A student in Uganda

Julia Clayman 25 works with 3-6 year old students learning English, healthy habits, mathematics, social development and more as part of the Pathways Development Initiative (PDI) youth programs in the Bududa District of Uganda. (Photo: Willow Munson 23)

A Broad Impact

Lehigh's study abroad program once again took students around the globe and included visits to an active volcano and power plant.

Lehigh students traveled the world this past summer embarking on research and engaging in study outside the classroom, including to Sicily, Denmark and Uganda. Led by Nik Nikolov, associate professor of art, architecture and design, and Emeritus Professor Anthony Viscardi, 18 students spent five weeks immersed in the art, architecture and culture of Sicily, visiting important sites that included Mount Etna. The cultural immersion provided a foundation for the coursework that followed.

In Denmark, the Martindale Student Associates Honors Program spent 12 days on a research trip for in-depth study and fact gathering. They toured sites in and around Copenhagen, including the Copenhill Power Plant. In Uganda, Kelly Austin, professor of sociology, traveled with 13 students to the Bududa District to conduct research, engage in internships with the Pathways Development Initiative and continue to develop relationships from previous trips with those in the Bududa community.

Vinny Polignano ’23

Vinny Polignano 23 conducts an interview of a female farmer with his translator Banuri in the Bududa District of Uganda. (Photo: Willow Munson 23)

Julia Klayman ’25 kicks a ball

Julia Klayman ’25 kicks a ball during a spontaneous soccer session on the Bubiita pitch in Uganda. (Photo: Willow Munson 23)

Mia Zibello ’24

Mia Zibello ’24 shadows Dr. Simon Watoya in one of the two consultation rooms at Zion Medical Clinic, which is nestled at the top of a mountain and provides medical services to high-altitude, rural populations. (Photo: Willow Munson 23)

Students sitting on steps

Art, architecture and design students studying abroad in Sicily create sketches in the city of Siracusa with Emeritus Professor Anthony Viscardi. (Photo: Maria Pia Ballerino)

Students hiking up Mount Etna

Students on a hike during a day trip to Mount Etna. (Photo: Maria Pia Ballerino)

Students inside the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

Students interact with art at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk before heading to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. (Asgar Ali ’23)

Students in Denmark

Students in the Martindale Student Associates Honors Program during their 12-day research trip to Denmark. (Asgar Ali ’23)

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