Kayaking in the Everglades

Travel Courses

MCLA Travel Courses Take You Places

Lake Titicaca

South Africa


Glendalough, Ireland





Havana, Cuba

Izamal, Mexico


Cuzco, Peru



Havana, Cuba


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.


2023 Travel Courses

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.

Professor and students dressed for a Japanese banquet
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.

Students in South Africa
Dr. Anna Jaysane-Darr​

This course examines contemporary South Africa and diverse South African communities in historical and cultural context. Nestled between mountain and sea, Cape Town is a beautiful and vibrant city known for both for its natural landscapes and rich mix of cultures. In our immersive travel experience, students will have the opportunity to learn about and experience South Africa 30 years after the fall of apartheid, visiting historical sites, museums, and meeting the activists, artists, and entrepreneurs transforming urban Africa today. We will also swim with penguins, ride the cable car up Table Mountain, and visit indigenous land. 

Faculty and students in Belize
Spencer Moser

Now is the time for that Adventure you have been waiting for. The Alternative Spring Break Service and Cultural immersion trip this Spring will be to Belize, Central America.  Experience Belizean culture, Work Together on a Community Service Project, Explore Mayan Caves and Temples, Canoe a Tropical River and Swim in the Coral Reef.  We will be based out of the amazing Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.  


Travel Course Scholarships

Financial Aid for Travel Courses     


Faculty Forms:

Travel Course Form

Travel Liability Waiver & Travel Participant Agreement