Drake University has a tradition of offering unique, global learning experiences for students through short-term, international travel seminars developed and led by Drake faculty. Programs are typically between two and four weeks in length, and past program locations have included Uganda, Egypt, South Africa, Cuba, and China, to name a few. Different program models are offered, including: integrated (anchored at a host university or local organization); service-learning (service within the local community with a critical reflection component); multi-stop (visiting various locations for comparative study); or field research (observation or data collection outside of the classroom).
These experiences provide options for students who otherwise find it challenging or nearly impossible – for personal, financial, or academic reasons – to participate in a full semester or academic year abroad. The varied locations and content areas make education abroad possible for those that otherwise find it difficult to fit such an experience into their program of study. Also, some choose to go on faculty-led programs because it gives them the opportunity to break out of their comfort zone with someone they trust.
International travel seminars typically take place in May or in the newly adopted January term. Some seminars have also occurred over spring break.
For more information about Drake Administered Programs Abroad, please contact Annique Kiel at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the International Programs and Services office 515 271 2084.