Travel Study Programs

Travel Study Programs

As Mark Twain observed, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Traveling abroad and experiencing other cultures expands our understanding of the world and enhances our respect for all people. It also serves to teach us about ourselves.

Because we believe that knowledge about the world around us has become increasingly important, Central Lakes College is committed to offering travel study opportunities for its students annually.

Participant Guidelines

Study abroad presents both academic and personal challenges. Participants should be flexible, adventurous, and cautious at the same time. You should be willing to adapt to new situations and to expect differences in all things. You will most likely have to take much more responsibility for staying on track and on time. Housing and living standards will be different: you cannot assume that environmental or living arrangements will be the same as they are in Minnesota or the United States.

Read the literature from your study abroad program carefully and attend all orientation sessions so you are aware of cultural differences and preconceived notions you may have. Take the time to research cultural differences; talk to former study abroad students, international students, and faculty; read the pre-departure information and travel books. Remember that personal safety is very important and that you must take responsibility for it.

Below are some guidelines for student participants in Central Lakes College international study and travel programs.

  1. Each applicant must be in good academic standing.
  2. Each participant must have completed any necessary prerequisites and/or be approved by the program leader.
  3. Each participant must provide the program leader with proof of current medical insurance and, if needed, proof of required inoculations.
  4. Students who do not receive instructor approval to participate in the program may appeal to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  5. Participants may be required to provide a doctor’s permission for travel abroad as a result of information given on the application form.
  6. Each student must be enrolled in a college course specifically designed for the study abroad program and complete all course requirements.
  7. Each student is financially responsible for all the course-related expenses, such as tuition, books, and travel costs, and must honor the due dates for all payments. Each student will also be financially responsible for any additional costs he or she may incur while traveling abroad.
  8. Each student must sign the College study abroad code of conduct, which outlines behavioral expectations of all program participants.
  9. Each student/participant will be expected to participate in all scheduled activities of the travel-study program.

In addition, the policies of Central Lakes College, as set forth in the Central Lakes College Student Handbook, apply to travel-study experiences and activities sponsored by the college during the travel-study experience. These policies include, but are not limited to, discrimination, harassment, firearms, and drug & alcohol use.

CLC is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, or membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law. This information is available in alternative format upon a 48-hour advance request by contacting Disability Services at 800-933-0346, ext. 8175. Deaf and Hard of Hearing users call Minnesota Relay Service: 800-627-3529 or 612-297-5353.

While every effort will be made to accommodate travel study participants, the college cannot guarantee the same level of accommodation being available in destination countries.

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