The Malta Experience is one of JMU’s longest running short-term international programs. During the four week program, students from the College of Integrated Science and Engineering (CISE) disciplines (Engineering, ISAT, Geography, and Computer Science) and the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS) programs explore the unique geographical, environmental, cultural, economic, and political issues that have and continue to shape Malta.

Students will explore the island to investigate the relationships between technology, economy, history, and culture and the implication of these factors for personal and societal sustainability.

A cultural and historic learning program includes excursions to awe inspiring geographic features, prehistoric megaliths, medieval dungeons, Renaissance cathedrals, and Baroque palaces. Disciplinary field work project courses provide the opportunity for students to study and suggest solutions to important technological and societal issues under the guidance of Maltese mentors and JMU faculty.


The program will be lead by Dr. Justin Henriques (Engineering) and Dr. Shannon Conley (ISAT):

Justin Henriques is an Associate Professor of Engineering at JMU. As an educator, he creates curricular and co-curricular learning experiences for students that encourage them to think creativity and engage the world around them to make a difference. He specializes in sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems, and has traveled and worked extensively internationally.

Shannon Conley teaches in the area of Social Context of Science and Technology. Focuses on the governance of new and emerging technologies, drawing from empirical case studies in genetics and reproductive technologies.

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Info sessions

    • Thursday, Sept. 27 at Thursday, September 27 from 11 am – 3 pm in the Festival Grand Ballroom (Study Abroad Fair)
    • Thursday, Oct. 3 at 5pm in EnGeo 1024
    • More dates coming soon!