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Faculty-Led Programs

Faculty-Led Study Travel Programs

What are they?
Faculty-Led Programs are Salem State courses where you travel with classmates and are guided by your faculty. These are great for first year students, students who cannot be away for a long period of time, students with tight academic schedules, and for those who would like to travel with others!  Most of the programs are open to ANY major and are great ways to fulfill general education or degree requirements.
How long would I be traveling?
Usually between 7-12 days
Am I eligible?
Probably! Here is the general criteria:
  • 2.0 minimum gpa for any program
  • Good judicial standing
  • Most programs are open to all majors
How do I join?
There is a simple application process:
  • Go to the program page that you are interested in
  • Click "Apply Now"
  • Log in with your SSU username and password
  • Complete the application
    • Disciplinary clearance
    • Personal statement
    • Copy of your unofficial trascript
    • Copy of your passport if it's an international program
      • Note: If you do not yet have a passport, you can show proof that you have applied for one

Faculty-Led Programs 2025

Country Location Program Name & Website Academic Session Travel Dates (Tentative) Department Course *Cost of Travel Eligible Participants
SPRING BREAK TRAVEL (academic course runs Spring semester '25)
China   Spring semester Spring Break (March) Marketing & Decision Sciences ODS 333 (undergrad)
ODS 800 (grad)
  Undergraduate & graduate students
Costa Rica Healthcare Studies Short-Term Internship Spring semester Spring Break (March) Healthcare Studies BHS521

Students & SSU faculty
All majors welcome
Peru   Spring semester Spring Break Geography & Sustainability GPH 402    
Switzerland   Spring semester Spring Break Social Work SWK 373 (undergrad)
SWK 860 (grad)
United Kingdom (Scotland   Spring semester Spring Break English 
ENL 316
HST 502
Poland   Spring semester April 18 - April 26 History
Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies
HST 991
EDG 845
  Graduate students
Teachers (PDP's available)
Community members (with faculty approval)
Greece (Athens)   Spring semester May (week after exams) Philosophy PHL 450   PROGRAM FULL - Waitlist only
Greece (Thessaloniki)   Spring semester May (week after exams) Interdisciplinary Studies IDS 289   Undergraduate students
All majors welcome
Poland   Spring semester May (week after exams) Media & Communications MCO 508   Undergraduate students
Rwanda   Summer 1 1 week in June        
American South (USA)   Summer 2 July 11 - July 19 History HST 991   Undergraduate & graduate students, Teachers, Community Members (with faculty approval)


*Costs are currently being determined. Cost of travel is subject to change, based on the number of travelers and any increases in travel expenses.


Faculty- Led Programs 2024
Program Name Location  Semester Travel Dates (Tentative) Department Course *Cost of Travel Financial Support
($200 to Pell eligible students  in class & traveling)
Open to non-students
Healthcare Studies Short-Term Internship Costa Rica  Spring  Spring Break (March) Healthcare Studies BHS521
$1000 travel grant to first 12 students Students & SSU faculty
The Italian Experience: Come Hell or High Water Italy Spring March 9 - March 17 Philosophy PHL450 $2,155   No
Operations Management in Hong Kong Hong Kong Spring March 9 - March 17 Marketing & Decision Sciences ODS333 $3,675 $1,500 travel grant to first 12 students  
Cultural Geographies of Spain and Morocco Spain & Morocco Spring March 7 - March 18 Geography & Sustainability GPH402 $3,425    
International Social Work in Latvia Latvia Spring Spring Break Social Work SWK373 $2,250
(exact cost TBC)
$1000 travel grant to first 12 students  
Exploring K-Culture and the Global Economy in South Korea South Korea Spring course, summer travel May 15- May 24 Management BUS170 $4,810
$1,500 travel grant to first 12 students No
Anti-Bias Education: Perspectives and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education South Korea Spring course, summer travel June 24- July 3
Early Childhood Education EEC309 $4,175
$1,500 travel grant to first 12 students No
Chinese Culture & History  China Summer 1 4 weeks English, History ENL253
(6 cr. program)
Flight & visa All other expenses covered by scholarship No
Geography of the Southwest U.S. United States Summer 1 May 19 - June 3 Geography & Sustainability GPH410
$2,300   Yes
The Rwandan Genocide and its Aftermath Rwanda Summer 1 First week of June Master's in Social Work, History SWK880R
Cost subsidized by grant  
WWII and the Holocaust in Western Europe Netherlands,
Summer 2 July 8 - July 22 CHGS, History HST502

* Costs are currently estimates. Cost of travel is subject to change, based on the number of travelers and any increases in travel expenses.

Funding has been made available for certain programs that are part of a UISFL Grant, as well as from the generous donors, Dr. Francis P. Hunkins and Dr. Patricia Hammill.

Faculty- Led Programs 2023

Location (City, Country) Dates (Tentative) Course *Cost of Travel Accepting Applications
Paris, France Spring Break (March) Philosophy    Program Full
Reykjavik, Iceland Spring Break (March) Healthcare Studies
First Year Experience
$3,075 No
Riga, Latvia Spring Break (March) Social Work $2,050 No
Monrovia, Liberia Spring Break (March) Interdisciplinary Studies
American South Massachusetts Public Schools Spring Break (April) History (Graduate, 4+1) $2,450 No
Kigali, Rwanda Summer 1, 3 days of class and 10 days travel  Social Work, History   No
Bermuda Summer 1
On-campus class meetings: M/W 4:30-7:30pm
Travel dates: June 11 - 17
Biology (4 credits) $1,500
(this program is partially funded by the Salem State Biology Department)
Italy & France Summer 2 History $3,045 (students)
$3,485 (travel-only)
Program Full (waitlist only)