Travel Courses

Fall 2022

Belize

BIO 422/422L: Coral Biology

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Jeri Fox, Ph.D.
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

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Belize Sample Itinerary

Belize Course Description

This fall semester 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, concluding with a field lab. You will snorkel in the beautiful lagoons of Ambergris Caye, the Hol Chan and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserves. The group is housed in a field station on the northern tip of Ambergris Caye with access to the reef ecosystem, mangroves, seagrass beds, and jungle.

Cuba

CIT 420: Global Citizenship

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Sam McReynolds, Ph.D.
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

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Cuba Sample Itinerary

Cuba Course Description

Travel to Cuba to explore an exciting new era of U.S.-Cuba relations, while simultaneously fulfilling the Citizenship graduation requirement. During the course, you will learn about Cuban history, society and culture with a focus on the impacts of the Cuban Revolution. Highlights of your time in Cuba include engaging in cultural learning through discussions with Cuban people, visiting an organic farming cooperative and a local elementary school, and sharing in popular Cuban pastimes of music, dance, and dominoes.

Morocco, Physical Therapy 

PTH 725: DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL THERAPY CULTURAL COMPETENCY EXPERIENCE

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Morocco, Physical Therapy Course Description

This fall semester course will provide PT graduate students with knowledge regarding cultural competency and sensitivity through classroom learning and learning experiences within the community in Tangier, Morocco. Students will begin by researching and examining some of the differences between the U.S. and Morocco in the areas of public health, health care, and culture while on campus in Portland. As the course progresses, it will move the study of cultural competence beyond the classroom into the world around us. Students will travel to the University of New England campus in Tangier, Morocco, in mid-May in order to further experience the different cultures through learning activities. These experiences will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate cultural sensitivity with a variety of populations and in a variety of settings.

Spring 2023

Costa Rica

BIO 257/257L OR BIO 455/455L: TROPICAL FORESTS AND GLOBAL CHANGE

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Greg Zogg, Ph.D.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

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Costa Rica Sample Itinerary

Costa Rica Course Description

This is a spring semester course that includes travel to Costa Rica for nine days over spring break, where you will explore the amazing biodiversity of both tropical rainforests and so-called dry forests. You will conduct fieldwork examining how human-induced changes in the environment — such as defaunation, invasive species, and global warming — impact these two forest types. In addition, you will have the opportunity to zipline through the forest canopy, spend some time at the beach, and simply enjoy the sights and sounds of tropical forests. Upon return to the U.S., you will spend the rest of the semester drawing upon your travel experience to help identify strategies to protect these natural systems from further human disturbance. Note that this course can be taken at either the 200- or 400-level, with students enrolling at the 400 level having greater expectations in terms of both depth of study and workload, and serving as research team leaders on group projects before, during, and after travel to Costa Rica.

Guatemala, Physical Therapy

PTH 699: Rehabilitation in Guatemala

  • Open to: Doctor of Physical Therapy students
  • Faculty: Jennifer Audette, PT, Ph.D.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

Guatemala, Physical Therapy Course Description

Students will spend one week in Guatemala assisting in running a sports camp and PT clinic for children with disabilities at Transitions Foundation in Antigua, Guatemala and will visit programs serving people with physical disabilities and discussing disability issues with local healthcare providers. An overnight trip to Lake Atitlan and other cultural experiences will be included. Preparatory class meetings will take place and will include assigned readings, discussions, and planning.

Iceland, Arctic Adventure Tourism

ORM 275/275L: Arctic Adventure Tourism

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Aimee Vlachos, M.S., Ed.D., CPRP
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

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Iceland, Arctic Adventure Tourism Sample Itinerary

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Reykjavik Geothermal Pool

Arctic Adventure Tourism Info Description

Tourism is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors in the world, thus the demand for proficient workers is increasing continuously. In its 2017 Global Economic Impact Report, the World Travel and Tourism Council reported that, "Over the next 10 years, the sector will support 23% of new jobs created." This course will focus on Arctic marketing, management and communication relevant to the adventure tourism industry. You will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to design and produce sustainable nature-and culture based experiences. The program's values are based on respect and concern for nature and culture. This course has a travel component which includes travel to Iceland in May where you will participate in activities related to Arctic adventure tourism and meet with local business owners in this field.

