Travel Study Opportunities from Weekend College

Earn credits as you travel with Mount faculty to exciting and educational destinations around the world.

One of the benefits of attending Weekend College at Mount St. Mary’s in Los Angeles is the diversity of educational opportunities. Not only does Weekend College have traditional, face-to-face classes conveniently scheduled on selected weekends, plus a blending of online courses to help you graduate on time — but we also offer educational travel as well.

Headed by Mount instructors, these Travel Study opportunities allow you to visit fascinating destinations around the globe, while earning valuable credits that can be applied to your degree program. In most cases, family members are welcome to join you on these journeys, as well.

Some of the locales visited by Weekend College students in the past include Asia, Europe, The British Isles, Russia, South America, the Caribbean, the American South, and Hawaii.

Travel Study Courses allow you to immerse yourself in the culture and history of your destination. Your guides are drawn from our dynamic and knowledgeable faculty, so you’re learning as you explore.

Below are examples of recent Travel Study opportunities enjoyed by Weekend College students and their families. To learn more, consult your Mount advisor, or click here to request more information about Weekend College.

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Spring 2014: Breathtaking Peru, Mysterious & Mystical

February 28-March 7, 2014

Visit Lima for a chance to taste its colonial and cosmopolitan sites and its unique and renowned Peruvian cuisine. Next, fly to Cuzco and continue to the Sacred Valley, a magical land where Indian markets and Incan constructions mix with corn fields, the Andes Mountains and picturesque villages. Journey to Machu Picchu, to marvel at one of the Wonders of the Modern World. The trip finishes with a stay in Cuzco City to discover Incan and colonial sites while enjoying lots of shopping.

Spring 2013: Kingdoms of Wonder

June 7-16, 2013

The Kingdom of Thailand is often called the “Land of Smiles”. It is a country full of pleasant contradictions and its modern charms are intermingled with its captivating history. Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and rightly so because it has something for everyone. It is rich with fascinating culture, architecture, spectacular temples and exquisite cuisine. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha sits within the grounds of the Bangkok Grand Palace, surrounded by walls more than a mile long. Inside, it contains some of the finest examples of Buddhist sculpture, architecture, painting, and decorative craft in Thailand.

The Kingdom of Cambodia boasts some of the most spectacular sights on the planet. Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, dating from the 12th century AD, is considered the largest religious structure in the world. Originally a Hindu temple, it is a currently a Buddhist shrine. The temples of Angkor represent the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. Its rainforests offer an opportunity to see how manmade structures can be reclaimed by nature. Riding an elephant gives you a feeling of living in another time. With a tragic recent history, this country is finally beginning to move on the path of political and economic development.

Spring 2012: Greek Odyssey: In the Footsteps of History

May 21-31, 2012

GreeceDiscover the beauties of Ancient Athens, while experiencing the vibrant local culture of the modern city. Explore the history, rugged landscapes, rich culture and turquoise beaches of the Peloponnese. The Peloponnesus region is known for vast olive groves, Byzantine churches, Venetian castles and stone hilltop villages. It is the home of the original Olympics and the world finest ancient theatre. It is a place to see the old and the new quietly coexisting while enjoying a glass of local wine and gorgeous fresh fish and produce. Get swept away in the magnificent views and colorful sunsets of the Ionian islands. The trip is open to students, alums, family and friends.

Spring 2011: Treasures of Turkey

May 16-26, 2011

TurkeyPoised at the crossroads between East and West, Turkey is graced with a stunning coastline, picturesque villages, and a unique cultural legacy shaped by the Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. The 11-day trip begins in Istanbul, visits the otherworldly moonscape of Cappadocia, gives you a chance to swim in the thermal pools of Pamukkle and walk among the ruins of Aphrodisias. The last three days are spent on the Turkey’s Turquoise Coast in Bodrum. The trip is from May 16th to May 26, 2011 and is open to students, alums, family and friends.