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Drake Programs

Drake study abroad programs are led by Drake faculty, and Drake students enroll in the course(s). Students earn regular Drake credits and grades that count toward degree requirements.

Short-Term Faculty-Led Travel Seminars

On a Drake travel seminar, students can explore the world alongside their fellow Bulldogs and professors. Travel seminars run during J-term or summer and are typically between one to three weeks in length. Past program locations have included Belize, China, England, New Zealand, and Uganda, to name a few.

If you are finding it difficult to fit a semester study abroad experience into your program—due to time constraints, financial obstacles, or personal reasons—this may be an excellent option for you. With your Drake community by your side, you’ll develop new relationships with fellow Drake students and professors, and create long-lasting memories that will serve you long after your time abroad. 

International and domestic travel seminars take place during J-Term or summer. Seminars are generally for 3 credits and often meet an AOI. A list of current Drake travel seminars can be found by searching on Terra Dotta for the term of interest as program offerings change every year. Drake study abroad programs are denoted by a star in front of the course name.

DU Semester Programs

If you’re interested in a semester-long study abroad program and want to further enrich your Drake experience in an international context, consider joining one of Drake’s own semester-long programs. In this model, a cohort of Drake students transport their Bulldog community to one of Drake’s select program locations. Students take specialized courses from an accompanying Drake faculty member, our on-site partner, and a local university. With additional activities and excursions exclusive to Drake students, you can continue forging meaningful connections with fellow Bulldogs while taking part in unique experiences that expand your horizon and appreciation for our interconnected world. 

DU Spain: Spring 2020

In spring 2020, DU semester programs launched DU Spain, its first program location in Alicante, Spain. A group of ten students traveled to Alicante alongside Drake Environmental Science and Sustainability faculty member Dave Courard-Hauri, who taught two courses specifically for Drake students. One of the courses explored sustainable food systems in southern Spain, where students had the opportunity not only to learn of these systems in the classroom, but also see them in person by visit an organic farm, vineyard, fishery, among others. In addition to this Drake course, students had the option to take classes with CIEE, our on-site partner, as well as the University of Alicante. 

Spring 2020 DU Spain student, Sophia Arbogast, shares her experience with the program:

“The DU Spain program gave me such a unique experience by allowing me to be immersed in another culture while still feeling connected to Drake! The support and community that I got from having other students and a professor from Drake was invaluable. The Drake-specific courses not only provided extra excursions, but also led to deep insights and discussions regarding differences in culture and where they come from.” 

*Due to COVID-19, DU semester-model programs (including DU Spain) are currently under review and expected to resume operations in Spring 2022.