UT Travel Courses

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 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Plant Hall 304 and 306. 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.

ART NOW European Travel Seminar (4)

ART H 399

This unique travel course combines studio art and a contemporary art seminar component. It provides the opportunity for in-depth discussion and inquiry into contemporary art production in relation to a variety of theoretical, cultural and historical topics. During travel, students will visit galleries, museums and historical sites in London, Amsterdam, Venice, Rome and Florence. Each of these cities is an artistic and cultural center and home to an extensive selection of galleries and museums. The seminar portion of the course will work toward developing a big picture of the contemporary art world by looking at exciting work being produced today in the context of recent art theory and criticism to put these works into a theoretical perspective. We will base much of our discussions, reading and analysis on artists and exhibitions that we can see during travel. Students will respond to their experiences in the studio component with critical writing and creative production in any media.

INSTRUCTOR:      Chris Valle, Associate Professor
WHERE:                 England, Netherlands, Italy
WHEN:                   Course meets spring semester and travels May 11-26, 2014
COST:                     $5,784, not including the cost of tuition (inclusive of most costs, excluding beverages and lunches)

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Tropical Biology and Conservation

BIO H 205

This course is intended for students interested in the natural history, biology and ecology of the tropics, the most biologically diverse regions of the world. Students will study evolutionary, biological and ecological 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 Queensland, Australia, where students will visit pristine World Heritage ranked tropical rain forests, aboriginal villages, coastal ecosystems, and snorkel or SCUBA dive on the Great Barrier Reef. In the field, students will not only literally immerse themselves in tropical ecosystems, they will directly observe tropical species of ecological and economic importance, and will gain insight into career opportunities in tropical conservation, sustainable agriculture and even medicine. Pre-requisites include the Biology Lower Core and permission of the instructor. Open to non-Honors students.

INSTRUCTOR:    Todd Campbell, Associate Professor
WHERE:               Australia
WHEN:                 Course meets spring semester and travels May 11-26, 2013
COST:                   TBA, not including the cost of tuition

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Chemistry and Art (1-4) (A)

CHE 165

This is an introductory-level chemistry course. Participants are not required to have previous college coursework in math, physics, biology or chemistry. It is a unique course in that it will satisfy both the physical science and art/aesthetic requirements for graduation. This is a non-lab science course designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn chemistry in a different context – art. The course will include the study of materials used in creating objects of art (e.g. paintings and glass), art preservation and restoration, and nondestructive testing. The course will also explore the effect of environmental pollution on the stability and longevity of objects of art. The influence of materials on aesthetics will also be included. CHE 165 may be taken by science majors as part of their general course requirement for graduation. Class meets on campus two hours a week during the second seven weeks of the Spring 2014 semester. In mid-May, students travel to Italy for about two weeks with visits throughout the country including Rome, Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius, Florence, Pisa, Siena, the Tuscan countryside and Venice.

INSTRUCTOR:     J. Michelle Leslie, Assistant Professor
WHERE:                Italy
WHEN:                  Course meets spring semester (second seven weeks) and travels May 11-25, 2014
COST:                    $5,100, not including the cost of tuition

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Social Justice Communication (4) (IG) (NW)

COM H 212

This course takes students abroad to produce a documentary film about community development in Cuenca, Ecuador. Students will meet with Christopher Boulton once a week during the second half of the spring semester, then travel to Cuenca during the month of June to research and produce a social issue documentary emphasizing visual storytelling. In addition to shooting and editing their films on location, students will have the option of participating in cultural activities ranging from culinary and dance classes, guided visits to museums, shopping in open-air markets, hiking in national parks, exploring archaeological sites and relaxing in hot springs. The course culminates with a public screening of the students’ documentaries for the local community. There are no language or production prerequisites for this course, and its focus on media activism, public policy and social entrepreneurship should interest students majoring in communication, entrepreneurship, government and world affairs, public health and sociology.

INSTRUCTOR:  Christopher Boulton, Assistant Professor
WHERE:             Ecuador
WHEN:               Course meets spring semester (second seven weeks) and travels June 1-29, 2014
COST:                 $4,625, not including the cost of tuition

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*This course is pending UT curriculum approval

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.

INSTRUCTOR:   Susan Brinkley, Associate Professor
WHERE:              Czech Republic and Germany
WHEN:                Course meets spring semester (second seven weeks) and travels May 12-24, 2014
COST:                  $4,225, not including the cost of tuition

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Special Topics in Dance (4)

DAN 330

This course is designed to introduce students to South African culture, specifically traditional and gumboot dancing. It will also expose students to the teaching methods of brain-compatible dance education and how to create/ teach creative movement lesson plans to children in South Africa. This experience will culminate in a community performance collaboration between students and the children of the Happy Feet Youth Project in Cape Town, South Africa. This course does not have pre-requisites. This special topics course counts as humanities credit in the general distribution/Baccalaureate Experience, a dance major/minor elective or general elective credits.

