LAEP Travel Requirements
To prepare students for their future professional careers, LAEP studios include a substantial amount of travel for conducting fieldwork—which includes documenting and photographing site conditions, meeting and interviewing stakeholders, and exploring unfamiliar places. Students within the upper division studios must expect to participate in an increased frequency of trips, including project support and/or required daytime and overnight travel to visit project sites.
The majority of costs associated with studio travel are covered by course fees. However, students are responsible for meals during the trips, as well as souvenirs and any cost associated with personal care and toiletries.
Travel Course Requirements
In addition to travel within studios, the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree requires students to complete at least one travel experience sanctioned by the department.
The majority of students will be required to participate in a faculty-led travel course held during the summer or over spring break. These trips are planned well in advance, and typically require students to save money for flights, and, with international trips, to obtain needed documentation (i.e., a U.S. Passport).
Travel course destinations alternate between domestic and international. The following trips are tentatively planned:
- 2022: Domestic - Pacific Northwest Trip led by Brent Chamberlain & Dave Evans
- 2022: International - Israel Trip led by Todd Johnson & Daniella Hirschfeld
- 2023: International
- 2024: Domestic
Travel courses are capped at 25 students per trip. Though students may desire to travel internationally or domestically, they must prepare for both scenerios, in the event a course is capped before the student is able to register for it.
Costs associated with the travel course vary, but students will be informed of their financial responsibility associated with the trip in a timely manner. Students are always responsible for finding and purchasing their own airfare to and from the destination.
Study Abroad Participation
Students participating in a semester-long study abroad automatically meet the travel course requirements. Students planning to study abroad should meet and plan their course schedules with Deandra Harps beforehand.
Learn about Study Abroad Opportunities
Individual Travel Experience
While students are encouraged to participate in faculty-led travel experiences, in unusual circumstances individuals may apply to receive credit for an independently arranged travel course. Individually arranged travel should be the equivalent of faculty-led travel experiences in their disciplinary focus, engagement with noteworthy landscapes and practitioners, learning potential, and duration. Application guidelines are below. Students will first be required to submit a justification for why they propose not completing a faculty-led travel course (financial need is not grounds for justification). They will be required to provide a narrative justifying the focus of the trip, the relevance of the trip, proposed travel dates, estimated costs, etc.
Students must apply and be approved to receive credit before the trip is commenced. Independent travel may not conflict with the students other courses. Questions regarding the individual travel experience can be addressed to Professor Benjamin George.
Individual Travel Application Guidelines