Honors College Study Abroad

The Honors College offers study abroad trips to add an experiential dimension to the Honors curriculum and provide a peak experience in a student's education. Previous trips have included Italy, Greece, Mexico, Israel, the Netherlands and Ireland.

In summer 2014, three study abroad trips are planned: One to Israel and Istanbul, one to France and Spain, and a special service-learning trip to Haiti. Read on to learn more about the summer 2015 trips to Galapagos and Honduras.


Honors Study Abroad 2015: Galapagos

May 20-27

Led by Dr. Andrew Hamilton

Join Dr. Hamilton on a unique, STEM-oriented trip to Galapagos. Students who take Dr. Hamilton's Spring 2015 Biology class, "Sex and Death: Evolution, Sociality, and Biogeography," will have the opportunity to participate.

In the course, students will read Darwin's On the Origin of Species, Mendel's "Experiments on Plant Hybridization," and other primary works in evolutionary biology. On the trip, students will be able to walk in some of Darwin’s footsteps, as well as become acquainted with some of the species (finches, frigates, tortoises, boobies, and the solitary carpenter bee, Xylocopa darwini) and processes they’ve studied in the course. Taking Dr. Hamilton's course isn't required to join the study abroad trip but is strongly encouraged.

Interested students can join the Interested Travelers List. Early sign up is encouraged.


Honors Study Abroad 2015: Honduras

Global Health Trip

Led by Dr. Ricardo Nuila

On this Global Health trip, faculty from Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston will lead a team of undergraduate students on a two-week medical mission trip to an underserved rural area in Santa Ana, Honduras, where Houston Shoulder to Shoulder has provided health care for more than 20 years. Students will have the opportunity to enact global health by providing basic clinical care to area residents under the instruction of physicians and health care professionals.

Accommodations will be provided on site at Shoulder to Shoulder's clinic, which will help ensure immersion into this needy area. Contact Ricardo Nuila for more information about joining the trip.