Roanoke College

May Intensive Learning Travel


Roanoke College provides a unique opportunity to see the world through two-to-three week faculty-led travel courses during the May Intensive Learning Term. Approximately ten international travel courses are offered each May, each with a different destination and topic. There is no tuition charge for a student's first Intensive Learning course but a travel course fee is charged to cover expenses. The course fee generally covers airfare, accommodations, excursions and entry fees, some meals, visa fees, and most other course-related costs.

International travel course destinations for May, 2014 include Belize, England and France, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, South Korea, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden.

More information, including course descriptions, fees, eligibility requirements, and forms can be found on the Intensive Learning website.

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Scholarship Opportunities for May Intensive Learning Travel Program

Five funds provide partial scholarships for Intensive Learning travel courses. They are:

Helen Cobbs International Intensive Learning Scholarship Fund

The Helen Cobbs Fund was designated by the donor to assist local students who wish to meet their IL term requirement through an approved international travel course. Multiple awards are made, typically ranging from $1,000 to $3,000. Recipients are selected based primarily on financial need but academic merit and the number of terms completed at Roanoke College may also be considered.

To be eligible you must:

  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Enroll in an international travel course
  • Have a permanent residence within 100 miles of the Roanoke College campus

Fortnightly Club Scholarship Fund

The Fortnightly Club Scholarship is designed to assist one to three students with up to $1500 for their IL travel course expenses. Recipients are selected based primarily on financial need but academic merit may also be considered.

To be eligible you must:

  • Have demonstrated financial need
  • Enroll in an international or domestic travel course
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher

You can apply to three of these four scholarship funds using the IL Travel Scholarship Application. Review the eligibility criteria and then complete the application form to apply for one or more of these funds. The application deadline for fall is October 15, the spring deadline is April 1.

Separate applications are required for the Fowler Legacy Program and Mamie S. Patterson Travel Award.

Fowler Legacy Program

The Fowler Legacy Program was established in 2002. Its purpose is to provide financial support to encourage students to study public issues off campus, whether domestically or abroad. In May, 2015, Fowler Legacy Scholarships may be applied to the following courses:

     Comparative Education England Dr. Leslie Murrill
     Globalization and Health: Palau Dr. Chad Morris
     Urbanism in Argentina and Chile Dr. Ivonne Wallace-Fuentes
     Turkey: Many Cultures, Many Histories Dr. Leslie Warden
     Basic Leadership Practices: Focus on Walt Disney Company Dr. Ali Nazemi & Dr. Sharon Gibbs
     All Poverty is not Equal Dr. Lane Destro
     Economic Journeys in Alaska Dr. Allie Kassens

For information on the scholarship program, eligibility criteria, and application click here

The Mamie S. Patterson Travel Award

This award is primarily intended for Spanish and French majors and minors who are participating in a language-intensive international travel course sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages during the Intensive Learning Term. Typical award amounts range from $250-$500. Recipients are selected based on academic merit and economic need. Applications are available from the Department of Modern Languages.