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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

MEXICO 2017 – The Yucatán and Mayan RivieraYucatan Peninusula

I am pleased to announce QVCC’s planned trip to Mexico in June of 2017 being led by John Lewis.  We will be leaving from Providence on June 20, 2017 for our eight day tour.  We fly to the Yucatán where we will visit the Spanish colonial city of Mérida, tour the Mayan ruins at Uxmal and Chichén Itzá, go snorkeling on a coral reef in Akumal, spend a day at the beach at Playa del Carmen, and much more.  The complete itinerary can be found on the tour website at: http://www.explorica.com/LewisJr.-915.  You can register for the trip directly on the website.  Cost is approximately $2,300 – 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 and must be at least 18 years old when the trip leaves.

If you decide that you want to go, please access the tour website at the link noted above, click on the blue button “sign up now >” and you will be prompted through the tour registration process.  For more information, please contact:

John Lewis                jlewis@qvcc.edu          Phone: (860) 932-4115

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JAPAN 2018
Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Hiroshima, and Osaka

I am pleased to announce QVCC’s planned trip to Japan in June of 2018 being led by John Lewis and Ling-chuan Chu.  We will be leaving from Providence on June 1, 2018 for our ELEVEN day tour.  We fly first to Osaka and will visit Hiroshima, Kyoto, Hakone (Mt. Fuji), and end the trip with three nights in Tokyo.  Along the way we will visit:  Himeji Castle; Istukushima Shrine; Peace Memorial museum; Nijo Castle; Gold Pavilion; Inari Taisha Shrine; Kiyomizu Temple; Gion Corner; Hachimangu Shrine; Odawara Castle; Lake Hakone Cruise; Mount Komagatake Cable Car; Meiji Shinto Shrine; Asakusa Kannon Temple; and the Tokyo National Museum.

The complete itinerary can be found on the tour website at: http://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/1923203BW.   You can register for the trip directly on the website.  Cost is approximately $4,300 – air fare, hotels, some meals (breakfast daily and seven dinners), 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 and must be at least 18 years old when the trip leaves.

If you decide that you want to go, please access the tour website at the link noted above, scroll to the bottom of the page, click on “ENROLL NOW” and you will be prompted through the tour registration process.  For more information, please contact:

John Lewis               jlewis@qvcc.edu          Phone: (860) 932-4115

Ling-chuan Chu         lchu@qvcc.edu             Phone: (860) 932-4072

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 Past Science Department Tours

CHINA TRIP 2016 – Beijing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai

In June 2016, 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, 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 with 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 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 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 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 2013, John Lewis of the QVCC Science Department led group of six students on a nine day trip to Costa Rica.  Our group of seven visited Tortuguero National Park to see 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 travelled 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.