Iceland, Natural History

MAR 436/436L: NATURAL HISTORY OF ICELAND

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Markus Frederich, Ph.D.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

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Natural History of Iceland Sample Itinerary

Natural History of Iceland Course Description

This spring semester course provides an in-depth study of the unique ecosystems for marine and terrestrial organisms, as well as the unique human history and culture of Iceland. You will explore geological features like volcanic craters and geysers, hike in the fault line between the American and the European plate and learn about adaptations to a subarctic climate. You will also explore the Viking history of Iceland, which is tightly related to the discovery of America, and Iceland's sustainable energy production.

Ireland

EDU 242/242L: COMPARATIVE EDUCATION IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Lane Clarke, Ed.D.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

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Ireland Sample Itinerary

Ireland Course Description

This spring semester course will investigate comparative education theories and philosophy to examine education in different contexts. By investigating contexts locally, nationally and globally, you will extend your knowledge about society and how this is enacted through the institution of its schools. In Ireland, students will visit schools and learn about Irish culture by touring castles, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Aran Islands. Other highlights may include the Ring of Kerry and the areas of Galway, Cork, Kinsale, and Killarney.

Italy, Physical Therapy

PTH 799: PT and Rehabilitation in Italy

  • Open to: Doctor of Physical Therapy Students
  • Faculty: Jennifer Audette, PT, Ph.D.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

ITALY, Physical Therapy Course Description

Students will spend two weeks in Italy visiting unique programs serving people with physical disabilities and discussing disability issues with Italian health professionals, clients, and students. Cultural experiences will be included in all aspects of the course. Preparatory class meetings will take place and will include assigned readings, discussions, and planning.

Morocco, Occupational Therapy

OTR 699: Occupational Science in Morocco

  • Open to: Master of Science in Occupational Therapy Students
  • Faculty: Kristin Winston, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

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Morocco, Occupational Therapy Sample Itinerary

Morocco, Occupational Therapy Course Description

This spring semester elective course for second-year Occupational Therapy (OT) graduate students provides advanced study in occupational science, occupational therapy without borders, and interprofessional practice with emphasis on the cultural context of occupation. Students will explore the transaction of place, objects, and people as they engage in everyday occupation and service to expand occupational participation in Morocco. Occupational experiences with agencies and organizations in Morocco will provide population-based reflection and hands-on experiences. This course includes the development of a sustainable project with outcome measurement based in ecological theory. This course, designed to immerse the student in a new culture, will facilitate renewed perspectives of occupation, occupational therapy, interprofessional practice, and global understanding of the value of occupation in society. Students will travel to the University of New England campus in Tangier, Morocco in early to mid-January.

Panama

BIO 459/459L: CONSERVATION & ECOLOGY OF A CARIBBEAN ISLAND

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Jeri Fox, Ph.D.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

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Panama Sample Itinerary

Panama Course Description

This spring semester course covers topics in history and geology of the Caribbean with an emphasis on the island of Boca del Toros in Panama. You will study topics such as terrestrial, island, and marine biodiversity, and the ecology and evolution of populations.

Summer 2023

Iceland, Physical Therapy

PTH 799: CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

  • Open to: Doctor of Physical Therapy Students
  • Faculty: Erin Hartigan, PT, D.P.T., Ph.D., LAT, ATC
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

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Iceland, Physical Therapy Course Description

This summer course will provide you with knowledge regarding cultural competency and sensitivity through classroom learning and clinical observations in Iceland. You will begin by researching and examining some of the differences between the US and Iceland in the areas of PT education, health care, and culture while on campus in Portland. You will travel to Iceland for 9 days in late August to visit the University of Iceland, attend a classroom learning activity with the PT students from Iceland, a PT clinic, ÖSSUR Motion Lab, and other clinical and cultural opportunities as available. These experiences will provide you with knowledge about PT education and practice in Iceland.

Spain

PHP 405: GLOBAL HEALTH

  • Open to: Doctor of Pharmacy students, fourth year
  • Faculty: James Krebs, Pharm.D.
  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2022

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Spain Course Description

This Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) provides you with a Spanish language and cultural immersion experience, as well as two courses at the University of Granada. Through lectures and experiential learning, you will examine the Spanish healthcare system within the European and U.S. context and reflect upon the changing healthcare landscape in the U.S. and abroad.

