UT Travel Courses Abroad

One of the best—and easiest—ways you can internationalize your education at The University of Tampa is by taking one of the University’s travel courses. Here’s how it works. Enroll in an on-campus course with a travel component. After the on-campus portion or during spring break, you and your classmates take off, all while earning UT academic credit. Each course’s travel component may last from seven days to four weeks and options vary slightly each year.

Where to begin

Visit the Office of International Programs to discuss these program opportunities with an education abroad advisor. Specifically, students may contact Katherine Pazda or Clara Ohannes. Student walk-in hours are held in Plant Hall 304 and 306; as dates and times may vary due to office events, please consult the current calendar here. All other times are by appointment.

How to apply

The application deadline for spring semester travel courses is Nov. 15. Please note that once courses reach full enrollment they will be closed. Students must first apply online through the Spartans Abroad Program Portal. Please note that instructor permission is required for all travel courses.

Application Timeline

  • Sept. 18, 2014: Fall Education Abroad Fair
  • Nov. 1, 2014: Last day to apply for spring break travel courses (online application and $500 deposit due)
  • Nov. 15, 2014: Last day to apply for spring travel courses (online application and $500 deposit due)
  • Nov. 15, 2014: Final payment due for spring break travel courses
  • Dec. 1, 2014: Last day for $500 deposit refund
  • Jan. 29, 2015: Spring Education Abroad Fair
  • Feb. 1, 2015: Final payment due for spring travel courses
  • April 21-22, 2015: Mandatory pre-departure sessions

UT Travel Course Offerings

Fall travel courses are taught during fall semester or winter intersession. The travel component for these courses takes place during winter intersession. Spring break travel courses are taught in spring semester and the travel component takes place during spring break. Spring travel courses are taught in spring semester and travel soon after the semester concludes. *All program information is subject to change.

Note: Graduating seniors may enroll in a spring travel course; however, degrees and diplomas will be delayed until the end of the semester during which the grade is submitted, usually the August degree conferral date. Please contact International Programs for more information about travel courses and graduation.

Design and New Media (4)

ART H 295

This unique travel course integrates a contemporary design and new media seminar with a workshop component. It provides the opportunity for in-depth discussion and inquiry into design and new media production in relation to a variety of theoretical, cultural and historical topics. During the abroad component, students will visit sites such as the Bauhaus, Ars Electronica, Mozart's opera house, ZKM and other relevant museums, institutions and studios related to the course's scope located in Berlin, Dessau, Linz, Vienna and Zurich. The locations and organizations are selected for being the cradle of contemporary media and provide a window into the future of design and new technologies. Class discussions, readings and research will focus on designers, studios and exhibitions that will be visited during the abroad portion. Students will respond to their experiences in a workshop component with social media tools, individual blogs and personal research in digital format related to topics covered in class.

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African Visual Art Form (4)

ART H 399

The dual goals of this course are to explore the creation of art in Ghana and to understand the commonality and diversity of human social existence. African art will be examined and elements identified including history, culture, symbolism, iconography and sculptural form.

Accra is the capital city of Ghana. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture through a home stay. They will also visit accomplished coffin craftsmen, experience studio time with the customary African techniques of bronze and brass metal casting, take part in relief printmaking and bead making, and observe pottery and basketry. To embrace the African immersion, students will create and complete a community capstone project while in Africa. They will develop a program or skill needed for the people of Bolgatang or Sirigu and give back to the community.

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Tropical Biology and Conservation (4)

BIO H 205

This course is intended for students interested in the natural history, biology and ecology of the tropics, the most biologically diverse region of the world. Students will study evolutionary, ecological and other biological principles of tropical ecosystems and the natural history of the organisms that live there. We will examine conservation programs, sustainable development practices and the widespread impact of this region of the globe. The course culminates in a two-week long experience in Costa Rica where students will visit lowland tropical rain forests, high elevation tropical cloud forests, coastal ecosystems, primary and secondary forests, and more. In the field, students will participate in ongoing research programs designed to illustrate the possibilities of careers working in the tropics over a broad range of possible specialties ranging from working in tropical biodiversity, evolution and sustainability to such diverse topics as agriculture and medicine. Pre-requisites include the biology lower core and permission of the instructor.

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Introduction to Global Business (4)

BUS 101

This course emphasizes global competitiveness by introducing students to the way companies operate and to how they compete with other companies. In addition, students learn about the importance of leadership, ethical behavior and corporate responsibility in becoming successful and sustaining that success. The course examines each of the functional areas in businesses and how they work together to produce the goods and provide the services customers demand. Unlike other sections of BUS 101, this section will supplement classroom meetings with travel to London and Paris during spring break. During the travel component, we will visit with companies and attend lectures on topics covered in the course.

