Vancouver arrival: Thursday, December 28, 2024
Depart to US: Thursday, Jan 11, 2025

Study Abroad Canada Application

Deadline: October 5, 2023


Information Sessions

Coming Soon


About the program

This Study Abroad Program offers experiential learning via both field experiences and service learning during which students will take what we learn during classroom-based activities and apply it to the social context of Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Vancouver offers an ideal social landscape for this type of examination as it is Western Canada’s largest city, is known as a multicultural beacon of tolerance and inclusivity, has a rich history and is home to varied indigenous and immigrant populations.
Students will learn from local experts and community organizations about the ways the country of Canada, province of British Columbia, and City of Vancouver conceptualize, navigate, and respond to family violence. Specifically, we will examine intimate partner violence, child abuse, and elder abuse and neglect.

 Program Highlights

  • Open to all majors 
  • Scholarships available
  • Earn 3 units of upper division GE and/or elective credit
  • Course taught by CSUF faculty
  • Canada Place & Canadian Trail
  • Group walking of the Stanley Park Seawall walk
  • Visit Burnaby Village Museum
  • Visit to the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia
  • Visit to Hyatt Regency “Wall for Women”
  • Visit to Family Services of Greater Vancouver
  • Academic experience with Vancouver Aboriginal Transformative Justice Service Society (VATJSS)
  • Academic experience with the Vancouver Police Department
  • Service learning with Directions Youth Services
  • Excursion to Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Excursion to Grouse Mountain gondola ride
  • Excursion to Granville Island

Program Fee (tentative)

$1500 - $2,000        

The program fee includes the following items: 

  • Housing  
  • All program academic field trips
  • All-access ground transportation travel pass
  • Group lunches  
  • International travel insurance 

The student fee does not include the following:

  • CSUF books and tuition
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport or visa fees if applicable
  • Daily personal meals and other expenses

Program Courses

SOCI 385: Family Violence (3 units) [G.E. – D.3]


Dr. Devon Thacker Thomas

Dr. Devon Thacker Thomas 
Sociology, CSUF
Devon Thacker Thomas is an Associate Professor of Sociology at CSUF and formerly served as a Sociology undergraduate advisor and the department Vice Chair. She teaches courses on gender, crime, and victimization as well as research-based (Research Applications) and student support-based courses (Peer Mentorship) within Sociology. Her research interests include: Intimate partner, family, and interpersonal violence; Gender and victimization; Law enforcement and the criminal legal system; and Corrections, penology, and reentry. More recently, she has been integrating her passion for teaching and student support into her research by undertaking program development and evaluation. Dr. Thacker Thomas has been to Vancouver several times and has taught the course offered in this program for over nine years.


Need more information?

  • Visit:  Student Success Center / HUM-112 / 8am-5pm, M-F 
  •  Email:  Jaycee Cover 


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