Spring Into Summer

Study in the spring, travel in the summer

Eckerd offers an additional program known as spring-into-summer. Students register for class as part of their spring semester and prepare for travel that commences at the end of that semester. Destinations for these programs are announced in late fall of each academic year.

Want a taste of Spring Into Summer? Here are some things students have done on their trips:

International Business major Clayton Adelizzi ’22 and Management major Thomas Wilson ’21 attended the European Innovation Academy in Portugal. Clayton’s team placed in the top 10 and was awarded a trip to Greece; Thomas was rewarded with a $3,000 scholarship.

2022 Destinations

Please come to International Education in Seibert 100 for individual program application materials.
All application materials are due by 12 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2021

Spring into Summer Travel Scholarship Application
Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, November 12, 2021
Award Notifications: November 26, 2021

$500 deposit due 12 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2021

Marketing a New Global Venture – Portugal

Travel Dates: July 17 – August 5, 2022
COST: $TBD

Do you want to explore new ventures and learn to turn an idea into a startup business in only 15 days? This program includes on-campus classes as well as a 3-Week course titled “Extreme Entrepreneurship” which takes place in Europe in the wine city of Porto, Portugal. You will participate in a real-life context, acquiring the skills and knowhow to develop a business idea from the conceptual stage to the marketplace. You will be mentored by experienced professionals from various business, marketing, IT and design backgrounds while being supported by your International Business Professors. In addition, you will work in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary group to gain experience in collaborating within a globally diverse business environment.  The program will also include cultural trips and excursions to various heritage sites in Portugal such as Castelo de São Jorge and the royal family and Moorish castle in Sintra.

Fulfills the Global Perspective 

Airfare not included. Students must purchase their own plane tickets.

Topics and techniques in Cuban marine research – Cuba

Travel Dates:
Cost: $TBD

This course will involve one night per week class meetings during spring semester, followed by a 2-week trip to Cuba in June. On campus, the course will provide an introduction to Cuban geography, history, and culture, and then study general aspects of the ecology and natural history of tropical marine environments. It will also examine, in greater detail, topics related to class activities in Cuba including coral reef benthic habitat characterization, reef fish diversity, manatee biology, tarpon ecology, and use of underwater field techniques. Class activities in the spring will include lectures and discussion of readings. In Cuba, field activities will involve collaborative work with Cuban scientists and students in coastal environments of the Isle of Youth. Some activities will involve SCUBA diving, though students who are not SCUBA-certified may be able to use mask and snorkel. Excursions in Havana will provide access to Cuban culture and history. Evaluation will be on quizzes and short assignments. Seniors will complete enough of the course during spring semester to be awarded course credit before graduation. There are no prerequisites, however the course will be most appropriate for science students interested in marine ecosystems.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective

Language Immersion in Cuenca, Ecuador

Travel Dates:
Cost: $TBD

Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador. Attend intensive language classes taught by local instructors. Other activities include culinary and dance classes, as well as guided visits to museums, markets, archaeological sites, and hot springs. One weekend excursion features hiking in Cajas National Park, with its scenic trails and blue lagoons. A second weekend excursion includes a visit to Ingapirca, Ecuador’s most impressive Inca ruins. Students will also visit the historic center of Quito, Ecuador’s capital, and the Otavalo market. Perched at 8,000 feet in the Andes Mountains, Cuenca is one of South America’s best preserved colonial cities. Its historic core is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city has gained renown as a production center for Panama hats. The program is open to all students who wish to study Spanish at the beginning or intermediate level. Successful students will earn a full semester language credit.

Fulfills the Global Perspective

Bears to Cats: London Theatre History

Travel Dates: TBD
Cost: $TBD

From bear baiting in the Elizabethan period to the premiere of Cats, animals and the performing arts have been intrinsically linked. This course will consider how the inclusion of animals and animalistic performance informs our understanding of various worldviews, philosophies, religions, and aesthetics from the Elizabethan period to now. With London and the West End as our ultimate classroom, we will open the curtains to the vibrant theatre culture of London and explore the intersection of animals with current and historical aspects of London’s rich theatre life. After time on campus studying the history of animals on stage and animalistic performances from the Elizabethan period to now, we will move class to Eckerd’s London Study Centre to experience some of the best that theatre has to offer: West End musicals, Off-West-End performances, and Fringe experimental pieces. The emphasis will be on attending performances on West End and Off-West End,delving into the city, and engaging with historical sites of London.

Fulfills the Global Perspective 

Ecosystem Health: Belize

Travel Dates: TBD
Cost: $TBD

This course focuses on biology and conservation and rehabilitation efforts of native Belize wildlife. Students will be engaged in several aspects of wildlife health, ecology, research, and human-animal conflict. Rehabilitation and the recovery effort provides numerous teaching opportunities in multiple disciplines ranging from biology, wildlife health, ecology, research, and human-animal conflict as well as the social sciences. The curriculum for this course involves husbandry care and veterinary assistance when indicated. Conservation education is especially highlighted as a means of outreach and capacity building both locally and globally. Students are expected to gain an appreciation of all the aspects that are involved with species conservation and ecosystem health.

Fulfills the Environmental Perspective