The Honors College offers study abroad trips to add an experiential dimension to the Honors curriculum and provide a peak experience in a student's success that will last a lifetime. Previous trips have included Italy, Greece, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland and Israel.
Cairo, Alexandria, and Luxor
Artists and Their Regions, Fall 2018: Egypt
Led by Jesse Rainbow, Keri Myrick, and Adrian Castillo
We will study the great works of literature, art, and architecture of ancient Egypt (3,000 to 1,100 BCE), together with several classic outsider views of Egypt, from Plato to Percy Bysshe Shelley, from the Bible to The Great Belzoni, the Italian circus strongman who made a number of important early Egyptological discoveries. During Thanksgiving week, we will travel to Egypt to visit the antiquities and to observe firsthand the enduring meaning of one of the world's oldest civilizations for the nearly 100 million people who live in Egypt today.
Special requirements: trip fee (scholarships are available), passport (must be valid through May 24, 2019), Egyptian entry visa fee ($25), some meals and entrance fees in Egypt, registration with UH Office of Learning Abroad, UH travel insurance. See website to register for the trip. Space is limited; students enrolled in the course will be given first priority.
Spring Break, March 2019
Led by Jeremy Bailey and Dustin Gish
During spring break (March 2019), Dr. Bailey and Dr. Gish will lead a group of UH students to Virginia to examine the foundations of the early American Republic. Students will visit (and spend their evenings in the residential facilities at) James Madison’s Montpelier, which is also home to the Smith Center for the Constitution. Excursions will be made to the most famous house in the nation, Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in the hills outside Charlottesville, as well as to the nearby residence of James Monroe, at Highland, and to Jefferson’s University of Virginia. Through seminar discussions and onsite guided walks with local scholars, students will learn about the political history of the American founding and the complex lives of these American statesmen, their families, and the enslaved communities associated with their residences. The trip is supported by scholarships from the Dean’s office. A special topics course taught by Dustin Gish (POLS 3397 H, The Early American Republic) provides intellectual background in support of the experience, although enrollment in the course is not required for participation on the trip.
Led by Dustin Gish.
This nine-day excursion is an Honors Study Abroad cultural trip to Spain, including the onsite study and discussion of important historical and cultural sites—from antiquity to our own times; visits to major museums, churches, and galleries; in-depth urban explorations of Barcelona, and excursions to Montserrat and the Costa Brava. Students will learn about and experience first-hand the history, cuisine, art and modernista architecture of Catalan culture. Students will also discover renowned works of art and places associated with the intellectual, cultural, and artistic heritage of ancient, medieval, and modern Mediterranean civilizations.
Service-Learning in Amman, Jordan
Health & Human Rights, Summer 2019: Jordan
Led by Keri Myrick, Adrian Castillo, and Helen Valier
Join the Honors College in traveling to Jordan in Summer 2019, to see how humanitarian aid workers are addressing the Syrian refugee crisis. This unique service-abroad opportunity will immerse students in the purpose, mission, and workings of a large-scale humanitarian healthcare agency aiding refugee populations fleeing from war and violence.
Students will commit to four weeks of service at the Jordan Health Aid Society international (JHASi) in Amman, Jordan. This opportunity is open to all majors; however, preference will be given to students on a pre-health track or those who can assist in the clinic with information technology (IT), business planning, and managerial duties. The associated course counts toward the Medicine & Society and Leadership Studies minors.
Weekend and cultural excursions will include Petra, the Dead Sea, Jarash, Ajloun Castle, Madaba, Wadi Mujib and the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, the Roman Ampitheatre, the Citadel, local cooking classes, and more. Please check back frequently for ongoing updates to the itinerary.
Special requirements: trip fee (scholarships are available); air fare (not included); tuition cost for optional supplemental 3-SCH practicum (available as a Summer I mini-mester); some meals, day-to-day expenses, and entrance fees in Jordan; registration with UH Office of Learning Abroad; CISI travel insurance. Space is limited; students must be enrolled in HON 3306H to participate in the fieldwork experience.
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