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E-Term Travel

E-Term in Chile

How would you like to become a chef for a day at a cooking school in Italy? Go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef? Teach English at a rural school in Uganda? Have a front row seat to the film festival circuit? Come face-to-face with animals only found in the Galapagos Islands?

Birmingham-Southern students have done all of this and more while participating in E-Term study-travel projects.

Faculty-led study-travel projects during the January Exploration Term allow you to learn hands-on with BSC professors in a range of disciplines--often in some of the world's most beautiful and exotic places. The projects include two to three weeks traveling, followed by time on campus to complete the academic component of the experience, such as a research paper, a presentation, or a journal exercise.

Most BSC study-travel projects take students of all levels, from first-years through seniors. Students must be in good academic and social standing in order to participate in January study-travel. Click on the menu to the left for more details on policies about E-Term travel, exchanges, forms, and funding.


    E-Term 2018 study-travel projects:

    Please contact a faculty leader for more information about any specific travel requirements and to sign up for a project.

    • Travel to the Galapagos Islands to explore ecology, wildlife, and conservation of this unique ecosystem. Sail on a private yacht, accompanied by highly-trained naturalists who will introduce you to species that are found nowhere else in the world in Exploring the Galapagos Islands: Wildlife, Ecology and Conservation.
      Contact Barbara Domcekova or Megan Gibbons
    • Come with us on a trip of a lifetime! Five European Cities--four nights in each--three weeks total, two fabulous trip leaders, one phenomenal experience in European Culture and Global Media!
      Contact Janie Spencer or Natalie Davis
    • Immerse yourself in the history of Italy while visiting Rome, Florence, and Venice in Classical and Renaissance Italy: The Major Cities and the Places in Between.
      Contact Michael McInturff or Amy Cottrill
    • Travel to Uganda and work at the beautiful Buiga Sunrise School in the Mukono district and partner with a teacher to help K-7th graders learn English and prepare for secondary school. Enjoy both a land and water safari in the Murchison Falls area in Service-Learning: Education in Uganda.
      Contact Amelia Spencer or Kristin Harper
    • Examine independent cinema, its history, and its relationship with film festivals. Watch movies, attend panels and workshops, and interact with filmmakers and distributors in Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Film Market.
      Contact Teddy Champion or Robert Corna
    • Tour the musically-significant areas of Spain such as Granada, Segovia, Seville, Toledo, Cordoba, and Madrid and attend concerts, learn the history of the area, and tour sites such as the Alhambra in Granada, The Alcázar de Seville and the Alcázar de Segovia in Music in Spain.
      Contact Jeremy Grall or Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw
    • The natural beauty if Australia is unique in its societal structure, and this allows for unlimited creative possibilities and unique ways of seeing in The Natural Beauty and Art of Australia.
      Contact Steve Cole or Kevin Shook
    • Explore Havana, Cuba and its environs to appreciate the county’s dynamic art and music scene and to better understand creative outlets for cultural and political expression in politics and culture of Cuba.
      Contact Vince Gawronski or Caroline McLean
    • Travel to San Francisco, California to work with the Glide Foundation and the San Francisco Food Bank. Meet the leaders of the church who have faced the challenges of poverty, homelessness, and addiction and responded in interesting and innovative ways in Service-Learning in San Francisco: Communities of Compassion and Action. 
      Contact Kent Andersen or Emily Thornton
    • Study business in the Czech Republic and Italy in BA 499: Moving Up the Food Chain: Vertical Integration in European Agribusiness firms.Contact Bert Morrow or Rick Lester

    Financial Support for January Travel

    Exploration Term Travel Awards for Faculty-Led Travel

    Birmingham-Southern College recognizes the benefit of study-travel experiences, and we want students to realize their Exploration Term plans regardless of financial need. Therefore, the Student Government Association and the Office of Exploration Term and Contract Learning have set aside a limited amount of funds for Exploration Term travel awards for faculty-led travel. The funds are available to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who will be engaged in domestic or international study.

    January travel award applications will be made available via the E-Term/Contract Learning OrgSync portal. Students interested in applying for E-Term travel awards should join the “E-Term/Contract Learning” OrgSync portal to apply, and students are strongly encouraged to have paid deposit towards their trip by Monday, September 11, 2017. The travel award application deadline is Thursday, September 14, 2017. Preference will be given to applicants with financial need, demonstrated a financial commitment (i.e. students who have made a deposit prior to applying for a travel award), students who have never traveled for E-Term before, and student seniority.

