Travel Courses

Faculty-led short term travel courses are another way to study abroad. You meet with faculty throughout the semester to academically and practically prepare for travel through readings, lectures and coursework. Then you travel during a semester break or during the summer.

Many of the travel courses fulfill requirements of the Latin American Studies minor

Application Process

  • Enrollment in a faculty-led travel course requires submission of an application to the Global Education Program in Decary 126. 
  • You are encouraged to apply for a Global Education Scholarship when applying for a faculty-led program.

 

 

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Dominica

ENV 376: ADV + CIT 420 Caribbean Sustainable Development + Global Citizenship

Dr. Thomas Klak

You study throughout the Fall semester on campus, then travel to Dominica for two weeks in January to experience first-hand the challenges of, and progress toward, sustainable development in the self-proclaimed "Nature Island."  

Components of the course include exploration of tropical island ecosystems, engagement with Dominican partners who are working to achieve sustainable development, and hands-on participation in development projects.

ENV 376 + CIT 420 are open to juniors and seniors, and fulfill Advanced Studies and the Citizenship core requirements.

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  • Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor

Health science majors will find the following of particular interest. 

Dominica has:

  • Among the highest number of centenarians per capita on earth
  • A way of life that includes bush teas, herbal medicines and traditional remedies
  • Rivers and streams clean enough to draw drinking water
  • Per capita health expenditure of only $487

A snorkeling U N E student examines a coral reef

Belize

BIO 421 Marine Topics: Coral Reef Studies

Dr. Jeri Fox

This course presents an in-depth study of the biology and taxonomy of corals while examining the ecology of the coral reef system and the future of reefs. The course concludes with a field lab carried out entirely on the reefs of Belize in January. You snorkel in the beautiful lagoons of Ambergris Caye, the Hol Chan and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserves. The group is housed in a remote field station on the northern tip of Ambergris Caye with access to the reef ecosystem, mangroves, sea grass beds, and jungle. 

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  • Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor

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Peru

CIT 420 Global Citizenship

Dr. Steven Byrd

This extraordinary service-learning course explores the complexity of Peruvian Andean culture and provides you with the opportunity to participate in volunteer work with a health care focus. You embark on a two-week journey into one of Latin America's most fascinating cultures, the Incas, and conclude the trip with a visit to Machu Picchu. In Cusco, Peru, the royal city of the Inca Empire, you attend classes at Centro Tinku studying Spanish, basic Quechua (the language of the Incas) and Peruvian culture and history.

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  • Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor

 

 

Grand Socco in Tangier

Morocco

BUMG 335:ADV  International Management +

CIT 420 Global Citizenship

Beth C. Richardson, JD  

Throughout the semester, students on the Biddeford campus will engage in international business projects with companies and entrepreneurs in Morocco, then travel for 10-14 days in May to present their project results, explore Morocco, and meet with international business leaders in Tangier, Rabat, and Casablanca. Cultural activities will include exploring the ancient medinas of Tangier, Tetouan, and the "Blue City" of Chefchaouen in the Rif Mountains, bartering for goods in souks, sampling Morrocan cuisine, and touring the Hassan II Mosque.

The group will spend a day with three Endeavor Global Moroccan entrepreneurs with whom they have become acquainted over the semester in support of their business start-ups. In Rabat, students will visit the U.S. Embassy and meet with the Director of Economic Development of USAID to learn how the U.S. is supporting economic development in Morocco.

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Brazil

CIT 420 Global Citizenship

Dr. Paul Burlin

Dr. Paul Burlin, who has lived and taught in Brazil, accompanies you on this life-changing service-learning course which fulfills the Citizenship core curriculum.

The program includes classes at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte on the history of Brazil and an introduction to the Portuguese language. You spend four days volunteering in poverty-stricken neighborhoods.

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  • Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor

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Galapagos Islands

MAR 451 Natural History and Evolution of the Galapagos Fauna

Dr. Kathryn Ono

Imagine earning advanced biology credits while cruising aboard a private yacht in the Galapagos Islands. This 4-credit course meets throughout the Spring semester on the Biddeford Campus and is followed by travel to Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Archipelago, May 21-31, to cruise throughout the islands and conduct the field lab.

The lecture portion of the course is designed to familiarize you with the biota of the Galapagos Islands, as well as island history, ecology, and the behavior and evolution of the animals that inhabit them.

Following the success of the 2009 and 2011 expeditions, the course is now being offered every other year. You trace the steps of Charles Darwin, whose 1831 exploration of the archipelago inspired his revolutionary theory of evolution. While exploring the islands, you encounter blue-footed boobies, Galapagos tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions and Antarctic penguins.

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Dominican Republic

CIT 420 Global Citizenship

Donna Gaspar Jarvis

Through this course you spend spring break in the Dominican Republic teaching English to children in the small community of Monte Cristi. You work with the grassroots community organization Outreach 360, and through the course satisfy the UNE core curriculum Citizenship requirement. The program is of particular interest to Education majors, Latin American Studies minors, and students wishing to improve their Spanish language skills, though Spanish is not a prerequisite. You and the other volunteers are responsible for developing and facilitating curriculum, and creating learning games and activities to engage children ages preschool through high school. 

