T.R.A.V.E.L. Program

  • T.R.A.V.E.L. Program

    Transforming Residents Abroad Via Engaged Learning

    This innovative program encourages juniors and seniors to live on-campus in learning communities, meet regularly to study a variety of topics together in partnership with two staff/faculty co-facilitators, and travel together to the international destination of their choice. 


    Students who participate in this program will gain valuable leadership experience, intercultural competence, and meaningful relationships with students, faculty, and staff outside of the traditional classroom setting. The yearlong live on campus experience and the yearlong group meeting structure are major components of the T.R.A.V.E.L. program that differentiate it from other Learning Abroad experiences.

    Students are encouraged to find peers who are interested in living together and participating in this program. Student groups are also welcome to propose ideas for trips, topics of study, and intentional communities.


    Student Testimonials:

    Scott Conrad ’16, Computer Science Major, Germany 2015 & Spain/Portugal 2016

    “Throughout my yearlong experience, I was able to develop leadership skills to further my professional competencies and highlight these experiences to obtain a full time job. During my time abroad, intrinsically valuable experiences just happened, things that I grew from, just from living day to day in a foreign country.”

    Leigh Tischler ’17, English Major, Australia 2015 & Spain/Portugal 2016

    “Committing to an entire year seems daunting—or at least it did to me. I was pleasantly surprised to find that instead of being overwhelming, the time frame added a whole new level of meaning to my trip. The time we actually spent abroad was like a celebration of our commitment to a shared goal. The things I learned, the places I saw, and the people I met have given me the passion, desire, and tools to affect positive change in matters of sustainability.”


    Criteria & Incentives:

    ·         Live together with your group on campus. (8-14 students in each group)

    ·         Meet regularly throughout the academic year prior to the trip to explore and discuss a variety of topics, including the history and culture of the destination and other topics of interest to the group. The group will also focus on personal and group development during these meetings.

    ·         Students must have a 2.0 or above cumulative grade point average, and be in good standing with the University.

    ·         Students must agree to a scheduled payment plan that will include fundraising activities.

    ·         Junior and senior students living on campus will be eligible for $1,000 towards the cost of their trip, and will be placed in desirable campus housing.

    ·         ​Students are expected to do a presentation or share their experience upon their return.​


    T.R.A.V.E.L. program trip locations have included:

         England                                          France                                                         Portugal

         Germany                                        Ireland                                                         Sweden

         Greece                                            Italy                                                            Norway

         Israel                                              Australia                                                     Spain


    Visit our Facebook page to learn more about past trips and upcoming events and experiences!

    Current students, if you are interested in learning more about or applying to the T.R.A.V.E.L. Program, visit the T.R.A.V.E.L. Page on EngageU or explore the T.R.A.V.E.L. Page on the Gannon portal!