Travel Seminars

What are they?

Travel Seminars are short-term courses abroad or in the U.S. led by Drake faculty members. Seminars are typically between 2-4 weeks in length, 3-6 credits, and often meet an AOI.  Spaces in these courses fill early; if you are interested, contact the faculty member or department (below) as soon as possible.


Students with a minimum 2.5 GPA, and who have completed a successful disciplinary check.


For May/Summer Seminars: Rolling admission, deposit deadlines vary by program.

For J-term Seminars: Course registration occurs at the same time as Fall registration (end of March 2016).  Once registered, a $500 non-refundable deposit will be due in April 2016.


Students who enroll in one of these Seminars are expected to read the Drake International Student Handbook

May 2016 Travel Seminars:

China POLS 131: Searching for the Chinese Dream: Perspectives on Social Change in China

In his address to the 18th Communist Party Congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping challenged party members and the public to realize the “Chinese Dream”. – the building of a strong and prosperous Chinese nation. But there is more than one Chinese Dream. Over the past several decades, the Chinese people have lived through a period of rapid social change. As Chinese society has become more complex and diversified, so too have debates over the direction of China’s future. In this seminar, we will explore the varying interests and ideas that are shaping political, social, environmental and economic change in this increasingly pivotal country. During the three week seminar, students will visit Shanghai, Suzhou, Guilin and Hong Kong. 6 credits.  AOI: International and Multicultural Understanding.
For more information, contact Kirk Martin at or David Skidmore at  


POLS 134/HIS 146/HON 069: Tri-Continental Trip - History, Politics and Society of Modern Egypt and Middle East Through Films

With an ancient civilization that dwarfs all others and modern developments that still capture the world's attention and imagination, Egypt and Turkey are the ideal places for a short study abroad seminar. This seminar is designed with keen attention to detail to enable every participant regardless of their background, field of study, and expertise to learn in a fun and collaborative atmosphere. You will get to see the different faces of these two nations and taste some of what ancient civilizations have to offer. You will dive in the accumulated wealth of art, architecture, religions, civilizations, and cuisine of thousands of years. Through an immersion in the culture, politics and society of 5 different cities in 3 continents: Luxor, Hurghada, Istanbul, Bursa, and Ankara, and the historical sites we will visit, and close interactions with youth, academics and policy makers, participants will develop a deeper understanding of the role history has played and continues to play in this region.
6 Credits. AOI: Historical Consciousness, Engaged Citizen, International and Multicultural Understanding.
For more information please contact Dr. Mahmoud Hamad at

BUS 067/HIST 067/Honr 065: Sustainable Development in Africa

This travel seminar is open to students of all majors, and students can choose their area of focus as it relates to sustainable development.  Students have the unique opportunity to experience Uganda alongside local university students from Makerere University Business School, and will learn about many topics with hands-on experiences including: human rights, education, microfinance, health care, tourism, entrepreneurship, etc. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with in-country partners on service-learning projects of their choosing.
  • An interdisciplinary course which fulfills the Engaged Citizen and/or Multicultural AOIs.  
  • Can be taken as BUS 067, HIST 067 or Honr 065 (for Honors credit)
  • 6 credit hours
  • Two components
    • On campus meetings, Spring 2016
    • Travel in Uganda for 3 weeks from May - June 2016
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Deb Bishop at
Dr. Tom Root at or
Dr. Jimmy Senteza at


Justice, Peace and Security: Cultural Diversity in Israel and Palestine

The issues of peace and violence, justice and oppression, “nation” and “territory” are the result of a long, complex history of political, religious, and social interactions in the land of Israel-Palestine. This travel seminar aims to investigate the varied and complex set of issues and relations that make modern Israel-Palestinian a location of considerable struggle to enact dignity, identity, and statehood.  This course is a travel seminar, which combines travel with lectures and readings to provide students with a rich, on-site learning experience. Two weeks in Israel including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Masada, Dead Sea, Haifa, Sea of Galilee, Nazareth, and more.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Brad Crowell at

Dr. Sentwali Bakari at


January 2016 Travel Seminars

Looking for information on J-term Travel Seminars? Check them out here.


Scholarships Available

The next round of scholarships for Travel Seminars will be available in September 2015, and may include the following:

  • Zimpleman Global Experiential Learning Scholarship
  • Olson Global Service-Learning Scholarship
  • Allen Service-Learning Travel Scholarship
  • Thibodeau Scholarship for Global Citizenship
  • International Relations Experiential Learning Scholarship (IR majors only)

Please click here for more information on these scholarships, as well as other financial aid options.

Contact Us

For more information on Travel Seminars, please contact:

Annique Kiel, Director of Drake Administered Programs Abroad at, or

Maria Rohach, Global Learning Program Coordinator, at

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