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.

2020 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 6, 2019

Spring into Summer Travel Scholarship Application
Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2019
Award Notifications: November 26, 2019

$500 deposit due 12 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2019

Marketing a New Global Venture – Portugal

Travel Dates: July 8 – July 31, 2020
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 picturesque coastal town of Cascais, 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 market place. You will be mentored by experienced professionals from various business, marketing, IT and design backgrounds while being supported by your International Business Professor. In addition, you will work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary groups to gain experience in collaborating within a globally diverse business environment.  The program will also include cultural trips and excursions to various sites in Portugal. You will explore Lisbon’s heritage sites, hike a Moorish castle in Sintra and visit the wine country in Porto.

Fulfills a Global Perspective 

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

Asia and the Environmental Initiative – Takamatsu, Japan, Hong Kong or Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Travel Dates:
COST: $TBD  (Japan)

$TBD (Hong Kong)

$TBD (Indonesia)

The Asia & the Environmental Initiative brings the study of Asian societies and cultures together with research on environmental issues in a vigorously inter-disciplinary and experience-based program. If accepted, you’ll begin with on-campus study and text-based research, then move to immersive, faculty-guided summer fieldwork at one of several different field sites in Asia. You’ll be part of a small team of 4-6 students who spend several weeks investigating cultural and environmental issues with students and faculty at an Asian partner institution. There are also opportunities to extend your stay to do further fieldwork, intern with non-governmental environmental organizations, or travel independently. The 2020 Spring-into-Summer Program will send students to one of three different field sites: Takamatsu, Japan (led by Prof. Mikals-Adachi); Hong Kong (led by Prof. Duncan); or Yogyakarta, Indonesia (led by Prof. Chittick). [Note: The Hong Kong program is provisional depending on events, but we are currently accepting applications.]  Watch for our information sessions, or contact Professor Chittick (chittiab@eckerd.edu) for more information.

Fulfills Environmental Perspective

Topics and techniques in Cuban marine research – Cuba

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 Environmental Perspective

Healing and Knowing in Italy

Travel Dates:
Cost: $TBD

This course will take students on a journey to discover the roots of modern science and medicine by delving into the breakthroughs of the Italian Renaissance.  After learning about the history and culture of the era during the Spring semester, we will explore the very settings of this cultural rebirth, visiting historic sites in Rome, Florence, Bologna, Padua, and Venice.  Here we will trace the steps, lives and impact of major scientific and medical thinkers of the Italian Renaissance, including Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo, and Andreas Vesalius, and  architecture.  To provide a foundation and historical context, we will also investigate the Greek and Roman influences on these Renaissance innovations, while continually considering the legacy of Renaissance science and medicine and their relationship to present-day knowledge and enduring questions in the modern world.

Fulfills Global Perspective