A vast majority of Honors Vols choose to study, serve, or research abroad as part of their UT experience. In addition to the many trips facilitated by UT’s Programs Abroad office, we sponsor several exclusive Honors & Scholars opportunities each year.
UT Honors in Dublin
Each spring semester, a select group of Honors Vols matriculate to University College Dublin for the semester. Just outside Dublin’s city centre, UCD has a beautiful, sprawling campus that is one of the largest college campuses in the EU. Honors and Programs Abroad staff work with scholars to plan an academic schedule that meets their UT requirements and allows them to earn honors credits while abroad. Students travel to Ireland in January and spend a week with an Honors staff member getting orientated to life abroad before UCD classes commence.
UT Honors in Cambridge
Each summer, during the second academic session (July-early August) a UT honors faculty member leads a trip to jolly ole’ England. Our scholars get to live in Emmanuel College at the University of Cambridge for 4-5 weeks while taking two honors classes. The trip includes several day trips to locations like Stonehenge, Sutton Hoo, Canterbury, and London. We also build a long weekend in the schedule so students can travel on their own. Many of our former Honors Vols chose to use that time to weekend in Paris, while others chose to stay in the U.K. and travel to Scotland.
UT Honors in La Push
Since we understand that study abroad is not a feasible option for all of our scholars, we offer a short, domestic intercultural trip each May to La Push, Washington. A tiny fishing village on the Pacific coast of the Olympic Peninsula, La Push has been the home of the Quileute people for millenia. Students will participate in cultural exchange activities and various projects. Past opportunities have included making a meal to share with the Elders, attending a Drum Circle, exploring the Hoh Rainforest, and attending an evening bonfire on the beach with traditional storytelling. The exciting thing about this experience is that you live with the tribe and participate in their day-to-day activities, providing an authentic cultural immersive experience. Typically lasting about 10 days, this trip is a great way for students to make new friends in Honors while learning about another culture within the United States.