Junior Journey

Junior Journey


You have our guarantee…an education from Florida Southern will take you places!

Every new full-time undergraduate student* is guaranteed a domestic or foreign travel experience that enables each student to take a journey, exploring new geographic and intellectual areas.

At Florida Southern, we’re preparing you to make positive and important contributions to our increasingly globalized world. Because we believe experiencing and understanding new cultures are essential parts of that foundation, Florida Southern College guarantees all new full-time undergraduate students* a travel experience after the completion of at least four full semesters — often at no additional cost beyond your usual FSC tuition.

* Our Junior Journey policy requires all students to have been enrolled at least four full semesters before being eligible to use their accumulated Junior Journey funds.

As part of your Junior Journey, you might…

  • Study literature in London—complete with trips to the Tower of London and the Dickens House.
  • Gain firsthand business experience in Asia.
  • Work with underprivileged children in Costa Rica.
  • Attempt to crack the DaVinci Code while touring Paris and Rome.
  • Study marine life while snorkeling the coral reefs near Belize.
  • Research global health care while serving in a regional hospital on the island nation
    of St. Lucia.
  • Explore career possibilities at TV networks, ad agencies, and public relations firms
    in New York City.
  • Come experience a diversity of environments in beautiful Hawaii.

Each trip is offered for course credit. Led by Florida Southern faculty members, these trips are offered during May Term, Summer Term, and fall and spring breaks.

For a complete list of trips and to get started, visit the Office of Student Travel  


Our Current Trips



 Japan - Sociology

Fall Trip - JJ

Exploration of Historic and Modern Japan
October 15 to October 23
Dr. Chastity Blankenship

Explore the clash of modern and historical culture in Tokyo, Kyoto, and surrounding areas within Japan. Visit bustling districts like Harajuku while staying in a traditional ryokan inn in Tokyo. Travel by high-speed train to Nara to explore temples and meet the deer believed to protect the city and Kyoto to discover the historic bamboo groves and Niji Castle. Discover how historical and cultural events have influenced modern society and culture through performances, museums, and walking tours.

Caribbean / Latin America

Bahamas, Bimini

 Bahamas, Bimini - Biology

Fall Trip - JJ

Field Studies in Shark Biology
October 15 to October 21
Dr. Brian Franks

This trip is open to those students who have successfully completed BIO 3150 OR BIO 3700 This Study Abroad experience engage students in the study of the various aspects of the biology, behavior and conservation of elasmobranch fishes, specifically sharks. Using a combination of lectures, in-class activities and field trips students will gain a firsthand understanding and experience in the study of sharks.



Fall Trip - JJ

Cuba: A Cultural Journey of Discovery
October 15 to October 23
Dr. Jose Manuel Garcia

This trip provides a unique opportunity to gain a cultural and educational perspective on Cuba; experience firsthand the important aspects of history, cultural norms and traditions on contemporary society and Cuban national identity, visit historic sites and discover through discussions and presentations from a wide variety of Cubans how they view the future of the people and their country.


 Ecuador - Accounting & Nursing

Fall Trip

Collaboration in Ecuador: Service & Culture
October 15 to October 23
Dr. Quilliam & Dr. Lyle

Prerequisites: Business, Nursing, Health Sciences, or other majors (identified and with permission from the trip directors). Students will experience an introduction to the Spanish culture and communication strategies specific to their discipline (Accounting/Nursing/General) while serving in the Quito community, located near the equator and at 9500 ft. altitude. Work and interact with peers from other majors in this beautiful, scenic area of the world as you identify concepts of the Ecuadorian healthcare system, identify collaborative business opportunities for corporate and non-profit exchanges, or help to construct and refurbish buildings in the community. We will be working closely with various departments of the local university and go on daily excursions to theaters, museums, and cultural sites in and around the capital city.




Winter Trip

Alaska and the Northen Lights
December 15 to December 22
Dr. Malcolm Manners

Travel Anchorage to Fairbanks and back, visiting Denali State Park, Denali National Park, University of Alaska's Reindeer Research Farm, U.A.'s Museum of the North, and a large-animal conservation park. Night-time excursions to see the Northern Lights if the weather conditions allow it.

Orlando, Florida

 Orlando, Florida

Fall Trip - JJ

What Would Walt Do? Lessons in Law and Leadership and Building a Kingdom
October 14 to October 21
Dr. Cindy Hardin

While touring the parks and engaging in discussion students will examine legal, management and marketing issues encountered daily by Walt Disney World theme park. Through two Disney-led leadership and team building workshops and behind-the-scene tours, students will learn how the “Disney” model for leadership and management success can empower them to be more effective leaders, creative problem solvers, skillful communicators and successful professionals.

United States-Multiple States

 United States-Multiple States

Fall Trip - JJ

Justice and Social Movements Tour in America
October 15 to October 22
Dr. Nethery, Dr. Carter & Mrs. Brenda Lewis

This course introduces students to the history and various aspects of justice, social movements and mass communications in America.



 Germany - Military History

Fall Trip - JJ

Southern Germany Tour
October 14 to October 23
LTC Vaira & CPT Student

Prerequisite: none-open to all majors. This trip offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit Bavaria in Southern Germany, as well as the capital Berlin, see several historic WWII military sites, and historic castles in the Alps. The experience consists of privately guided tours of the many sites in Bavaria, an opportunity to visit Nuremburg, former East Germany by visiting Berlin, and numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in the German culture and lifestyle.


 Iceland - Physics

Winter Trip - JJ

The Physics of Iceland: Exploring Geysers, Geothermal Power and the Northern Lights
January 1 to January 8
Dr. Pepino

Need permission from instructor. Students will visit one of the world’s most majestic northern landscapes discovering how geothermal activity powers the country’s electric grid and the atomic process behind the Northern Lights. You will also bare witness to the energy of geysers as they escape the earth’s crust and soak in one of many geothermal heated pools after a day of exploring the mountains and waterfalls and glaciers. This will be an extraordinary week of exploring national parks, cultural, scientific, and political centers both ancient and modern, whale watching and, of course, the astounding Aurora Borealis.



Fall Trip - JJ

Exploring the Scottish Highlands and Hebrides
October 14 to October 23
Dr. Malcolm Manners

Travel through the Highlands of Scotland, visiting sites of historic importance (castles, ruins, ancient sites), Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, and the Isles of Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides.


 Spain - Business

Winter Trip - JJ

Spain: Business, Cultural, and Historical Aspects
December 15 to December 23
Dr. Quilliam

Join Drs. Will Quilliam and Chuck DuVal on a wonderful tour of Spain during Winter break. Transportation, hotels, meals, and tours are all included. This trip will be interesting to you, no matter your major. We will have great cultural, business, historical, and educational experiences as you explore and discover the amazing museums, cathedrals and other sights unique to Madrid and Barcelona. You will receive one hour of academic credit. For more information, please contact us at wquilliam@flsouthern.edu.