Florida is beautiful in the fall. The heat of the summer has left, and the brilliant blues of the sky and water and bright green of the foliage create a breathtaking view. What better time and place to discover a new learning experience? Eckerd College offers several programs this fall to engage and delight.

Fall 2017 Listing

Program #6642
Bright and bold living history awaits you in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida—the oldest city in America. What began as a Spanish fortress has transformed over the centuries into a charming seaside town brimming with Spanish, British and Venetian Renaissance architecture. Local experts—some in period dress—spin gripping tales and present a dramatic overview of the city’s remarkable history. Meet a soldier from Fort Mose to hear his stories, walk the sacred grounds of the Timucuan Indians, and immerse yourself in the city’s unique Old World charm. Viva San Augustin!

Location
Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine Beach
The Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine Beach is just a half block from the ocean and only a five minute drive to the downtown St. Augustine Historic District.   

Dates
Oct 8-13, 2017
Oct 22-27, 2017
Nov 5-10, 2017
Dec 3-8, 2017
Dec 10-15, 2017

Program #21668
St. Augustine is the country’s oldest city and has played a role in shaping America for 450 years. That’s a heritage worth celebrating, so join us to celebrate the holiday season at the historic Casa Monica Hotel. Examine the city’s rich culture through lectures by local experts and historians, live music, professional costumed reenactments and expert-led field trips. All this takes place amid city architecture from the Spanish, British and Venetian Renaissance periods, as well as the Spanish and Moorish-inspired grandeur of Casa Monica.

Location
Casa Monica Hotel
Located on a plaza that once featured three grand hotels built in the late 19th century and nestled in the quaint downtown area, Casa Monica is a majestic St. Augustine historic district hotel.

Dates
Dec 21-26, 2017

Winter 2017/2018 Listing

Remember ice on the windshield, slush on the roads, frostbite on your nose? This is the time to come to Florida for warm sunshine, balmy breezes, and interesting and exciting learning experiences. Eckerd College offers the following courses in St. Augustine, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

St. Augustine

Program #6642
Bright and bold living history awaits you in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida—the oldest city in America. What began as a Spanish fortress has transformed over the centuries into a charming seaside town brimming with Spanish, British and Venetian Renaissance architecture. Local experts—some in period dress—spin gripping tales and present a dramatic overview of the city’s remarkable history. Meet a soldier from Fort Mose to hear his stories, walk the sacred grounds of the Timucuan Indians, and immerse yourself in the city’s unique Old World charm. Viva San Augustin!

Location
Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine Beach
The Hilton Garden Inn St. Augustine Beach is just a half block from the ocean and only a five minute drive to the downtown St. Augustine Historic District.   

Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront*
The Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront is comprised of 19 Spanish Colonial-style buildings set around an inner courtyard. Located in the Historic District and within easy walking distance to all Historic District points of interest.

Dates
Jan 14-19, 2018
Jan 21-26, 2018
Jan 21-26, 2018*
Jan 28-Feb 2, 2018
Feb 4-9, 2018
Feb 4-9, 2018*
Feb 11-16, 2018
Feb 18-23, 2018
Feb 18-23, 2018*
Feb 25-Mar 2, 2018
Mar 4-9, 2018
Mar 18-23, 2018*
Mar 25-30, 2018
Apr 8-13, 2018

St. Petersburg

Program #20429
Beautiful Tampa Bay, colorful Florida landscapes and buildings, world class museums and galleries, and a bustling cultural scene beckon you to this lively city. Learn about the city’s history which began before Spanish Conquistador, Panfilo de Narvaez landed in 1528. Visit a historic hotel that offers a feast to the eyes as well as the palate and tells of the city’s boom, bust and renaissance through its own history. Visit the magnificent Salvador Dalí Museum, a beacon of the downtown arts scene galleries, galleries, and enjoy public art, that have earned St. Pete a reputation as one of the best arts and cultural communities in the country. Encounter a botanical paradise at Sunken Gardens and stroll in the third-largest downtown waterfront park in North America, behind only Chicago and Vancouver. Gain a new appreciation for St. Pete’s rich history and culture.

Location
Hampton Inn & Suites
Set close to exciting attractions, this downtown St. Pete hotel is near a number of beaches. Enjoy shopping and dining at BayWalk, all near our hotel in St. Petersburg, FL.

Dates
Jan 14-19, 2018
Jan 28-Feb 2, 2018
Feb 4-9, 2018
Feb 18-23, 2018
Mar 18-23, 2018
Apr 8-13, 2018

Program #22654
Russia

Vast in territory and rich in history, arts and culture, Russia continues to influence world events. Expert instructors lead to a greater understanding of the country behind the hacked emails and influenced American elections.

China
Feb 11-16, 2018 and Mar 25-30, 2018
China, once a mysterious and closed country on the other side of the world, is now as familiar as the daily headlines but it is still in many ways an enigma. Explore what makes this country an ally or adversary.

Location
Staybridge Suites
At this all-suite hotel in Downtown St. Petersburg, you will enjoy apartment-style accommodations, experience community feeling with great amenities including a state of the art Fitness Center, heated outdoor pool, laundry facility, 24-hour pantry, and Business Center.

Hotel Indigo*
The Hotel Indigo is conveniently located 3 blocks from Central Avenue in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, a short walk from the city’s museums, attractions, and restaurants.

