Turning Travel into an Honors Experience
After attending a First Timer Information Session, you will have many ideas about international travel. Once you determine which option(s) work best for you, you should consider how to turn it into an honors experience.
Faculty-led Academic Courses & Experiences
The University Honors Program offers opportunities to travel abroad through its seminars with study tours. These are offered fall and spring semester. Most courses require an application and interview; review each seminar's individual web page to find out more!
Many students also travel abroad through a study tour or other faculty-led opportunity provided by an academic department outside of honors. Students are welcome to propose these as honors experiences.
Self-Designed Experiential Learning Projects as International Travel
When proposing international travel as a self-designed experience, there are several expectations that you are expected to meet, regardless of the type of experience that you are doing.
You are expected to submit your self-designed experiential learning project proposal at least two months prior to your expected travel date.
- UC International Application for international travel
All students must complete a UC International online application and additional forms regardless of the type of international experience. This should be completed at the same time that you submit your honors proposal. Direct access to this process can be found here: http://studyabroad.uc.edu/?go=HonorsExp. You can also follow the steps below to navigate to the appropriate area from the UC International Programs homepage.
- Go to the UC International Study Abroad page and select "View List of Available Study Abroad Programs."
- Scroll down to "Worldwide: Honors Experience Application." It can be found between the faculty-led programs and the USAC programs.
- Completely fill out all requested information and register for a pre-departure orientation
- Please note: you will not be able to count your travel as an honors experience unless you complete this process and attend a pre-departure orientation.
- International Travel Oversight Committee
- UC policy restricts UC-sponsored travel to countries with a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning. Those who wish to visit a country with a travel warning must seek an exemption to receive permission to travel.
- Students traveling without a faculty or staff leader must individually request an exemption from the International Travel Oversight Committee. More details are available at http://www.uc.edu/international/study-abroad/applying-to-study-abroad/travel-restrictions---exemptions.html. You are expected to appeal to the ITOC at least two months before traveling.
- The University Honors Program cannot approve any travel to a country with a US Department of State Travel Warning until after a travel exemption is granted by the International Travel Oversight Committee. This means that we cannot allow you to count such travel as an honors experience nor can we give you a grant if the ITOC does not approve your travel.
- Project Advisor
Some students struggle with finding an appropriate project advisor for their experience. You are encouraged to reach out to faculty that have expertise within the subject area you are pursuing to have them serve as a project advisor. You can also reach out to faculty within the appropriate language department, as they will be able to give you insight into the culture of your destination and possibly identify potential advisors.
Independent & Student Group International Travel
Students may also design international opportunities for themselves (including international co-op and internships) or a student organization. Any international travel associated with a recognized student organization and/or being used for an honors experience is subject to the UC Student Travel Policy. It also means that you will need to be diligent in meeting the expectations mentioned above, this includes completing a UC International application to travel. This is true even if your travel is not a part of an honors experience; you will need to select the appropriate application (applications exist for independent study abroad, international co-op, student group travel, etc.) from the list of Study Abroad Programs. For more information, please contact UC International Programs: firstname.lastname@example.org.