Through evening programs, discussions and films, you learn more about the culture and history of the Dominican Republic. You also have the opportunity to visit the Dajabon market on the Haitian border and to explore a beautiful beach in the El Moro National Park.

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  • Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

Scotland

EXS 430 or BIO 3xx Environmental Physiology

Dr. Lara Carlson

The course focuses on the various forms of environmental stress and how the human organism responds physiologically to them. Through lectures and labs, students will study how physical performance is affected by environmental stressors. In Scotland, students will study the combination of a period of rich history in the 1300s while also examining the physiological and environmental stresses experienced by the Scottish Army marching over the country’s rugged coastline and challenging highlands.

Highlights will be exploring the cities of Stirling, Fort William and Edinburgh, and traveling through the Scottish Highlands' Grampian and Monadhliath Mountains, and viewing Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Students will travel to the breathtaking Isle of Skye, passing Eilean Donan Castle, stopping at the Trotternish Ridge with its spectacular cliffs and rock formations, and viewing the dramatic sea cliffs of Neist Point.

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Panama

BIO 421 Conservation & Ecology of a Caribbean Island

Dr. Jeri Fox

This course covers topics in history and geology of the Caribbean with an emphasis on the island of Boca del Toros in Panama and includes topics such as terrestrial, island and marine biodiversity, and the ecology and evolution of populations. Discussions include the impact of an agriculturally-based economy versus a tourist economy on the environment in general and the reef in particular. The course examines NGOs and international environmental treaties, and focuses on particular national and international conservation approaches using the Caribbean as an example. Other topics include community-based management and local wildlife policies, the history of the establishment of a rainforest as a natural preserve, ethnobotany, and the natural history of the region. 

The course culminates with ten days of travel and field work in Panama at the end of May. Activities in Panama include snorkeling on reefs, canopy access training, caving, a tour of the Panama Canal Zone, and lectures by the Institute for Tropical Ecology and Conservation faculty.

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  • Fulfills the travel requirement of the Latin American Studies minor

 

 

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Ghana

GHANA IMMERSION IN HEALTH CARE

Dr. Jennifer Morton

This program offers a health care immersion experience in which you work alongside Ghana Health Service, Community Health Educators and the community. Since 2008, UNE students, faculty and staff have been part of this long-running partnership in the twin cities of Sekondi and Takoradi Ghana, West Africa. You engage in direct health services, interprofessional collaboration, community education, and academic and cross-cultural exchange.


 

 

Kenya

ENV 348 ADV Environment, Health, and Community Development in East Africa

Dr. Richard Peterson

This course introduces you to the history of Kenya and the environmental, health and community development challenges it faces today. 

During the field lab in Kenya, you meet the incredible people and organizations that are working to tackle these complex issues, and you work alongside them. The field lab includes lectures at the University of Nairobi and the National Museums of Kenya, a visit to Nairobi National Park, exploration of the capital city, a trip through the Great Rift Valley to Kisumu on the shores of Lake Victoria, hands-on learning with a variety of community service, health, environmental, research and government organizations, weekend home stays with Kenyan families, and a two-day visit to one of Kenya's wildlife reserves.

You attend class throughout the spring semester and travel to Kenya in late May.

Mexico

CIT 420 Global Citizenship

Dr. Samuel McReynolds

This spring travel course fulfills the Citizenship graduation requirement and includes spending nine days in late May in Mexico. Students will stay in both Cuernavaca, an important cultural center in Central Mexico, and in Amatlán, the birthplace of Quetzalcoatl, the primary Aztec god. In Cuernavaca, students will receive presentations in Mexican culture, history and politics. In the village of Amatlán students will engage in hands-on service including teaching English in the local school, helping farmers plant crops, and working with the local cooperative to prepare products for market.

Students will be immersed in Spanish language and stay with local host families in Cuernavaca. The course also includes a city tour of Cuernavaca, a visit to the Cortez Palace, and a visit to the ancient pyramid of Xochicalco. 

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Iceland

EXS 430 Environmental Physiology

Dr. Lara Carlson

This is a spring semester course that includes travel to Iceland for a field lab in mid-May after final exams. The course focuses on learning about the various forms of environmental stress and how the resulting human organism responds physiologically to them. Through lectures and labs, students will study how physical performance is affected by environmental stressors such as heat and cold, as well as hypobaric, hyperbaric and microgravity environments.

In Iceland, students will have hands-on experience studying acute cold exposure on the cardiovascular, respiratory and neuromuscular systems. Highlights of travel in Iceland also include hiking on Thorsmörk and Valahnúkur Mountain and the Tindfjöll trail, canyoning and ice climbing on the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano and Glacier, exploring the city of Reykjavik and relaxing in the Blue Lagoon. This course is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with a particular interest in human physiology or health science.

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Office of Global Education
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USA

Emily Dragon, Director, Global Education Program
(207) 602-2451 | edragon@une.edu