Upcoming May Term Study Experiences

New for 2023

The cost of flights is not included in the study experience program cost. Participants can opt to purchase a flight on the suggested group flight itinerary, or you can book any flight arriving during the designated arrival window. It is important that you do not make any non-refundable travel reservations until you have received travel guidance from the faculty leaders.

2023 May Term Study Experiences

Registration for 2023 May Term Study Experiences opens Oct. 25, 2022.

Travel to: Big Island of Hawaii

Travel Dates: May 12-24, 2023. Participants will need to book their own flights arriving in Hilo, Hawaii on May 12 and an overnight flight departing from Kona, Hawaii on May 24. Do not make any non-refundable reservations until you receive specific instructions from your faculty leaders.

Courses (choose 1): CHEM 300F, BIOL 300EE, ENVI 300NN, GEOL 300E, HON 300NN

Engaging the World: Successful completion of this May Term Study Experience with a grade of C- or better fulfills the Engaging the World graduation requirement.

Faculty/Staff Leaders: Christy Clay, Robyn Hyde, Tiffany Rivera

Mandatory On-campus Meeting Dates: April 27, 1–3:00 p.m.; May 4, 1–4:00 p.m.; May 11, 1–3:00 p.m.; May 30, 1-3:00 p.m

Prerequisites: None

Study Experience Cost: $2,750 includes ground transportation in Hawaii, lodging, entrance fees, approximately 75% of meals including a small meal allowance, and faculty expenses. Participants will need an estimated $900 additional spending money for airfare, meals, snacks, and personal expenses. Opportunities for scuba are available at an additional cost.

Program Notes: Students should be prepared to walk and hike greater than 3 miles over rough and sandy terrain and at elevation. Hikes could be longer if the possibility exists to view an active lava flow. Students should be comfortable in a boat and around water with no lifeguard present, though all swimming/snorkeling experiences are optional. Because of the current activity of the active volcano and excursions to high elevation areas, fumes may negatively affect those with asthma or other respiratory problems. Since the program cost includes an allowance for food, this program can accommodate a variety of dietary preferences.

Course Description: This course will take a multidisciplinary approach to studying the island of Hawaii. Hawaii is one of the newest landmasses on Earth, and therefore can provide insights into how islands form and become inhabited. The fact that this is such a new natural environment does not, however, mean that it is pristine. Already this island is being adversely affected not only by the natural elements but also by commercial exploitation and population growth. Important aspects of our discussions will include island formation, the responsibilities that people have for the stewardship of the island known as “America’s Paradise”, food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture.

While traveling around the Hawaiian island, each day the class will drive, boat, hike and/or snorkel to different destinations and at each destination the culture, history, science and/or agroecology unique to the area will be highlighted. The trip will begin at the youngest part of the island and end at the oldest part of the island. Most evenings will wrap up with discussions about the encounters of the day and stewardship. Students will be given time to reflect in their journals. This course has a high degree of interdisciplinarity. Students will not simply be learning agroecology, biology, chemistry, geology and history, they will be learning how these fields come together to create sustainability such as safeguarding reef systems, protecting the nutrient balance of a rain forest and enhancing ecosystem functions to improve food production. There are at least two optional scuba diving experiences for those that have their open water certification, each at an additional expense.

Travel to: Paris, Chartres, Reims, Brussels

Travel Dates: May 9-31, 2023. Participants will need to book their own flights arriving in Paris on May 9 and departing Paris on May 31. Do not make any non-refundable reservations until you receive specific instructions from your faculty leaders.

Courses Offered (choose 1): ART 300TT or FRENCH 300TT

Engaging the World: Successful completion of this May Term Study Experience with a grade of C- or better fulfills the Engaging the World graduation requirement.

Faculty/Staff Leaders: David Baddley and Steve Haslam

Mandatory On-Campus Meeting Dates: Feb. 10, 2:00 p.m.; Mar. 3, 2:00 p.m.; Apr. 7, 2:00 p.m. 

Prerequisites: FREN 110 or equivalent required for French. No prerequisite for Art.

Study Experience Cost: $3,900 includes ground transportation at the program site, accommodations (double rooms), breakfasts, at least one group meal, entrance fees, international health insurance, and faculty expenses. Participants will need an estimated $1,800 - $2,200 additional spending money for airfare, meals, and personal expenses. 

Program Notes: Participants can expect to walk at least 2 kilometers daily between hotel, metro, and outing venues, and to use public transportation regularly.

Course Description: Hemingway famously described Paris as “a moveable feast,” and by this he meant that the cityʼs culture absorbed in youth would stay with the lucky traveler for a lifetime. Our May Term Study Experience offers a distinctive learning experience in one of the most historically, culturally, and artistically rich cities on earth—an experience that features visits to inspiring cultural touchstones interlaced with sustained personal creative responsibility.

We will visit galleries and museums; explore landmarks; attend a variety of live performances; and discuss art and French culture. We will hang out in cafés, and individually undertake various creative projects appropriate to our disciplines. We will also go on outings by train to other nearby towns. Students will enjoy the conventional aspects of a study tour and harvest the creative results from labors uniquely available only through an artistic residency.