Dates
Jan 21-26, 2018
Feb 11-16, 2018
Feb 25-Mar 2, 2018*
Mar 25-30, 2018*

Program #22655
The 1950s

We consider a decade of prosperity but with the seeds of change ever growing in arts, culture, politics and everyday life. Delve into the arts, culture and world events that shaped it to understand the decade’s context in American history.

The 1960s*
A look back at the tumultuous changes that occurred in every aspect of life and culture during a watershed time in America’s history. Delve into the arts, culture and world events that shaped it to understand the decade’s context in American history.

Location
Hotel Indigo
The Hotel Indigo is conveniently located 3 blocks from Central Avenue in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, a short walk from the city’s museums, attractions, and restaurants.

Dates
Jan 21-26, 2018
Feb 4-9, 2018*
Feb 18-23, 2018
Mar 18-23, 2018*

Program #14441
Tampa Bay’s warm breezes, sunny days, sandy beaches and bountiful waters provide the perfect habitat for a profusion of flora and fauna. Meet the creatures that inhabit this diverse ecosystem as you explore the mangroves and pine flatwoods where wading birds seek refuge, watch for dolphins from the deck of an eco-boat and observe manatees both in the wild and at a rehabilitation facility. Visit a beach ranked among the best in the country and feast your eyes on beach birds soaring among the sea oats and pine trees and over the blue water of the Gulf of Mexico. Get up close to some of Florida’s most interesting and beautiful creatures on visits to a bird sanctuary and an aquarium, and talk with scientists and other experts about conservation, marine life and avian ecology.

Location
Staybridge Suites
At this all-suite hotel in Downtown St. Petersburg, you will enjoy apartment-style accommodations, experience community feeling with great amenities including a state of the art Fitness Center, heated outdoor pool, laundry facility, 24-hour pantry, and Business Center.

Dates
Jan 28-Feb 2, 2018
Mar 11-16, 2018

Program #8164
How is the United States represented abroad by its diplomats? Find out from the diplomats themselves! Accept this rare invitation to go behind doors that are usually closed to the public as you meet retired Foreign Service Officers and discuss the intriguing challenges they faced in pursuing American foreign policy objectives. Learn how our diplomats cooperate with the military in the international arena and communicate with citizens in other countries through “public diplomacy.”

Location
Staybridge Suites
At this all-suite hotel in Downtown St. Petersburg, you will enjoy apartment-style accommodations, experience community feeling with great amenities including a state of the art Fitness Center, heated outdoor pool, laundry facility, 24-hour pantry, and Business Center.

Dates
Feb 4-9, 2018

Program #8115
Begin the week with a crime created especially for you! Follow the case as it moves through the criminal justice system, from securing the crime scene to forensics to trial. Meet and learn from real practitioners in the field. Learn how defense and prosecution attorneys put together their game plans. Understand the process of selecting jurors, what judges tell them and why. It all comes together on the last morning of the program when you deliberate, reach a verdict and discuss the outcome.

Location
Staybridge Suites
At this all-suite hotel in Downtown St. Petersburg, you will enjoy apartment-style accommodations, experience community feeling with great amenities including a state of the art Fitness Center, heated outdoor pool, laundry facility, 24-hour pantry, and Business Center.

Dates
Feb 25-Mar 2, 2018

Program #11961
March madness in Florida is Baseball. Bats have swung and balls have flown for Spring Training in St. Petersburg for 100 years. Weather and schedule permitting, you will join the excitement in the ballpark watching the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays begin their prelude to summer. In the classroom, experts will enlighten you about the details behind America’s pastime to make the game experience even more enjoyable. You will hear colorful stories and anecdotes from those who live baseball — coaches, broadcasters, sports writers and historians. You will gain some insight about what agents look for when signing players and you will discuss controversies surrounding ethics in baseball. Whether new to the game or a diehard fan, everyone will learn to love the game even more than before.

Location
Staybridge Suites
At this all-suite hotel in Downtown St. Petersburg, you will enjoy apartment-style accommodations, experience community feeling with great amenities including a state of the art Fitness Center, heated outdoor pool, laundry facility, 24-hour pantry, and Business Center.

Dates
Mar 18-23, 2018

Tampa

Program #22678
Florida’s third-largest city rewards inquisitive visitors with its fascinating history and thriving cultural scene. Go back in time to the elegant 19th-century Tampa Bay Hotel, and experience the city’s vibrant arts scene in a series of expert-led field trips, including an exploration of the spectacular Straz Center. Immerse yourself in the lively Cuban neighborhood of Ybor City, and learn how it earned status as the “Cigar Capital of the World.” Delve into the city’s rich history, and explore the picturesque riverfront as you experience the best Tampa has to offer.

Location
Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
Located on the east bank of the Hillsborough River along the Tampa Riverwalk and directly across the street from the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the 14-story hotel boasts a focus on downtown Tampa arts and culture with a boutique-inspired atmosphere in the heart of downtown Tampa’s Arts District. Enjoy the offerings of the area including the many downtown eateries and gastropubs, the Amalie Arena, formerly the Tampa Bay Times Forum, and more. Our central location also makes it easy to get away to other many other Tampa attractions such as Busch Gardens and Raymond James Stadium.

Dates
Jan 21-26, 2018
Feb 11-16, 2018
Feb 25- Mar 2, 2018
Mar 25-30, 2018