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, Tunisia, Egypt, the Netherlands, Ireland, Jordan, and Israel. All learning abroad programs and courses are open to all students, regardless of major, discipline, or membership in the Honors College.
Programs are offered in the Fall, Winter, and Summer sessions, and range in length from five days to two months. Interested in seeing the College travel somewhere not currently listed? Email us at email@example.com with your ideas! Don't forget to stop by the Office of Global Engagement and Special Programs to make your mark on our #pinwhereyouvebeen world map.
Academic Year 2021-22
UPDATE: The University of Houston has extended the current international travel restrictions for all study and business travel through December 1, 2021. This includes all faculty-led programs as well as affiliated, exchange, student service organization programs, sponsored scholarship, fellowship, or research opportunities abroad, and any other programs that would be considered international travel for curricular or co-curricular purposes.
Looking ahead to winter 2022 or beyond? So are we! At the University of Houston, we believe that cross-cultural experiences are crucial to transformative learning and personal growth. As such, we continue to plan ahead. Check out these great program options. Program details will be added as available.
Tunisia: Ancient Civilizations and Arab Uprisings
Winter 2022; Travel Dates: January 1 – 11
Led by Jesse Rainbow, Keri Myrick, Adrian Castillo, Michael Barnes, and Bill Monroe
Join the Honors College as we travel to the land of Ancient Carthage. Visit the remains of Byrsa; take in the country's history at the Bardo National Museum. Perform at the Amphitheatre of El Jem, then make your way down Avenue Habib Bourguiba for some fresh food and even fresher political discourse with locals. Whether you're a history buff, an adventurer, or a culture aficionado, this trip has something for everyone!
The associated course, offered in Fall 2020, took a number of “soundings” into the history and culture of Tunisia, from antiquity to recent history. The course aimed to raise questions for further exploration, based on selected literary and historical readings. The selection of topics was linked to places we plan to visit, including at least four of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tunisia (The Medina of Tunis, Kairouan, Dougga, and Carthage). The course considered four broad content areas: (1) the Carthaginian Punic civilization and its competition with the Roman Republic, (2) Christianity in Roman North Africa, (3) Islamic civilization in North Africa, and (4) Tunisia and the Arab Uprisings of 2010–2011. Students need not have completed the course to participate in travel. During the trip to Tunisia, you will learn about the many aspects of Tunisian society and culture and interact with Tunisian guides, educators, and everyday Tunisians.
This trip will be of interest to Phronesis minors, students of religious studies, archaeology, French, Latin, Arabic, political science, classics, history, art and architecture, and Islamic studies. Both the course and trip count toward the Global Engagement & Research minor.
Recruitment for this program is currently open. Click here to be added to the interest list. Please contact Jesse Rainbow or Keri Myrick for more details. Visit the Tunisia Gallery for pics from the 2019 program. And check out this amazing video by Honors College alum Hannah Ajrami, also from 2019. This program is Gilman eligible.
A Greek Odyssey
Summer 2022; Travel Dates: May 23 – June 21
Led by Michael Barnes and Laura Bland
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. Two courses are offered in association with this trip: CLAS 3307H in the spring, and HON 4390 in the summer. Both courses count toward the Global Engagement & Research minor; CLAS 3307H can be petitioned for credit toward the Phronesis and Medicine & Society minors, in consultation with the program directors.
Recruitment for this program is currently open. For a video preview of this program, click here. To request more information, please contact Michael Barnes or click here to be added to the interest list. This program is Gilman eligible.
Summer 2022; Travel Dates: May 21 – June 29
Led by Keri Myrick, Adrian Castillo, and Helen Valier
Join the Honors College in traveling to Jordan 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. The associated course counts toward the Medicine & Society, Global Engagement & Research, and Leadership Studies minors. Petitions to count HON 3306H for other degree plans may be considered at the department's/advisor's discretion.
Weekend and cultural excursions will include Petra, the Dead Sea, Jarash, Ajloun Castle, Madaba, the Roman Ampitheatre, the Citadel, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Wadi Mujib, local cooking classes, and more. Students will lodge with homestay families; survival Arabic classes are included for non-native speakers (please note there is no requirement for prior Arabic-language proficiency.) Students will also have full access to lectures associated with all programs at the School for International Training – Jordan.
Special requirements: program fee (multiple scholarships and flexible payment plans are available); airfare (not included); the Jordan Pass, which includes a single-use entry visa fee and admission to some 40 cultural sites throughout the Kingdom; tuition cost for optional supplemental 3-SCH practicum (available as a Summer I mini-mester); some meals; day-to-day expenses in Jordan; registration with UH Office of Learning Abroad; CISI travel insurance. Space is very limited; students must have completed the associated course, Health & Human Rights HON 3306H, by the end of the Spring 2022 semester to participate in the fieldwork experience.
Recruitment for this program is currently open. For more information, please contact Keri Myrick, Adrian Castillo, or Helen Valier or click here to be added to the interest list. Visit the Jordan Gallery for pics from the 2019 program. This program is CITE funded and Gilman eligible.
Summer 2022; Travel Dates: May 22 – June 4
Led by Robert Cremins
This 14-day trip is an excellent choice for both first-time and experienced study abroad travelers. It will be a journey not only across the Atlantic, but also back in time. We will explore the rich heritage of England, and also discover its vibrant and diverse contemporary culture. Early in the trip we will visit famous sites such as the university city of Cambridge, the picturesque village of Granchester, the medieval cathedral of Ely, and the World War II code-breaking center at Bletchley Park.
We will then spend a week in the ancient region of East Anglia, where England began some 1500 years ago, with the demise of Roman Britain. Basing ourselves in the historic city of Norwich, we will make daytrips to the Norfolk Coast and Broads, the Suffolk Coast, and the celebrated Sutton Hoo archeological site. Students can prepare for the tour by taking the Artists & Their Regions course, HON 4315, which in spring 2022 will be about England in general and East Anglia in particular. This course counts toward the Creative Work and Global Engagement & Research minors.
The capstone of the trip will be several days in London, where we will see the Sutton Hoo treasures at the British Museum, reflect on the culture we have encountered at Tate Britain, and sample the amusements and cuisine of a world city. All in all, this learning abroad experience will be, to use the original subtitle of a great book about East Anglia, W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, "an English pilgrimage." Please join us!
Istanbul, Turkey: Explorations of the Ottoman Empire
Fall 2022; Trip Length: 8 Days
Led by Keri Myrick, Adrian Castillo, Jesse Rainbow, and Michael Barnes
Narratives of Sustainability
Travel Dates TBD
Led by Rita Sirrieh, Max Rayneard, and Ben Rayder
Year One: Singapore and Vietnam
Year Two: South Africa and Namibia
Year Three: Costa Rica and Belize
Trip deposits are non-refundable. Students are financially responsible for trip balances; program fees may not be refunded within 90 days of travel. Please check with your trip leader on payment schedules. Acceptance into a program is acknowledgment of all travel-related and program fees.
For information on other Learning Abroad Programs at the University of Houston, please visit the Office of Learning Abroad's website.