Four Travel-Study Abroad Courses for Spring 2016 Enrolling Students Now

September 09, 2015

Saint Leo University wants all students to become engaged global citizens, and offers many opportunities to help students gain exposure to international settings and experiences. One way is through travel-study courses in which students enroll in a course and that includes a travel component. The trips always relate to the course content, and typically take place over a week to 10 days with faculty members guiding the experience, and a professional tour company managing the logistics and leading the groups. These travel-study courses have proven to be memorable learning experiences for students, and a great option for those who want to go abroad, but for one reason or another cannot study abroad for an entire semester. In some cases, students can join the tour even if they are not enrolled in the course, but are interested in the destination and the topic.

In the first six months of 2016, at least four trips are planned, three during Spring Break in March. It is vitally important for students (and their parents or families) interested in these travel opportunities to plan early for budgeting purposes, and to determine whether financial aid is available to the student and applicable. In addition, deposits are generally required.

The travel destinations include Western Europe, Greece, and Costa Rica.

  • “Paris and World Wars I and II Battlefields” will complement Dr. Marco Rimanelli’s 400-level spring course on the World Wars I & II Centennials, which is being cross-listed under history and political science (HTY-POL 400). The course will be offered on-ground at University Campus. (Financial aid can be applied.) The course will explore the causes of the conflicts; review battles, military alliances, and peace treaties; and consider the long-term impact of World War I (1914-18), World War II (1939-45), and the subsequent Cold War (1946-90) on France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, and the United States. Students at education centers, online students, other University Campus students, faculty, staff, and university friends, alumni, and relatives will also be welcome on the tour without taking the course. Dr. Rimanelli has a detailed list of the itinerary of battlefields, other military sites, museums and culturally important landmarks to be visited. (Pictured: The Battle of Normandy, courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.) Students will also attend the World Wars Centennial Conference (conducted in English) at the American University of Paris. The tour cost is $3,400, and includes air fare, other transportation, lodging, and most meals. Those on the tour age 30 and above will be charged a $250 fee for a mandatory rooming upgrade to double occupancy. The tour cost may be paid in installments to the tour provider. The travel dates are March 11 to March 19, 2016. For more information, please contact Dr. Marco Rimanelli by email at, or call (352) 588-8277.

  • “Exploring Sustainability in Costa Rica” will take place place from March 12 to March 19, 2016, hosted at the Center for Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education. Dr. Patricia Campion, associate professor of global studies and sociology, has guided this tour previously and will again this year, aided by colleague Dr. Christopher Miller, biology professor. The trip is being offered in conjunction with the three-credit course called Exploring Sustainability (SOC 300), which will be offered online in the Spring 2 semester. The week at CATIE will introduce students to topics including biodiversity, niche markets for agricultural products, and sustainable tourism, through a combination of lectures and site visits. Locations to be visited include Poás Volcano National Park, San José, local markets and an archaeological site. (Pictured: Sugar cane processing photographed on a previous study tour.) The estimated cost per person is $1,700 (subject to change depending on airfare). The estimate includes all transportation, accommodation in double- or triple-occupancy rooms, meals, and visits in Costa Rica. Single rooms will be available for an additional fee. Other students, faculty, staff, and alumni may join the trip as well. There is a registration deadline of November 1, 2015. For more information, contact Dr. Campion at or (352) 588-8352.

  • “The Splendors of Greece” will be led by mathematics faculty members Dr. Monika Kiss and Dr. Brian Camp during Spring Break, from March 12 to March 20, 2016. It will be a complement to students enrolled in the three-credit course, the History of Mathematics (MAT 320), at University Campus, though other students may join the tour. There are prerequisites for the course, which are listed in the Academic Catalog. This travel-study course will be especially appealing to students with: a mathematics major or minor, to those with a middle grades education major with the mathematics or science specialization, to secondary education majors with the mathematics specialization, and to those with an engineering, physics, art, or interdisciplinary arts minor. Those who enjoy Greek history, mythology, art, and architecture may also be interested. The itinerary includes: Athens (pictured), Delphi, the Saronic Isles, Mycenae, Olympia, Aegina, Poros Town and other sites. Those who make a deposit early—by October 1—will receive a free tour of Poseidon’s temple in Cape Sounion. The deposit of $200 is due by November 27. The trip will cost an estimated $3,883, including taxes and fees. The trip will also be open to faculty, staff, and alumni. To contact Dr. Camp, assistant professor of mathematics, email or call him at (352) 588-8009. Dr. Kiss, associate professor of mathematics, can be reached at or (352) 588-8836.

  • “Educational Adventures in Greece” will be led by Dr. Alexandra Kanellis, assistant professor of education. This tour will bring students (faculty and staff may also attend) to Thessaloniki (pictured) from June 1 to June 15. In conjunction with the trip, students may choose to register for three-credit course called Teaching Diverse Populations (EDU 222), which will largely be completed in Greece with some additional requirements from students upon their return. The trip will increase travelers’ international awareness, deepen their understanding of diverse cultures, and provide exposure to a culture of great historical importance. The trip cost is $3,734, including airfare, excursions, tours, meals, and overnight trips. A deposit of $600 is required by Wednesday, February 10. For more information, Dr. Kanellis can be reached at (352) 467-2331 or