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Honors College Learning Abroad

The Honors College offers learning abroad trips to add an experiential dimension to the Honors curriculum and provide a peak experience in a student's success that will last a lifetime. Previous trips have included Italy, Greece, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Ireland and Israel. All learning abroad programs and courses are open to all students, regardless of major, discipline, or membership in the Honors College. 

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May 2019
Led by Dustin Gish

This nine-day excursion is an Honors Learning Abroad cultural trip to Spain, including the onsite study and discussion of important historical and cultural sites—from antiquity to our own times; visits to major museums, churches, and galleries; in-depth urban explorations of Barcelona, and excursions to Montserrat and the Costa Brava. Students will learn about and experience first-hand the history, cuisine, art and modernista architecture of Catalan culture. Students will also discover renowned works of art and places associated with the intellectual, cultural, and artistic heritage of ancient, medieval, and modern Mediterranean civilizations. 

For more details, click here or contact Dustin Gish. 

Medical Ethics and Humanitarian Aid: Service-Learning Program in Jordan

Summer 2019
Led by Keri Myrick, Adrian Castillo, and Helen Valier 

Join the Honors College in traveling to Jordan in Summer 2019, to see how humanitarian aid workers are addressing the Syrian refugee crisis. This unique service-abroad opportunity will immerse students in the purpose, mission, and workings of a large-scale humanitarian healthcare agency aiding refugee populations fleeing from war and violence.

Students will commit to four weeks of service at the Jordan Health Aid Society international (JHASi) in Amman, Jordan. This opportunity is open to all majors; however, preference will be given to students on a pre-health track or those who can assist in the clinic with information technology (IT), business planning, and managerial duties. The associated course counts toward the Medicine & Society and Leadership Studies minors. 

Weekend and cultural excursions will include Petra, the Dead Sea, Jarash, Ajloun Castle, Madaba, the Roman Ampitheatre, the Citadel, local cooking classes, and more. Please check back frequently for ongoing updates to the itinerary.

Special requirements: trip fee (scholarships are available); air fare (not included); tuition cost for optional supplemental 3-SCH practicum (available as a Summer I mini-mester); some meals, day-to-day expenses, and entrance fees in Jordan; registration with UH Office of Learning Abroad; CISI travel insurance. Space is limited; students must be enrolled in HON 3306H to participate in the fieldwork experience.

For more information, please contact Keri Myrick, Adrian Castillo, or Helen Valier

Artists and Their Regions: Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor, Egypt

Winter 2020
Led by Jesse Rainbow, Keri Myrick, and Adrian Castillo  

During the semester, we will study the art, architecture, and literature of ancient Egypt, one of the world’s oldest civilizations, and one of a handful of places where writing was independently invented. We will take a special interest in the way that the unique geography of the Nile River valley shaped the religion and history of Egypt, and in the enduring meaning of ancient history for 100 million Egyptians today. In January 2020, we will travel to Egypt to visit its many antiquities, from the pyramids of the Giza Plateau to the sprawling temples at Luxor, from the Egyptian Museum in the heart of Cairo to the technicolor tombs in the Valley of the Kings. We will spend time in Cairo, Luxor, and Alexandria. The exact itinerary of the trip is to be determined. More information is available at

The classroom and travel experiences are meant to go together, and priority will be given to students who register for both. Special requirements of the course: trip fee (scholarships are available), passport (must be valid through July 14, 2020), Egyptian entry visa fee ($25), some meals and entrance fees in Egypt, registration with UH Office of Learning Abroad, CISI travel insurance. This course counts toward the Creative Work Minor. For more information, please contact Jesse Rainbow or Keri Myrick.

