Multiple travel tours are offered to BYU-Idaho students for experience, travel and school credit during the course of the year.
The English Study Abroad (ESA) British and Emerald Isles tour is an option that will allow students studying English or Horticulture to receive credits for their major.
The tour is open to other students as well. There are still a few spots open for Fall 2013.
The dates for this trip are Sept. 10 to Oct. 4 during the first block of the semester. The running cost for this trip is $3,700 and is all-inclusive. Kaye Romney, director of the tour, said students can receive 10 credits.
The trip takes place every 18 months. Romney said about 45 students attend. The trip lasts for three and a half weeks.
Students arrive in Dublin. According to a pamphlet distributed by the English department, over the course of the trip, students will engage in activities such as biking, castle exploring, garden tours, and a Harry Potter Studio Tour.
“It’s a great experience for students to see Europe in a safe, yet exciting way,” Romney said.
The European History Tour is another Europe-based trip offered to students by BYU-I. The running cost of this three and a half week tour is $3,900 and students can receive to 10 credits while on the trip, said Chris Allison, director of the tour and a member of the Religion Department.
The tour only runs once every other year in the first block of fall semester.
There are 36 spots available to all students.
“Spots fill fast. We accept applications throughout the year. Nov. 1 is when we send out the acceptance letters,” Allison said.
Scheduled destinations for this tour includes: Italy, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, France and England.
Allison said the tour explores events relating to the Apostasy, the Reformation and the Restoration, and that the trip would also provide an opportunity for students to see historic art and cathedrals.
“It will touch the hearts of students to be in some of these places,” Allison said.
Students will tour sites in Europe that were involved with the early church.
“Students will be at the very spots where the early members of the Quorum of the Twelve taught, met, and baptized saints in Europe,” Allison said.
Aside from visiting historic church sites, the tour includes a “Sound of Music” tour, a visit to the Berlin Wall, a trip to the Eiffel Tower, and a visit to the theater in London.
For students looking to travel south, the MesoAmerica Tour is an option.
The MesoAmerica trip takes place during the first block of the spring semester and lasts for 25 days. Jim Richards, a director of the tour, said the running cost for the trip is $2,695.
According to the BYU-I MesoAmerica website, some of the activities of the tour include observing wildlife, climbing ancient pyramids, exploring caves and meeting new people.
For more information about these tours students can search for them by name on the my.byui.edu search bar.