TAEJAE’s Study Tour allows students to plan and execute educationally oriented visits to each Global Rotation nation’s most historically and culturally significant cities and sites in order to explore how their theoretical studies are reflected in the societies around them. Conducting Study Tours throughout each Global Rotation city and country helps students accumulate a comparative sociological and experiential perspective that can be further applied to global contexts.
Building off of the foundations of the Residential Campus Program, Study Tours provide students with the chance to delve more directly into the development, history, and civilization of each country. In accordance with TAEJAE’s core educational value of self-directed learning, students will be responsible for planning their own Study Tours. Students will form groups to design and propose their Study Tour schedules, choosing materially significant sites and locations to visit with planned itineraries, budgets, and specific learning objectives to be approved by faculty. Any topic or route is acceptable as long as it furthers the students’ educational goals in conjunction with the GEP themes of study and strengthens students’ understanding of the regional society and community. Depending on their topic and itinerary, groups can choose to conduct either two or three short Study Tours of 2-3 days each or a week-long tour at the end of the semester. Written or mixed media reports outlining students’ Study Tour conclusions will be submitted to the faculty for credit.
In addition to Study Tours during each semester, TAEJAE University offers two Special Study Tours during our four-year program. These Study Tours are provided to broaden our students’ global perspectives and diversify their experiences. All travel expenses will be supported by the University.
As with standard Study Tours, students design and plan their own Special Study Tour itineraries. Student groups will choose specific learning objectives, conduct background research and planning, and submit proposals and budgets to be approved by the faculty. After the Special Study Tour has been completed, students will submit written reports detailing how their learning objectives were fulfilled. Special Study Tours are intended to help students apply the skills of active learning, implementation, and building self-confidence and resilience. By facilitating learning experiences in some of the most vibrant and storied global environments, the Special Study Tours help our students become ‘lifelong learners’ who can find cultural and intellectual enrichment no matter where they are in the world.