INSTRUCTOR:  Susannah LeMarquand, Assistant Professor
WHERE:             South Africa
WHEN:               Course meets spring semester (second seven weeks) and travels May 11-22, 2014
COST:                 $5,389, not including the cost of tuition

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African Trauma Narratives (4) (A) (IG) (NW)

ENG 233

This course explores African fictional (re)presentations of human-made and deliberately perpetrated traumas and social conflict. It also examines how African trauma narratives assert themselves as postcolonial narratives, writing back to the Center and re-writing received concepts and definitions of trauma. The course includes a required travel component to Freetown--capital city of post-conflict Sierra Leone--either to participate in on-going efforts to sustainable reconciliation and rebuilding, or to undertake a major- or interest-based experiential learning project. Previous student projects, carried out in Ghana, include building a community library, setting up a micro-finance scheme, building a basketball court, constructing an art mural in a junior secondary school classroom, making reusable sanitary pads for pubescent girls and studying the bonding styles of kids at an orphanage. The course is suitable for all majors.

INSTRUCTOR:   Arthur Hollist, Associate Professor
WHERE:              Sierra Leone
WHEN:                Course meets spring semester and travels May 12-26, 2014
COST:                  $4,267, not including the cost of tuition

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Introduction to Hospitality Management (4)

ENT 380


This course provides an overview of the trends and developments in the hospitality industry. The primary segments of the hospitality industry are examined including lodging, restaurants, theme parks, clubs and event management. Students study the fundamental management functions in the hospitality industry. Additionally, for this travel course students will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of ecotourism on a developing country. Students will experience first-hand how sustainable hospitality contributes to ecotourism.

INSTRUCTOR:    Amy Brownlee, Assistant Professor
WHERE:               Costa Rica
WHEN:                 Course meets spring semester(first seven weeks) and travels March 8-15, 2014
COST:                   $2,910, not including the cost of tuition

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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.

INSTRUCTOR:   James Aubry, Assistant Professor
WHERE:              Paris, France
WHEN:                Course meets spring semester (second seven weeks) and travels June 17-July 5, 2014
COST:                  $5,160, not including the cost of tuition

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Revolutionary Cuba (4)

GWA H 265


Cuba has been a cultural and political force in the world over the past century, far exceeding its size and economic power. But to understand Cuban cultural production, it is necessary to study it in the context of the nation’s historical evolution during the 20th century. Cuban nationhood has evolved through a series of traumatic historical events that are at the center of its cultural production. This nationhood has been forged through the confrontation between a deep-rooted, strident nationalism and the practical reality of negotiating autonomy with much larger powers, for which Cuba has been a strategic geo-political and economic interest rather than a sovereign state. Students will read a wide variety of primary text sources from all sides of the Cuban political spectrum, and receive extensive exposure to Cuban art, cinema, documentaries, literature and guest speakers in order to understand the highly complex nature of Cuban society and its relationship to the contemporary global order. Upon completion of the course, faculty and students will travel to Cuba for a 10-day tour of the entire island, beginning in Santiago de Cuba and ending in La Habana. VIDEO

INSTRUCTOR:    James Lopez, Associate Professor; Denis Rey, Assistant Professor
WHERE:               Cuba
WHEN:                 Jan. 7-18, 2014
COST:                   $2,970, not including the cost of tuition

Cuba and the U.S. (4)

GWA 353


This course will introduce student to the developments, past and present, that define Cuba-US 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 US, 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 US 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

INSTRUCTOR:   James Lopez, Associate Professor; Denis Rey, Assistant Professor
WHERE:              Cuba
WHEN:                Course meets May term and travels May 11-25, 2014
COST:                  $3,149, not including the cost of tuition

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*This course is pending UT curriculum approval

Challenges of Doing Business in a Developing Country (4) (IG) (NW)

IBS 492 - Ghana


This course builds on the understanding of each of the functional areas in business by applying these principles in a developing country environment. The course explores the interaction between development and macro global dimensions (economic, political and cultural) in a way that leads to deeper appreciation of the link between theory and real world practice. Doing business in a developing country poses many problems that may not be as prevalent in a developed country. What are ways to raise capital? How can human capital (education, skills, knowledge) be utilized and improved? How does the supply chain work? This will be accomplished through business visits in Accra and Kumasi, Ghana. The process of effective economic development will also be explored, emphasizing the role of business and culminating in a hands-on experiential application of student-designed business plans and micro-finance projects in Bolgatanga, Ghana, with appropriate reflection. Pre-requisite: BUS 101.

