May Term

Bulldogs are studying around the world during May Term—the University’s intensive third term that offers students the opportunity to travel on professor-led trips for study abroad courses. This year’s 14 courses include trips to:


For what is believed to be the first time for the University, 15 students and four faculty-administrative advisors are traveling in Cuba. The first week of class was spent on campus where students participated in an orientation and foundation class about Cuba. John Walsh, Omer E. Robbins Chaplain to the University and lecturer in religious studies is co-facilitating this course with his brother Ned Walsh. The group is based in Havana but taking day trips to other important historical and cultural centers in Cuba. Students will also meet with Cuban academics and leaders in different fields for several panel discussions.


Twelve Redlands students traveled to Cambodia to observe the trial of three senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime. The Khmer Rouge trial charges Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary and Khieu Samphan with genocide, crimes against humanity and grave breaches of the Geneva Convention of 1949. 


Students are traveling along the east coast of Australia over 27 days, focusing on outdoor leadership skills and group dynamics. The group is spending time in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Byron Bay, Fraser Island, and Girraween National Park, where they are backpacking, surfing and sea kayaking. Group lessons include backcountry skills with “leave-no-trace ethics,” and discussion of leadership styles, conflict resolution methods, group dynamics, and environmental issues both within Australia and as they relate to the United States.

United States

A group of 10 students, many of them minors in the Human-Animal Studies program, are combining an animal ethics course with volunteering at several animal shelters and sanctuaries. The first two weeks were spent on campus holding class and volunteering at three regional animal shelters with different resources, capacities, and missions: the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter, the private and no-kill Yucaipa Animal Placement Society (YAPS), and a one-woman horse rescue in Riverside County: True Innocents Equine Rescue (T.I.E.R.). The final two weeks will be spent in class work and almost full-time volunteering at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, one of the nation's largest no-kill sanctuaries for abandoned and abused animal companions, in southern Utah.

Other courses include the studies of:

  • Global medical ethics in South Africa
  • Writing about the arts in London
  • Exploring the ruins of the Holocaust in Salzburg
  • Tropical ecology in Costa Rica 
  • Service-learning in language, culture, and education in Guatemala 
  • Policy-making in Washington DC 
  • An expedition in Palau 
  • Ecology in Australia and New Zealand 
  • Religion and culture in Japan 
  • Politics and art in Salzburg


The Sustainable University of Redlands Farm (SURF) is a natural farm in its beginning stages, but already grows and sells fresh vegetables to Bon Appetit, the food management company on campus.

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