Earning Academic Credit for Travel

Since 1974, Holbrook has led thousands of students and educators to the far reaches of the world. Over the years, our programs have immersed travelers in new ecosystems and cultures, developed their knowledge, and invigorated their passions. To provide additional value to these experiences, Holbrook partners with academic institutions to provide opportunities to earn academic credit at the pre-college, undergraduate, or graduate levels.

Pre-college & Undergraduate Credits

Holbrook supports high school juniors and seniors in obtaining pre-college and undergraduate credits. These credits, offered by Lees-McRae College, are fully transferrable, so students can enter university with approved college credits in tropical conservation, biology, and ecology.

About Lees-McRae College

Located in the mountains of northwestern North Carolina, Lees-McRae College is the setting for a student-centered and nurturing environment combined with a varied and challenging curriculum. Founded in 1900, the school’s tradition has always involved quality undergraduate education and a close interaction between students and faculty.

Sample Course

Investigations in Biology: Introduction to Tropical Ecology BIO 143 (3 Credits)

This course for high school biology students is an introduction to tropical ecology and fieldwork. Students will have the opportunity to experience the tropics by means of field trips and learn techniques for studying tropical ecology. The complexity of tropical ecosystems is well known. This course will prepare students academically for their trip and will help them understand the various facets of tropical ecology they will encounter. Of particular importance is the keeping of accurate field notes and records through the use of a field journal. Visiting the tropics is a great opportunity for the beginning biologist and this course is designed to help an individual gain a better understanding and appreciation of the tropical phenomenon.

Course Goals
  • To understand the diversity of tropical ecosystems
  • To understand the complex relationships between tropical organisms
  • To understand the structure of a tropical community
  • To understand the concept of tropical biodiversity
  • To be able to identify the flora and fauna found in tropical habitats
  • To understand the threats facing tropical ecosystems
  • To understand how countries are attempting to conserve their tropical communities
  • To understand the importance of tropical research to conservation
  • To understand how to plan and prepare for an ecology field course
  • To understand how to make field observations and keep a field journal

Graduate-level & Continuing Education Credits

Through University of the Pacific, teachers can receive graduate level credits during one of Holbrook Travel’s professional development programs. Designed exclusively to meet the needs of educators, these credits are only applicable towards a degree program when pre-approved by your institution.

Semester units of graduate-level professional develop­ment credit will be awarded by University of the Pacific upon successful completion of course requirements. Projects require 15 hours of course work per credit and are letter-graded. Credits are only acceptable and applicable to state licensure in local school districts that approve.

About University of the Pacific

University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked university and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The main campus in Stockton, California is home to seven schools and colleges, with more than 80 majors and programs of study.

Sample Course

Travel Study: Developing a Curriculum for Academic Enrichment (1-3 graduate-level professional development units)

This program offers educators and related personnel the opportunity to develop a personalized academic program based on independent travels either within the United States or abroad. This course may serve as a follow-up to an organized travel study course or as an independent study program.

Each participant has the opportunity to design a sequence of academic activities based on travel experiences.

Upon completion of an academic travel plan, the participant develops units of study or audio-visual curriculum aids and materials (e.g. slide presentations with narration, video recordings, etc.) based on activities, experiences, and information gained from their travels. The content must be designed to enhance and enrich instructional objectives and must be based on examination of culture in other countries or within the United States. Subjects of cultural examination may include: educational systems, multi-cultural comparisons, history, art, politics, anthropology, science, and religion.

For more information or to enroll, contact:

Dr. Allan Lifson