St. Olaf Study Travel

When you look at your passport, what memories does it evoke? What does it tell you? More importantly, what do you want it to tell you? Maybe it will tell the story of an intrepid traveler who gets out of her comfort zone and encounters cultures so different they put her off balance a little. Or maybe it tells the story of the guy who never wants to stop learning, who stretches his understanding of history, of how food plays a role in our lives, of projects that sustain the world we live in. 

St. Olaf has long been a leader in study abroad for students and for nearly 40 years we have offered study travel opportunities for alumni, parents and friends of the college. Our faculty and college leaders will guide you on a learning adventure, helping you experience a place in depth. 

You can recapture the intellectual stimulation of your college days through Study Travel. Don’t just see the sights. Join Study Travel and you’ll really dive into a place, learning about its history, monuments, art, literature, cultures, food, current issues. You’ll find travel with St. Olaf to be invigorating, eye opening, and enriching.

Don't watch the world go by. Be a part of it. Imagine where Study Travel can take you. 

Register or Request More Information
To register for a program, visit the individual program page below. To receive general information on any program, visit our information request form.

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Study Travel Programs


Australia and New Zealand
September 24−October 13, 2014 - WAIT LISTED
Led by Ted Johnson, Professor of Biology, and Michelle Johnson, Retired Medical Technologist
Note: You are under no obligation if you add your name to the wait list. Please call 888-865-6537 to do so.

Washington D.C. Mall

Ole Adventure in D.C. and NYC
October 19−26, 2014
Hosted by Barry Carlson '79, Senior Development Officer and 50th Class Reunion Liaison



The Wonders and Religions of India
January 17-February 4, 2015 - WAIT LISTED
Led by Ed Langerak, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, and Lois Langerak, Retired Dental Hygienist

Inn and Spa at Loretto


Art, Food, and Wine of the Southwest
February 15−21, 2015 
Led by Peter Abrahamson, General Manager of Bon Appétit at St. Olaf


Listening to the Holy Land: Its Past, People, and Geography
March 11-23, 2015 - WAIT LISTED 
Led by Bruce Benson, Retired College Pastor, and Carol Benson, Retired Music Teacher

Melk Abbey

Legendary Danube
March 30-April 10, 2015 -- NOTE THESE NEW DATES
Led by Greg Kneser, Vice President of Student Life

$500 per person discount if booked by August 26th!

Dutch Windmill


Hike, Bike, and Barge the Netherlands 
April 16-29, 2015 
Led by Dave Van Wylen ’80, Professor of Biology and 2013-14 College Sustainability Catalyst, and Pat Van Wylen ’80, Visiting Scholar Coordinator




The Great Conversation 35th Anniversary: Greece and Italy
June 8-23, 2015
Led by Karen Cherewatuk, Professor of English, Director of the Great Conversation, and Anne Groton, Professor of Classics


On the horizon

These programs are in the planning stages.

More information -- including exact dates, program fees, itineraries and a detailed payment schedule -- will be available by late Fall 2014 for 2015 programs, and by early 2015 for 2016 programs. To guarantee your space on a program, please register and pay the $500 per-person deposit. Deposits are fully refundable until approximately 6 or 7 months prior to departure. With questions, please call 888-865-6537.

To register for a program, visit the individual program page below. To receive general information on any program, visit our information request form.

BWCA River Boundary Waters Wilderness Adventure
[formerly advertised for young alumni, now open to all ages}
7 Days in June 2015
Led by Greg Kneser, Vice President of Student Life
Florence Duomo  Italy and Germany: Renaissance and Reformation
15 Days in September 2015
Led by Eric Lund, Professor of Religion, and Cindy Lund, Assistant Curator, Special Collections Librarian, Kierkegaard Library
Delfin II Upper Amazon aboard the Delfin II
10 Days in February 2016
Led by Ted and Michelle Johnson

The Sights, Art and History of Italy
April 2-18, 2016
Led by Ed and Lois Langerak

Southern Spain, including Las Fallas in Valencia and Semana Santa
14-16 Days in March 2016
Led by Jim Dunlop and Mac Gimse

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