There are three third-party program hosts that the college primarily works with: ISA, USAC, Semester at Sea. These are independent student opportunities, but offer a variety of locations and studies to choose from. Between these providers, you can practically study anywhere and anything in the world.
The College of Idaho has direct billing agreements with these providers, allowing you to have your financial aid awards to be considered in the payment of these programs. At the beginning of your application process you will meet with our Financial Aid department to discuss your available options for payment and to explain the transaction.
Please come visit the Center for Experiential Learning Office to discuss your options.
Student Travel Awards
Students who participate in faculty-led study away courses may be eligible for a modest stipend supporting travel costs. These awards are based on a student's financial need, prior study abroad experience, class standing, and other factors. To apply for a travel award, students should contact the faculty member(s) leading the course.
A generous grant to the College provides special assistance to students participating in study away courses led by History Department faculty. More grant opportunities exist by visiting our Institutional Scholarships page and clicking on "High Impact Experience Grants."
BUS 356: Exploring Business in New York City
Faculty Leaders: Rick Goodwin ([email protected]) and John Danielson ([email protected]) (Marilyn Melchiorre is also traveling with the group)
No pre-reqs/ Open to all students
Preference for those who completed BUS 100
Reading the Mountains: Scotland Study Abroad
Faculty leaders: Scott Knickerbocker ([email protected]) and Jaime Goode ([email protected])
Pre-reqs: FYS 101 and ENV 389/ Open to all students.
Application due: Fall 2019
This three-week May/June course is an interdisciplinary study of Scotland's mountains through the lenses of natural history, geology, literature, and creative nonfiction writing. Most of the course will be spent in remote villages and involve rigorous hiking in the mountains. The course is open to all majors, although Environmental Studies majors/minors are encouraged to apply.
Winter Wilderness Experience
Faculty leaders: Scott Knickerbocker ([email protected]) and Megan Dixon ([email protected])
Pre-reqs: FYS 101 and IND 305.1 (fall prep course)/ Open to all students
Application due spring term 2020
The Winter Wilderness Experience (WWE), an off-campus program based in the Sawtooth Mountains of Stanley, Idaho, is a team-taught, interdisciplinary, place-based, and experiential examination of environmental issues. WWE focuses on public land policy, cultural geography, creative writing, winter ecology, wilderness studies (literary, historical, and philosophical), and backcountry skiing. Students take a 2-credit preparatory course during the Fall term before the 4-credit Winter course. Three credits from WWE are equivalent to the ENV-200: Nature and Culture. As determined by the instructors in consultation with each student, the remaining 3 credits of WWE can apply to either the Creative Writing or Social Science electives within the Environmental Studies major.
Coastal Marine Ecology Winter 2021 (Florida)
Faculty leaders: Chris Walser ([email protected])
Pre-reqs: BIO 203 with BIO 203L/ Open to ES majors and BIO majors
Spanish for Healthcare Professionals
Faculty leader: Jennie Daniels ([email protected])
Pre-req: SPA-101 or equivalent proficiency/ Open to all students
On-campus prep course followed by nine to 11 days of travel
Join World Languages on a study away in Guayaquil, Ecuador! Spanish for Healthcare Professionals is a course that helps to prepare students for working in linguistically and culturally diverse settings. Students will meet with healthcare professionals in the Treasure Valley and Guayaquil, Ecuador to learn about providing healthcare in diverse settings, including rural, urban, and historically disadvantaged communities. In addition, students will build medically-related Spanish vocabulary and practice using the language in a variety of authentic settings (clinics, educational facilities, home visits, and more). Beginning to heritage and native Spanish speakers welcome.
Thailand: Sacred Symbols and Environmental Politics
Faculty Leaders: Rob Dayley ([email protected]) and Alice Vinson ([email protected])
Course: ASN 302.2 SE Asia: Traditions and Transitions (4 credits)
Prereq: ASN 302.1 SE Asia: Traditions and Transitions, offered Fall 2020 (2 credits)
Open to all majors
Cost: ~$3,500 (first payment of $1,500 due by May 8, 2020)
Course: This off-campus course examines how nature, belief, ethnicity, markets, and power form a dynamic environmental politics in Thailand. Drawing on political ecology, ethnic studies, and political economy, and the study of art, symbols, and popular Buddhism, students engage the liberal arts through course activities and 15 days in the field (i.e. fast-paced, backpacker-style travel). Course assignments require students to uncover evidence of Thailand’s environmental politics, identify related symbolic representations, and grapple with practical policy dilemmas facing communities and leaders. The ultimate product of the experience will be student-produced digital portfolios that combine written and visual elements.
Location: The “Golden Triangle” border region of Northern Thailand—historically home to sacred mountains, river gods, cave monks, and reverenced wildlife—suffers tremendous pressures due to modern markets, state encroachment, and Mekong River trade with China. The city of Chiang Mai serves as our central hub to access research sites including sacred mountains, caves, forests, Buddhist temples, elephant sanctuaries, upland “hill tribe” villages, mono-crop plantations, border markets, museums, and NGOs. This is not a “stop and gawk” type of study tour. We get around by foot, tuk-tuk, public trucks, local buses, mini-van, and boat (no tour buses!). Accommodations range from boutique hotels and guesthouses to dorm bunks in an eco-forest.
Social Entrepreneurship Travel Abroad: Europe (Singapore)
Faculty leaders: Allen Traylor and Marilyn Melchiorre ([email protected])
Course cap 12
No pre-req/ Open to all students with preference for those who completed BUS 100
London: Art, History, and Literature
Faculty Leaders: Steve Maughan ([email protected]) and Sue Schaper ([email protected])
Pre-req: IND 307.01 (May Term 2021)/ Open to all majors
An interdisciplinary study of the art, history, and literature of London. During our stay in London, we will explore this complex and exciting contemporary world city, considering the role historical and cultural forces have played in shaping London. Using writers and artists from the last three hundred years as our guides, we will explore London’s museums, art galleries, literary haunts, cathedrals, theatres, and historic neighborhoods. We may take daytrips to Oxford or Cambridge.
We have a busy schedule, but there is always time for you to explore the city on your own or in the company of your traveling companions, convening at day’s end in historic and picturesque pubs to share your experiences. For approximately one week during our stay, you will leave London on a side trip to destinations of your own choosing. Those on past trips have traveled to Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, and Denmark.
Mapping the Maya World
Faculty Leader: Mee-Ae Kim ([email protected])
Course Cap: 14
Pre-reqs: HIS 399: Digital History (1 credit) and HIS 385: Conquest and Encounters (3 credits)/ Open to all majors
This course explores the historic and contemporary Mayan societies of the Yucatan peninsula and Chiapas in Mexico. We will visit multiple Mayan ruins, including Becan, Calakmul, Palenque, Uxmal, and Yaxchitlan, and explore colonial cities such as Campeche, Izamal, and Mérida. We will also spend time visiting several Mayan-majority towns and communities to explore the question of what it means to be Maya today. As a digital history course, students will contribute images, videos, essays to the Mapping Mexico project.