Faculty-Led Programs

TLU Faculty-Led Programs

A variety of periodic study abroad programs are offered through TLU. These are typically ten day to two-week programs led by a professor with travel in May or June, while courses are taken during the spring semester. Past programs have included: Kinesiology to Norway, Dramatic Media & Psychology to Greece, Economics to Ecuador and Biology to Belize.

Tuition and program fees are applied to the spring TLU invoice and financial aid can be applied towards the program. Fees, which usually range from $3,000 to $4,500 typically include airfare, lodging, ground transport, and group admissions on planned programs. Some or all of the meals are generally covered, depending on the program. Students must pre-register for the respective class and affiliated lab travel portion and must have a minimum GPA of 2.25 and a good campus discipline record to participate. Application and a $300 non-refundable deposit are due at the time of pre-registration, usually in mid-November. Locations and course subjects vary year to year.

Detailed information about upcoming faculty-led programs, including program applications, deadlines, and additional requirements, is available on MyTLU.

Spring 2018 Faculty-Led Programs

Costa Rica

Courses: BIOL 379 Tropical Ecology or SISE 339 Nonprofits and NGOs

Faculty Leaders: Dr. Mark Gustafson, Dr. Judy Hoffmann, and Dr. Alicia Briney

Dates: May 14-23

Approximate Cost: $2,900 (Biology majors may apply for a Weston Scholarship of $900)

  • Hike in rainforest and cloud forest preserves
  • Hike at the base of a volcano and visit hot springs
  • Learn about sustainable community development and reforestation projects
  • Visit common types of tropical agriculture such as banana, pineapple & cacao plantations
  • Observe tropical plants & wildlife including monkeys, parrots, toucans, & iguanas
  • Guided whitewater rafting*
  • Most meals included

*All program participants must be able to pass a swim test


Course: KINS 234 Motor Learning or EDUC 334A U.S. Schools

Faculty Leaders: Dr. Casi Helbi and Dr. Jeanette Jones

Dates: May 14-24

Approximate Cost: $3,800* (Discounted price with Krost Scholarship of $3,560 for the first 15 students who complete application, meet requirements, are accepted and pay $300 non-refundable deposit)

  • Guided walking and hiking tours
  • Visit Montessori, private, and public schools
  • Visit a thermal bath
  • Traditional Italian cooking class & Gelato-making course
  • Food and nutrition tour in Bologna
  • Optional bike tour
  • Daily breakfast and some dinners included

General Information

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum TLU Cumulative GPA of 2.25
  • Good campus discipline record
  • Quality application essay and positive faculty member recommendation

Applications, Deadlines, & Information

  • Applications are available on my.TLU.edu or at Charla Bailey's office in Tschoepe Hall 107
  • Priority application deadline is November 13. Final application deadline is December 6, 2017.
  • A $300 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of application/pre-registration, payable to the TLU Business Office by cash, check, or credit card. The deposit is applied to the total program fee.
  • The program fee will be added to the Spring 2018 TLU semester billing
  • Fees include airfare, lodging, group ground transportation, group admission on planned activities, some meals, and medical insurance
  • All students participating in the programs abroad must be registered for the course and corresponding “lab” section

Additional program costs that are the responsibility of the student:

  • Passport
  • Meals and drinks other than those listed in the itineraries
  • Laundry
  • Personal expenses and souvenirs
  • Luggage fees
  • Optional activities not included in program

Contact Us 

Charla Bailey
Director of International Education

Office: Tschoepe Hall 107
Phone: 830-372-8098
Email: cbailey@tlu.edu

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