Modern students have the ability and the freedom to modify their individual senses of the world and of themselves on the basis of
new evidence. They are able, and must be willing, to change their own frames of reference in order to see things from the point
of view of others. As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, study-travel is an important mode of experiential learning,
providing broad and diverse contexts for intellectual and personal growth. As such, Birmingham-Southern encourages students
to integrate a study-travel experience into their academic career by providing the opportunity to study off campus either
independently or through a study-travel project led by a faculty member.
Since study-travel is in effect an extension of the physical campus, students studying off campus are required to conform to
BSC’s academic and social regulations and policies just as if they were in the classroom or on the campus. Students who wish to
participate in an Exploration Term study-travel project should be in good academic and social standing. BSC requires all students
to conform to both U.S. and local laws of the host country when traveling abroad, including those pertaining to the use of alcohol,
controlled substances, prescription medication, and public behavior.
Students are expected to follow the directions of the faculty. Faculty leading study-travel projects may establish additional
policies of academic and social conduct to which students consent when they register for the project. Failure to comply with
either BSC’s general policies or the policies established by the faculty leading the project can result in disciplinary action and/
or a failing grade for the project. In extreme circumstances—should the student endanger him or herself or others, or threaten
the integrity of the project—and at the discretion of the project’s faculty leader, the student may be sent home at his or her own
All students who wish to participate in study-travel, whether through a faculty-led project or through an independent study
contract, must complete a “Statement of Interest in Travel” (SIT) form, and several forms they will receive after submitting the
SIT. These forms are available from the faculty leaders of each trip or from the Office of Exploration Term and Contract Learning.
These forms are a prerequisite for any study-travel project as well as for submitting a contract for independent study-travel.
Deposits and fees must be paid in a timely manner. Study-travel projects led by faculty require a deposit early in fall term.
Check with your faculty leader for the deposit amount and deadline. Refer to the information provided by the faculty leader for
information on when the first and final payments for each study-travel project are due. If an insufficient number of students
express interest in any study-travel project, the College will cancel it before September 20, 2013. Students who elect to withdraw
from a study-travel project are not guaranteed a refund of any monies submitted toward the project.
In order to participate in study-travel, students must:
Submit a Statement of Interest in Travel form no later than the date required by the faculty leader.
Be in good academic and social standing at the College.
Submit the initial deposit, financial agreement, and release form no later than the date required by the faculty leader.
If accepted to participate, students must:
Make deposit and payments according to the project’s payment schedule.
Submit the medical information forms, passport evidence, and any other required forms (check with faculty leader) no
later than the deadline set for that project.
Register for the study-travel project at registration, or submit an independent study contract.
Sign the College’s standard release form applicable to the travel under consideration.
Obtain BSC’s supplemental travel health insurance as discussed on the previous page.
Failure to comply with these requirements will result in a student being rejected for or removed from the project, regardless
of whether he or she has paid a deposit or registered for the project.