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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 2017
    • Tropical Nature: Exploring Costa Rica (BIO 277 / ENG 277)
      Jan 2-15, 2017
      For two weeks, we will explore the astonishing diversity of many of Costa Rica’s ecosystems, including rain forests, cloud forests, mangrove swamps, and beach ecosystems. The course will emphasize natural history, field studies of ecological patterns, tropical conservation, and reflecting on and writing about your experiences. Co-led by Professors Drew Barton and Jeff Thompson.
      Contact: Professor Jeff Thompson,


    • Japan: Kyoto and Tokyo (ARH 277A)
      This travel course focuses on the connections and contrasts between historical and contemporary Japan. From ancient temples like Todaiji in Nara to the Studio Ghibli Museum, we will study patterns in Japanese culture through its arts and architecture. To be included on the class information list or to ask questions please email Sarah Maline. Co-led by Professors Sarah Maline and Char Moffit.
      Contact: Sarah Maline, 778-1062
    • Ireland – Scotland (GEY 277)
      May 2017
      This field trip examines the spectacular geology of Ireland and Scotland, utilizes the principles of field mapping to elucidate geologic history, and investigates the relationship between geology and landscape. We will visit many classic localities of British and Irish geology that were instrumental in the development of geological theories throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. The main objectives of the field trip are i) to examine a variety of rocks and minerals, rock structures and surficial landforms in the field, ii) to make and record field observations and measurements, and iii) to synthesize observations and interpretations in the form of geologic maps and supporting materials. The trip culminates with a 5-day field mapping project on the Isle of Skye.
      Contact: David Gibson,


    • Ecotourism & Environmental Activism in Cyprus (INS 277, POS 277, BUS 277)
      May 2017
      This course offers an exceptional opportunity to explore sustainable tourism practices and environmental activism in one of Europe’s premier tourist destinations: Cyprus. Whether sunbathing on Ayia Napa’s premier beaches, skiing on Mt Olympos, or walking among the ancient ruins of Kourion, this country 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, government agencies and international conservation organizations to protect Cyprus’ fragile ecosystem while providing business and economic opportunities and cultural survival for the local Cypriot population.
      Contact Profs. Linda Beck (Linda.Beck@Maine.Edu) or Waleck Dalpour (Dalpour@Maine.Edu).


    • Andean Explorations: Past & Present (ANT 277S)
      May 2017
      This travel course seeks to expose students from a wide range of disciplines to the unique archaeology and anthropology of the Peruvian Andes. This course will offer a comprehensive look at Andean culture from prehistoric to modern times.
      Contact: Dr. Nicole Kellett ( or Dr. Lucas Kellett (

      • Visit ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu
      • Visit indigenous communities
      • See the bustling capital city of Lima
      • Explore the ancient capital of Cusco
      • Explore the Amazon
      • See local markets


    • Italian Political History (POS262s)
      May 2017
      This travel courses explores the linkages between culture and politics in Italian history. Students explore how art history, music history, literature and political history connect, offering a true interdisciplinary experience.
      Contact: Prof. Scott Erb (


    • Tropical Island Ecology (INT221/BIO321/ENV321) 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).
      Contact: Prof. Ron Butler or Prof. Nancy Prentiss

    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