Students in Italy on study tour

Study Tours

Institute students and faculty travel the world as a group for study tours every other year; the Institute defrays most of the costs of the tours. 

Preparation for the study tour includes reading and discussion on a variety of related topics, and is supported by Colloquium lectures, student presentations, courses, and performances. Arguably, the preparation is nearly as valuable is the trip itself! On recent tours we have asked some students to write their impressions. 

In 2004 the Institute visited Denmark and Sweden, and in May 2006 the destination was Mexico. More recently, the Institute visited Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia in 2008; in 2010, Germany; in 2012 Turkey and Greece; in 2014, Italy; in 2016 the Baltic States; and in 2018 Spain. The destination in 2020 will be Peru.

Study Tours

ISM Spain tour pariticpants in front of bus to JFK
One of the capstone experiences of ISM student life is our biennial study trip, which took us this year to Toledo, Burgos, and Madrid. In addition, there were two optional “...
View of Baltic city
One of the capstone experiences of ISM life is our biennial study trip, which took us this year to Tallinn, Estonia; Helsinki, Finland; and Saint Petersburg, Russia. The...
View of Rome in the evening
One of the capstone experiences of ISM life is our biennial study trip, which in 2014 was to Ravenna, Siena, Florence, and Rome. The benefit to our students and faculty of...
Students on study tour in Greece
One of the privileges of being an ISM student is that every two years, there is an international study tour. This tradition, begun by director John Cook in the ’80s and...