Living and Learning International offers short-term direct enrollment opportunities for you to travel, engage the world, and earn college credit. These a la carte options allow you to curate your college experience the way you want to. Our signature program range in length, credit options, and destinations. Explore the options today and see which program you want to be a part of.

Applications are now open for 2022 Programs!

Program Dates

Taste of Italy #1
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April 23-29, 2022

Taste of Italy #2
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April 30 - May 6, 2022

Ethiopia Com. Dev.
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May 28 - June 8, 2022

Ecuador Nursing
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June 4-18, 2022

WHY Living and learning?

After 21 years of global education, Living and Learning International is responding to the many challenging questions of our time by Christ-centered transformational learning in a short-term format.

For one to three weeks, join us on an unforgettable journey into the realities of Italy, Ecuador, and Ethiopia as we explore the food, medical systems, and community development unique to each location. You will be engaging alongside other learners from around the US in a unique and dynamic setting.

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Taste of Italy

Join us for a week in Rome as you learn the culinary arts of Italian cuisine. Cooking classes will begin in the supermarket where you will be taught how to select the freshest ingredients. Throughout the week you will learn how to make a range of Italian classics including homemade pasta, sauces, and bread. There are only 10 spots available on this program for the cooking classes and an additional 10 spots available for a *non-cooking track. Sign up today with your spouse, best friend, or sibling for an incredible week in Rome.

*Space is limited in the kitchen to 10. Those not interested in the cooking lessons are still invited to join us and will participate in alternative tours during that time.

Week #1: April 23-29, 2022

Week #2: April 30-May 6, 2022

Program Cost: $1,600

What is Included:

Your week abroad will include lodging, 50% of the program meals, local transportation, three small-group cooking classes or guided tours around Rome (non-cooking option), a winery tour, a Tivoli excursion, a walking tour through Rome, and dedicated L&LI program hosts. Not included is your international flight, meals while on your own, covid testing, and any personal excursions or souvenirs. This experience is not offered for academic credit.

Your instructor, Debbie Peck

Ethiopia Community Development

May 28 - June 8, 2022

During this 12-day program in Ethiopia, you will be submerged in the world of community development at a micro-level. Partnered with I Pour Life (IPL), you will learn the conceptual foundation behind sustainable community development while visiting communities outside of Addis Ababa that are a part of community transformation. Take your learning outside the classroom and join us in Ethiopia to see community development initiatives up close. This program will also include 3-college credits in Community Development.

Program Cost: $4,000

What is Included:

This experience will include an international flight from Washington DC (you'll need to get to DC), all program meals, lodging, in-country transportation, local excursions including the Cross Church and the Blue Nile, dedicated program hosts, a security guide traveling with the group, and 3-college credits. Not included are any required covid testing and personal souvenirs.

Etahayu Family, Ethiopia

Ecuador Nursing

June 4-18, 2022

Join us for a two-week program in Ecuador focused on community health. During your experience abroad you will travel to the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon Jungle, and the Andean Highlands. While traveling around the country you will see upfront how access to medicine and healthcare shifts across the country. Students will be a part of clinical hours in Quito hospitals and pop-up clinics in the jungle. This experience can transfer back to your home institution for 3-college credits in Global Population Health.

Program Cost: $3,500

What is Included:

This experience will include a regional flight to the Galapagos Islands, all program meals, lodging, in-country transportation, program excursions, supplies needed for the medical pop-up clinics and hospital clinical hours, a dedicated L&LI program host, and 3-college credits. Not included is your international flight, any required covid testing, and personal souvenirs.

Lecturer Bio:

Dr. Patricia Waltman has been a nurse practitioner for 15+ years and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Augustana University. She has personally led over 10 nursing study tour experiences to Ecuador with Living and Learning International. She is excited to lead nursing and pre-med students on this signature program.

Community Clinic, Quito, Ecuador

YOur advisor

Rachel Roskoski, MBA

Director of Study Tours

Rachel will be your guide as you wonder if one of these Signature Study Tours is right for you. She's travelled to 48 countries so she knows a thing or two about getting on a plane and going to a new place.

If you have questions before you're ready to hit the 'Apply Now' button, then drop Rachel a note in the contact form below.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Quito, Ecuador
Rome, Italy

Frequently asked questions

These Q&A will help you get all of your details in order and plans in place.

Is the COVID19 Vaccine required to travel?

Yes, currently the local governments of Italy, Ecuador, and Ethiopia all require the COVID19 vaccine to enter the country. All participants will need to have up to date vaccination and boosters to enroll in these programs.

When are payments due?

A $300 deposit is due at the time of program acceptance to secure your spot. Full payment is due 90 days prior if any flights are included, and 60 days prior if a flight is not included. Payments can be made directly to L&LI via check or online payment. A Study Tours representative will share these details with you at the time you have been approved for a program. 

How do I secure my spot on a Signature Study Tour?

Spots on Signature Study Tours are limited, so be sure to apply early! Enrollment is open until spots are filled or the application deadline. After you submit your application, a representative from Study Tours will contact you to answer questions and discuss the next steps. Once you are approved for the program, your spot is secured with a $300 deposit.

How will I earn college credit?

Signature Study Tours that offer college credit will be given by the College of the Ozarks. Before a student applies for the study tour, a syllabus will be shared for the course, outlining the academic requirements to obtain credit for the program. Some assignments may be due before, during, or after the program dates. While abroad, students will be a part of lectures, field visits, and hands-on learning experiences. If taking the experience for college credit, it is strongly recommended that students meet with academic advisors early on in the application process. Students may still participate in the Signature Study Tour even if they do not need college credit.

Who else will be on the program?

Signature Study Tours offered for college credit are targeted towards undergraduate students. These programs are open to students from all universities, making the signature experience a blend of various campuses. Whether you’re one of many or the only students enrolled from your home institution, you are guaranteed to make friends on the trip!

Programs that are not offered for college credit are open to a larger audience. Whether a recent college grad or lifelong learner, travelers of all ages may join a non-credit-bearing Signature Study Tour. 

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