The Honors Trip

Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore
Multi-city
The Honors Trip
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerOctober 17Trip A: June 25; Trip B: July 8Trip A: July 23; Trip B: August 7Budget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Hotel, Other
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

The Honors College has partnered with the UA Office of Global Initiatives to provide Honors Students with an Honors experience abroad. The Honors Trip offers the opportunity to spend your summer in Greece and Italy or Malaysia and Singapore, while earning six units of Honors General Education credit. Apply early as spots are limited to 26 students per trip! The two trips for Summer 2019 are:

TENTATIVE DATES:

Trip A: MALAYSIA AND SINGAPORE, June 25 - July 23, 2019, led by Dr. Meg Lota Brown

Trip B: GREECE AND ITALY, July 8 - August 7, 2019, led by Dr. Cynthia White

What to Expect

The Honors Trip curriculum and assignments will be based on the national Honors Colleges’ “City as Text” curriculum: immersive, experiential, and hands-on learning that enables students to generate, analyze, and assimilate the cultural and academic material they encounter. Each morning, small groups of the class will “interact” with different assignments throughout the city or natural location; in the late afternoon, we will all convene to discuss the challenges, pleasures, conundrums, insights, and learning that resulted. On the Honors Trip, life is your text, and the world is your classroom.

 

Academics

You will explore the unique arts and culture of each city by visiting renowned museums, attending performances, and sampling the regional foods of each locale. Uncover the sights, sounds, and literary soul of a new city and country alongside other Honors students and UA Honors professors in a safe and structured program.

Through this application, you can apply to both trips by answering the essay questions for each trip location and will only be charged for one $80 application fee.

All students will earn 6 units of general education credit by participating in this program in the following:

HNRS 160D: Honors Quest (3 units), Tier I TRAD

HNRS 208: Advanced Critical Thinking and Writing for Honors Students (3 units), Tier II Humanities

Faculty

Dr. Meg Lota Brown

Malaysia and Singapore

Dr. Brown has led multiple Honors Trips abroad and loves both teaching and learning from Honors students. With degrees from Brown University and Berkeley, she has taught interdisciplinary studies at the UA for several decades. She has published four books and editions and has won nearly every major teaching award at the university. Dr. Brown has traveled extensively in Singapore and Malaysia. She also lived in England, France, and the Netherlands for many years. Last summer, she and her two kids hiked 256 miles across the United Kingdom.

Dr. Cynthia White

Greece and Italy

Since I first began my career as a Professor of Classics, I have lived in Rome, studied there, and led groups of travelers to its famous splendors. The UA summer “Honors City as Text” courses are among the most wonderful I have ever taught, because students move between desktop and street life to become architects of their own learning. When I meet students from previous summers, they always tell me about the friendships they made on the trip and the confidence they gained in their own ability to negotiate transportation, language, and the unexpected(!) in international settings. Most important, perhaps, they tell me that their summer Honors experience gave them a perspective on their own lives and career plans. As we stand in the ruins of Rome and experience the rise and fall of empires and millennia against the delightful dolce vita of the modern city, I hope that Rome will shed its golden dust upon you, too, and that the experience will change you in all the best ways.

 

Location

Malaysia and Singapore

In Singapore, a stunning nation of islands near the equator, Honors students will have the opportunity to explore Asia’s “City in a Garden.” Almost a third of the metropolitan area is enveloped in green and teeming with biodiversity—from monkeys and monitor lizards to dugongs and toucans. Matching its biodiversity is Singapore’s cultural diversity, which combines Asian and European cultures. The Honors Trip will delve into this vibrant crossroads, which has been described as a world heritage site “where East meets West.” Students will experience the rich traditions and culinary flavors of Chinese, Malay, Indian, and European communities. They will learn from and interact with a multi-ethnic fusion of peoples and histories.

After two weeks in Singapore, Honors students will discover the beauty and cultural complexities of nearby Malaysia. They will get to know the colorful and lively capital, Kuala Lumpur, before traveling through the strawberry farms and tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands on their way to Taman Negara National Park—the world’s oldest rain forest. There, they might overnight at a remote wildlife observation hideout, hike through the 130 million-year-old ecosystem, and study the flora and fauna of the rainforest canopy. Their final destination will be amid the cornucopia of marine life on the tropical island of Perhentian.

 

Greece and Italy

We begin our summer Honors City as Text course by exploring Athens, Greece for one week. Then we will venture to Rome by taking a ferry as the ancients did long ago. Along the way we will stop in Naples and Pompeii before spending two weeks in Rome. Rome is the “the Eternal City and the center to which all gravitates,” in Longfellow’s famed description. Our chronological and thematic study will include the complex history and famed topography of Rome, from its foundations in the Roman Forum through Mussolini’s fascist regime. Various authors and genres, discussions, presentations, independent research, and gelato(!) will nuance our daily walks. Interweaving our texts with artistic representations of the city in maps, architecture, painting, sculpture, street life, town planning, archeology, monuments, music, and food will copiously reveal the enduring magic of golden Rome. Before you leave you will be gelato experts, and you will have joined the ranks of centuries of “grand tourists”—artists, writers, and travelers—who visited the city and then carried the memory of its topography and monuments in their hearts for the rest of their lives.

Housing

For all trips, students will either stay in fully equipped multi-bedroom apartments or in twin occupancy hotel rooms.

Excursions

Malaysia and Singapore

Students will get to travel through the strawberry farms and tea plantations of the Cameron Highlands on their way to Taman Negara National Park—the world’s oldest rain forest. There, they might overnight at a remote wildlife observation hideout, hike through the 130 million-year-old ecosystem, and study the flora and fauna of the rainforest canopy. Their final destination will be amid the cornucopia of marine life on the tropical island of Perhentian.

Greece and Italy

We will visit the ancient ruins, including the Forum, Colosseum, and Palatine, the Christian catacombs, several world-class museums, including the Borghese Gallery and the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and churches that are filled with art treasures and chapels that are like individual architectural gems. Outside of the centro historico, we will have a day at Cinecittà, the “city” of Italian film, a train journey into the medieval world of Orvieto, and a visit to Naples, Sorrento, and Pompeii on our weekend in the south. 

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