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CSM Travel Study

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College of Southern Maryland
Heather Zeolla
Center for Service-Learning
301-934-2251 x 7016

Travel Study

Go Global with CSM!

These courses provide an exciting opportunity to earn credits outside the traditional classroom. The courses are a blend of classroom education with foreign travel for a chance to gain knowledge, experience and memories. Please explore this site to find more information on how you can participate in an exciting, once in a lifetime opportunity.



March 11-20, 2016 

Sunny South Africa offers a stunning array of natural beauty, wildlife, adventure, and world-class facilities at an affordable price. Situated on the southern tip of the continent, South Africa possesses nearly 3000 km of coastline along the Atlantic and Indian oceans, an extensive transportation system, modern medical facilities, and a vibrant economy and tourism sector. Testament to how far the nation has come since the apartheid era, "the Rainbow Nation," home to eleven official languages, is blessed with a democratic government with three capitals, great weather, diverse peoples and cultures, and a multitude of attractions and destinations. Without exaggeration, South Africa is one of the world’s great destinations!


COM-1350: Intercultural Communication
HST-1070: History of Africa

Total cost of the trip is $2,899.*



March 18-27, 2016 

Through lectures, labs, and field studies, students will study the biology of marine life. Field work, principally snorkeling on the second longest barrier reef, centers on the coral reefs and adjacent communities, such as rocky shores, sandy shores, mangrove swamps, and turtle grass beds. Students will also explore the archaeology and artifacts of the ancient Maya and their influence and interchange with other ancient American cultures. Climb the ruins, descend into a sacred Maya cave, and contemplate the glyphs and structures the Maya left behind in the lush jungle of this tropical paradise. In addition, students will enjoy cultural exchange with contemporary Belizeans of Mayan, British, Spanish and African descent. The center of operations for this program is Belize Marine Teaching Research and Education Center (TREC) in San Pedro on the small island of Ambergris Caye.


BIO-2030: Marine Biology and Lab

SPA-1052: Culture of Belize

Total cost of the trip is $2,999. *


New Orleans

January 11-16, 2016   

Let’s go make a difference! On this exciting trip, students will volunteer during the day with nonprofit organizations as well as take in New Orleans world-class and one-of-a-kind music, food and culture. Service-learning will be experienced like never before! Camp Restore, housed in New Orleans, Louisiana, will provide varying volunteer sites available to students throughout the week. These sites can include re-building homes, working on local farms, arts and crafts with children and much more!


COM-1450: Groups, Teams, and Leadership

Total cost of the trip is $1,200.*


Cuba (Faculty and Staff ONLY)

May 21-28, 2016

Though close geographically, political relations between the U.S. and Cuba have left the island nation largely unknown to Americans in recent decades. During this eight-day, in-depth introduction to the country’s culture, history, nature, and arts, you’ll have the unique opportunity to explore the many faces of Cuba. Examine how Spanish, African, American and indigenous influences have shaped various aspects of society from literature, arts, music, and religion, to healthcare, and education. As you interact with people from diverse walks of life—including artists, musicians, students and professors—you’ll gain a deeper understanding of Cuba and its vibrant culture.

Total cost of the trip is $2,525.

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* These costs only include travel, tuition will still be required. Trips are subject to change.

Charges will be placed on your my.CSMD account, which will give you the following benefits:

  1. Payment online or on campus via cash, check, or credit card
  2. Options to use scholarships or financial aid money without waiting for disbursements
  3. Use of the CSM FACTS Tuition Payment Plan, allowing payments to be made over the semester

For more information or to enroll, contact Heather Zeolla at or 301-934-2251 x 7016.

Scholarships Available

The CSM Travel Studies Scholarship Application is now available. This scholarship will allow students to be awarded $475 toward their travel costs and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please apply early!

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be registered for at least 9 credits during the semester or immediately preceding the travel studies course for which the award is intended. Applicant must demonstrate financial need, as determined by the CSM Financial Assistance Department. Applicant must possess a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of application.

Should you be awarded this scholarship, you are required to provide a follow up essay and / or video report based on your experiences in the travel studies program.

Application process:

  1. Complete and sign the application form
  2. Attach an essay documenting the reason for seeking the scholarship and how the travel study experience relates to your academic goals at CSM
  3. Provide at least one letter of recommendation from a former or current CSM instructor or a high school teacher