Semester Program

The Voyager

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Embrace your adventurous side as you explore the natural wonders of Oceania and discover the rich cultures of Thailand and Japan.

Learn about yourself, the world, and yourself in the world as you embark on a 10-week journey navigating four distinct countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Experience the lush environments of Australia and New Zealand, get your hands dirty working with a Thai NGO on an elephant conservation project, and explore the way culture and religion connect in Japan.

Upcoming travel dates:
Fall 2023: Sep. 8 – Nov. 17
Spring 2024: Feb. 16 – Apr. 26

How you'll grow

Program itinerary
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Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to availability and local conditions at the time of departure.

Australia 2 weeks

Intro to Aussie Culture: Melbourne

6 days Melbourne, Australia

Travel from your home city to the modern metropolis of Melbourne, Australia. Get to know your cohort while discovering the city's unique urban culture, then take a street art walking tour.

Going Down Under (the Sea): Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

4 days Cairns, Australia

Fly from Melbourne to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef! Explore the nearby rainforest, learn about the indigenous peoples of Australia, and spend a day snorkeling in the world's largest coral reef system.

Soak Up the Sun: Sydney

4 days Sydney, Australia

Travel from Cairns to the cosmopolitan city of Sydney. Sight-see in the capital of New South Wales and visit the iconic Opera House, world-class beaches, and yacht-studded harbor.

New Zealand 1 week

Intro to Kiwi Culture: Rotorua

4 days Rotorua, New Zealand

Fly from Sydney to Rotorua, a city renowned for its geothermal activity and Maori culture. Explore southern shores of Lake Rotorua and the nearby Waiotapu Geothermal area.

City & Shores: Auckland

4 days Auckland, New Zealand

After arriving in Auckland, adventure around the harborside city then take a ferry to Waiheke Island. Enjoy a celebratory closing dinner with your cohort before flying to Thailand.

Thailand 3 weeks

Cuisine & Culture: Bangkok

5 days Bangkok, Thailand

Land in Bangkok, Thailand's vibrant capital city known for its floating markets, food culture, street life, and timeless temples, offering a feast for all five senses.

Service & Sustainability: Chiang Mai

6 days Chiang Mai, Thailand

Head to northern Thailand and explore the mountainous city of Chiang Mai, best-known for its beautiful ancient temples. Assist with and learn about elephant conservation at a local NGO.

Coastal Environmentalism: Krabi

9 days Krabi, Thailand

Fly south to Krabi, known for its breathtaking beaches and islands, and experience Thailand’s spectacular coastline. Work with a local NGO completing outdoor activities that aid environmental conservation efforts.

Island Time: Koh Lanta

2 days Koh Lanta, Thailand

Make memories relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Koh Lanta, one of Thailand’s most beautiful islands, known for its charming coral-fringed beaches, mangroves, and rainforests.

Wrap-up: Bangkok

2 days Bangkok, Thailand

Wrap up your Thailand travels back in Bangkok. Enjoy free time to explore more of this bustling city: expand your palate, explore the night markets, and tour the temples. Celebrate your adventures with a closing group dinner before jet-setting off to Japan!

Japan 4 weeks

City of the Future: Tokyo

7 days Tokyo, Japan

Spend several days absorbing the unbelievable city of Tokyo, Japan's capital that mixes the traditional with the ultra-modern. Visit Buddhist shrines, take a walking tour through the bustling commercial center of Shibuya, and spend free time exploring on your own.

Iconic Volcano Views: Hakone

3 days Hakone, Japan

Travel west of Tokyo to Hakone, a mountainous town located in Japan's Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, where you'll enjoy in the views of the iconic volcano Mt. Fuji and embark on a scenic boat cruise of Lake Ashinoko.

Meditation & Mindfulness: Kyoto

5 days Kyoto, Japan

Explore the castles and temples of Kyoto, Japan’s cultural capital. Take a Zen meditation class and visit Zen gardens, renowned for their simplicity and serenity.

Cultural Deep Dive: Mount Koya & Nara

2 days Nara, Japan

Travel from Kyoto to Nara and stay overnight at a ryokan, or a traditional Japanese inn. Venture out to Mount Koya, home of eight different UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the Great Buddha.

Understanding the Past, Present, & Future: Hiroshima

3 days Hiroshima, Japan

Visit Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park & Museum to learn about the dark history and bright future of this city. Take a boat to Miyajima, Island of the Gods.

Wrap-up: Osaka

5 days Osaka, Japan

Spend time exploring the port city of Osaka. Enjoy a celebratory closing meal with your cohort and reflect on your growth throughout the course of your program.

Program fee

Tuition for this 10-week program is $19,450, and payment plans are available. Tuition includes:

  • Flights and transportation

    Round-trip flights and local transfers to each stop of your itinerary

  • Room and board

    Your accommodations and some of your meals on the trip

  • Activities and excursions

    Guided excursions and hands-on workshops with local experts

  • Global support network

    One-on-one mentorship and 24/7 travel support before and during your program

  • Guided learning

    Program leadership and direction by full-time EF Field Directors and Student Life Coordinator

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