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Why combine travel and academics? It is often assumed that travel in itself is a learning experience. On the contrary, many young Americans travel through Europe but fail to reflect, integrate and act on the valuable lessons that can be gained from the experience.
In order to deepen the knowledge that one may acquire while traveling, academic “Road Work” is incorporated into the SHC Italy Center curriculum. The academic travel trips are led by Spring Hill College Italy faculty members and take students to destinations in Italy and across the broader Mediterranean region. Faculty are asked to design their courses in order to connect the classroom lessons with the travel programs. In keeping with the Spring Hill College goal of helping our students to become global thinkers, learners and collaborators, the Italy Center curriculum strives to offer a campus without walls.
Each fall semester begins with an opening tour to the Balkans region (Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina) and each spring semester starts with a brief trip to the Swiss Alps with the main tour to North Africa happening at the end of the semester.
Along with the opening/closing tours, we offer 2-3 additional travel opportunities each semester. The destinations of these trips vary each semester as we try to include locations with current event issues in which we can engage our students with–remember: we always travel with a purpose. Some of the locations we have visited or plan to visit are listed below:
Social Justice Trips
Bosnia and Croatia