Study Tours


In addition to semester-abroad programs offered through the College (see Office of International Education), St. Mary's offers a number of shorter term study tours for academic credit, led by St. Mary's faculty members. These study tours may last for one week or more than four weeks, and are timed so as not to interfere with regular semester schedules. They are offered during Winter Break, Spring Break, or Summer Break. The level and number of credit-hours earned by a particular INTL listing varies, and some of these study tours are cross-listed as a course in a particular discipline.

In order to find out which study tours are being offered in a given academic year, contact the Office of International Education.

INTL 110, 210, 310, 410. England: Intensive Poetry-Writing Workshop in England (1-8)

Divided between Oxford and the Lake District, home to many of England's historically influential poets, this study tour and workshop emphasizes writing one's own poetry in the context of some notable greats of poetry. Side trips to London and to Stratford-upon-Avon are included.

INTL 115, 215, 315, 415. England: Shakespearean Studies Study Tour (1-8)

This program includes three weeks of on-site instruction in Stratford-upon-Avon and London. Offered as ENGL 230/355: Literary Miscellany/Studies in British Literature, Studies in Authors. Participants, led by a College faculty member, will study the relevance of Shakespeare's work to modern audiences, emphasizing the unique thematic and cultural interpretations. The course includes pre-departure seminars, attendance at eight Royal Shakespeare Theatre (RST) productions, participation at all workshops, lectures, and tours conducted by the Shakespeare Centre staff and RST actors/directors, and visits to all Shakespeare Trust properties. Prerequisites for all St. Mary’s students are ENGL 102 or ENGL 106. English majors should also have completed any 200-level literature course. Offered every other year during the summer.

INTL 120, 220, 320, 420. The Gambia: West Africa Field Study Program

This program, led by a College faculty member, aims to increase participants' understanding about and appreciation for the contributions of African civilizations to global society and culture. Offered every other year during the summer.

INTL 130, 230, 330, 430. Greece: The Greece Study Tour

This program, led by a College faculty member, will explore the layers of history and culture of Greece through historical, philosophical, literary, and religious readings, through evening seminars, and through visiting archaeological and cultural sites related to the readings and seminars. Offered every other year during the summer.

INTL 140, 240, 340, 440. India Study Tour (1-8)

Past offerings of this study tour have focused on an intensive immersion experience of culture and society in the Indian Himalayas and the Ganges plain. The tour provides direct experience of the practices, life-styles, worldviews, and philosophies of five major religious traditions in India: Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism. The tour exposes students to the nature and history of inter-religious relations in India, focusing on Hindu-Muslim relations but including study of the history and circumstances of Tibetan Buddhists in India.

INTL 150, 250, 350, 450. London Theatre Study Tour (1-8)

Usually offered during Winter Break, the focus of this study tour is the performing arts in London, with opportunities included for other museum and site visits. Tickets to a number of performances are included as part of the study tour cost.

INTL 160, 260, 360, 460. Thailand Study Tour (1-8)

Past offerings of this study tour have focused on the impact of globalization on Thai society, ranging from language, to business, education, the environment, gender roles, and religion.