity for independent undergraduates to do research on a topic of their own choosing.  The 2017 program abroad will be based in Morocco and Russia.  Upon completion of the program, students will receive eight University of Minnesota Global Perspectives credits, four of which are Writing Intensive.

Program Dates

Students will spend eight weeks abroad, from June - August. Actual travel dates will vary by country.

Because SPAN is an independent research program, each student will arrange visits or excursions related to his or her research.  Depending on where students choose to locate, there may also be group excursions. This will be determined when students are selected.

Course Description

Institute for Global Studies FSSP 5960 (total 8 credits):

FSSP 5960, 4 credits, preparation phase, spring semester (UMN campus). Students refine research topic, write abstract, meet regularly, complete assignments, learn the University's research requirements.

FSSP 5970W, 4 credits Writing Intensive (abroad). Students organize and produce a 50+-page research paper based on their summer research findings.

Program Leader


Housing & Meals

Housing and food costs are not included in the fee. Students discuss accommodations during spring semester (FSSP 5960); each participant makes his/her own arrangements. The faculty advisors may share information based on her experience but do not recommend or vet housing chosen by the students.

Program Fee

SPAN does not charge a program fee.  Students pay tuition, the Learning Abroad Center APAAC, and university-mandated international insurance. They also are responsible for airfare, housing, meals, and incidental expenses. SPAN scholarships, which are donated by alumni of the program, are available to all students accepted in the program.

Application Process

To apply for this program, students must submit an online application to the Learning Abroad Center (see Apply tab above), and a supplemental application directly to the SPAN office. The SPAN office will review  participant applications and notify the Learning Abroad Center of acceptances.

For More Information

Evelyn Anderson, SPAN Administrative Assistant,

Theofanis G. Stavrou,Ph.D., Professor of History,