Courses

Interested in taking a travel study course? Each faculty member manages the application process for their travel study course. Please review the list below of our current course offerings and, once you have selected a course, contact the faculty member directly for more information on how to apply for that course prior to registration for that semester.

Fall Semester 2019

Registration now closed.

students on beach in the BahamasBIO 309: Sustainability on the Front Lines of Climate Change
Eleuthera Island, The Bahamas

Fall 2019 semester course with travel January 5–17, 2020

Course description: The sustainable management of ecosystems is essential for the long-term preservation of biological and cultural natural resources. Today, tropical and subtropical countries are experiencing a variety of unique environmental challenges, all compounded by the effects of global climate change, including loss of biological diversity, invasive species, food insecurity and freshwater scarcity, soaring energy production and storage costs, and accumulation of waste. The scientific solutions to these intractable problems lie in interdisciplinary research efforts. This travel study course examines real-world sustainability and conservation challenges and solutions in an ecosystem under stress due to global climate change. 3 credit hours.

For more information contact Dr. Allie Gardner, allison.gardner@maine.edu

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Students on the rocks in front of the ocean in Acadia National ParkEES 217: Field problems in Ecology & Environmental Sciences (the Acadia Lessons Project)
Winter Harbor, Maine

Fall 2019 semester course with travel September 28–30, 2019

Course description: This course is an intensive field experience for EES majors. EES undergraduates will stay at a remote site (e.g., Schoodic Education and Research Center at Acadia National Park) for an intensive multi-day program that will immerse them in the rich science and cultural history that makes Maine a living laboratory for environmental issues. Students will be challenged to identify and assess emerging issues in environmental science and natural resources management. Students will be introduced to relevant problems or issues facing stakeholders in the field of ecology and environmental sciences, and will work in teams to research, synthesize, and present what they’ve learned. The field setting is rich with opportunities for outdoor experience, interactions with scientists in residence, and varied local, regional, and national stakeholders with whom they will collaborate. This course is a required field experience for EES majors.

For more information contact Dr. Kate Ruskin, katharine.ruskin@maine.edu

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Spring Semester 2020

Registration now open.

Students outside factory in Germany with UMaine bannerINT 489: Experiences in Culture, Healthcare and Business in Germany
Stuttgart, Germany

Spring 2020 semester course with travel May 10–21, 2020

Course description: It’s been said that the best way to understand a different culture is to immerse yourself in it. This interdisciplinary travel study course will focus on the cultural and economic influences on life and business in Germany as compared to the United States. The course is offered in partnership with Aalen University in Stuttgart, Germany. Students will get the opportunity to visit a key hospital to discuss healthcare, the Carl Zeiss Oberkochen to discuss developing optical solutions for the public and also automobile producers BMW Munich and Porsche Zuffenhausen to examine different approaches to automaking. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit cultural and historical spots in the region such as Dachau and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Roman Limes. During the spring semester we will hold four, two-hour meetings to go over assigned reading on business and culture in Germany to prepare for our trip.

For more information contact Scott Dunning, dunning@maine.edu, 207.735.7889 or Stephanie Welcomer, welcomer@maine.edu, 207.581.1931

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photo of apartments in AmsterdamCHF 404: Human Sexuality in Europe
London, England, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Stockholm, Sweden

Spring 2020 semester course with travel May 10–28, 2020

Course description: This three-week travel study program provides students with a broad international perspective on how other cultures deal with sexual and reproductive health issues. We will visit sites in London, England, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and Stockholm, Sweden and compare how these countries deal with issues such as teen pregnancy, contraception, abortion, sexuality education, and public policy issues related to HIV/AIDS, sexual orientation and prostitution. Special lectures, field trips and on-site briefings will provide the opportunity for students to question assumptions about culture and sexuality, and to learn from societies that have different solutions to similar problems.

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student teaching elementary students in MexicoCHF 404: Early Childhood Teaching Practicum in Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Spring 2020 semester course with travel May 13–31, 2020

Course Description: During this travel study course students will support and teach English language education in early childhood elementary classrooms (Pre-K and K) on the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. This teaching practicum is designed to examine the nature, role, purposes and curriculum of early childhood education on Isla Mujeres. This course will challenge you to discover your values and beliefs as they relate to education, and will invite you to make a contribution to the educational life of young children.

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Student on mountainside in Peru with UMaine banner

INT 495: Experiencing Incan History and Architecture in the Present
Cusco, Peru

Spring 2020 semester course with travel May 27–June 4, 2020

Course Description: Have you ever wanted to visit Peru or tour some of the famous Incan ruins such as the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Machu Picchu? Register for this travel study opportunity to visit Peru and learn Incan history. During the spring semester we will hold four, two-hour meetings to go over assigned reading on Incan history to prepare for our trip.

For more information contact Scott Dunning, dunning@maine.edu, 207.735.7889 or Stephanie Welcomer, welcomer@maine.edu, 207.581.1931

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Summer University 2020

Registration begins February 3, 2020.

tourists at building in CroatiaANT 477: Field Research in Archaeology
Ancient cities and landscapes in northern Dalmatia, Croatia

Summer 2020 course with travel May 9–June 7, 2020

Course Description: Experience the perfect balance of Study Abroad, Travel Study, and an Archaeological Field Program in a Mediterranean environment! This 30-day course will be based in the 3000-year-old Croatian city of Zadar along the Adriatic coast and centered on the nearby archaeological site of Nadin. Students of the course will gain a practical experience in archaeology and an understanding of its application to contemporary issues of urbanization, landscape change, and climate. The course offers the added element of a truly international experience, where students will work in the field alongside Croatian archaeology students from the University of Zadar, live and culturally interact within contemporary Croatian cities and towns, and visit a number of cultural heritage sites and Mediterranean landscapes relevant to the course. Although beneficial, prior experience in archaeology is not required, nor is familiarity with Croatian language and culture.

For more information contact Dr. Gregory Zaro, gregory.zaro@maine.edu, 207.581.1857

Archaeological Field Program in Zadar, Croatia

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