Why Choose A Travel Study Course?
Travel Study courses are an excellent option for virtually all students. Since most Travel Study courses are offered during winter, spring, and summer breaks, they don’t interfere with your regular semester schedule. These are UVM courses taught by UVM faculty for UVM credit. They offer a short, structured study abroad experience that is great for both those new to study abroad as well as those who may not have the time to dedicate to a longer term study abroad experience. Many students go on to pursue other longer term study abroad options or other Travel Study courses. Many Travel Study courses are also open to first–year students. Travel Study courses offer:
- an utterly unique experience
- an opportunity to test and apply textbook concepts against real world conditions
- expanded access to information
- a chance to see places that you might never have an opportunity to see
- a deeper learning experience and an intense, learning–oriented study abroad experience
Who Can Participate in Travel Study Courses?
All students are eligible to participate in Travel Study courses. However, certain courses may be more appropriate for certain majors and degree requirements. In rare cases, other restrictions may apply. Final right of permission resides with the faculty director responsible for the course.
How to Get More Information on Travel Study Course Offerings
You can find out about Travel Study offerings in a variety of ways. Please click here to browse travel study options by destination, term or topic. Faculty directors organizing courses abroad will also promote their courses within the department and across campus. Once you find a course of interest, you should contact the faculty director responsible for the course to get further information regarding prerequisites, course expectations, fees, and the registration process.
The Application and Registration Process
It is advisable not to delay as deadlines apply and courses may fill up quickly. First, read the Travel Study Payment Policy and visit the travel webpages to review important detail and to apply. If you have specific questions regarding the program, please contact the instructor directly. The instructor will review each applicant individually.
We strongly advise that you discuss with the instructor your interest in this program. Be aware that there are financial implications upon submission of your application. If the instructor notifies CDE that you have been “admitted”, your UVM student account will automatically be charged the $500 non-refundable deposit. By selecting the “apply now” button via the short programs travel web link you are indicating your commitment to participate and pay the non-refundable deposit. The instructor must issue an override to each student on the roster. Students who have not followed the guidelines of the travel study application process will not be provided an override. You can view the registration schedule here.
As part of the acceptance to the program, you will also be asked to complete iAbroad forms for health, travel, and safety.
If you are not a student at the University of Vermont, but are interested in participating in a travel study program, please contact the lead instructor for permission. You will need to complete a pre-registration form before submitting an application.
Immunizations and Health Issues
Travel to some destinations may require immunizations or other measures. You should consult the Center for Disease Control and the UVM Travel Clinic or another health care professional to talk about the requirements and recommendations for the country to which you are traveling well before your departure. The UVM Travel Clinic recommends you make an initial appointment at least six weeks prior to departure.
The course leader will provide a pre–departure orientation. This orientation should cover the following topics and should leave you feeling well–prepared for your departure:
- Student responsibility
- Safety and Security
- Destination country laws, and local conditions, customs, cultural and culinary differences
- Trip itinerary and what to bring
- UVM Code of Conduct & discipline
- Visa requirements, if applicable
- Health & Travel Clinic–immunizations and other travel health concerns
Before leaving for your class there are several steps you should complete:
- Register for the course online
- Complete iAbroad forms as directed
- Get passport and visa (if applicable)
- Pay tuition, program fee, and airfare
- Purchase trip cancellation insurance
- Visit Travel & Health Clinic for immunization and travel health counseling
- Culture Gram relating social, political, economic and cultural facts about your destination
Health Insurance: You must provide proof of a valid health insurance policy that covers you abroad in order to participate in Travel Study courses.
Copy of Passport: You must supply a copy of your passport before your departure as part of your iAbroad forms.