Travel-study programs, including education abroad, offer tremendous opportunities to enhance your education and experience personal growth. College Park Scholars faculty coordinate several opportunities each year, and the University of Maryland offers a robust Education Abroad catalog.
Recent Travel-Study opportunities offered by Scholars and available to students in all programs
Technology and Society: Ecuador in Context — Led by the Science, Technology, and Society program, students explore the past, present and future roles and impacts of technology across multiple contexts in Ecuador. Using the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cuenca, Ecuador as a setting, students engage in a series of field trips, lectures, guest speakers and service- learning experiences to get a firsthand practical look at the influence of technology on social issues.
Dubai and Hong Kong: Two Powerful Cities — Led by the Business, Society, and Economy program, this course examines the developmental trajectories of these two city states. Students study the current trade relations among Hong Kong and UAE generally and Dubai more specifically. Moreover, the challenges that these two city states face in the current fluctuating global economic and political stages will be discussed in detail.
Belize: Mayan Culture and the Interface between Tropical Rainforests and Coral Reefs — Led by the Life Sciences program, students focus on Mayan civilization and the effect the Mayan people had on their environment. Students visit several Mayan archeological sites in the jungle and will talk about tropical ecology, natural history, and geology of the region.
Upcoming Travel-Study Opportunities
Natural History, Ecology, and Geology of Alaska
All UMD students are invited to join College Park Scholars' Life Sciences Program on an Alaskan adventure this August. Students will spend two weeks hiking, kayaking, rafting, gold panning and wildlife cruising their way through Anchorage, Seward, Denali, Fairbanks, Valdez and more--providing ample opportunity to explore the natural history and arts of this unique state alongside UMD faculty. Activities include hiking the highest mountain in North America, venturing to the edge of the Harding Ice Field to experience global climate change first hand and visiting the Alaska Native Heritage Center to explore the histories and cultures of the various aboriginal groups still pursuing their traditional ways of life. Along the way, students will see plenty of wildlife in their natural habitat: killer whales, endangered sea lions, Dall porpoises, river otters, bald eagles, moose, caribou and grizzly bears.
This three-credit course is open to all students and will count as enrichment credits for all Biological Sciences majors. Applications are due March 5, 2018, to Jess Wilke.