The Global Travel Program is Back!

After a pause due to the pandemic, we are proud to relaunch the Global Travel Program. Since 1961, alumni and friends of the college have had the opportunity to explore the world as lifelong learners and gain a deeper understanding of different cultures. The program will feature upcoming tours to England, Costa Rica, Scotland, and Paris. Over 900 constituents have already expressed interest in traveling with the college.

Registration for The Liberal Arts in London and the Countryside is now open and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The educational tour, led by Tom and Cheryl Smith, will take place September 8 – 17, 2023. Highlights include amazing Stonehenge, the lovely cities of Bath, Stratford-Upon-Avon, and Cambridge, the picturesque area of the Cotswolds, majestic Windsor Castle, and exploration of London. More information, including a full itinerary and costs, is available at

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There are also three additional tours being planned for 2024 and 2025:

  • Explore Costa Rica: Coffee, Cloud Forest, and Coast with Dr. Tom Bultman, Professor of Biology in February 2024.
  • Scotland Fringe Fest and Highlands with Eric Van Tassell, Assistant Professor of Lighting and Sound Design in August 2024.
  • Experience Paris: Art, History and Culture with Dr. Heidi Kraus, Associate Provost, and Dr. Lauren Janes, Associate Professor of History in March or June 2025.

An early access form is now available for these tours at By filling this out, you will be first in line to hear about the upcoming tours once the details are announced. An itinerary, specific dates, and costs will be shared at least six months prior to the tour taking place.

For more information on the Hope College Global Travel Program, including the upcoming tours to England, Costa Rica, Scotland, and Paris, visit or contact Amanda Root with Alumni and Family Engagement at or 616.395.6887.

Join the Conversation


  1. Traveling is the ultimate teacher. It broadens your mind, exposes you to new cultures, and allows you to make memories that will last a lifetime.

  2. I read your post about the global travel update for alumni of Hope College, and I wanted to say thank you for providing such helpful information. As someone who enjoys traveling, I appreciate the efforts that the college is making to ensure that alumni are able to travel safely and confidently, even during uncertain times.

    I was impressed by how Hope College is partnering with trusted travel providers to offer a range of international and domestic travel opportunities. It’s great to see that the college is taking a thoughtful and proactive approach to travel, by carefully considering the safety and security of its alumni.

    I also appreciated how you provided links to additional resources, such as travel advisories and health and safety guidelines. This is so helpful for individuals who may be unsure of where to turn for reliable information and guidance.

    Overall, I think that this global travel update is an excellent resource for alumni of Hope College, and I’m glad to see that the college is taking steps to support alumni who want to continue exploring the world. Thank you for sharing this information and for all of the work that goes into making these travel opportunities possible!

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