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Bristol, Rhode Island – Roger Williams University

Located on the waterfront in the town of Bristol, Rhode Island, Roger Williams University chartered in 1956, blends state-of-the-art, air-conditioned academic and residential facilities with a historic New England setting. The Bristol campus is just south of the Interstate 95 corridor, about 65 miles from Boston and 200 miles from New York City. Approximately 300 students and 75 staff are expected to attend each session.

Transportation: A student shuttle service is available only from T. F. Green Airport (PVD) in Providence and Providence’s train station. You will receive maps, directions, and shuttle service details with your course notification.

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Easton, Pennsylvania – Lafayette College

A private undergraduate college with programs in the liberal arts and engineering, Lafayette College is about 70 miles west of New York City and 60 miles north of Philadelphia. Its beautiful hilltop campus overlooks the small, historic city of Easton, at the confluence of the Lehigh and Delaware rivers, site of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. The modern academic, residential, and recreational facilities are air conditioned. Approximately 200 students in mostly double and some single rooms and 50 staff are expected to attend each session.

Transportation: A student shuttle service is available only from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). You will receive maps, directions, and shuttle service details with your course notification.

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Haverford, Pennsylvania – Haverford College

Haverford College, founded in 1833, is a leading liberal arts institution dedicated exclusively to undergraduates. Its 200-acre campus features air-conditioned facilities, classrooms and labs, as well as an athletic center, nature trail, and nationally recognized arboretum—all within a 20-minute train ride of downtown Philadelphia. Approximately 260 students living in predominantly single rooms and 65 staff are expected to attend each session.

Transportation: A student shuttle service is available from Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). You will receive maps, directions, and shuttle service details with your course notification.

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HONG KONG, S.A.R. – The University of Hong Kong

Session 1 only: July 8 - 27

Founded in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is the oldest institution of higher education in Hong Kong. Today, it is an internationally recognized, research-led, comprehensive university and the only university in Hong Kong that officially uses English as its medium of instruction. The campus and its modern educational facilities are located on Hong Kong Island, and a comprehensive public transportation network makes the university easily accessible from surrounding areas.

Classes and activities for commuting students will meet from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and residential students will also participate in weekend activities.

Note: All logistical information in this catalog pertains to CTY domestic sites only. Learn more about CTY Hong Kong.

Transportation: A student shuttle service is available only from Hong Kong International Airport (HKG). You will receive maps, directions, and shuttle service details with your course notification.

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Santa Cruz, California – University of California at Santa Cruz

Session 1: July 1 - July 20
Session 2: July 22 - August 10

Situated in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Monterey Bay, the University of California at Santa Cruz is an ideal setting for educational pursuits. Known for a strong interdisciplinary focus and innovative approach to teaching, the university is comprised of a number of colleges, each a distinct residential community within this major research institution. Students enjoy the redwood trees, wildlife sightings, and ocean views while traversing the spacious and scenic campus. The temperate climate provides a comfortable living and learning environment, providing good opportunities for field student and research. Most facilities are not air conditioned. Approximately 240 students and 60 staff are expected to attend each session.

Transportation: A student shuttle service is available only from San Francisco International Airport (SFO). You will receive maps, directions, and shuttle service details with your course notification.

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Seattle, Washington – Seattle University

Session 1: July 1 - July 20
Session 2: July 22 - August 10

Seattle University sits at the heart of the Northwest’s largest and most dynamic city. Founded in 1891, the university has consistently ranked among the top 10 in the West by U.S. News & World Report. Its elegantly landscaped 50-acre campus has been designated a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary. It offers excellent academic facilities and recreational spaces, and a food service that specializes in serving fresh, seasonal, and regional products. Residence halls are clean and comfortable, and each room includes a sink and vanity. Approximately 220 students and 55 staff are expected to attend each session.

Transportation: A student shuttle service is available only from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) and Seattle’s King Street Station (for students traveling by train). You will receive maps, directions, and shuttle service details with your course notification.

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Baltimore, Maryland – Living Classrooms Foundation

Session 1 only: June 24 - July 13

CTY and Living Classrooms Foundation sponsor this program, which is dedicated to the hands-on exploration of marine sciences. An alternative education non-profit, Living Classrooms provides more than 35 land and shipboard programs to some 50,000 students annually.

Notre Dame of Maryland University in Northern Baltimore is the home base for students taking marine sciences courses in Baltimore. Approximately 45 students and 12 staff are expected to attend the Baltimore site. Second session students enrolled in the Whales and Estuary Systems course are based at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. Students spend one half of the session living and studying on campus, the other half traveling aboard the Living Classrooms ships Sigsbee or Lady Maryland. At mid-session, students who began the session on campus embark on their trip, and those who began in the field return to campus.

While marine sciences courses are fun, they also require significant physical and mental work. In the field, the residential experience more closely resembles camping than typical campus living. All students participate in the daily operation and maintenance of their vessels, including night watch for the Whales students. Students in the Chesapeake Bay course camp at various primitive shore-side sites during their field experience. Students share with the staff the responsibilities of setting up and striking camp, cooking, and cleaning. Teamwork is essential for everyone to enjoy these living experiences.

Transportation: For the Baltimore site, a student shuttle service is available only from Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI) and Baltimore’s Penn Station. You will receive maps, directions, and shuttle service details with your course notification.

Note: Second session students enrolled in the Whales and Estuary Systems course spend the land portion of their class at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.

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