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2020 Barrett Summer Programs

In the summer of 2020, Barrett will offer five unique and exciting for-credit travel programs. Summer travel programs last for approximately 3-4 weeks and students earn six honors credits. A limited amount of need-based scholarships are available to students participating in a Barrett summer travel programs. Click here to apply.

  • All of Barrett's programs are led by experienced Honors Faculty Fellows and uphold Barrett Community Standards on the trip.
  • You can expect a high-quality academic experience on our trips.
  • Going on a group trip will mean access to cultural experiences that would be difficult to get as an individual traveler.
  • Traveling on an academic abroad program is a great way for students who live off campus to meet and make friends with other Barrett students.

Barrett in Paris and Normandy

Paris, the “City of Light,” is France’s capital, an international epicenter of art and culture, and the world’s number-one tourist destination. In summer 2020, Barrett students will have the opportunity to study art, literature, and history in this fascinating city, experiencing its famous sights—the River Seine, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Élysées—and stunning museums (the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Museum of Immigration). Guest lectures by local experts, and walking tours of diverse and historic neighborhoods, are also planned. In addition, participants will enjoy a four-day excursion to the region of Normandy, where they will visit such well-known sites as Monet’s gardens in Giverny, the D-Day beaches, and the monastery island of Mont Saint-Michel.

Dates: May 24-June 16, 2020

Courses: HON 394 France and the Birth of the Modern (3 credits)
HON 394 Postcolonial France: Race, Colonialism, and Frenchness (3 credits)

Credits: 6

Program fee: $6,675

Application deadline: March 1, 2020.

The France program information and application can be found online

For further information please contact Dr. Michael Stanford at


Will we find Frankenstein? The monster? Ourselves?

This trip follows the footsteps of Victor and the monster from Castle Frankenstein in Darmstadt, Germany, through Ingolstadt (near Munich) where Victor made the monster, into Schaffhausen (near Zurich), with its picturesque “Romantic” villages and landscapes, and onto Geneva, birthplace of Victor Frankenstein and location of Villa Diodati where Mary Shelley conceived the novel. Day-trips include a walk literally inside of the Sea of Ice Glacier in Chamonix, France, and an excursion to the majestic alpine village of Sils Maria.

Dates: May 20 - June 10

Courses: HON 394: Frankenstein, the Monster, and Other Romantics (3 Credits); HON 394: Frankenstein & Revolution in Switzerland and Germany (3 Credits)

Credits: 6 credits

Program Fee: $6,365

Application Deadline: March 1

The Switzerland/Germany program information and application can be found online.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Don Fette at

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Barrett in Peru: Culture and Performance in the Andes

Program Description:  This three-week program will give students an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the Andean culture of Peru, exploring the marvels, mysteries, and mountains of Cusco and outlying areas. Students will learn about the history and politics of the Andean region, from the pre-Hispanic to the postmodern, while examining how indigenous cultural traditions persist and adapt to local and global developments. Students will also study Andean cultural performance by participating in three sacred performances of great magnitude - the Catholic Corpus Christi festival, the Incan Inti Raymi ceremony, and the four-day Inca Trail pilgrimage which terminates at Machu Picchu on the morning of the Winter Solstice.

DATES:  June 7-28, 2020

COURSES:  HON 394: Performing the Sacred in Peru (3 credits) – Dr. Sandoval

HON 394: The Andes: An Introduction (3 credits) – Dr. Alcantra

CREDITS: 6 total 

Program Fee:  TBD

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

The Peru program information and application can be found online. 

For further information, please contact:  Dr. Mathew Sandoval at

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Culture and Place through Food and Studio Ghibli Film

Description: With a focus on modern cultural immersion and engagement, students will examine the ways in which concepts of individual and national identity and cultural environments inform each other. Students will read and analyze modern travel and food writing to learn literary strategies that they will then employ when reflecting upon and documenting their experiences as individuals studying in Japan. Students will engage in a variety of creative non-fiction writing and cultural engagement assignments while abroad.

Quick Facts:
• Experience life in Tokyo Japan
• Study the anime of Studio Ghibli and the anthropology of Japanese society.
• Read modern travel and food writing and learn creative non-fiction writing techniques.
• Travel to places inspired by Ghibli films and explore the neighborhoods of Tokyo.

Dates: May 22nd - June 8th, 2020

Courses: Must take both HON 394: The Anime of Studio Ghibli as an Anthropology of Japanese Childhood (3 credits) and HON 386: Writing about Self and Place (3 credits)

Credits: 6 credits

Program Fee: $6,350

Application Deadline: March 1

The Japan program information and application can be found online. 

For further information, please contact Dr. Abby Loebenberg at or Dr. Jacquelyn Scott Lynch at

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Barrett in Morocco and Portugal: The Crossroads of Civilization

In this Barrett faculty-led study abroad, students will visit two storied cultures at the crossroads of the European and African, Christian and Islamic, and Mediterranean and Atlantic, worlds: Portugal and Morocco. As we explore the cities and landscapes of these remarkable locales, we will study the transnational migration of immigrants and expatriates that have made these countries some of the most cosmopolitan in the world. Program activities will include hiking to historic mosques, wandering through labyrinthine souks, lounging on beaches on the Strait of Gibraltar, cooking tagines, touring 8th century castles, and visiting the historic Algarve region.

Dates: June 7 - June 26

Courses: Hon 394, "Destination Tangier: American Literature's Encounter with Morocco" (Young); Hon 394, "International Migration: Portugal's Diverse Peoples (O'Flaherty)

Credits: 6 (3 for each course)

Program Fee: $6,155

Application Deadline: March 1

The Morocco/Portugal program information and application can be found online.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Young at

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