Travel and Semester Abroad

Travel Abroad

The world is your classroom.

The world today is a much smaller place. And, Beacon’s two international cultural studies programs immerse you in what was once a faraway place. Our programs are specifically structured for students with learning differences. We intend them to be life-changing experiences that provide a global perspective, new intellectual challenges, opportunities to build deeper friendships, new understanding of guiding principles, and a chance to lay the groundwork for new dreams and ambitions.

Travel Abroad

Beacon’s Travel Abroad program is a directed excursion offered during the summer term. Typical Travel Abroad experiences last 3 weeks and emphasize out-of-classroom learning. The focus is often cultural or historical, but can also center on environmental or scientific exploration, as in our trips to Galapagos and Alaska. Any enrolled Beacon student may apply. Costs vary depending upon location.

New Zealand
Galapagos Islands
Brazil, Argentina and Chile

2023-2024 Annual Trip

Summer 2024 Trip Flyer
SOLD OUT! Our 2024 trip, scheduled for June 3 to June 14, 2024, is to Portugal, Spain and Morocco. Students, family members, friends and alumni interested in this trip may view the itinerary and sign up through Explorica, Tour ID:  Chandler-3825 or contact for more information.  The earlier you sign up, the more you save!

2024-2025 Annual Trip

Our 2025 trip, scheduled for June 10 to June 21, 2025, is to Greece and Italy. Get ready to embark on the ultimate journey of discovery with this incredible tour of Athens, Florence and Rome! From the ancient wonders of Athens, where you’ll explore iconic sites like the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, to the artistic treasures of Florence and the timeless grandeur of Rome, this adventure is a dream come true. Walk in the footsteps of history at the Colosseum, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter’s Basilica, and uncover the mysteries of Delphi and Pompeii along the way. The journey doesn’t end there – an extension to Sorrento adds coastal charm and enchantment. Don’t miss your chance attend this unforgettable experience that’s packed with culture, history, and breathtaking beauty!

Students, family members, friends and alumni interested in this trip may view the itinerary and sign up through Explorica, Tour ID: Boise-8045 or contact for more information. The earlier you sign up, the more you save!

Semester Abroad

Beacon in Tuscany – Fall 2023

Prato InfographicThe Semester Abroad program offers an immersive cultural experience over the course of an academic semester. Up to 20 qualifying Beacon students, accompanied by a learning specialist and a program director, live and study in Prato, Italy, for the entire term. Courses are conducted by both Beacon faculty and resident adjuncts and focus on subjects that make the most of local cultural and environmental resources. Numerous organized excursions ensure that students gain the broadest possible exposure to the unique environment.

Visit the Beacon in Tuscany page for a complete overview of the program.

Student may attend the Beacon Semester Abroad programs as a sophomore, junior or senior depending on their major and current program status. Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Accommodation is provided in a local hotel or guest house and is on par with our campus residence halls. Because we believe that travel abroad should be open to everyone with interest and demonstrated ability, tuition and fees are the same as at Leesburg; travel and incidentals are not included.

Contact for more information.

Expand your boundaries.