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The Travel Course

Travel with Early Honors for a wide world of learning

You love classrooms, right? There’s so much to do.

You can attend lectures in one. Raise your hand to be called on. And you can sit and take notes. Lots and lots of notes.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

But by the time January rolls around, Early Honors students like you often are eager for the next challenge. You’re envisioning fresh horizons. You’re curious about new people and places.

You’re ready for the Early Honors travel course, a four-credit elective that balances rigorous classroom study of culture and arts with experiential learning in places like Greece, the Riviera and Cuba.

In 2013, your Early Honors travel course heads to Iberia, center of civilizations that erected castles, mosques and churches – all highlights of your itinerary. Join faculty mentors, on-site educational guides and your Early Honors classmates for travel from Lisbon to Barcelona, including some excursions by train. Return home with a better understanding of Iberia’s socio-economic trends and how they’re shaping issues around the world today.

Early Honors travel courses are scheduled during the January block period. Destinations are chosen based on potential for experiential learning, challenging coursework, affordability and suitability of activities for high school-age students. The travel course elective is priced separately from your tuition.

Focused travel engages you in each aspect of active learning. Regular meetings during travel prompt you to think in writing and out loud about how you’re processing the day’s activities. Faculty-led discussions before, during and after travel help you consider ways to apply new information to life beyond the classroom. Academic travel reinforces APU’s emphasis on curiosity as a catalyst for knowledge.

Back home, Early Honors students extend travel course learning by sharing their experiences. In blogs, musical performance, moviemaking and more, Early Honors students reflect on ways that – as Kerouac reminds us – the road is life.