Alumni College Abroad

Upcoming Alumni College Abroad trips include "Dynasties of China and Tibet: The Himalayas and the Yangtze" and "Cuba: An Extraordinary People – to People Experience."

Future Experiences

Icelandic Interlude & the Northern Lights—March 15–19, 2018

Great Journey through Europe (The Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland)—June 22–July 2, 2018

Cruising Alaska's Glaciers and the Inside Passage—July 2–11, 2018

Waterways of Russia – August 26–September 5, 2018

South Africa and Safari, March 2019 (exact dates TBD)


Dynasties of China and Tibet
The Himalayas and the Yangtze

Oct. 7–21

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We invite you to join fellow Swarthmoreans on this exceptional, custom-designed and comprehensive journey encompassing the breadth of China from the Himalayan “Rooftop of the World,” with two nights in the spectacular and seldom-visited city of Lhasa, through the dramatic gorges of the Yangtze River and to the historic neighborhoods of Old Shanghai for an in-depth appreciation of the juxtaposition of ancient culture with modern advancements. Experience the imperial dignity of Mandarin Beijing, the dynastic treasures of historic Xi’an and the Tibetan Buddhist “Sun City” of Lhasa with its architectural masterpiece, the Potala Palace, a symbol of peace and the historic home of the Dalai Lama.  We will visit six UNESCO World Heritage sites during specially arranged included excursions accompanied by experienced, knowledgeable, English-speaking guides. Enjoy meeting the fascinating people of China and the friendly people of Tibet, who will welcome you to their modern-day earthly paradise—a true Shangri-La that is newly opening up to Western travelers.


Cuba: An Extraordinary People-to-People Experience

Jan. 7–16, 2018

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We invite you to join fellow Swarthmoreans, family and friends on this extraordinary people-to-people experience. We will explore the breadth of Cuba in depth—from east to west, by land and by sea—while interacting daily with friendly and inquisitive Cubans from all walks of life who are quick to smile and talk openly with you about their day-to-day lives, culture, work and family traditions. You will also gain insight into the lasting influence of Spain; the glamorous playground that once drew celebrities, gangsters, movie stars, writers and heads of state; and the legacy of Fidel Castro and the island's emerging future.

Delight in all that Cuba has to offer during this exceptional opportunity while experiencing seafaring in its most timeless form-beneath 16,000 square feet of billowing white sails aboard the exclusively chartered, three-masted M.Y. Le PoNant. Enjoy, with travelers from Bryn Mawr College and Main Line School Night, a refined yet casual lifestyle on board this intimate, deluxe small sailing ship featuring only 32 Staterooms—all ocean-view. The M.Y. Le PoNant is able to call in smaller ports that are inaccessible to larger ships, making this combination of sea and land travel the best and most comprehensive way to see Cuba. Following the six-night cruise, enjoy accommodations for three nights in Havana's comfortable Meua Habana Hotel.

This travel program offers a full schedule of events, all of which involve significant people-to-people exchanges with Cubans from diverse backgrounds who reflect this island's unique rhythm of daily life and are eager to share their life experiences with you. We do hope you will join us for this unforgettable experience. Learn more.