Honors Study and Travel

 

Study and travel courses help to build a well-rounded college experience for Honors students. Traveling opens the senses, keeps the mind sharp, enhances creativity and shifts perspectives. With this in mind, the Honors College offers a number of study and travel courses each year. These courses are designed to enhance the holistic academic experience the Honors College provides.

Designed to Succeed

The Honors College Study and Travel courses differ slightly from a typical study abroad program. Students spend a semester in class prior to the trip in order to fully immerse themselves into the history and the culture of the location. At the end of the semester participants pack their bags, and their new-found knowledge, on a week-long trip to experience first-hand what they have spent the past few weeks studying. This method allows for a more in-depth understanding of the location and an easier transition into different cultures.

A Variety of Choices

The Honors College has a variety of study and travel courses to experience and enjoy. The staff works closely with the Auburn Abroad to help participants understand the requirements and costs for studying abroad. 

Testimonials

"Spending my winter break in Greece and Turkey this past year was one of the best experiences I have had as an Auburn student. Being able to get away for a couple of weeks between semesters and immerse myself in such different and unique cultures made for an incredible trip. From start to finish, the trip was well-planned, allowing us to have a great time while learning so much. My favorite part of the two-week experience was how we learned about a very wide range of history. From ancient Greece and the Parthenon to the Byzantine Empire and on to the Ottoman Empire, with a few medieval castles here and there, we were able to see how Greece and Turkey progressed through history. Overall, I loved the whole experience and would recommend the trip to anybody. I had an absolute blast seeing, eating, and experiencing all of the unique things Greece and Turkey have to offer."

David Woods

"Traveling to Greece and Turkey was not only the first time I've ever traveled out of the United States, but it was also the most I have ever grown as an individual in such a short span of time. Through exploring such historic and beautiful cities firsthand, meeting interesting people, and getting lost (over and over again!), my world view expanded drastically and I feel almost a profound enlightenment from the experience. This winter was truly a life changing one, and eager is an understatement of my excitement to be able to travel abroad again!"

Erica Jones


Study and Travel Scholarships

The Honors College is proud to provide study and travel scholarships to our students, and eager to help you find affordable ways to travel and explore the world around us.


Study and Travel Courses

These experiences will not only help you grow as individuals, but will also expose you to new and unparalleled opportunities.


2020

Cuba 

May 2-11, 2020

Estimated Cost: $2,700 + airfare

Instructor: Tiffany Sippial
Read the 2016 class blog

Read the 2017 class blog

Read the 2019 class blog

This 10-day trip immerses you in Cuba’s extraordinary culture, history, and social life. Our itinerary will move us from the cobble-stoned streets of Old Havana to the rich farmlands of tobacco country and the architectural gems of the island’s central provinces. Along our route, we will stay with local families, visit schools and medical facilities, cook Cuban cuisine, spend the day on a farm, dance salsa, walk in Hemingway’s footsteps, and engage with leaders in the fields of history, politics, economics, and the arts. Students will emerge from this trip with a uniquely personal knowledge of one of the world’s most fascinating countries.

Learn more via the Cuba Study & Travel Flyer

Image of students in Havana

New York

May 4-8, 2020

Estimated Cost: $1,300 + airfare

Sign up by: December 2019

Instructor: Charles (Chase) Bringardner

See the “Big Apple” through the world of theatre. As part of this course, the Honors College and the Auburn University Theatre Department are joining forces to give you a quintessential tour New York City. Attend four shows including: Hadestown, Mean Girls, and Moulin Rouge. Visit the incomparable MOMA as well as the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of a theatre and enjoy the iconic NYC sites, shopping, and street food.

Learn more via the New York Study & Travel Flyer

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Spain

December 13-23, 2020

Estimated Cost: $3,800 + airfare

Sign up by: August 2020

Instructor: Tiffany Sippial

Spain is a land steeped in artistic innovation, cultural diversity, architectural wonders, celebrated cuisines, and the legacies left behind by the Roman era, Moorish rule, and the Age of Discovery. This 11-day trip to Spain is your opportunity to explore this land of many cultures with your fellow Honors College students and expert professional guides. Our itinerary will move us from the art haven that is Barcelona to the spectacular architecture of Toledo. The route includes stays and tours in such iconic locales as Valencia, Granada, Costa del Sol, Seville, and Madrid. Students will emerge from this trip with a uniquely personal knowledge of one of the world’s most colorful countries.

Learn more via the Spain Study & Travel Flyer

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Previous Trips

Cuba 

Instructor: Tiffany Sippial
Read the 2016 class blog

Read the 2017 class blog

Read the 2019 class blog

This 14-day trip immerses you in Cuba’s extraordinary culture, history, and social life. Our itinerary will move us from the cobble-stoned streets of Old Havana to the rich farmlands of tobacco country and the architectural gems of the island’s central provinces. Along our route, we will stay with local families, visit schools and medical facilities, cook Cuban cuisine, spend the day on a farm, dance salsa, walk in Hemingway’s footsteps, and engage with leaders in the fields of history, politics, economics, and the arts, to name but a few activities. Students will emerge from this trip with a uniquely personal knowledge of one of the world’s most fascinating countries.

Image of cuban beach for study and travel courses to Cuba

India 

 

Instructor: Allen Furr

This unique opportunity will allow you to see and experience the beauty and allure of both historical and modern India. The course will focus on current sociological issues in India such as population, the environment, and economic development, but students will also learn about Indian culture and everyday life.  Participants will gain an appreciation of Indian food, music, dress, Bollywood films, and much more.

The class will first travel to New Delhi where they will visit a number of famous historical sites such as Gandhi’s ashram, and then to the sacred city of Varanasi, where participants will take a morning boat ride on the Ganges.  From there the class flies to Jaipur also known as The Pink City, to experience its markets and history. As well as a visit to a children’s school for street children and attend a block printing workshop. From there they’re off to Bharatpur and Agra to see many interesting sites including the grand finale – a sunrise visit to the Taj Majal, perhaps the most famous and beautiful building in the world.

Image of German castle for study and travel courses to Germany

Germany 

Instructor: Paul Harris

Study and explore Germany's economic, political, and social environment while visiting the famed cities of Munich, Mainz, Dresden and Nuremberg. Experience the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Wurzburg Palace with it's Tiepolo frescoes, the Bamberg Cathedral, the Nuremberg Castle, St. Jakob's Church, BMW World, Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, and Neuschwanstein Castle as part of your Germany Study & Travel course.

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Panama

Instructor: Chandana Mitra

During this trip you will learn and gain hands-on experience in water and environmental management from a Latin American perspective, while learning and immersing yourself in the cultural of Panama, interact with locals and enjoy Panamanian gorgeous landscapes and wildlife. The course is designed to give students a general understanding of the potential impacts of climate change on Panama's water resources. Through a mix of lectures, fieldwork and trips, students will explore direct and indirect effects of a changing climate on water resources and their management. Geography and Honors credit available (max 6 hours) *Partnering with the Honors College

 

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Greece

Instructor: Mike Kozuh

On this 10-day study abroad program in Greece, students will split their time between the bustling city and the mountainous countryside. In Greece, students will visit the famous site of the oracle of Apollo at Delphi and explore the mountaintop monasteries at Meteora. Participants will also enjoy the spectacular geography, taste local cuisine, and visit artisans among many other trip attractions in this ancient land.

Last modified: November 19, 2019