Students will develop a fundamental level of international and intercultural competence and prepare for a role in an increasingly complex, interconnected and interdependent world. The coursework will also reinforce the four State-Level Skill Area Goals and the State-Level Knowledge Area Goals of the new General Education structure using an explicit global focus.
See the 2012 Study Tour to France page for more information.
A study tour gives students the opportunity to experience first hand, historic sites and cultures. Instead of being in the classroom your classroom is wherever you are.
Study tours may be taken for credit or just for fun. If taking a tour for credit your on-site learning will be augmented through readings, writing, research and creative thinking assignments in order to meet the specific learning objectives of the course.
Some may consider credit for a travel program as "easy" credit. Rest assured, our study tour faculty will present a robust academic experience through the fun and adventure of travel.
Do study tours award credit for travel?
No. Study tours award credit for academically rigorous work including evaluation by the instructor regarding a learner's success in meeting specific learning objectives. Saying that a study tour gives credit for travel is like saying that on-campus courses give credit for sitting in a classroom.
What kind of academic work is accomplished in a study tour course?
The kind and amount of work varies with each tour and the amount of credit attempted by the individual learner (some study tours offer variable 1-3 hours of credit).
Often such work includes:
Study tours also typically require at least one major project demonstrating learning such as a research paper, classroom presentation, annotated photo journal and so on.
Are there any tests or exams involved in a study tour?
Yes. Sometimes traditional written, oral or practical testing procedures are used for some components of a study tour.
Are study tours, especially those in Africa and other "rough spots," dangerous?
Yes. Any sort of travel, whether down Highway 94 in St. Charles County or across the Atlantic involve certain risks to life and limb. Statistically, our study tours offer no more risk than simply coming to campus (often LESS risk). Nonetheless, study tour directors are very careful in minimizing risk. Pre-tour sessions train travelers in risk-management. Tour leaders provide up-to-date information from CDC, State Department, and other sources regarding safety, health and other issues of concern. All participants sign statements assuming full responsibility and liability for risks incurred and also relieve the college and its employees from liability.