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Study Abroad

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.

EF College Study Tours and Explorica faculty-led international education programs offer a great alternative to the traditional study abroad experience.  Competitively priced, all-inclusive and completely customizable, these tours give you the flexibility to take your coursework around the globe in just one to four weeks.

Click here to see the Science Study Abroad page.

Upcoming Tours

Portugal and Spain
March 9-17, 2018

In Portugal and Spain, every step is a history lesson of its own…

…from Lisbon’s Moorish labyrinth of narrow streets to Seville’s impeccably preserved mosaics. The trail of breathtaking views and architectural wonders continues in Madrid, a city whose youthful crowds mix with a regional history of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian influences.


Day 1: Fly overnight to Lisbon

Day 2: Lisbon
Take a walking tour of Lisbon’s Alfama District
Enjoy dinner

Day 3: Lisbon
Take a guided tour of Lisbon
• Torre de Belém
• Padrão dos Descobrimentos
Visit the Castelo de São Jorge
Visit the Batalha Monastery
Enjoy free time

Day 4: Seville
Travel to Seville via Evora
Take a walking tour of Seville
With your tour director you will see:
• Giralda Tower
• Torre del Oro
• Plaza de Toros
Enjoy a paella dinner

Day 5: Seville
Take a guided tour of Seville
• Alcázar
• Seville Cathedral

Day 6: Madrid
Travel by AVE train to Madrid
Take a walking tour of Madrid
Visit the Prado

Day 7: Madrid
Take a guided tour of Madrid
• Puerta del Sol
• Plaza Mayor
• Plaza de Oriente
Visit the Royal Palace
Enjoy free time in Madrid

Day 8: Madrid
Enjoy free time in Madrid
Enjoy a tapas dinner

Please note: This tour includes a lot of walking.

More information can be found on the EF College Study Tours website at: http://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/1907919VP

Europe 2019 – Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and Munich
March 8-17, 2019

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:  http://www.explorica.com/Lewis-2019

If you are interested, you can register for the trip directly on the website noted above.  Cost is approximately $2,800 – 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.edu      860 932-4115


Ling-chuan Chu      lchu@qvcc.edu      (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