    The Neal R. Berte Koinonia Scholarship for Student-Contracted Service-Learning Travel

    The students at Birmingham-Southern College created a new scholarship both to support peers participating in service-learning projects during the college's Exploration Term and to honor the silver anniversary of Birmingham-Southern's 11th president, Dr. Neal Berte.

    The Koinonia Scholarship is designed to provide financial support to a student or group of students who will independently contract an Exploration Term project concentrating on service issues in the global community.

    Students applying for the Koinonia Scholarship should complete the Koinonia application found here. This application is due the day that E-Term contracts are due (October 20, 2017). The Koinonia application should accompany the contract submission in one packet.

    Past Koinonia winners include:

    • 2017: Hattie O’Hara: WildTracks Belize: Hands-On Service-Learning at a Primate and Manatee Rehabilitation Sanctuary
    • 2016 Hannah Hudson: Beyond Borders: Exploring Bolivia through Medical Volunteer Work and Cultural Immersion
    • 2015 Caroline Glass: Urban Farming and Food Justice: Service-Learning in Amsterdam
    • 2014 Karley Chamblee: Enhancing the Quality of Life in Guatemala
    • 2012 Katelin Adams and Virginia Ann Jordan: Exploring Education and Sustainability in Ecuador 
    • 2011 Lexi Sack: If You Teach a Child to Farm: A Study of Sustainable Livestock Farms and Urban Community Gardens 
    • 2010 Tiffany Dy and Lindsay Scott Moore: Discovering India: Healthcare Exploration Through Medical Volunteer Work

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    Katie Kauffman, MA
    Director of Exploration Term, Contract Learning, and Postbaccalaureate Advising
    (205) 226-4647


    Policy on State Department Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts

    1. Birmingham-Southern College adopts and adheres to U.S. State Department Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts with respect to the College's Exploration Term travel-study projects, independently designed contracts, and study abroad programs.

    2. Specifically, Birmingham-Southern College adheres to State Department Travel Warnings whenever issued for a particular country, locale or region. Birmingham-Southern College approval for planned study abroad in these locations is suspended for the duration of the Travel Warning. Birmingham-Southern College students are not permitted to participate in study abroad in the affected locale, region, or country; nor are the study abroad programs nor any Exploration Term faculty-led program nor students with independent contracts permitted to depart as long as the Travel Warning is in effect.*

      *If you are a Birmingham-Southern College student who resides in a country under travel warning, please contact the Office of Exploration Term and Contract Learning (OICL)or the Sklenar Center for International Programs (SCIP).

      Exceptions to Birmingham-Southern College policy are made only for students electing to study in countries where there are Travel Alerts, as opposed to Travel Warnings. In these instances, students and their parents (guardians) are required to sign a Travel Alert Release, before travel to the country which is under the Travel Alert will be permitted.

    3. In the case of Birmingham-Southern College study abroad programs (OICL and SCIP) already under way when a Travel Warning for the location is issued, Birmingham-Southern College will make decisions in regard to the safety of students, faculty and staff, in good faith and as the circumstances warrant. The situation will be carefully monitored by the Office of Exploration Term and Contract Learning, the Sklenar Center for International Programs and, if necessary, the Emergency Response Team of Birmingham-Southern College as to whether:

        1. the Birmingham-Southern College Exploration Term project should continue, or

        2. the Exploration Term project should relocate to a safe site in order to allow the program to continue, or

        3. the Exploration Term group should return to the U.S,

        4. the study abroad student should continue his or her studies, be relocated to a safe site, or return to the U.S., or

        5. other responses as circumstances warrant.

    4. If an evacuation or departure order is issued by the U.S. State Department, alternate academic accommodations will be made for the completion of academic credit, if feasible. If a Birmingham-Southern College student studying in the affected area chooses to remain in the country, Birmingham-Southern College approval for academic credit will be withdrawn, and Birmingham-Southern will not be responsible for the continued safety or well-being of the student.

    5. Students must register at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate (in the country you are visiting) to make your presence and whereabouts known, in case it is necessary for a consular officer to contact you in an emergency. During a disaster overseas, American consular officers can assist in evacuation if that becomes necessary. Please go to the following website to register:

    Definition of Terms:

    Travel Warnings - Travel Warnings are issued to describe long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable. A Travel Warning is also issued when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate or because of a drawdown of its staff.

    Travel Alerts - Travel Alerts are issued to disseminate information about short-term conditions, generally within a particular country, that pose imminent risks to the security of U.S. citizens. Natural disasters, terrorist attacks, coups, anniversaries of terrorist events, election-related demonstrations or violence, and high-profile events such as international conferences or regional sports events are examples of conditions that might generate a Travel Alert.

    Travel Warning/Alert information can be found on the U.S. State Department website: or at