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MCLA's Travel Courses Take You Places

Expand Your Horizons, Study Off Campus

If you think you would like to study somewhere else but are not sure you want to be away for an entire semester, then MCLA’s travel courses may be perfect for you. On-campus sessions and on-site visits combine to give you a unique educational experience that you will never forget.

Students at Irish castleTravel courses

  • cover a range of subject areas, from history, political science, business, biology, environmental studies, English, and sociology, to name a few
  • are conducted by faculty who are experienced travelers and who are experts in their fields
  • are held during an extended spring break or sometimes during winter break
  • let you experience another culture in an immersive experience
  • provide some limited scholarships to help defray costs to qualified applicants
  • may be a gateway to later study abroad opportunities or international travel

Learn more about the travel courses being offered in the spring semester and see what kinds of travel courses students have enjoyed in the past.

For more information on travel courses, contact Academic Affairs at 413.662.5242.


2019/2020 Travel Courses

profession on mountainsideEcology and Management of the Adirondack Park
October 11-14, 2019
Dr. Elena Traister

During this field course, we will explore the diverse biological communities of the Adirondack high peaks region and learn about the history and management of the Adirondack Park and Forest Preserve. We will learn about the human history of the Adirondacks, including how people have altered this landscape and the events that led to its preservation. We will visit natural areas and interpretive sites for an up-close view of the ecology and characteristic flora and fauna of the region.

Shrine in JapanJapan Travel Course
March 12-23, 2020
Dr. Kailai Huang

This travel course is themed on the interplay between Japan’s traditions and modernity. Through pre-travel classes and visits to some of Japan’s most famous places, including the cutting-edge metropolis Tokyo, the exquisite ancient capital Kyoto, and the evocative city of Hiroshima, students will gain an in-depth knowledge and an intimate experience of Japan’s history, religion, culture and society. Many sites we will visit are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Aerial view of Machu PicchuPeru Travel Course
March 12-23, 2019
Dr. David Cupery

 This interdisciplinary course will bring students face to face with Peru’s stunning natural beauty and rich cultural diversity, past and present. Visit world wonder Machu Picchu and other remarkable Incan archaeological sites. Spend two days touring the islands of beautiful Lake Titicaca, including a homestay with families in a traditional indigenous community. Sample a variety of excellent Peruvian dishes, music, dance and handicrafts. Take in the majestic views as you hike (optional) in the Andes mountains.

Aerial view of MunichMunich and Comparative Cultural Policy
March 12-18, 2020
Dr. Jerome Socolof

Students will have the opportunity to explore the outcomes of Western European cultural policy on the ground in Bavaria’s capital, Munich.  Students will gain a deep understanding of American cultural policy and the comparative policy of an EU member state.  Students will put that knowledge in context through a seven-day exploration of the major arts and historical sites of the city including the Alte Pinakothek, Deutches Museum, Marienplatz, Nymphenburg Palace, and Neuschwanstein Castle.

Travel Course Scholarships:

Travel Course Scholarships

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Financial Aid/Career Services

Faculty Forms:

Travel Course Form

Travel Liability Waiver

Spring 2020 Travel Courses

TRVL 300: Peru Travel Course
March 12-23, 2020
Dr. David Cupery

TRVL 300: Japan Travel Course
March 12-23, 2020
Dr. Kailai Huang

TRVL 300: Munich and Comparative Cultural Policy
March 12-18, 2020
Dr. Jerome Socolof

Past Travel Courses

ENVI 350: Ecology and Management of the Adirondack Park
October 11-14, 2019
Dr. Elena Traister

TRVL 300: China Travel Course
March 14-24, 2019
Professors Ben Kahn and Tom Whalen

TRVL 300: South Africa Travel Course
March 14-25, 2019
Dr. Anna Jaysane-Darr

TRVL 300: Cartagena, Colombia Travel Course
March 15-25, 2019
Dr. Mariana Bolivar Rubin

TRVL 300: Ireland Travel Course
March 16-25, 2019
Dr. Anthony Daly

TRVL 300: Mexico Travel Course
March 15-25, 2019
Dr. David Cupery

ENVI 355: Everglades and South Florida
January 12-21, 2019
Dr. Dan Shustack

ENGL372/372H: Arts of Medieval and Renaissance Britain
March 09-19, 2018
Dr. Rosanne Denhard

TRVL 300: Paris and Comparative Cultural Policy
March 10-16, 2018
Prof. Diane Scott

BIOL 424: Field Studies in Marine Biology
March 11-28, 2018
Dr. Anne Goodwin

ENVI 350: Sonoran Desert and the Arizona Borderlands
March 8-20, 2018
Dr. Dan Shustack 

TRVL 300: Civil Rights Trip
March 9-17, 2018
Dr. Ely Janis

TRVL 300: Cuba Travel Course
March 9-19, 2018
Dr. David Cupery

TRVL 300: Japan Travel Course
March 8-19, 2018
Dr. Kailai Huang

TRVL 300: Queer San Francisco
March 10-17, 2018
Dr. Sumi Colligan