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Alumni Travel

The Hiram alumni travel program provides opportunities for alumni and friends to cultivate their passion for learning through travel. All of our trips are designed and led by someone with a Hiram connection - alumni, friends, or faculty members who are committed to providing you an intimate experience just as you had when you were a student. And what better way to travel than with a group of people with a Hiram connection!

China: Tradition and Change
April 18 – May 8, 2018

$3,900. The cost includes all travel expenses, accommodations, and meals. Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not covered. 
Contact Brittany Jackson for more information. 

Hiram alumni are invited to join students on a study abroad trip to China.

China has emerged from centuries of isolation, and it is changing at a rapid pace. Now is the time to visit and experience this country, which is still an enigma to most Americans. Watching hutongs (traditional narrow streets) disappear, observing construction 24 hours a day, talking with the Chinese about how their own lives have been altered and experiencing the stark contrast between ancient and modern, cannot be replicated in a classroom.

By interacting with Chinese students at local schools, visiting historical landmarks like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and Terracotta Army, touring Chinese companies and spending time in the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Xi’an, examine the impact of historical legacies and transformational change on China and its people. Coursework will explore the forces driving and resisting change in China today.

The Itinerary
Over the course of three weeks, explore and study in four major Chinese cities.

During the five days spent in China’s capital, experience Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, Olympic sites, the Great Wall, and Summer Palace. Through these visits, you will gain firsthand insight into Chinese politics, arts and history.

From Beijing, travel via overnight train to Xi’an, the starting point of the Silk Road, and one of China’s oldest cities. During the two days spent here, experience the enormous City Wall, Drum Tower, Bell Tower, the Muslim District and Terracotta Army.

After arriving via plane from Xi’an, spend a week gaining insight into daily Chinese life in Hangzhou. Observe everyday communication, work and home life and the day-to-day impact of ongoing change by staying with a host family and visiting a high school and a college. The stay also includes a day trip to Xitang, an ancient water town.

Trip Prerequisites/Requirements (Optional for alumni travelers):
Participants must enroll in the one-credit hour Spring 2018 12-Week course, China: Tradition and Change – Orientation. This course will provide relevant background information about Chinese history, religion, philosophy, cultural values and language training, prior to departure. Participants are responsible for obtaining a passport, passport fees and personal expenses.

Bucket List Italy: Venice to Rome!
October 1 – 10, 2018

This trip is sold out.  Please email The Olive Odysseys to be put on the waiting list.

Join us for this ultimate "bucket list" trip to Italy. Hiram and Patricia (Haskett) Hajifotiou '84 of The Olive Odysseys, will host this ten-day adventure in Italy starting in Venice and ending in Rome. Featuring:

  • skip-the-line tickets,
  • Venice by night,
  • Cooking lessons in a medieval Tuscan village,
  • Food shopping in Bologna,
  • Climbing the leaning town in Pisa,
  • Fast track private transportation,
  • Charming Chianti villages,
  • Roman history highlights,
  • and so much more.

Patricia & her husband have been leading tours in Europe and beyond for 19 years. Come and enjoy the small group experience!

Click below for more information.

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Natural History in the 21st Century: Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
December 2-15, 2018

Professor Sandy Madar and Associate Professor Mary Quade are teaching Natural History in the 21st Century, a study abroad course to Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands December 2-15, 2018. The trip will include three nights in Quito, three nights in Puerto Ayora on the island Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, and an eight-day private cruise through the islands to study up close the unique biomes of the islands and the animals that inhabit them—including Galapagos penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, boobies, frigate birds, several types of sharks, Galapagos tortoises, marine and land iguanas, seals, whales, Darwin’s famous finches, pelicans, tropical fish, and many others. We’ll consider history and human impact on the islands and the processes of evolution at work. Participants will hike, snorkel, observe, write, reflect, and learn from our Ecuadorian naturalist. 

If there are spots open on the trip, which accommodates 14 students, they will be offered mid-March to alumni and friends of the college. Cost to audit the course is $7,225. Contact Sandy Madar or Mary Quade for more information. 

 By Steven Byles from Singapore, Singapore (Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge) 

[CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Discover the South Pacific Wonders
Australia and New Zealand
April 2 – 16, 2019

G’day, Mate!
We’re partnering with Collette Travel to provide our next exciting alumni trip to Australia and New Zealand.  The itinerary reads as a bucket-list adventure with an optional add-on to the island of Fiji.

A few of the trip’s highlights include the Great Barrier Reef, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center, the Sydney Opera House, a dinner cruise on Sydney Harbour, and a breathtaking gondola ride in New Zealand that showcases the Queenstown countryside spots where The Lord of the Rings movies were filmed.

Click below to review the complete itinerary, learn about optional add-ons to the trip, and to make your deposit.


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