A Study Abroad Opportunity for College Students seeking to balance academics and adventure.  A Semester in the Wilderness.

Study Abroad Australia is an important part of the general mission of the Castle Rock Institute. We sponsor a semester-long adventure program for college students that combines a range of outdoor activities and 300-level courses in the Humanities. This is a unique study abroad australia program.

Study Off Campus

The Castle Rock Institute is a wilderness-based center for the Humanities affiliated with Brevard College (a liberal arts college in western North Carolina). Each semester it seeks applications from college students and scholars from the United States to live, study and experience the outdoors together. Housed in a lodge set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the Institute aims to enliven the study of the Humanities both through focused interdisciplinary classwork, community living and through organized group outdoor activities. The Castle Rock Institute is dedicated to study abroad australia experiences, to investigating links between scholarship in the Humanities and the practical dimensions of human life in the natural and social world.

It's beach time!

Real World Humanities

The Institute encourages interdisciplinary thought and experimentation by focusing each semester on a particular issue, idea or theme drawn from the Humanities. This theme serves as the main topic of discussion and area of research for residents at the Institute.

A Full Semester of Academic Credit

All CRI students enroll in four humanities courses taught at Castle Rock by Institute Senior Fellows. Each course meets regularly throughout the semester and awards four hours of college credit. Students also spend several full and half days per week participating in small group activities like rock climbing, backpacking, and paddling. This form of study abroad australia expoerience strives to balance and integrate scholarship and adventure.

Alternative College Experiences

Different from the historical approach of most college Humanities programs, the curriculum at the Castle Rock Institute is organized thematically. Instead of sweeping through a series of "great books," all of the courses offered during each semester at the Institute address a single issue, idea or theme drawn from the Humanities. Accordingly, each class explicitly considers how insights offered by the other disciplines can contribute to an overall understanding of the theme at hand.

Study Abroad Australia

This expedition promises to bring students to some of the most remote and scenic parts of the continent. It will travel throughout, and visit places where tourists seldom go. There are very few other opportunities for college students like this.

As a complement to its academic mission, the Castle Rock Institute organizes for its residents a variety of wilderness adventure activities. The Institute takes seriously the idea that there is a fundamental connection between body and mind, between the embodied practice of lived experience and the more abstract, theoretical concerns of the intellect.

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