Academic Travel Abroad

Academic Travel Abroad culminates in an 11- or 12-day immersive experience that offers a student-centered, firsthand look at the history, arts and cultural identity of the country or countries on the itinerary. This adventure includes both an academic course and experiential travel, allowing students, faculty/staff, alumni, and travel companions the opportunity to trace the history of healing arts while also gaining insight into diverse worldviews and perspectives. The itinerary includes a variety of historical, cultural, social and medical excursions, and provides ample free days for self-directed learning and exploration. Many of our ATA travelers return for subsequent trips because of these unique and memorable experiences. Since the program’s inception in 1999, destinations have included Austria, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Switzerland.

Current offerings include a collaborative December trip that is available to students at Clarkson College, Nebraska Methodist College and Bryan College of Health Sciences, as well as a May trip specific to the Clarkson College community. Students have the opportunity to earn course credit which helps them fulfill graduation requirements in their program of study.

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Upcoming ATA Trip: Croatia and Northern Italy - Spring 2024

Dates: April 28–May 8, 2024

Itinerary Highlights

Your 11-day academic travel includes:

  • Round-trip air and land transportation.
  • Three- and four-star, double-occupancy hotel accommodations.
  • Exclusive deluxe motor coach, tour manager, faculty escorts and local guides.
  • Full breakfasts daily and special dinners.
  • Admission and passes to all activities on the itinerary.
  • Full insurance protection.
  • Tour historic Dubrovnik and walk along its iconic City Wall.
  • Explore villages and towns on the Dalmatian Coast, with views of palaces, towers, and turrets.
  • Travel by land, boat, and train through the terraced lakes and cascading waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes National Park.
  • Discover the fascinating island of Venice, Italy’s “Floating City”.
  • Ride a ferry to Murano, a cluster of Italian islands connected by bridges.
  • Learn about the amazing architecture, delicious food, and varied history of the Adriatic Coast.
  • Observe unique cultural healthcare practices at a specialty medical visit.
  • Enjoy two free days in Croatia and Venice to explore on your own.

Contact Rachel Holm at for more information.


Upcoming ATA Trip: Spend NY in Southern France

Dates: December 27, 2024 – January 5, 2025

Itinerary Highlights

Your 10-day academic travel includes:

  • Round-trip land and air transportation
  • Three- and four-star, double occupancy, hotel accommodations
  • Exclusive deluxe motor coach, faculty liaisons, tour director, and local guides
  • Full breakfast daily, and French specialty meals
  • Admission to all activities on the itinerary
Itinerary scheduled activities includes:
  • Guided tour of Lyon, including a visit to the ornate Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourvière
  • Regional wine-tasting in Chateauneuf-du-Pape
  • Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Avignon, France
  • Discover the highlights of Marseille, France’s second largest city
  • Glimpse into how medicine was practiced in ancient times as well as in France today
  • Learn about French culture, taste the local food and wine, and marvel at the country’s art and architecture

Contact Rachel Holm at for more information.


Rachel Holm
Academic Travel & Mission Administrator
PH 402.552.3104