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Increasingly offered to college students, short-term, faculty-led programs abroad give students the opportunity to earn college credits while traveling during breaks in the school year. Compared to studying abroad, where students typically live in one foreign city and attend university for a semester or more, travel study programs are shorter in duration and involve touring a country or region with a professor and a specific academic focus. This allows for place-based learning, where students can experience the location, culture and artifacts of the topic they are studying in person. This makes subjects more engaging and learning more interactive, both of which improve depth and retention of knowledge attained.
Not only do travel study courses benefit students, but professors receive the opportunity to delve further into their areas of academic interest. Whether visiting a chosen destination for the first time or returning to an old favorite, there is always something novel to explore. The professor decides where to travel, what sites to visit and which activities to schedule. Depending on the college, faculty travel is often free (included in the cost of the program) and some trips may be paid like teaching a course.
Since the travel study trip activities are aligned with the course subject matter, the itinerary will typically need to be submitted in advance for program approval. For this reason, it is essential to have the trip mapped out beforehand, with all the necessary details like transportation, accommodations and activities, along with associated costs. This is where it is extremely helpful to obtain the assistance of a group travel agency like Fourwinds. We will put together a free, no obligation quote for your travel study trip, making sure to adhere to your educational and budgetary requirements.
My school had a wonderful day on our tour. The bus driver was very friendly and willing to pick us up at any location. All of the details were organized ahead of time so it was an enjoyable trip leading, not a stressful one. My students even had the opportunity to perform at the Lincoln Memorial, all organized by FourWinds. I would highly recommend them for your future trip and performance needs.
--Luke Forshey, Choir Director
East Pennsboro Area Middle School, Day Trip to D.C., May 2018