Global Study Tours

The best of all worlds!

Take Agnes Scott's incredible faculty, add a semester of in-depth study, and a 2- to 4-week travel experience, and what do you get? Global Study Tours, Agnes Scott's faculty-led programs! You will discover another culture in both an academic and first-hand context, building an appreciation for the world’s diversity and a better understanding of your own cultural values. 

Most of these multi-disciplinary international seminars consists of a two-credit-hour, on-campus course followed by an immersive travel experience during the summer. Destinations have included Benin, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, England, France, Gambia, Greece, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.

Programs for Spring Semester 2021




Travel Dates - May 16-30, 2021

The first part of this Global Awareness course examines major historical events and turning points in Japan from ancient time to the present.  The second part focuses on Japan’s contemplative tradition, in particular Shintoism and Buddhism, in historical context. Students will conduct historical research, visit important historical sites and temples, and explore the relationship between contemplation and history.  The travel experience will divide time between Tokyo, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Koyasan.





Travel Dates: May 22-June 5, 2021

We are fortunate in the southeastern United States to have access to the temperate Georgia coast and tropical waters of the Caribbean. The course takes an ecological approach to the study of the diverse marine organisms as exemplified in temperate and tropical environments. During the spring semester, students will attain an essential understanding of the principles of marine biology as it applies to a broad range of marine ecosystems and learn field study techniques appropriate for comparative study of marine organisms and environments. This knowledge and these skills will be used during the field study part of the course in the summer when students will study temperate barrier island beach and salt marsh ecosystems on the Georgia coast and tropical coral reefs, rocky intertidal and mangrove ecosystems on Roatan Island, Bay Islands, Honduras.




Travel Dates: May 17-30, 2021

Before World War II, Poland was home to more Jewish people than anywhere else in Europe. Beginning in the fourteenth century, Poland underwent a cultural and political innovation that attracted Jewish populations from across Europe. Half a millennium later, Germans made Poland the site of the Holocaust’s largest killing centers and murdered most of Poland’s Jews, as well as members of other groups. This course will enhance students’ knowledge of the Holocaust through visits to memorials, museums, and sites devoted to the history and remembrance of the Holocaust and its victims. In addition, the course will examine the late middle ages and the Renaissance – Poland’s “golden age” – which serves as a counterweight to the story of partition, conquest, occupation, and genocide that characterizes so much of modern Polish history. Juxtaposing these themes, on site, will provide a framework for grappling with the fundamental paradoxes of “western civilization.”  Class meets on Thursdays 6:10-7:25 p.m. (4 credits)


For more information, please contact:

Anna Lachkaya-Harris
Faculty-led Programs Coordinator