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Short-Term Domestic and International Trips

Center for Learning & Innovation

Explore national and global learning opportunities.

Western’s short-term domestic and international trips will help you expand your perspectives and broaden your cultural awareness while creating once-in-a-lifetime memories. Review the list below to see the current course offerings and registration details.


Join Western’s Art & Design Department from May 3-20, 2024 to study art and art history in Florence with excursions to other art destinations around the country. Click here to view the course flyer and find instructor contact information.

To receive the course application, email center@western.edu and set the subject line as “Art and Art History in Florence, Italy Application”

Instructors: Dr. Micah Russell and Dr. Pat! Magee
Date: April 11-25, 2024
Location: Trip begins in Memphis, TN, and ends in New Orleans, LA

This course offers a two-week immersive expedition on and along the Lower Mississippi River this spring, from Memphis to New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico. We will be learning about big river management, natural history and ecology, environmental justice, and ecosystem restoration. Along the way, we’ll also have the opportunity to experience southern culture through its history, music, food and literature. Activities include, but are not limited to, a 4-day canoe camping trip, visits to national monuments and memorials, conversations with national wildlife refuge managers and conservation scientists, dialogue with environmental advocates and industry leaders, and more.

Click here for detailed course information.

Click here to view course Q&As and a detailed course itinerary.

Click here to view the course poster.

To receive the course application, email center@western.edu and set the subject line as “Ecosocial Crossroads: Lower Mississippi River Application”

Instructor: David Hyde, Ph.D.
Date: May 19, 2024 – June 12, 2024
Location: Blue Creek, Belize
Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

This is a 6 credit-hour course designed to introduce students to the methods used to collect and analyze archaeological data in a hands-on field setting. The course will take place over the span of 4 weeks at a remote archaeological field camp in Belize, Central America. Students will receive instruction in archaeological excavations, making technical drawings, survey and instrument mapping, and basic field laboratory procedures at the Medicinal Trail Site. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn about the pre-hispanic Maya through lectures and field trips. Click here for detailed program information and click here to view the program flyer. Interested students are also encouraged to attend an informational meeting on November 30, 2023.

Learn about global awareness, and technology expertise and design ingenuity while touring car factories, museums and more.

Information Session: December 5, 2023 | 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. | Rady 109

Contact Melanie Peddle for more information. To receive the course application, email Michaela Keefe.

Click HERE for the course poster

Instructors: Professor Molly Murfee (Clark Family School of Environment & Sustainability / Nature Writing & Environmental Literature)
Dates: May 21, 2024 – June 8, 2024

Learn of ancient mythologies embedded in the land visiting archaeological sites 5,000 years old; Explore a history as dramatic as the landscape, launching thousands to flee to North America; Experience puffins, lochs, bagpipes and castles while earning academic credit.

Click HERE for the Scotland Abroad Info sheet

Click HERE for the Scotland Abroad Itinerary

Click HERE for the Scotland Abroad Student Budget

Click HERE for the Scotland Abroad poster

To receive the course application, email Professor Molly Murfee at: mmurfee@western.edu and set the subject line as “Scotland Abroad Application Request”

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