Faculty can propose to teach a travel course during May Term. This process begins during the academic year prior to the planned May Term because of curricular development timelines and the needs to establish and review relationships with partners overseas. Applications for May Term travel courses can be found here. Applications are due March 31st the year prior to the May Term travel course.
A virtual Developing a May Term Travel Course Workshop was held on Tuesday, February 15th at 4 p.m. via Zoom. A recording of the session can be found here.
Please note the application process and timeline to teach a May Term travel course in Salzburg is a different. The application to teach a May Term travel course in Salzburg can be found here; applications for Salzburg May Term 2024 are due October 22, 2021.
Students at Redlands benefit from a Faculty that is deeply committed to off-campus education and study. A clear manifestation of this is the Faculty’s activity in leading travel courses during the university’s May Term period each year. Approximately 15 credit-granting courses are offered each May Term session, some of which may require pre-requisites. The majority of these courses take place outside of the United States though there are commonly multiple domestic options in a variety of academic areas.
Experiential in practice, these courses are frequently interdisciplinary in design and offer distinct opportunities for exploratory and creative course content. The mixture of travel, experiential learning and interdisciplinary design allows for a series of study options that are unique in composition and provide educational opportunities that are not possible during regular semesters. Typically, many of these courses also satisfy Liberal Arts Foundation and/or Liberal Arts Inquiry requirements.
May Term Travel Courses either fully take place away from the university or offer a split model where courses are divided between a period of on-campus study, with a minimum of 10-14 days off-campus. The average class-size is 14-15 students per course.
Through May Term Travel Courses, students benefit from short term, international and off-campus curricular options that expand their scope of learning while broadening their sense of self and providing global spaces for reflection on difference and diversity.
Only tenured, tenure-track and term-track CAS faculty are eligible to reach a May Term Travel Course.
Information about how to develop a May Term travel course proposal can be found here.
Completed application forms (application form, budget, course flyer and program itinerary) for May Term 2023 must be submitted by Thursday, March 31st, 2022. No late applications will be accepted. To complete an application, please access all materials and make submissions here. *Please note that applications to lead May Term Travel Courses to Salzburg follow a different application process and timeline.
All complete applications will be reviewed by the Study Away Office, corresponding committees as needed, and also require the CAS Dean’s final approval. Applicants will receive notification about the status of their applications by the end of spring semester 2022.
Applications for May Term travel courses can be found here. Applications are due March 31st the year prior to the May Term travel course. No late applications are accepted.
Proposed course should be included in your department’s AY22-23 course schedule. Any requests for teaching an MTT course with compensated overload will not be approved.
The role of the faculty leader of a travel course significantly differs from their responsibilities and requirements of teaching a course on campus. Responsibilities will vary based on a number of factors including course location, housing, focus, activities, and excursions but all will include, but not necessarily be limited to, those listed below:
The Office of Study Away and CAS Dean ask faculty seeking to lead and facilitate a May Term Travel course to consider using a program provider organization. Program providers work with faculty leaders to craft and customize a course with all academic, co-curricular and logistical elements in mind. Top program organizations who we work with are leading non-profit educational organizations and not pre-packaged travel or tour operators. These partners offer academic and support networks and services around the global. Like any leading study abroad organization, while their first consideration is the health and safety of students and faculty, they also endeavor to ensure that courses and programs run smoothly through comprehensive logistical support while at the same time providing for the academic quality and integrity of the course intent and vision.
May Term travel courses must also be submitted to and approved by the Curriculum Committee. Course requests must be submitted in Curriculog, where it will be routed for committee review. The Curriculog link and procedure guides are housed in MyRedlands under CAPS & Curriculum Forms.