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Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (4)

CRM 247

This course will focus on comparative criminal justice systems and human rights. Students will examine the three subcomponents (law enforcement, courts and corrections) of the criminal justice systems of each country and the role of human rights and crimes against humanity via readings, lectures provided by various faculty and visits to agencies.

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UT in Paris (4)

FRE 271/371

Students will study the history of France and its people by examining the development of Paris throughout the centuries. The city will be presented in a chronological fashion, through the study of its monuments and lesser-known landmarks, including archeological remains that Parisians walk by everyday without noticing. These monuments and landmarks will be discussed in class and then visited in Paris. Emphasis will be placed on how Parisians interact with their history every day, framing their mindset in the process. Students will be able to experience these interactions in Paris and therefore better comprehend the French way of life. This course is conducted entirely in French; students must have completed FRE 102 or 105 or demonstrate equivalent skills.

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Cuba and the U.S. (4)

GWA 353


This course will introduce student to the developments, past and present, that define Cuba-U.S. relations. The course will have a strong emphasis on the historical importance of Jose Marti, Cuba’s most prominent political and literary writer. Special attention will be given to Marti’s writings while in exile to the U.S., with a special focus on his visits to the Tampa area. The period of the republic will reveal the great extent to which the Cuban political economy was tied to the interests of its neighbor to the north. Students will learn about the conditions that led to Castro’s revolutionary movement and the deterioration of the relationship between the two countries that culminated in the U.S. embargo. Students will study how the animosity intensified during the Cold War and post-Cold War periods, and consider how the relationship will evolve when the Castro years come to an end. VIDEO

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Development Strategies

GWA H 492

Ghana is called "Africa for beginners" because of its peaceful history, English-speaking population and traveler-friendly infrastructure. It is a destination popular to those simply curious about Africa and those who want to spend years abroad as a volunteer, aid worker, businessperson or Foreign Service officer. On our trip we visit the bustling capital of Accra where you will homestay with families along the coast. We visit Kumasi where you'll visit a king's palace and go on a scavenger hunt in the central market, and Tamale where you will visit elephants in a nearby forest reserve. The highlight of our trip is the week spent in rural farming communities of Nabdam. Here students attune themselves to the daily rhythms of village life while implementing student and community-designed service projects. Your life will be changed as you learn about the struggles of the world's poor and how to responsibly help your fellow man.

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World History from 1500 to Present

HIS H 103

This travel section of "World History Since 1500" explores the history of Morocco in parallel with study of global history from the 16th through 20th centuries. The course culminates in a12-day trip to the southern Moroccan cities of Marrakech, Essaouira, Taroudant and Agadir. By immersing ourselves in the history and culture of this Arabic- and Berber-speaking, predominately Muslim country in northwest Africa, we will gain a better understanding of what happens when Islam meets the West, when heritage meets modernity and when globalization meets ethnic identity. From the sixteenth-century palace of the once-great Sultan of Marrakech, Ahmed the Victorious, to the Portuguese ramparts of early European imperialism in Essaouria, to the beach resorts of Agadir and the Jewish holy shrine of David Ben Barouk Cohen in Taroudant, today's Morocco will become our window into the past, and Morocco will become a case study in major themes in world history.

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UT in Lisbon

LAN H 271

In this Portuguese homestay, students will have the opportunity to learn the language and experience the culture of both modern and medieval Portugal. Students will live with families in Lisbon, take intense Portuguese conversation classes and participate in excursions to UNESCO heritage cities of Porto and Évora. Students will visit Parliament, non-governmental organizations, artisans, universities, attend soccer games and surf lessons to experience Lisbon life first hand. Emphasis will be on interaction with the Portuguese language and culture.

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Transcultural Health Care in Latin America (3) (IG)

NUR 392

This course allows nursing and public health students to study and travel to the Monteverde Institute in Costa Rica to apply community health promotion and disease prevention concepts in a transcultural environment. In addition, the travel component of the course includes guided tours covering the culture and history of the country. As a community health practicum, the service learning component includes patient care, health promotion, disease prevention and community education activities.

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European Sport Management (4)

SPM 399

Sport serves as a global language bridging many cultural and political barriers. As an industry, sport accounts for two percent of the worldwide economy. This course examines strategic, operational, cultural and technological factors to prepare future business leaders for success in the competitive sports marketplace. This course will be available to sport management and international business students. Participating students will visit three countries – Ireland, England and France. The itinerary will provide the opportunity to meet key figures of the European Sport Business Model, to visit major sporting venues and to observe events.

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