Travel to: Berlin, Germany (with day trips to Leipzig, Dresden, Potsdam, Sachsenhausen) and Prague, Czech Republic

Travel Dates: May 13–27, 2023. Participants will need to book their own flights arriving in Berlin, Germany on May 13 and departing from Prague, Czech Republic on May 27. Do not make any non-refundable reservations until you receive specific instructions from your faculty leaders.

Courses (choose 1): ECON 412G, BUSI 412G, MKTG 412G

Engaging the World: Successful completion of this May Term Study Experience with a grade of C- or better fulfills the Engaging the World graduation requirement.

Faculty/Staff Leaders: Michael Mamo and Brian Jorgensen

Mandatory On-campus Meeting Dates: Feb. 10, 2:00 p.m.; Mar. 3, 2:00 p.m.; Apr. 7, 2:00 p.m., May 5, 2:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: None

Study Experience Cost: $2,100 includes ground transportation, accommodations (double rooms), breakfasts, at least one group meal, entrance fees, international health insurance, and faculty expenses. Participants will need an estimated $1,500–$2,100 additional spending money for airfare, meals, and other personal expenses.

Program Notes: Students should be prepared to walk long distances occasionally and to use public transportation daily.

Course Description: In this course, we will study the economic, business, and immigration models of Germany with the goal of gaining solid understanding of comparative systems. Germany presents a unique opportunity to learn and evaluate contrasting approaches countries undertook towards tackling economic, business, and immigration problems. As the third largest OECD economy, the German social and economic system has been presented as a model of maximum integration of individuals into businesses, businesses into communities, and communities within the state. Studies have indicated that Germany has successfully blended business efficiency and strong labor unions, high cost but globally competitive workforce, a generous welfare state and low levels of unemployment, and generally welcoming atmosphere for immigrants and refugees.

We will visit various governmental and non-governmental organizations, local and global companies, refugee societies, and educational institutions. We will also explore landmarks, museums and galleries, and tour select regions of historical, business, and economic significance.

Travel to: Thailand: Bangkok, Buriram Province, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Sukhothai, and Chiang Mai

Travel Dates: May 7-June 4, 2023. Participants will need to book their own flights arriving in Bangkok on May 7 and departing Bangkok on June 4. Do not make any non-refundable reservations until you receive specific instructions from your faculty leaders.

Courses (choose one): PUBH 300DD, NURS 300DD, HIST 300DD, HON 300DD, or OEL 300DD

Engaging the World: Successful completion of this May Term Study Experience with a grade of C- or better fulfills the Engaging the World graduation requirement.

Faculty/Staff Leaders: Han Kim, Kellie Gerbers, and Kathryn Julian

Mandatory On-campus Meeting Dates: December 8, 2022; January 24, 2023; February 22, 2023; March 23, 2023; April 18, 2023; and May 4, 2023.

Prerequisites: None

Study Experience Cost: $3,400 includes ground transportation, hotels or other lodging, most meals, entrance fees, international health insurance, and faculty expenses. Participants will need an estimated $1400 additional spending money for airfare and personal expenses.

Program Notes: The itinerary includes stays in rural villages with limited electricity and sometimes no running water. Daytime temperatures can be above 90°F with high humidity.

Course Description: This course will explore the educational, health, and developmental needs of rural Thai citizens and indigenous populations through cultural immersion and active participation in service projects. Students will participate in deep cultural immersion activities, including service-learning projects in rural Thai villages in the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai, Thailand. These activities will help alleviate some of the health, educational, and developmental issues present.

Students will learn about various aspects of Thai culture and history, such as political institutions, arts, religious beliefs, and social practices by exploring sites that blend Thai tradition with an increasingly globalized world, from forest temples to hip cafés to incredible street food. During travel, students will have an opportunity to explore community attitudes, values, and practices associated with outdoor recreation activities. While participating in some of Thailand's recreational offerings, students should consider the purpose(s) of outdoor recreation from a Thai perspective.

Students will meet during the Spring Semester for preparatory sessions that will ready them for the experience. Course assignments will include reflective journaling, active discussions during the trip, and a reflective multimedia project at the end of the study experience.

Travel to: Bluff, Utah; Chinle, Arizona; and Tuba City, Arizona

Travel Dates: May 8–17, 2023. Participants will travel together in College-owned vans departing campus on May 8 and returning to campus on May 17.

Courses (choose 1): NURS 300F, EDUC 300E, PLSC 300R, or JUST 300RR

Engaging the World: Successful completion of this May Term Study Experience with a grade of C- or better fulfills the Engaging the World graduation requirement.

Faculty/Staff Leaders: Marilee Coles-Ritchie and Marsha Morton

Mandatory On-campus Meeting Dates: April 4 and 12, 7–8:30 p.m.; May 2 and 4, 9:00 a.m.–noon

Prerequisites: None

Study Experience Cost: $1,300 includes ground transportation, hotels or other lodging, most meals, entrance fees, and faculty expenses. Participants will need an estimated $50 additional spending money for meals and more to purchase optional souvenirs.

Program Notes: The itinerary includes an optional hike, short walks, and a San Juan River trip.

Course Description: This course introduces students to Hopi and Diné cultures. It includes social, educational, environmental, political, economic, artistic, health, and caring aspects of lived histories and practices. A special emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of health care in local outpatient clinics, teaching in the clinics, and educational practices in the local schools. Students will have the opportunity to explore the complex histories, worldviews, and perceptions of the environment, relationships, and values of the Hopi and Diné people through various perspectives.