ALL TRAVEL COURSES FOR 2022 ARE TENTATIVE UNTIL THE CURRENT UMS TRAVEL BAN IS LIFTED IN LIGHT OF THE COVID PANDEMIC. COURSES WILL BE REVIEWED IN SEPTEMBER 2021 AT WHICH TIME COURSE FEES WILL BE FINALIZED AND THE GLOBAL EDUCATION FUND SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION WILL BE HELD. 

Winter Term: Arizona

Spring Break: Costa Rica

May Term:

  Croatia   England & Scotland

Iceland    Italy    Nepal   New England


Arizona

GEO 277S Living in the Desert: Adaptations to a Difficult Climate

Faculty: Jesse Minor – jesse.minor@maine.edu

Travel Dates: January 2022

Desert environments pose a series of challenges to the organisms that inhabit them. Low annual precipitation rates and lengthy dry periods require water-conservation strategies. High temperatures and large daily swings in temperature from daytime to nighttime necessitate tactics for conserving energy. In this class, we will examine strategies employed by people, plants, and animals for surviving and thriving in the challenging environment of the desert. Readings and site visits will cover topics from social and biological perspectives such as Living Like a Cactus (water management and storage), Surviving the Sun (housing design, active and passive solar energy, managing evapotranspiration), Making Livable Communities (walkability and bike infrastructure, creative zoning, recreational amenities, using microclimates), and Creating a Desert Ethic (restoring river flows, creative ways of living with the desert).

Costs:

Course Fee: $1,900

Additional Expenses: $200

Total Estimated Costs: $2100 + Tuition (4 credits)

Costs include airfare.


ENV 130N/BIO 130N/ENG 130 Tropical Nature: Exploring Costa Rica

Faculty: Jeff Thomson, Drew Barton – jeffrey.thomson@maine.edu, barton@maine.edu

Travel Dates: March 10-22, 2022

For two weeks, we will explore the astonishing diversity of many of Costa Rica’s ecosystems, including rain forests, cloud forests, mangrove swamps, and beach ecosystems. The course will emphasize natural history, field studies of ecological patterns, tropical conservation, and reflecting on and writing about your experiences.

Costs:

Course Fee: $300

Additional Expenses: $0

Total Costs: $3000 + Tuition (2-4 credits)

Costs include airfare. Pending international travel approval from UMS.


BUS 277/INS 280 Tourism Industry in Croatia

Faculty: Waleck Dalpour – dalpour@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May 2022

This course offers an exceptional opportunity to explore sustainable tourism practices and environmental observations in one of Europe’s premier tourist destinations: Croatia. Tourism is a major industry in Croatia. In 2018, Croatia had 19.7 million tourist visitors who made 110.275 million overnight stays. The history of tourism in Croatia dates back to the middle of the 19th century in the period around 1850. It has been developing successfully ever since. Today, Croatia is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Mediterranean. Tourism in Croatia is concentrated in the areas along the Adriatic coast and is strongly seasonal, peaking in July and August. 

Costs:

Course Fee: $2965

Additional Expenses: $345

Total Cost: $3310 + Tuition (2-4 credits)

Course fee includes airfare. Pending international travel approval from UMS.


ENG 277H, EDU 377 Teaching Shakespeare’s Britain

Faculty: Eric Brown and Leigh Ann Fish –  brown.eric@maine.edu, leighann.fish@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May 2022

Explore the backdrop of Shakespeare’s plays, the relationship between text and performance, and the place of Shakespeare today in the classroom and in the popular imagination. We’ll attend several performances and take a walking tour of Shakespeare’s London, as well as visit the Globe Theatre, Shakespeare’s birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Cawdor Castle, and more!

Costs:

Course Fee: $3300

Additional Expenses: $420

Total Costs: $3720 +Tuition (4 Credits)

Costs include airfare. Pending international travel approval from UMS.


BIO 177N/EVN177N Aquatic Ecosystems of Iceland

Faculty: Julia Daly & Rachel Hovel – dalyj@maine.edu, rachel.hovel@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May 2022

This course will travel to Iceland to explore Atlantic salmon-bearing rivers on the west coast and newly de-glaciated rivers and landscapes of the south coast. We will focus on field observations of geology and ecology; students will collect data in streams and rivers to understand the watershed processes that influence biological communities in aquatic ecosystems. Other themes of the course will include climate change, Iceland’s volcanic history, and comparison to Maine’s North Atlantic ecosystem.

Costs:

Course Fee: $3050

Additional Expenses: $75

Total Costs: $3125 + Tuition (2-4 credits)

Costs include airfare. Pending international travel approval from UMS. 


POS 262S Italian Political History/MUH 280A Music and Sound In Italy/, ARH 277A, ENG 277H, INS 280

Faculty: Scott Erb, Steven Pane, Luann Yetter, Sarah Maline – scott.erb@maine.edu, pane@maine.edu, luann.yetter@maine.edu, maline@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May 2022

POS 262S – This course explores the development of Italian politics from the renaissance to the present, with an emphasis on Italian contributions to political theory, as well as regional variations in Italy’s political evolution. This is a travel course which includes an educational trip to Italy, and explores the interplay between culture and politics.

MUH 280A – A travel course engaging the sonic record of Italian history from Gregorian chant to today’s music. Considered in an interdisciplinary context, the course finds connections music and sound makes with other fields such as art, literature, political science, etc. The course includes a formal academic paper written in multiple drafts due three weeks after returning home. Students should bring some type of listening device to download assigned music prior to the trip.

Costs:

Course Fee: $2550

Additional Expenses: $450

Total Costs: $3000 + Tuition (2-4 credits)

Costs include airfare. Pending international travel approval from UMS.


GEO 277: Environmental Stewardship and Healthy Communities in the Himalaya of Nepal

Faculty: Brad Dearden – brad.dearden@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May 2022

This course examines conditions of health, environment, and gender in the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal. Students in this course will explore environmental issues that communities face, and work to identify potential solutions. They will also examine public health needs and priorities that exist in these rural mountain environments. Students will visit Nepali villages to observe and discuss environmental challenges, see how gender affects family welfare, and conduct hands-on exercises. They will also trek through stunning alpine landscapes in the Annapurna region. Students will also visit cultural heritage sites in Kathmandu.

Costs:

Course Fee: $3070

Additional Expenses: $530

Total Costs: $3600 + Tuition (4 credits)

Course fee includes airfare. Pending international travel approval from UMS.


GEO 277S Sustainable Solutions Coastal New England

Faculty: Jesse Minor, Matt McCourt – jesse.minor@maine.edu, matthew.mccourt@maine.edu

Travel Dates: May 2022

This field course provides a hands-on experience with sustainability solutions in Boston, Casco Bay, midcoast Maine, and Acadia National Park. We learn from, and work alongside, entrepreneurs, government officials, and community groups who are tackling urgent sustainability problems in diverse urban and rural contexts. Topics include: ecotourism, transportation alternatives, working waterfront, local and sustainable agriculture, green infrastructure, land and resource conservation, coastal erosion, aquaculture and sustainable economic development.

Estimated Costs:

Course Fee: $780

Additional Expenses: $0

Total Estimated Costs: $780 + Tuition (4 credits)

Course fees and tuition will be finalized in September 2021.