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Honors College Learning Away

The Honors College offers learning away 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 Milledgeville, GA; New Orleans, LA; Santa Fe, NM; and Houston's world-renowned Medical Center. All learning away 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, spring, and summer sessions, and generally range in length from three to seven days. Interested in seeing the College travel somewhere not currently listed? Email us at with your ideas!

Academic Year 2021-22

UPDATE: The University of Houston has extended the current international travel restrictions for all study and business travel until further notice. 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. Domestic travel restrictions were removed as of March 7, 2022.

Read the University of Houston COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions update here.

Upcoming Programs

Looking ahead to spring 2022 or beyond? Check out these great program options! Destinations are subject to change according to health and safety regulations. Program details will be added as available. 

Historic Philadelphia

Travel Dates: March 12–17, 2022
Led by Dustin Gish and Carol Cooper

This program introduces students to historic Philadelphia, from the time of William Penn and colonial Pennsylvania, through Benjamin Franklin and the Revolutionary War period, to Independence Hall, the drafting of the federal Constitution and the first national capital. On walking tours and site visits, students will learn how Philadelphia represented a unique colonial experience leading into the revolutionary era, when the birth of the nation occurred. with the documents drafted in Independence Hall (first, the Declaration of Independence in 1776, and the Constitution in 1787), in addition to serving as the national capital and home to the Washington and Adams Administrations. 

Over the course of four days during spring break, we will visit major historical sites: Benjamin Franklin home, Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, American Revolutionary War Museum, National Constitution Center, President’s House, American Anti-Slavery Society, Underground Railroad Museum, and National Bank. We will also take excursions to contemporary art institutions that highlight the modern cultural vibrance of Philadelphia (Barnes Foundation, Rodin Museum, and the Philadelphia MOA). Educational and research opportunities will be pursued with special trips to the American Philosophical Society (the oldest academic society in America) and the Franklin Institute (science, technology, engineering, and applied mathematics). 

This Learning Away program is hosted by Phronêsis, and the student cost for participation (which includes airfare, hotel accommodations, and entrance fees) will be greatly reduced due to a generous donation from an Honors alumnus.  

Northern California

Dates TBD; Trip Length: 8 Days
Led by David Rainbow

Travel with Professor David Rainbow, Russian historian and native Californian, for a unique Northern Californian adventure. The first half of the trip, we will hike and stay along the rugged Northern California coast. The second half of the trip, we will stay in the heart of San Francisco. The goal of the trip will be to explore Russia’s long history on America’s western frontier. We’ll stay at Russia’s 19th century colonial outpost at Fort Ross, explore the beautiful Russian River and see firsthand the legacies of Russians in San Francisco. This trip is for anyone who likes the outdoors, wants to visit one of the most interesting cities in America and is curious about how global connections in history have shaped the United States. Contact Professor Rainbow for more information about the trip and how you can get credit toward a minor in Russian studies. Please visit the Russian and Eastern European Initiative website for other program opportunities. 

Artists and Their Regions: The Road to New Orleans

Dates TBD; Trip Length: 6 Days
Led by Robert Cremins and Max Rayneard
This trip is still being developed. Please check back regularly for more details.

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.