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Science Study Abroad

117px-nasa_blue_marble Study Around the World!

Study abroad is an increasingly important part of the college experience.  Exploring new cultures can be life-changing, and many students point to their time abroad as the defining aspect of their education.

QVCC has been running study abroad trips in conjunction with EF College Study Tours and Explorica for a number of years.  These faculty led international education programs offer a great way to experience study abroad.  Competitively priced, all-inclusive, and customizable, these tours connect students with new cultures, languages and people through authentic meals, activities, and interactions with local folks all while traveling with a faculty member you know.

Upcoming Tours

Europe 2019 – Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and Munich

John Lewis, Professor of Chemistry along with Ling-chuan Chu, Professor of Psychology, will be leading a trip to Europe in 2019.  This nine day trip, which will take place over spring break, leaves from Boston on March 8, 2019.  We will fly to Budapest, Hungary for our first two days and then move on to Austria to see Vienna, cross into the Czech Republic to see medieval Prague, and finally move on to Germany for a visit to Munich.  Along the way we will see palaces, castles, tour four of Europe’s marquee cities, and much more.  The trip website can be found at:  www.explorica.com/Lewis-2019

If you are interested, you can register for the trip directly on the website noted above.  Cost is approximately $2,900 – air fare, hotels, two meals a day (breakfast and dinner), a 24 hour a day bilingual guide, and entry fees to all noted attractions are included.  Payment plans can be arranged through the website.  Friends and relatives are welcome to come with you.  You will need to acquire your own passport.

If you decide that you want to go, please access the website and click on the blue button toward the right hand side of the page which is labeled “sign up now >” and you will be prompted through the tour registration process.

For more information please contact:

John Lewis      jlewis@qvcc.mrw.ninja      860 932-4115


Ling-chuan Chu      lchu@qvcc.mrw.ninja      (860) 932-4072

The full itinerary of the trip follows:

Day 1 – Leave from Boston to start tour.

Day 2 – Helló Budapest.  Meet your tour director and check into hotel.  Budapest city walk.

Day 3 – Budapest landmarks – Budapest guided sightseeing tour to include Castle Hill, Royal Palace, Hungarian Parliament, Matthias Church, and the Fisherman’s Bastion.

Day 4 – Budapest to Vienna.  Travel to Vienna.  Vienna city walk.

Day 5 – Vienna landmarks.  Vienna guided sightseeing tour to include Schönbrunn Palace visit, Parliament, Ringstraße, Hofburg, Opera House, St. Stephen’s Cathedral visit.

Day 6 – Vienna to Prague.  Travel to Prague via Český Krumlov, Český Krumlov city walk.

Day 7 – Prague landmarks.  Prague guided sightseeing tour to include Hradčany (Prague Castle), St. Vitus Cathedral visit, Prague city walk, Charles Bridge, Malá Strana, Old Town Square, and the Jewish Quarter.

Day 8 – Prague to Munich.  Travel to Munich via Dachau. Dachau Concentration Camp & Memorial visit.

Day 9 – Munich landmarks.  Munich guided sightseeing tour to include Residenz, Nymphenburg Palace, Alte Pinakothek, Deutsches Museum, BMW Headquarters visit, Olympic site of 1972, Frauenkirche, Neues Rathaus, Marienplatz, and the Hofbräuhaus.  A visit to Neuschwanstein Castle (pictured above) is included.  Enjoy a Bavarian bratwurst dinner.

Day 10 – End tour – leave from Munich to return to Boston


Past Science Department Tours

MEXICO TRIP 2017 – Yucatán and the Mayan Riviera

In June of 2017, John Lewis led a group of four travelers on an eight day trip to Mexico.  The group flew from Providence to the Yucatán peninsula where our group visited the Spanish colonial city of Mérida, climbed the Mayan pyramids at Izamal, Kabah, and Uxmal, toured the ruins at Chichén Itzá, and Tulum, went swimming in a cenote, snorkeled on a coral reef at Akumal, and spent a day at the beach at the seaside town of Playa del Carmen.  Our Spanish language skills were helpful but not necessary.  Pictured above are the Mayan ruins at Uxmal.

CHINA TRIP 2016 – Beijing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai

In June of 2016, faculty members John Lewis and Ling-chuan Chu led a group of twelve students, faculty and friends on a nine day trip to China.  The group flew from Boston to Beijing where our group of twelve visited the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.  We took a trip out to the Great Wall at Juyoungguan, and rode the bullet train to the southern part of China where we visited the cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou with their Chinese gardens, pagodas, and silk factories, and then went on to Shanghai.  The most populous city on the planet with 24 million people, Shanghai was an adventure in itself starting off with an amazing evening river cruise followed by visits to the Bund, a Buddhist Temple, the Shanghai World Financial Center, shopping on Nanjing Road and more.  Pictured above is the Tiananmen (the Gate of Heavenly Peace) in Beijing.

COSTA RICA TRIP 2015 – Environment and Culture in Costa Rica

Planting trees in Santa ElenaIn June of 2015, John Lewis of the QVCC Science Department led a group of eleven students on ten day trip to Costa Rica.   Our group of visited the Doka Coffee plantation, the Poás volcano, the town of  La Fortuna and the Arenal volcano.  We hiked in the Monteverde Cloud forest and took part in a reforestation project.  We swam in volcanic hot springs and the Pacific Ocean (at the Manuel Antonio National Park), took a zipline canopy tour, browsed the craft markets of Sarchí, did some white water rafting, and more.   Along the way we took in the scenery, explored the varied ecosystems, and experienced the beauty and biodiversity of this unique country.  Pictured above are some of the travelers after planting trees in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Preserve.

COSTA RICA TRIP 2013 – Costa Rica: Coast to Coast

Day 7-3 San Juan Bosco and the volcano againIn June of 2013, John Lewis of the QVCC Science Department led group of six students on a nine day trip to Costa Rica.  Our group flew from Providence to San Jose (the capital city) and spent one night there before leaving on our tour of the country.  During the tour we visited Tortuguero National Park to watch sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach, geocached in the town of La Fortuna and took in the Arenal and Rincón de la Vieja volcanoes.  We hiked to the base of La Fortuna waterfall, swam under the falls, and also had the opportunity to swim in the Pacific Ocean at Guanacaste.  We took a zipline canopy tour and did some whitewater rafting at Sarapiquí and more.  The group traveled from the Atlantic coast of Costa Rica all the way across the country to the Pacific coast visiting numerous ecosystems and geologic phenomenon along the way.  Pictured above is the Arenal volcano standing behind the village of La Fortuna in central Costa Rica.