INSTRUCTOR:    Joshua Hall, Assistant Professor; Kevin Fridy, Assistant Professor
WHERE:               Ghana
WHEN:                 May term and travels May 11-24, 2014
COST:                   $3,743, not including the cost of tuition

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Seminar in International Business / Learning By Travel - Managing in International Markets (The Netherlands, Germany) (4) (IG)

IBS H 492 - The Netherlands & Germany


This course explores the Netherlands and Germany through a series of readings and discussions, and a required travel component that visits Amsterdam and Berlin. Although this is an international business course, we will also study the history and culture of these two destinations, because they have shaped the modern cities and will continue to influence them in the future. Our course will study historical efforts by the Dutch to gain access to factors of production, and today’s emphasis on sustainability. In addition, we will look at the Dutch tradition of tolerance/permissiveness and how immigration and other factors affect it today. The fall of the Berlin Wall and communism in 1989 created opportunities as well as challenges for the city. Today, Berlin is a vibrant, progressive city that bears the marks of its past division, but it is moving forward economically. We will talk about some of the opportunities in Berlin as well as the challenges Germany as a whole faces.

INSTRUCTOR:    Britt Shirley, professor
WHERE:               The Netherlands and Germany
WHEN:                 Course meets during May Term and travels May 12-26, 2014
COST:                   TBA, not including the cost of May Term tuition

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Learning by Travel: Managing in International Markets

MGT/MKT 692 - Argentina and Chile


This course is designed to give students an opportunity to develop personal familiarity with the global environment and some of the issues faced by global managers operating in Chile and Argentina. Specifically, the contrast between the two extremely different cultures will allow students the opportunity to explore the impact of culture on business.

Beyond the social and cultural dimensions the residency explores, the course will focus on developing an increased understanding of global markets, competition and business opportunities. By providing the group with opportunities to hear directly from Chilean and Argentinian managers and academic authorities, the residency will build on the foundations developed during the MBA program. Course will include visits to Professional Soccer Club of University of Chile, Colliers Prosin (world's third largest commercial real estate organization), Global Logic (International IT company), Peters Distillery (a leading beverage manufacturer), tours of Buenos Aires and Santiago, and a visit to the Andes Mountains for rafting, hiking or horseback riding.

INSTRUCTORS:          Amy Beekman and Hemant Rustogi
WHERE:                       Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina
WHEN:                         Jan. 6-15, 2014*
COST:                           $4,979, not including the cost of tuition

Learning by Travel: Managing in International Markets(4)

MGT 692- China


This travel course is a part of UT-UIBE (University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China) Summer School program. It is designed to promote UT students’ pursuit of knowledge about and understanding of key management issues in a context of an emerging economy. It will provide opportunities for students to compare two very different business environments, explore how the social, cultural, political and economic dimensions might affect business management, and reflect on what they have learned and their understanding of business in the US. It will help students learn how to gain competitive advantage and promote business growth in a global environment. The course will use resources from both universities. Its format will include lectures offered by the UT faculty director and UIBE professors, company visits in two cities (Beijing and Shanghai), and social activities and interactions between UT and UIBE students.

INSTRUCTOR:   Chuanyin Xie, Assistant Professor
WHERE:              China
WHEN:                Course meets during May Term and travels May 12-24, 2014
COST:                  $4,699, not including the cost of tuition

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World Music (4) (A) (IG/NW)

MUS 191

This course is intended for students interested in world music, folk music and the relationship between music, cultural expression and societies around the globe. Students will study the rich traditions of music from outside the Anglo-American pop mainstream, tracing their histories, influences and modern usage, and examine them on recordings, video and in live performances. Students will also explore the complex combinations of social, historical, political, colonial, economical, biographical and artist factors which have shaped different music in various contexts. The course culminates in a two-week long experience in Australia where students will visit a variety of regions and observe and participate in live music performances. No pre-requisites are needed.

INSTRUCTOR:     Kira Omelchenko, Assistant Professor
WHERE:                Australia
WHEN:                  Course meets spring semester (second seven weeks) and travels May 11-25, 2014
COST:                    $5,689, not including the cost of tuition

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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.

INSTRUCTOR:   Tressa Pedroff, Clinical Instructor
WHERE:              Costa Rica
WHEN:                Course meets spring semester (second seen weeks) and travels May 12-21, 2014
COST:                  $2,353, not including the cost of tuition

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European Sport Management (2-4)

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.

INSTRUCTOR:  Ross Bartow, Coordinator/Lecturer in Sport Management
WHERE:             Ireland, England and France
WHEN:               Course meets spring semester (second seven weeks) and travels May 15-26, 2014
COST:                $5,411, not including the cost of tuition

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