Fall 2023

Belize

BIO 422/422L: Coral Biology

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Jeri Fox, Ph.D.
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2023

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Belize Sample Itinerary

Belize Course Description

This fall semester 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, concluding with a field lab. You will snorkel in the beautiful lagoons of Ambergris Caye, the Hol Chan and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserves. The group is housed in a field station on the northern tip of Ambergris Caye with access to the reef ecosystem, mangroves, seagrass beds, and jungle.

Spring 2024

GALÁPAGOS

MAR 452/452L: NATURAL HISTORY AND EVOLUTION OF GALÁPAGOS FAUNA

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Kathryn Ono, Ph.D.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Galápagos Sample Itinerary

Galápagos Course Description

This is a spring semester course offered every other year that includes traveling to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands for 11 days at the end of the semester. Throughout the semester, students participate in lectures, discussions, research and presentations focusing on endemic species and the natural history, ecology, behavior and evolution of the animals and plants that inhabit the islands. The laboratory portion of the course consists of visiting the Galápagos Islands aboard a private yacht. Highlights of the trip include exploring the Otavalos Market (Ecuador’s largest indigenous market), walking in Darwin’s footsteps to explore the sites that inspired his legendary theory of evolution, up close encounters with species such as flightless cormorants, Galápagos penguins, Galápagos tortoises and marine iguanas, observing and discussing the effects of development on the islands, hiking on the islands, stargazing aboard the boat and snorkeling with Galápagos sea lions, turtles and other marine wildlife. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore one of the world’s most inspiring ecosystems.

Greece & Italy

BIO 241/241L: Anatomy and Art in Greece & Italy

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Kaushik Dutta, M.S.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Greece & Italy Sample Itinerary

Greece & Italy Course Description

In this spring semester course discover the intriguing connections between human anatomy and the art of the Renaissance masters, including Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Bernini. During your 10-day trip to Italy and Greece in May, you will tour historic sites in Athens, Rome, Florence, and Bologna, representing the birthplace of modern anatomical science in some of Europe’s oldest universities.

Ireland

EDU 242/242L: COMPARATIVE EDUCATION IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Lane Clarke, Ed.D.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Ireland Sample Itinerary

Ireland Course Description

This spring semester course will investigate comparative education theories and philosophy to examine education in different contexts. By investigating contexts locally, nationally and globally, you will extend your knowledge about society and how this is enacted through the institution of its schools. In Ireland, students will visit schools and learn about Irish culture by touring castles, the Cliffs of Moher, and the Aran Islands. Other highlights may include the Ring of Kerry and the areas of Galway, Cork, Kinsale, and Killarney.

Kenya

ENV 349/349L: ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH, AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT IN EAST AFRICA

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Richard Peterson, Ph.D.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Kenya Sample Itinerary

Kenya Course Description

This is a spring semester course offered every other year with a 22-day field experience in Kenya in late May/June. Semester studies focus on understanding Kenya’s contemporary environmental, health and community development issues within East Africa’s political, cultural, and historical contexts. The field experience features visits to leading universities, museums, and national parks, an overland journey from Nairobi to Kisumu through the Great Rift Valley, homestays with Kenyan families, hiking in the Kakamega Rainforest, boating, and birding on Lake Victoria, working with local partner organizations on soil conservation projects, and learning from and with community-based conservation researchers at a Maasai-owned educational resource center and conservancy in Kenya’s South Rift.

Mexico

CIT 420: Global Citizenship

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Sam McReynolds, Ph.D.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Mexico Sample Itinerary

Mexico Course Description

This spring semester travel course fulfills the Citizenship graduation requirement and includes a nine-day trip to Mexico during spring break. You will spend their first few days in Cuernavaca, an important cultural center in Central Mexico, where you will live with host families and immerse yourself in the community. You will then travel to the nearby village of Amatlán, where you will stay at an ecotourism center, teach English in a local school, and learn about Amatlán’s unique cultural heritage.

Panama

BIO 459/459L: CONSERVATION & ECOLOGY OF A CARIBBEAN ISLAND

  • Open to: Undergraduate Students
  • Faculty: Jeri Fox, Ph.D.
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Panama Sample Itinerary

Panama Course Description

This spring semester course covers topics in history and geology of the Caribbean with an emphasis on the island of Boca del Toros in Panama. You will study topics such as terrestrial, island, and marine biodiversity, and the ecology and evolution of populations.

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