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Drake Travel Seminars

One of the highlights of a Drake education is the relationships students develop with faculty. With Drake’s faculty-led travel seminars, students can explore the world alongside their professors. Programs are typically between one and three weeks in length, and past program locations have included Uganda, England, Finland, New Zealand, Thailand, and China, to name a few. 

If you are finding it difficult to fit a study abroad experience into your program—due to time constraints, financial obstacles, or personal reasons—this may be an excellent option for you. Travel seminars make it possible for any student to study abroad and to break out of their comfort zone with someone they trust.

International and domestic travel seminars typically take place during January Term or summer and are two to four weeks in length. Seminars are generally 3-6 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. Drake administered programs are denoted by a star in front of the course name.


*Update for J-term 2021 Travel Seminars due to COVID-19:

Drake has currently restricted all international travel due to COVID-19. However, J-Term 2021 travel seminars have not been canceled at this point given that January is many months away. Due to the ever-changing situation, please know this could change in the future. Please carefully review the following information if you are interested in going abroad or on a domestic program for J-Term 2021:


  • Deadline Extended: You can still apply to study abroad J-Term 2021. The J-Term travel seminar priority deadline has been extended from April 15 to May 15. Applications will be reviewed at that time and students will be accepted or waitlisted by June 1. To apply go to:


  • Deposit: After acceptance, to secure your spot on a travel seminar, you will need to commit to the program in Terra Dotta, pay your $500 deposit, and complete Terra Dotta post acceptance steps. Given the impact of COVID-19 on students and families, we have temporarily revised our deposit refund policy. If you choose to independently withdraw prior to Sept. 1, your deposit will be refunded. As always, if Drake cancels a travel seminar, your deposit will automatically be refunded.


  • Availability: Some travel seminars already have more applicants than we can accept. If you haven’t already started an application, we encourage you to check out these options:
  • Finland: Perspectives on Education
  • Italy: Forks and Farms in Italy: Global Food Security and Sustainability
  • Kosovo: Repairing and Rebuilding
  • Panama: Place-based Integrated Science
  • South Africa and Zimbabwe: Religions of Africa
  • Spain and Morocco: Exploring the Intersection of Ethics and Culture
  • Thailand: Research, Exploration and Reflection


  • On campus registration back up plan: In addition to applying for a travel seminar, we ask that you also register for an on-campus course at Drake as a backup plan (if you need J-Term credit regardless of the travel component). Please register during the regular registration process and timeframe. If you have questions about registering for on-campus courses for J-Term, please reach out to your academic advisor.


  • Independent withdrawal: We want you to be clear on the financial implications of committing to a J-Term travel seminar. Given the impact of COVID-19 on students and families, we have temporarily revised our deposit refund policy. If you choose to independently withdraw prior to Sept. 1, your deposit will be refunded. If after Sept. 1 you decide you want to withdraw from the program, you will be subject to Drake’s withdrawal and refund policies. Because of this, we strongly recommend you familiarize yourself with our withdrawal and refund policies which can be found in Terra Dotta. In addition, we strongly recommend you purchase ‘Cancel for Any Reason’ travel insurance through an insurance carrier.


Please be assured that your health and safety is of utmost importance. Given that this is an ever-evolving global situation, applicants will be notified if we make a change to the policy regarding J-Term travel seminars. Should you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to 


New J-Term Timeline:
May 15: Priority Deadline
June 1: Accept/waitlist Students who applied by May 15
June 15: Students Commit in Terra Dotta and pay a $500 Deposit to secure their place in the program
May 15–Sept. 1: Students can still apply if travel seminars have openings; deposits are due within two weeks of acceptance
Sept. 1: Final day to apply and final day for deposit refunds


Learn more about the J-term 2021 Registration and Application Process.

Drake scholarships are available for travel seminars. To learn more about Drake Global Learning Scholarships, as well as outside scholarship sources, please visit our Funding Education Abroad page..

There are two rounds of scholarship application reviews for Drake’s J-term travel seminars, which are held April and October.

Students apply for Drake travel seminar scholarships by completing the “Drake Global Learning Scholarship Application (optional)” form in Terra Dotta as part of their application.


Let us help you explore the world.

Contact Drake Education Abroad: 515-271-2084 /

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