All students wishing to register for a BVU travel course must:
- Read all the information contained in this document.
- Print the Travel Course Application Form from the Registrar’s Web Page.
- Complete the Travel Course Application Form, obtaining signatures of the academic advisor and Associate Dean of Students (Thomas “Dale” Scully) on the application form.
- Submit the application form to the Associate Dean’s Office (DE107D) by September 23, 2013.
- Pay the required deposit for the specific travel course by September 23, 2013.
Deposit and Registration
Once you have completed your application form, make the required non-refundable deposit with the Business Office no later than September 23, 2013 so that you can register for the course during your specified registration time. If you think you may need a loan to assist you in covering the cost of the travel course, please consult with the Office of Financial Assistance no later than early September or the loan will likely not be processed in time for registration. All students will have a "deposit hold" until the deposit has been paid. This hold is released once the deposit has been paid. Consult the information posted below for the correct amount.
It is important to understand that deposits are non-refundable and, at any time following your registration into the course, you will be responsible for all unrecoverable payments made on your behalf for the course. If a course is canceled due to low enrollment, or if a student is not able to register due to the enrollment limit being reached for a course, deposits will be refunded to students.
Once the deposit has been made and registration completed, the balance of the course fees must be paid according to the payment schedule established for the specific course. Each travel course specifies a non-refundable deposit, as well as the payment schedule for payment of balances; students are responsible for paying close attention to the dates listed for the travel course they select.
Note: All international, Dean’s Fellows, and Honor’s stipends as well as any other institutional funding apply to the final payment for the course.
Registration for Interim Travel Courses is scheduled September 23-27, 2013. Steps to insure you are ready to register for travel courses on time (Steps 1 through 4 below should be completed prior to September 23).
1. Make sure you are current on all financial obligations with the University: If you have any outstanding financial obligations to the university, they must be met prior to registering for Interim and/or Spring. Prior to September 24, contact the Business Office to verify that your account is current.
2. All transcripts from other institutions, including your final high school transcript must be recorded with the University: Transcripts from any college level work (AP, CLEP or 2 or other 4 year institutions) must have been received directly from the other institution by the Registrar’s Office prior to September 23 for you to be cleared to register for any travel course (or any other Interim or spring coursework). Until all transcripts are received (including your final high school transcript), you will not be allowed to register for a travel course.
3. Travel course deposit must be paid. The appropriate deposit for the travel course for which you wish to register must be paid before you are cleared to register.
4. Obtain the “Access Code” for the travel course in which you wish to enroll. The Access Code for Campus Connect allows you to register for your intended travel course: Get the access code, a unique number for each travel course, from the instructor of the course. Enter the code to "clear your access" to Campus Connect. This can be done any time after you have paid your deposit and should be done by September 23 or according to the schedule of how your travel course faculty sponsor chooses to release the Access Code for his/her course.
Steps to register for travel courses:
Once your deposit is paid, you have checked that your records (transcripts, finances, etc.) are such that you are able to register, and you have input your access code for the course you wish to enroll in, go to Campus Connect and register according to the registration schedule. Campus Connect will open at 8:15 a.m. each day for registration according to the following schedule based on the number of credits you currently have earned.
Seniors (87 or more credit hours) and Honor Students: Monday, September 23
Juniors (56 to 86 credit hours): Tuesday, September 24
Sophomores (24 to 55 credit hours): Wednesday, September 25
Freshmen (fewer than 24 credit hours): Thursday, September 26
Registration for Interim travel courses will be shut off on Friday, September 27 at noon. At this time, decisions will be made to determine if any travel courses need to be canceled or rescheduled due to low enrollments.
Locations and Costs of Travel Courses
Buena Vista University is committed to offering students opportunities for a global perspective recognizing that global distinctions may be experienced throughout the United States as well as across the world. Regardless of location, Interim travel courses create opportunities whereby students engage cultural, historical, economic, geographical, and/or aesthetic experiences through which they are able to promote personal growth, enhance cultural sensitivity, and expand their world views.
Regardless of the destination of the travel course, Buena Vista University’s travel courses create opportunities whereby students experience other cultures first-hand. In so doing, in addition to specific destination learning outcomes, students will be able to:
- Actively engage diverse communities, developing greater intercultural knowledge
- Demonstrate greater intercultural competency appropriate to new settings and diverse communities
- Develop greater understanding of the role of the world citizen and responsibilities world citizens share for their common global future.
Because of the institution’s commitment to assisting our students to experience global perspectives, the institution underwrites students’ costs to the greatest extent possible. You will see the total cost per person charge listed for each travel course, the cost to students (reflecting the amount underwritten by the university for that course), followed by the payment schedule for each course. Be sure to read all the information provided for each course.