Greece: From the Bronze Age to the Byzantine Empire

Summer 2020
Led by Michael Barnes

The purpose of this trip is to immerse you in the physical and intellectual heritage of ancient Greece and the imperial Byzantine civilization that succeeded it.  We will travel to multiple cities—some large, some small—throughout Greece, visiting important museums, archaeological sites, and other significant destinations every day.  By exploring a number of sites throughout the country, from Crete and the Cycladic islands to the major sites of the Peloponnese and central Greece, we will endeavor to balance a broad view of the layers of history and culture (pre-Greek, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and beyond) in these regions with the nuts and bolts of ancient daily life, emphasizing such topics as ancient Greek religion, mythology, the ancient economy, travel, and the many ways in which the geography and climate of Greece shaped ancient cultural attitudes and practices.  We will also consider the rich and complex relationships between the modern world (including modern Greece) and the ancient Greek past.  Various excursions and events—including visits to vineyards, mountain hikes, and Greek dancing lessons, and more—will round out our experience in the cradle of Western civilization. The associated course for this trip will be offered in Summer 2020, with travel dates set for May-June. Students must be enrolled in the affiliated courses, HON 3397 & 4390, in Summer session I. These courses count toward the Phronesis and Medicine & Society minors. 

For more information, please contact Michael Barnes or click here to be added to the interest list.

Germany and Poland

Summer 2020
Led by Michelle Belco, Ben Rayder, and Rita Sirrieh  

Join Drs. Belco, Rayder, and Sirrieh in May 2020 on a trip through Germany and Poland that will examine the contrast between urban and rural, renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and developed cities and natural landscapes nearly thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Starting in Munich, students will explore renewable energy facilities in addition to local historical sights. While in Bavaria, students will have the opportunity to meet with members of the German Green Party serving in local and state government. To further explore the contrast in urban and rural settings, the trip will also include small towns surrounding Munich and hiking in parks. In Berlin, the German capital, students will learn more about efforts the German government has made to improve sustainability, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and expanding renewable energy sources. While there, students will also take a guided tour of Berlin visiting notable historic landmarks. The last leg of the tour ventures to Krakow and Warsaw, two of the most up-and-coming cities in Eastern Europe. Whereas Germany is a global leader in renewable energy and sustainable initiatives, the time in Poland will examine the challenges that many post-Soviet countries face to address similar issues. At the same time that Germany is transitioning away from nuclear energy, Poland is transitioning into it as a way to reduce dependence on coal. The associated course for this trip will be offered in Spring 2020, with anticipated travel dates in the last two weeks of May. The course and the trip are ideal learning opportunities for students interested in energy and sustainability, environmental politics and policy, or anyone interested in discovering Central and Eastern Europe. This course counts toward the Energy & Sustainability Minor.

For more information, please contact either Michelle Belco, Ben Rayder, or Rita Sirrieh.


Summer 2020
Led by Dustin Gish

Students will have the opportunity to travel to France in May 2020. This co-curricular Honors program and experience, led by Dr. Gish and Honors faculty, will introduce UH students to the intellectual, artistic, and cultural heritage of Enlightenment Paris, with additional excursions to see the architectural wonders of Chartres, Versailles, and the Loire Valley. In our daily walks we’ll explore the streets of Paris, following in the footsteps of American statesmen, novelists, poets, artists, and musicians who have traveled to la Ville-Lumière (the City of Light, the City of Enlightenment) — Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Josephine Baker and James Baldwin, Edith Wharton and Sidney Bechet, among others. Earnest Hemingway, who lived in Paris in the 1920s, together with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, described their time living there as “A Moveable Feast.” We will find out why: world-class museums, historical gardens, monuments, cathedrals, and châteaux. Bon Appétit! For more information, contact Dr. Gish.  

London and Northern UK

Summer 2020
Led by Laura Bland

This trip is still being developed. Please check back regularly for more details.

Tunisia and Italy

Summer 2020
Led by Jesse Rainbow, Keri Myrick, and Adrian Castillo 

This trip is still being developed. Please check back regularly for more details.

For information on other Learning Abroad Programs at the University of Houston, please visit the Learning Abroad Office's website