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Center for Global Education

Summer Travel Courses

» Summer Faculty-led Travel Courses

Travel Courses are short-term domestic and international programs led by Chapman faculty for 1-4 weeks. Students take one Chapman course for the duration of the program. Summer 2024 applications will open in January 2024. You can view current and previous summer Travel Courses offered.  

For more information about Travel Courses, attend one of our Global First Steps sessions offered several times a week during the semester. Read below for information on: 

  • Eligibility 
  • Academics 
  • Application Process and Timeline 
  • Cost & Funding  


Eligibility for a Travel Course is determined by the faculty leading the program. All first year, sophomore, junior, senior, and graduate students must meet prerequisites established by the faculty. Students are encouraged to contact the faculty group leader to determine whether they meet eligibility requirements for the Travel Course. Students who do not receive disciplinary clearance from the Dean of Students will be ineligible to participate. Students with conduct holds may be required to meet with the Dean of Students office to be cleared. Applicants must follow all Travel Course deadlines and requirements.  

Chapman seniors graduating in the spring may participate in a Summer Travel Course after faculty gain approval from the Provost's Office. Zero credit will be granted. Alums will pay the same fees as non-Chapman participants. If seniors want tuition credit from the Travel Course, they may need to delay their graduation until August.


Travel Courses are offered for 3 to 4 academic credits. Courses may be lower division, upper division, or graduate level. All credits earned from Travel Courses outside of the United States may apply towards the Global Study Portion of the Global Education Program. Domestic Travel Courses do not qualify for the Global Study GE. 

If you have any questions regarding the academic content or additional on-campus class requirements of a Travel Course, please contact the leading faculty member(s).   

Timeline and Application Process

Summer Travel Course applications go live on the Global Gateway in mid-January. Applicants can only apply to one Travel Course per term unless both Travel Course dates do not overlap. 

1. Attend a Global First Steps session to learn more; optional for Travel Course participants and offered weekly during the semester.

2. To apply, visit the Global Gateway Travel Course for programs currently accepting applications and open an application for your preferred Travel Course. Once you open an application, the faculty leader informs the Center for Global Education if you are authorized to participate. Before the application deadline, you must submit all pre-decision requirements listed on your Global Gateway application including:
  • participant’s digitally signed Enrollment Agreement, which will be emailed to you after receiving faculty authorization.
  • proof of deposit paid after submitting the Enrollment Agreement.
  • copy of valid passport or passport renewal/application receipt (if international program).
  • all remaining application materials.

3. The application deadlines for Travel Courses are typically end of March for summer programs and will be specified on the Travel Course brochure page. Earlier deadlines may apply to a specific Travel Course, and some Travel Courses may close before the advertised deadline date if they reach maximum capacity.

4. Once your application is complete and deposit is paid, you are officially committed financially to the program and will be registered on the official course roster. The Center for Global Education and faculty leaders will share your next steps with you including final cost and payment method. The Center for Global Education must receive proof of payment before you will be allowed to participate in the Travel Course program. 

Cost and Funding

During the recruitment period, the cost of a Travel Course is advertised as a price range. After recruiting closes, the final participant cost is determined based on the final number of paying participants. Once the Center for Global Education receives all pre-decision application materials, the participant is financially committed to the full cost of the program (not just the deposit submitted), even if you are not able to participate for any reason. Details for Travel Course financial policies are outlined in the Enrollment and Financial Obligation Agreement that will be found on individual Travel Course brochures and emailed to you once the faculty leader sends their approval of your participation to the Center for Global Education. 


Program inclusions vary by Travel Course and may include some meals and activities. All Travel Courses will include accommodations for the duration of the program. Programs do not include tuition (see below) and typically do not include airfare.  

Travel Protection Insurance is provided by Chapman University. See Travel Protection Insurance Overview, FAQs, and How to File a Claim. 


A non-refundable deposit of $500 or 10% of the total program fee, whichever is higher, is paid through the Global Gateway AFTER the applicant receives notification from the Center for Global Education that faculty has provided authorization for the applicant to join the course and the applicant has successfully submitted their Enrollment Agreement. Deposits will be deducted from the final participant cost of the Travel Course program. Further instructions on how to pay the deposit will be included in your application. 

Final Payment: 

The full program cost of the Travel Course will be determined by the number of participants enrolled and will never exceed the highest price quoted in the advertised price range. The final payment will be the full program cost minus the deposit paid. The Center for Global Education will send students instructions on final payment method and deadline. Students must submit their final payment receipt to the CGE to participate.  

Tuition Fees: 

Travel Course program costs do not include Chapman University Tuition fees. The most current summer tuition costs can be found through Student Business Services. 

For international summer Travel Courses, students may submit a One-Time Tuition Waiver for up to 4 credits to Student Business Services. Student Business Services determines a student's eligibility. The One-Time Tuition Waiver is not eligible for use on any Travel Course going to domestic or Canadian destinations. Graduating Seniors, who will not be enrolled full-time during the Spring semester of their graduating year, can contact their Student Account Advisor to determine if they qualify for a Graduating Senior Interterm Tuition Waiver exception. Graduate students' eligibility varies by program. Please contact your Program Department for more information.  

Scholarships & Budgeting: 

Undergraduate Chapman students who identify as First Generation can apply to receive assistance for travel costs for study abroad. Visit Chapman's Promising Futures Program and carefully review eligibility requirements and deadlines.

View other scholarships by location and program length. 

Use the Travel Course Budget Worksheet to determine your total cost of participation and budget your expenses.

Questions about studying abroad?

Email: globaled@chapman.edu

Call: (714) 997-6830

Visit: 576 N. Glassell, Orange, CA 92867


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