Program costs for travel courses are the most accurate estimates possible. These costs are subject to change due to the rate of inflation and/or unexpected rises in costs. Occasionally courses may be canceled at the close of the registration period (late September/beginning of October) if enrollment is not sufficient. Similarly, if necessary, students may be given an option of increasing the amount they pay if unfavorable exchange rates are realized after the planning stages are complete. In such instances, all students must sign their agreement to the increased costs or adjustments in the experiences will occur to meet the original cost charged to students.
Travel course applicants are expected to be in good academic standing with the university. Students on academic or disciplinary probation will not be allowed to register for international and/or domestic travel courses.
Dates for Travel Courses
Travel courses generally consist of a minimum of 15 days of travel instruction within the Interim calendar. Faculty have the discretion to arrange travel for a longer period of time; courses may occasionally leave prior to the official beginning of the Interim session. Some courses may have on-campus time as well as off-campus travel time. Many courses require preparatory work the semester prior to the travel experience. Students are expected to complete all components associated with the travel course. Failure to attend the preparatory sessions may result in a student being removed from the travel course. If such removal is necessary, the student bears the costs to the institution of his/her removal for failure to comply with course requirements. Travel to South Africa typically occurs in May and June immediately following graduation. It is the student’s responsibility to fully understand the travel schedule requirements for the course in which s/he enrolls.
Unexpected Withdrawals and/or Terminations from Travel Courses
Students may experience need for unexpected medical or bereavement withdrawals from travel courses. In such documented cases, students will receive a refund of all recoverable funds; because of the need to commit funds months prior to travel, it may not be possible to refund funds in some cases. The student must provide the Associate Dean’s Office with appropriate documentation (doctor’s statement verifying the student is medically unable to participate in the course, appropriate documentation related to bereavement issue, etc.) along with the refund request.
If a student is terminated from a travel course any time after registration in the course as a result of disciplinary or behavioral problems, fees will be assessed as necessary and will vary depending on the course and date of termination. No refunds will be made and no credit will be awarded to students who are terminated from a travel course as a result of disciplinary or behavioral problems. If disciplinary or behavioral problems occur while a travel course in underway, the student will be sent home at his/her expense. Additional fees may be assessed in such instances as necessary.
Students are expected to travel to and from destinations with the BVU group as outlined by the faculty leaders and complete all required elements of the travel course for which they are enrolled. Failure to do either likely results in the student failing the course and may suffer additional penalties.
Campus Meal Plans
Students enrolled in BVU 2014 travel courses will automatically receive a meal stipend based on their specific meal plan for the required time away from campus. No application for these meal stipends is needed with travel courses.
Documents Required for International Travel Courses
Travel course participants must possess a valid U.S. Passport. If you already have a passport, check to see when it expires. Passports may be acquired with the required fee (usually approximately $135) at any county Recorder’s Office or online at the U.S. State Department’s website. Passports can take 8 weeks or longer to be processed. Plan ahead accordingly. See individual travel course descriptions or faculty leading said travel course for information on passport requirements for the course.
Certain countries will require an entry visa. Participants will be advised on visa application and picture requirements by travel course faculty sponsors.
Certain inoculations may be recommended or required for particular travel courses. Specific information on inoculations and where/when to obtain them will be given to participants from the travel course faculty sponsors as soon as the information is available.
Documents required for all Travel Courses
In addition to appropriate passports, visa, and inoculations for international travelers, all students traveling with a BVU travel course must provide which may be found on the Registrar’s Web Page:
1) Completed application form (turned into the Associate Dean of Faculty’s office by September 23, 2013)
2) Completed medical information form (required for International courses and highly recommended for domestic travel courses) (turned in to the travel course faculty leader)
3) Off-campus Study Contract (turned in to the travel course faculty leader)
Domestic Travel Options
INTM 202: Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon
This course includes observation of how people participate in gambling and how gambling is associated with social factors, as well as an examination of Las Vegas culture. Students approach gambling from sociological, criminological, psychological, gender, cultural, and economic perspectives. Group work on site is a required activity, and a presentation will be carried out upon our return. Trip includes visit to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. Course Schedule - 1/6-8: pre-trip class preparation on campus; 1/13-21: Travel; and 1/23-24: Presentation/Discussion on campus.
Limit:10-12 students (students must be 21 or older by the time of travel)
Travel costs: $1850 (air, hotel, transportation, special meal, Grand Canyon tour, cultural events, and insurance); $500 deposit due at Registration, $1000 due Nov. 1, and $350 due Dec. 1.
Led by Miyuki Vamadevan Arimoto, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Annamaria Formichella-Elsden, Professor of English.
