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What is a study tour (overview)?

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Who is invited?

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What about college credit?

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What is the role of the study tour leader?

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Who sponsors study tours?

 

What is a study tour (overview)?

A study tour is a travel experience with specific learning goals.  The learning goals of each study tour vary, but are always spelled out in the course syllabus that is distributed to each learner.  Study tours emphasize experiential learning and offer both group and self-directed activities that enable learners to explore new territories, cultures, and people.

Warning!    Study tours are often reported to cause permanent changes in the brain, including increased perception and sensory awareness.  Study tours are known to be habit-forming and may result in a life-long addiction to travel adventure, global exploration, and experiential learning.

Study tours are designed to be both fun and educational.  Our groups enjoy the local cuisine, socialize freely, and make use of the local recreational and cultural resources of the areas that we visit.  However, study tours are NOT party trips.  If you are looking for a spring break blitz or summer beach party, you'll do better to look elsewhere for your travel experience.

What are some of the advantages of traveling with one of our groups?  

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Usually, you can get a better value for the whole package that you can by traveling on your own (or even with another group). 

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You don't have to worry about driving in strange territory with unfamiliar customs --or when you are tired.

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No worries or hassles about where to stay, how to get there, or even checking in!

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Access to your professional guide and/or SCC escort for help and advice.

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Itineraries designed to maximize your overall experience.

For a more extended overseas experience, take a look at our Study Abroad experience!

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Who is invited?

Everyone is invited!  Although college students often participate in our study tours, we have enjoyed the participation of community members, family, and friends from age 15 to 82.   We request that you seek the permission of the tour leader for unaccompanied learners under 18 or if you are bringing children under age 10.

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What about college credit?

The Global Education Group recommends that EACH eligible participant register for college credit, even if you are not a college student.   You may register for as little as one credit hour for most courses, up to three or more credit hours.  

If you register "for credit" you will be expected to participate fully in the related coursework, which may include journal writing, readings, special projects, and so on.  

If you register as "audit" then you will not be expected to participate in the related coursework and may simply enjoy the study tour's activities without any extra responsibilities or obligations.

This policy enables your tour leader to be compensated for organizing and leading your study tour and fulfills the educational mission of the Global Education Group.

You may additionally register for upper-division or graduate credit courses at other colleges and universities.  Check with your tour leader or your home institution for options that may be available.

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What is the role of the study tour leader?

The study tour leader is the professor(s) who designs and organizes study tours, promotes the study tours, provides pre-travel information, resources, and support, and accompanies the group on the study tour.  While on the study tour, the leader(s) provides the educational and organizational leadership for the group in cooperation with the in-country professional tour guide/educator.  The study tour leader(s) also provide a variety of resources to help make your study tour enjoyable and rewarding.

Our study tours may have more than one leader, usually working together as a team, but all are employees of St. Charles Community College or a cooperating institution or agency.  

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Who sponsors study tours?

All of the study tours listed on this site are sponsored by St. Charles Community College (SCC).  SCC provides the vision and expertise for the study tour program but does not provide travel services and does not assume liability for travel-related matters.  Independent contractors such as educational travel agents are engaged by individual learners to provide travel, lodging, and related services as described in the related literature.

Occasionally, study tours are co-sponsored by other organizations such as other colleges/universities (UMSL, for example) or other organizations with an educational mission.

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This page updated 11/27/04

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