A New England Primer:
The literature, history, and theology of Boston and Concord, Massachusetts

From Colonial Times until the American Civil War, Boston and Concord were the epicenters of American history, literature, and theology. Come travel with us June 16-22, 2014 as we rediscover the importance of these two cities—one large, one small—and their connections to the Puritan founders, the Revolutionary War, and the Transcendentalists. Some of the planned activities include walking the Freedom Trail with an expert local guide, discovering Margaret Fuller’s and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s connections to Boston and Cambridge, enjoying an exclusive lecture by a national authority on Concord and the Transcendentalists, visiting such literary sites as Hawthorne’s the Old Manse, Emerson’s home, Alcott’s Orchard House, and Thoreau’s Walden Pond. Learn of the shifts in nineteenth-century Protestant theology as you visit Concord’s First Parish Church and Trinitarian Congregational Church, and travel to the site of the nineteenth-century utopian society Fruitlands. We have also set aside plenty of time for you to explore Boston and Concord on your own, enjoy the cuisine, and simply relax in these historic locales. Trip includes round-trip airfare, lodging, ground transportation while in Mass., admissions, expert tour guides & guest lecturers, and some fantastic dining experiences. Contact Teri Mattek for additional information at

Duration: Seven days, Six nights

Cost: $2295*

*subject to change in case of airfare increases beyond our control

(Note: itinerary is subject to change if circumstances warrant) 

Explore the World with the University of Wisconsin Colleges Summer 2014 Academic Study Abroad Programs

Looking for something more than just a trip? We welcome community members like you to join our educational adventures to Ghana, Japan, Peru, China, Costa Rica, Germany, and Canada. Our short-term programs are led by experienced professors and facilitators with expertise and passion for the subject. Make your next trip the learning experience of a lifetime with UW Colleges. All programs include round-trip airfare, lodging, ground transportation while overseas, admissions, tour guides, health insurance, and several meals.

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Question? Contact Tetyana Schneider

UW Colleges Study Abroad Coordinator                                                                                                                                                                                        


Service-Learning in the Tsunami Zone of Japan

Travel Dates: May 21 – 31, 2014

Estimated Fee:            $3,700

The program will focus on specific information and background about the disaster, with special emphasis on tsunami, its damage, Japanese culture, and survival Japanese. Participants will take part in the project on the east coast of Japan in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture and will spend two days in Tokyo.

A Study of Cultural Tourism in Ghana

Travel Dates: May 28 – June 16, 2014

Estimated Fee: $3,685

Get first-hand experience with fast evolving tourism of Ghana and explore the various ways the country is marketing its cultural, historical, environmental and human resources to the outside world to attract tourists. You will be visiting some of the major attractions and examine the ways the country has developed the potential of these sites. 

Ecology of Costa Rica: Sea Turtles and Rainforest

Travel Dates: May 28 – June 5, 2014

Estimated Fee:            $2,960 

This program will give students a unique opportunity to travel to Pacuare Reserve to participate in Leatherback Sea Turtle research and to a rainforest preserve to study rainforest ecology. Students will work alongside researchers to patrol the beaches of Pacuare at night to collect data on nesting and hatching leatherback sea turtles. In addition to studying the leatherbacks, students will spend time restoring nesting beaches, exploring the lowland rainforest and its inhabitants and participating in cultural activities. 

Peru: Language and Culture Immersion Through Perú Universitario

Travel Dates: May 31 – June 12, 2014

Estimated Fee: $4,790

Fully immerse in all aspects of Peruvian society—experiencing both the reality and royalty of this South American treasure. This program offers you learning about literature, conversation, Peruvian history and politics and Spanish language practice. You will live with host families and engage in service learning at an area school or orphanage in need. In addition, participants will partake in historical tours of Lima, Cuzco, The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu.

Germany: World City Berlin and the German Question

Travel Dates: June 6 – 20, 2014

Estimated Fee:            $3,978

In this on-site exploration of German politics, economy and culture, students discover the fascinating development of the German state and nation and its troubled road to democracy in the twentieth century. They will also experience Germany’s rich contributions to art and science including the music of Bach and the writings of Goethe. 

China Adventure

Travel Dates: July 1 – 29, 2014

Estimated Fee: $4,310 

Based in the ancient city of Taiyuan, you will immerse in the culture and language of China in this four-week program open to Mandarin language learners of all levels, including beginners. You will live with a Chinese family and enjoy weekend excursions to areas of interest including a remote mountain village and some of China’s most ancient historical sites. The program begins with touring to Beijing and Xian.

Canada: Polar Bears to Plankton: On the Frontiers of Climate Change

Travel Dates: August 10 – 18, 2014

Estimated Fee: $2,496 

Explore one of the frontiers of climate change, a unique ecosystem and area full of cultural heritage. At the edge of the arctic and the ocean, the subarctic Canadian Shield and boreal forest/tundra around Churchill, Manitoba deeply affected by climate change. We would arrive by train from Winnipeg, so that participants can experience the landscape and ecosystem-level changes as they move north. The Churchill Northern Studies Center, a unique biological station near the edge of Hudson Bay would be our home during the program. It is a gathering point for many researchers in the subarctic and we would have the opportunity to interact with many of them, especially polar bear researchers, who have documented the changes in bear biology as it has tracked global climate changes.