Where Learning聽Goes Beyond Borders

Our BreakAway and study abroad programs open the door for life-defining global experiences to be immersed in culture as you live, study, travel, and work.

Study abroad programs allow you to spend either one semester or a full academic year at an approved program away from campus, either abroad or within the United States. You will take courses at a host institution and may have the opportunity to participate in internships. 

Programs are designed to challenge you to adapt to new cultures, learn from diverse perspectives and often enhance your ability to communicate in a second language.
BreakAways are group trips, led by IC faculty, which take place when classes are not in session. These trips have a specific focus and range in length from 10 days to three weeks. Each academic year, several destinations are chosen with an educational component that connects multiple academic disciplines to specific locations throughout the world. 

With scholarships and programs available to all IC students, any destination can be closer than you think. 51成人 has resources and guidance available to all student to make study abroad and BreakAway options affordable. 

Faculty and staff will work with you directly to discuss your particular circumstances, goals and needs. For study abroad, most of your financial aid package travels with you, and there are many travel awards to cover extra costs. All students have a $1000 grant that goes toward a BreakAway trip if they choose to take one. 

Recent BreakAway trips include:

:: Coffee, Culture, and Community in HAWAII
:: Hiking the Public Lands in UTAH
:: Becoming Interculturally Competent in JAPAN
:: Crossroad of Empires in GREECE
:: Democracy & Identity in GREECE

Wherever you want to learn, 51成人 will be your passport to getting there.

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Culture and Environment in the Carribean: Puerto Rico | January 1 - 10, 2025

Leaders: Diana Grullon-Garcia and Bryan Arnold
Estimated Cost: $2,500 ($1,500)

In the Winter BreakAway experience, 鈥淐ulture and Environment in the Caribbean: Puerto Rico,鈥 the students will have service-learning experiences to gain an understanding abroad that relates to environmental issues and their connections to community initiatives. These experiences will include working with organizations using 3D printed coral models to restore damaged coral reef ecosystems and conducting long- term water quality assessments in mangrove ecosystems to document potential risks to these important habitats. Students will explore Puerto Rican landscapes, natural areas (including the tropical rainforests of El Yunque National Forest and the bioluminescent bays of Vieques), and culture but also and particularly, students will learn about how after Hurricane Maria, the earthquakes, and other sociopolitical situations, measures have shifted to work toward more community-oriented endeavors.

Freedom Rides: The Social Justice Marathon Continues... | March 1 - 8, 2025

Leaders: Brittney Yancy and Erin Studer
Estimated Cost: $1,990 ($990)

Immerse yourself in a week-long experience that retraces a portion of the 1961 Freedom Rides and explores
historical sites relating to the Black Freedom Movement. From Atlanta and Selma, come immerse yourself in the civil rights tradition鈥揳 student roundtable at Spelman College, touring the King Center and the 16th Street Baptist Church, and marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Engage in a community memorial project with the Equal Justice Initiative that brings together historical memory, criminal justice, and human rights. We plan to foster self-care practices and provide time for reflection on the role of radical self-care in freedom work. This BreakAway is an awakening for all who want to make meaningful change, experience personal transformation, and cultivate a sense of community.

Euroquest: Amsterdam, Vienna, Prague, and Budpest | May 12 - 26, 2025

Leaders: Marilyn Markel and Katie Patillo
Estimated Cost: $3,600 ($2,600)

EuroQuest, a transformative BreakAway experience designed to explore the interplay of wealth, aesthetics, and urban planning across Amsterdam, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. EuroQuest offers students a unique opportunity to delve into the cultural depths of each city, fostering personal growth, intercultural competence, and a deeper understanding of the world beyond our campus borders.

Ethics of Innovation and Discovery: Just Because We Can, Should We? | May 13 - 25, 202

Leaders: Clayton Spencer and Josiah Kunz
Estimated Cost: $3,400 ($2,400)

Travel to sites in Germany (Bavaria) and Switzerland as we consider the intersection of values and ethics with
the human process of innovation, creation, and discovery. We will travel to Geneva and Lucerne, Switzerland,
and then on to Munich and Garmisch, Germany. While exploring our theme, we will tour the particle collider site at CERN, the opulent castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof created by King Ludwig II, sites connected to the long history of beer brewing in Munich, a BMW factory, and the dark and tragic history at the site of the WWII concentration camp, Dachau.

Scottish Stories | May 16 -25, 2025

Leaders: Jaclyn Tabor and McKenna Jacquemet
Estimated Cost: $2,950 ($1,950)

Scotland鈥檚 rich culture and gorgeous landscapes makes it a destination that seems to have it all; as such, it
continues to inspire countless stories. As we travel through Scotland, from the medieval architecture of Edinburgh to the misty lochs to the breathtaking landscapes of the Northern isles, we will learn how Scottish society, fiction, and folklore contribute to our overall understanding of the stories we tell about ourselves and history. Enjoy the intrigue of Scottish 18th century politics by touring several centuries- old castles while exploring locations such as Isle of Skye, Loch Ness, and Inverness that simultaneously depict the mystery of ancient celtic folktales while also creating a new story about what it means to be Scottish in the modern age. Finally, we will learn why Scotland鈥檚 push to secede from England continues after centuries of political conflict, suggesting that Scottish stories are far from over.

A Spanish Way of Life | May 16 -25, 2025

Leaders: Allison Burrus and Lauren Hayes
Estimated Cost: $2,950 ($1,950)

A Spanish Way of Life will immerse students in the Spanish culture in Madrid, Barcelona, Zaragoza, and Bilbao. Experience the people, traditions, histories, and foods of Spain. In addition to visiting historical museums, street markets, cultural events, and other notable areas of interest, the trip includes a tour of the Mondragon Cooperative, a unique community blending work and life, and an international John Deere facility.

*Figures in parentheses indicate payment due for those who use the $1,000 BreakAway coupon.