INTM 204: New York City/Washington, D.C. Cultural Extravaganza
This 14-day cultural extravaganza leads students in an exploration of two of the world's most famous cities: New York City and Washington, D.C. In New York City we will immerse ourselves in the performances of Broadway and Lincoln Center, including musicals and dramas. New York is an international city, as our tour of the United Nations, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Chinatown will prove. NYC is also a city of beauty and tragedy, as you will see in tours of Ground Zero, the Museum of Modern Art, The Empire State Building, Rockefeller Plaza, Times Square and Lincoln Center, among many stops. You will have free time as well to explore sites not on our itinerary. Washington DC is a city of history and our tours will take us to The Washington Monument, the memorials for Lincoln, Jefferson, MLK Jr, and the veterans of our many foreign wars. But history, here, also includes invention (as you will see at the Smithsonian Air & Space museum and the Newseum) and tragedy (as you will see at The Holocaust Museum and Arlington Cemetery). A trip to George Washington's estate in Mt. Vernon is on the itinerary, as is a stop at the Capitol and a visit with our Congressmen from Iowa. Travel dates; Jan. 6-Jan. 19.
Limit: 20 students
Trip cost: $2899.00 Deposit information and due dates: $500 deposit due at registration. First half (includes deposit) due Nov. 1. Remainder due Dec. 1.
Led by David Boelter, Associate Professor of Art and Bruce Ellingson, Professor of Media Studies.
INTM 206: Storytelling with Walt Disney by Land and Sea
The Business & Media Interim travel course examines the business and communication strategies of effective storytelling, and shares how “Walt Disney’s Way” can be used in any field of study or career. Specifically, the course will start at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, then move across the country to Orlando, Florida, home of Walt Disney World and extends to the Disney Cruise Line.
The group will spend 3 days in California learning about Walt Disney and how he created a whole new art form to a new business of storytelling. The California leg of the trip will include Hollywood and both Disney theme parks in Anaheim; Disneyland and California Adventure. Then we follow Walt Disney’s dream to Orlando, Florida where we’ll spend 5-6 days on land at Walt Disney World. The group will then spend 4 days on sea when they experience the extension of the Walt Disney brand internationally on the Disney Cruise Line. The students will cruise with internationally known Disney author and historian, Jim Korkis on the Disney Magic. During the time in California and Florida, students will go “backstage” to see how theme parks and cruise line really work as well as visit with Disney cast members, historians and authors in storytelling, marketing, media and public relations. Course fee includes plane tickets, hotel in Anaheim and Orlando, Disney cruise, ground transportation in California and Florida, and theme park admissions at 6 different parks. The travel course will be 17-18 days (based on availability). Students are personally responsible for meals, personal items, and transportation to/from the Omaha airport. The trip will be from Jan. 6 to Jan. 21, 2014.
Limit: 10 students
Trip Cost: $3650 for the California/Florida/Cruise. There is a non-refundable deposit of $1650 due at registration. Final payment of $2000 California-Florida trip is due on or before Dec. 1, 2013.
Led by Jerry Johnson, Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Henry Hardt, Professor of Business Law and Finance.
INTM 220: European Art and Culture
Spend three weeks in six countries this interim! Tour historical sites such as Pompeii, Stonehenge, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Coliseum. View great art, including da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Michelangelo’s David, and the Sistine Chapel. Take a canal ride in Amsterdam, browse the leather market in Florence, and see Les Misérables on stage in London. The itinerary is likely to include cities in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, France, and England. Travel dates: Dec. 27-Jan. 18 (flights permitting).
Limit: 22 students
Trip cost: $4300. Deposit information and due dates: Payment schedule: $1500 non-refundable deposit due at registration in late September. Second $1500 installment due Nov. 1. Remainder due Nov. 29.
Led by Gwen Hart, Assistant Professor of English Composition and Bob Ferguson, Emeritus Professor of Psychology.
INTM 222: Voluntourism- Cruise through the Panama Canal
Join us for a voluntourism trip of a life time. Volunteer in Miami, FL at a local non-profit for two days. Then board a ship which will make stops in the Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Columbia, Panama Canal Transit, Costa Rica, Mexico and Los Angeles, where we will volunteer at all locations. On the ship students will participate in class discussion and prepare for port stops. Estimated trip cost is $3500 with travel dates January 8-January 26. Students will need to have additional money for souvenirs, 10 meals, snacks and other necessities.
Limit: to 10 students Grading:Pass/Fail
Trip Cost: $3500. Deposit dates are the following: Registration $1000, Nov. 1 $1250 and Dec. 1 $1250.
Led by Matt Hanson, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Ashley Farmer- Hanson, Director of Civic Engagement..
