Faculty-led Travel

Off-campus, faculty-led study trips can greatly enhance students’ experience of courses and programs, enrich students’ understanding of a particular region, afford students opportunities for community-based learning, and offer intellectual rewards to faculty.  For this reason, the college wishes to encourage the creation of such travel opportunities, and to ensure that they are as accessible as possible to all Bowdoin students.

Please note: The College will not approve off-campus study to countries with a Department of State Travel Advisory Level 4 where the assessed threat is unrelated to COVID-19.  Students/Faculty should carefully consider the CDC's and the state department's travel advisories prior to planning international travel and should consider individual program, country, and travel requirements related to COVID-19

The logistical and pedagogical complexities of such trips require significant effort on the part of faculty members designing and leading such trips. The College has established processes and procedures to support faculty in these initiatives. The following outlines the process by which faculty members apply for approval by the College for such travel and the support mechanisms in place to assist faculty. The College recommends that faculty plan for substantial lead‐time to plan and coordinate a trip.



Fall Programs

Spring/Summer Programs

Proposal Deadline

Previous September

Previous January

Proposal Review & Recommendation

Previous October

Previous February

Approval Decision

Previous November

Previous March

Student Application Deadline

Previous April

Previous November

Student Deposit Deadline

Previous April

Previous November

Student Full Payment Deadline

Previous Summer

Previous Jan/February


**Faculty are advised to consult their department or program chairs regarding the availability of departmental or endowed funding before pursuing funding through Academic Affairs.

**Faculty are asked to contact the Sustainability Office to be sure that carbon costs for trips are captured: cpayson@bowdoin.edu or ext. 3086.

Types of faculty‐led trips related to the curriculum:
  • Course-based domestic or international travel

These trips are a required part of a credit‐bearing course at Bowdoin.

  • Co-curricular domestic or international travel

These trips are not part of a course and do not carry any academic credit but they are directly related to the students’ program of study and enrich their academic experience.