Short-Term Travel Courses

Would you like to have the opportunity to study and travel with a professor? Then consider participating in a short term travel course.

Short Term Travel courses are organized by a faculty member at a university who leads a group of students abroad. The travel study courses are offered as winter break, spring break or May term courses. Some are also offered as summer session courses. Many faculty open their courses to students from other universities.


UMF Short-Term Travel Courses

UMF Short Term Travel courses are considered regular UMF courses. They qualify for financial aid. The grades are included in the student’s cumulative GPA at UMF.

  • WINTER TERM 2016
    • Japan Travel Course: Kyoto and Tokyo (ART 277A/INS XXX) For more information please contact Sarah Maline 778-7321
      This travel course to Kyoto and Tokyo focuses on the connections and contrasts between historical and contemporary art and culture. In Kyoto, we will explore the history, art, and architecture of traditional Japan–the shrines, temples (including the moss temple Saiho-ji), gardens, paintings and sculpture in their contemporary urban environment, including the Kyoto Manga Museum and the 20th-century Otagi Nenbutsuji. After a visit to Nara to visit the great Buddha at Todaiji (and to feed the sacred deer), we will take the bullet train to Tokyo (great view of Mt Fuji on the way!), where we will explore Akihabara, Ikebukuro, the Ghibli Museum and the Asakusa  shitamachi (downtown of old Edo) as well as see a stunning kabuki play.  
  • MAY TERM 2016
    • Cultural History of Spain (HTY 277s) For more information please contact Dr. Wolf 778-7715
      This course focuses on the cultural artifacts of Spain (mostly art and architecture) in their historical and social context, with an emphasis on the history of southern and central Spain from the Roman period through about the 17th century, although there will be some treatment of more recent history and of modern culture as well. This takes us through the especially fascinating medieval period in Spain, in which the peninsula was host to Christian, Jewish, and Muslim populations, as well as the age of empire. The class visits the cities of Granada, Cordoba, Sevilla, Madrid, Toledo, Segovia, and possibly an additional city as a day-trip from Madrid. Included in our itinerary are Roman ruins, the famous Alhambra and Great Mosque at Cordoba, the Prado Museum, Romanesque churches and Gothic cathedrals, synagogues, and plenty of labyrinthine medieval streets (bring good walking shoes!). Students do some assignments prior to the trip, keep a journal during the trip, and submit a research paper based on a cultural artifact that they saw in Spain later in the summer.


    • Newfoundland Travel Course: Encounters Across the Atlantic (INT/ANT/GEY 277N)
      The Island of Newfoundland, stretching from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the Grand Banks, hosts one of the best-exposed, well-studied, historically significant geologic cross sections on Earth. Gros Morne National Park in western Newfoundland was selected to be a World Heritage Site for this reason. During this 3-week field course, students examine evidence for the diverse range of processes that have shaped our planet. En route, they experience Newfoundland’s spectacular landscape of rocky shorelines, icebergs, mountains, tundra, and culture renowned for its music and fun-loving people. In addition, this trip will for the first time examine the archaeological past of the island and consider the layered migrations of the region including: the earliest Paleoindian populations, Viking mariners and modern European colonists. Students will visit the only known Viking colony in North America at L’Anse au Meadows; Red Bay, the “Dallas of the 1500s,” which was a Basque whaling colony; as well as the archaic site of Port au Choix, with burial sites over 4000 years old, some of the best preserved ever found.  For more information please contact Dr. Reusch or Dr. Luke Kellett


    • Travel to Tanzania: Ecotourism and Environmental Activism (POS 277s/INS 280) For more information please contact Prof. Linda Beck
      This course offers an exceptional opportunity to explore the dynamic relationship between people, wildlife, and the environment in one of the world’s most spectacular natural settings: Northern Tanzania. Whether hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, exploring the Cradle of Man in the Ngorongoro Crater, or going on safari in the Serengeti plain, this region has an abundance of destinations for ecotourism that we will experience first hand. The course will focus on the collaborative efforts of local communities, environmental activists, tourism operators, and international conservation organizations to protect this fragile ecosystem while providing economic opportunities and cultural survival for ethnic groups such as the Maasai pastoralists and Hadzabe hunter-gathers.


    • Tropical Island Ecology (INT221/BIO321/ENV321) For more information please contact Prof. Ron Butler or Prof. Nancy Prentiss
      Tropical Island Ecology (INT221) is an interdisciplinary science course and fulfills a Gen Ed Science requirement regardless of any other science courses your students have already taken (i.e., BIO, GEY, PHY, CHY). The course treats islands as dynamic terrestrial-marine systems and includes elements of history, geography, geology, climate, weather, oceanography, terrestrial ecology, and marine ecology. Students learn to collect data while snorkeling, and they participate in an ongoing survey of coral reef fish diversity in the Virgin Islands National Park. This course is cross-listed as a BIO 321/ENV 321 course, so we always have an interesting mix of science and community health, rehab, history, psychology, English, education majors, etc. (science majors have different course requirements to fulfill than do non-majors).

Other University of Maine System Travel Study Courses

The following University of Maine System Campuses also offer Travel Study Courses. They are considered transfer courses and grades are not included in the student’s UMF cumulative GPA. They qualify for financial aid.

University of Maine Travel Study Courses
University of Southern Maine Travel Study Courses