INTM 224: Holocaust Studies Travel Course
This travel course is the centerpiece of the Year of Holocaust Studies. Learn about the impact of the Holocaust on Jewish life in Warsaw and Krakow in Poland, and in Prague in the Czech Republic. In addition, we will visit the sites/remnants of the concentration camps Treblinka, Majdanek, and Auschwitz. The trip ends in Israel where we will explore parts of the nation which came into existence, in large measure, as a political outcome of the Holocaust.Travel dates January 6-18, 2014.
Limit: 12 students
Trip Cost: $4500 ($1000 deposit due at registration; $1000 by Nov. 1; $2500 by Dec. 1 ).
Led by Dixee Bartholomew-Feis, Dean of the School of Social Science, Philosolphy, and Religion and Professor of History; and Elizabeth Lamoureux, Professor of Communication Studies.
INTM 226: India: Delight…Excite…Ignite!
India is like no other country on earth and this interim travel course offers the experience of discovery first hand. Spend time working in a school within one of India’s slums and help a child learn or fill a service need. Travel across India and discover what it is like to stand in a temple large enough to hold 25,000 people in prayer, to climb a fortress more than 2000 years old, and to behold the majesty of the Taj Mahal. Travel will take place between January 2, 2014 and January 22, 2014.
Limit: 12 students
Trip Cost: $4300, with $1000 due at Registration, $1500 due Oct. 31, balance due Nov. 30.
Led by Karin Strohmyer, Assistant Professor of Special Education, and Robbie Ludy, Director of Academic Partnerships and Liaison to Internation Education Programs.
INTM 228: Rwanda – Join us in exploring Rwanda and her people!
Along with traveling through the Land of 1000 Hills and studying the great tragedy of 1994 (and the diversity of responses), we will also spend several days working with a few nonprofit organizations dedicated to teaching nonviolent conflict resolution (groups like Football for Peace-Rwanda http://www.football4peace.eu/index.html, Memos http://memosrwanda.wordpress.com/ and others). This course will also include an animal adventure in either Rwanda or Kenya. Travel dates: around Jan 5-19, 2014.
Limit: 8 students
Trip Cost: $4444. $1,500 deposit due at registration,$1,500 due Nov. 1, with final payment of $1,444 due Dec. 1. All payments are non-refundable.
Led by Swasti Bhattacharyya, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Relition and Wind Goodfriend, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology.
SPAN 490: International Experience Salamanca, Spain
You have the opportunity to study in the oldest university in Spain, and one of the oldest in the world. In January 2014 we will be living in Salamanca, a beautiful World Heritage city well over 2000 years old, studying Spanish for three weeks at the University of Salamanca, living with local families in homestays, and experiencing the cultural, historical, and social traditions of Spain. We will also visit other important cities in the region on weekend excursions. This trip is open to all majors and all levels of Spanish ability. This trip will also meet the requirements for the Spanish Major, and an elective for the Spanish Minor.
Limit: 12 students
Trip Cost: $3000-$3500 (Depending on Excursions, more info TBA). Base Price: $3300 (if the participants reach the 8 person minimum); $3800 (If the number of participants drop below 6). Deposit: $1500, nonrefundable will be due by registration; $900 by November 1, and $900 (plus the extra balance if the enrolment is less than 6) by Dec. 1.
Led by Bethany Larson, Associate Professor of Theatre and Scott Richey, Associate Professor of Spanish.
Summer 2014 Travel Courses (May/June)
INTM 223: Sláinte! The Irish Experience
Leprechauns and magic, 40 shades of green and sheep on the road, pub stories and Celtic music: it's all part of Sláinte! The Irish Experience. While students will enjoy exploring the Irish culture, landscape and learning a little Gaelic, students will also walk away with tangible evidence of their study. The focus of this course challenges students to develop published work for their portfolios and participate in public performances. At the heart of Irish culture is story, and our host, Mr. Batt Burns, is a well known seanchaí, or Irish storyteller. He will demonstrate and teach students the art of Irish oral performance.Students will both attend live performances and have the chance to act, sing, dance, develop and deliver their own stories. The other half of the community performance focus of this course involves storytelling through media. Students will locate, write and photograph the stories of community in the coastal fishing village of Sneem with the promise of publication in the Sneem Parish News annual magazine. Also in keeping with the community journalism focus, students will develop visual narratives for a collaborative book of photography, audio and visual blogs. Through it all, students will develop professional work while exploring Sneem and surrounding villages in County Kerry, iconic natural vistas such as Killarney National Forest, the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, and historic cities like Galway and Dublin. Travel dates: May 27-June 12, 2014.
Limit: 20 students
Trip Cost: $4500. Initial deposit—December 15, 2013 ($1500); second payment—February 15, 2014 ($1500); final payment—March 15, 2014 ($1500).
Led by Andrea Frantz, Associate Professor of Digital Media and Bethany Larson, Associate Professor of Theatre.