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.

2019 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 7, 2018

Dean’s Certification of Conduct
Deadline: 12 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2018

Spring into Summer Travel Scholarship Application
Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, November 16, 2018
Award Notifications: November 26, 2018

$500 deposit due 12 p.m. Friday, December 7, 2018

Marketing a New Global Venture – Portugal

Travel Dates: July 10 – August 4, 2019
COST: $5,545.00

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, walk around the UNESCO World Heritage Site and Roman town of Évora which is enclosed by medieval walls and visit the wine country in Porto.

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

Role of the Modern Zoo – Seattle and Vancouver

Travel Dates: May 20 – May 30, 2019
COST: $4,400

In recent years, zoos and aquariums have been subjected to much criticism.  However, many people believe that zoos play a vital role in education and conservation.  This course will take an objective look at the role of the modern zoo.  During the spring semester, students will examine local zoo facilities around Tampa Bay.  This will include a two-day intensive program at Busch Gardens Tampa where students will work as a zookeeper.  The course will culminate with a trip to the Pacific Northwest – Seattle and Vancouver to visit local zoos and aquariums and meet with staff, conservationists, and educators.

Fulfills Environmental Perspective

Myths of Earth and Sky – Chile

Travel Dates: June 24 – July 6, 2019
COST: $4,200

A mountain spews red fire. The bright afternoon sun is covered in shadow. What could be more terrifying to ancient peoples who were used to the calm Earth and the normal progression of the sun in the sky? While many aspects of the natural world required explanations by ancient civilizations, it is likely none were as challenging as eclipses, earthquakes, or volcanoes. How do modern and ancient approaches to understanding the natural environment impact environmental stewardship? How did the ancients account for these celestial and geologic events that were generally beyond their experience? How does science now understand them? What does this mean for our decisions concerning the environmental consequences of our actions? Our spring into summer class coincides with the July 2, 2019 total eclipse in Chile. We will explore Chilean culture in Santiago, visit the Atacama Desert and then travel to the path of totality in Vicuna. Our class has no prerequisites and fulfills the Environmental Perspective. We depart June 24, 2019 and return on July 6, 2019.

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

Fulfills Environmental Perspective