» Travel Course Information for Families

A Travel Course is a short term study abroad experience led and organized by Chapman University faculty. The travel portion of the course is typically between 1-4 weeks, domestically or internationally, and may take place during January, Spring Break or summer: June, July, August. All Travel Courses outside the United States (excluding Canada) are approved for the Global Study portion of the GE program.

View current and past Travel Courses offered.

Read below for more information for families regarding Travel Courses.

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Students are registered for a Travel Course through Chapman University and earn Chapman University credit. As part of the program application, students must obtain a faculty leader’s approval for their program participation. Students may choose to discuss with their academic advisors how the travel course fits into their overall academic goals and degree requirements. Students are expected to be fully engaged in their Travel Course program during the travel portion and the on-campus class meetings.


Program Fee

Travel course programs vary in cost. The participant’s fee depends on the location they are traveling to, the duration of the program, number of paying participants, and provisions included in the program. For some courses, the program fee covers airfare, accommodations and most meals. For other courses, the program fee may cover accommodations, only breakfast, and some excursions. To assist students in their selection process, an online program brochure is created for each travel course offered. The program brochures detail what is included in the program fee and provides a cost range. When the final participant’s cost of the program is determined, it may not exceed the upper range. Tuition fees are not included in the travel course program fee.


Tuition costs are not included in the Travel Course Program Fee.

Undergraduate students who are registered full-time in both the fall and spring semesters (12-18 units taken in each semester is considered full-time for undergraduate students) may take up to four units during interterm at no charge. For a full-time undergraduate student, a Tuition Waiver is not required for tuition units received in January. This does not include Travel Course participation fees or lab fees.

A completed Tuition Waiver may submitted to the Student Business Services office located in Bhathal Student Services Building in order to be considered for the tuition waiver. The form can be found on Chapman’s Travel Course webpage.

Submitting the form does not guarantee approval for the Travel Course Tuition Waiver. Students must meet the eligibility requirements prescribed by the Student Business Services office.


Well before departure, we encourage you to discuss with your dependent their finances, how to create a budget and how to adhere to it. Each travel course participant should bring money to cover personal expenses and any other costs not included in the program fee. Expenses will vary depending on the student’s own standard of living and how much traveling, shopping, and dining out he or she does. The foreign currency exchange rate is also a factor to be considered.

Application: Enrollment, Financial Obligation Form and Deposit

To secure a place in a Travel Course program an accepted student will complete a signed Enrollment and Financial Obligation Form, provide confirmation for a non-refundable deposit and valid passport for an International program to the Center for Global Education (CGE). By completing these requirements, a student is authorizing Chapman University to immediately enroll/register them into the selected Travel Course, and begin making payments on their behalf for the professional services provided. Thereafter, students are financially committed to the full Travel Course participation fee whether or not they are able to physically travel with the group. The non-refundable deposit is credited to the student’s Chapman University account and is applied toward the total cost of the Travel Course program fee. Please contact your dependent to review any of these forms.

Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance

A time sensitive decision for optional, Trip Cancellation and Interruption Information: 
If students decide to purchase the Trip Cancellation Insurance, students receive the greatest insurance benefits, 'cancel for any reason', when purchasing the insurance within 15 days of paying the deposit.
When an Enrollment Form, deposit receipt and a valid passport good for 6+ months after your program ends or submission of a receipt for processing a new/renewed passport are accepted by the Center for Global Education, students become financially responsible for the entire cost of the program, even if they are not able to participate.

Please consider this insurance to address your financial risk should something unforeseen happen, and request a quote: Insure My Trip or phone (877)266-0741.

Refund Policy

Because of prepayment requirements associated with travel, Travel Courses do not follow the university’s refund deadlines and procedures of other interterm or summer courses. Every Travel Course participant’s deposit is non-refundable and non-transferable including, but not limited to, injury or illness, unless one of the following occurs:

  • The course is canceled by the University
  • A student fails to receive preliminary clearance from the Dean of Students office.

After making their deposit, a student is obligated for the full cost of the Travel Course regardless of their participation, even under the following situations:

  1. A paying Participant withdraws from the course any time after enrollment; or
  2. A paying Participant becomes unable to participate due to injury or illness at any time after enrollment; or
  3. A student becomes ineligible to participate after the preliminary clearance has been provided by the Dean of Students office.

Pre-Departure Preparation

Students enrolled in a Travel Course receive an online Pre-Departure Orientation video which covers general pre-departure information. Part of the orientation consists of information related to health and safety issues, simple precautions they may take while away, and more details on handling issues of security, safety, illness, injury, and emergencies. Feel free to ask your dependent to share this information.

Health & Safety

Parents or Guardians’ concern for the safety and well-being of their student abroad is natural and shared by Chapman University. The CGE carefully monitors the economic and political situations of the host countries via announcements issued by the U.S. Department of State and communication with group leaders.

The U.S. Department of State has instituted a Travel Advisory for every country in the world by which they rate and communicate health and safety conditions in countries or specific regions of countries. These Travel Advisories include four levels of safety and security risk:

  1. Exercise normal precautions
  2. Exercise increased caution
  3. Reconsider travel
  4. Do not travel

Many countries that have an overall Travel Advisory rating of 1 or 2 have certain regions within that country with a higher advisory level, either indicated by regional numeric ratings or text such as “Reconsider Travel” (Level 3)  or “Do Not Travel” (Level 4). If a country or region within a country is a Level 4, no student will be permitted to travel to that area.

The university has protocols in place for dealing with emergencies, natural disasters, illness, events or situations that may affect individuals or groups. We also coordinate with our professional service providers domestically and internationally concerning the health and safety of the group while they are traveling.