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

  • The T.R.A.V.E.L. Program (Transforming Residents Abroad Via Engaged Learning) is an innovative new program that encourages students to live on campus in intentional communities, meet regularly to study a variety of topics together in partnership with two co-facilitators, and travel together to the international destination of their choice in the month of May.

    Criteria & Incentives

    Unlike other learning abroad programs at Gannon University, the T.R.A.V.E.L. Program is managed by the Student Development and Engagement Office and is for students who are simply looking to experience another culture for their own leisure. (Academic credits are not offered.) Other unique aspects of T.R.A.V.E.L. include:

    • Students who apply for this program must agree to live on campus in an intentional community of 8 to 14 people.  (Trips need a minimum of 8 students)
    • Students must have a 2.0 or above cumulative grade point average and agree to a discipline audit, regular meetings to learn about a variety of topics, and a scheduled payment plan that will include fundraising activities.
    • Students who are accepted into this program will receive $1000 toward the cost of their trip and will be placed in desirable upper-class housing.
    • 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.
    • 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, and intentional communities.

    T.R.A.V.E.L. Destinations for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

    • Ireland (Culture and Art) Experience the Knights in another country as we explore castles and meet our sister school, Mary Immaculate College. Learn to Irish dance with the locals and discover breathtaking views of the Irish coastline. Explore the setting of classic literary moments.
    • Italy and Greece (Food, Culture and Mythology)
    • Germany (Culture and Architecture) Explore the modern, creative and energetic culture of Berlin and the folkloric, yet progressive Bavarian Alps beauty of Munich. Meet with German university students to share stories and experiences. Visit the historic Berlin Wall, the world-famous Hofbräuhaus, and the fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle.
    • Australia (Environmental Sustainability) Study energy and water conservation in Erie before traveling to Australia to explore one of the world's most sustainable cities as it becomes carbon neutral by 2020. Walk, bike, hike and boat with natives through this eco-inspired urban adventure.
    • Israel (Holy Land Tour) Travel to Jerusalem and visit key Biblical sites. Confront contemporary geopolitical issues on day trips to the West Bank; snorkel in the Red Sea; climb to the top of Masada.
    • England (Pop Culture) Explore the stomping grounds of Prince William an Princess Kate in London, Kensington and Windsor. Ride the Tube, see Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre, explore the Apple Market and enjoy some fish and chips.
    • France, England, Spain (Culture and Sports)