Students Abroad

Cardinal Destination Courses Abroad (May Term)

Course Information

A Cardinal Destination Course Abroad (CDCA) is a short-term, faculty-led course that takes place shortly after the spring semester ends during the month of May (May Term). Students travel internationally as a group with a North Central College faculty and staff member. Each May Term course abroad includes linked prerequisite course completed in the spring semester before departure. 

The deadline to enroll for all CDCA 2023 has been extended to December 1, 2022!

Interested? Here are your next steps...

Step 1: Speak with the course-specific faculty leader(s) to learn more about the course, logistics, and itinerary, and to request a green slip to enroll for the appropriate courses on Merlin.

Step 2: Enroll on Merlin for the linked prerequisite course AND the May Term travel component (under summer session).  You MUST be registered for BOTH sections in order to participate. The enrollment deadline has been extended to December 1, 2022.

Step 3: Register with the Center for Global Education (CGE).  After the December 1st deadline, the CGE team will send you a link with instructions to register and next steps to complete by December 16, 2022.

Step 4: Pay your first $500 program fee deposit by December 16, 2022.

May Term 2023 Courses Abroad

Learn more about our CDCA 2023 opportunities! Click on the flags below to preview each course, itinerary, and to meet the course instructor(s).

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The Silk Road: China and the West

Led by: Professor Yadong Ji

May 8-20, 2023


Spring 2023 Prerequisite: CARD*260*1

CDCA Travel Component: CARD*261*1

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Darwin and the Galapagos

Led by: Professor Gregory Ruthig

May 8-20, 2023


Spring 2023 Prerequisite: BIOL*250 

CDCA Travel Component: CARD*261*3

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Comparative Justice Systems

Led by: Professor Raleigh Blasdell

May 9-17, 2023


Spring 2023 Prerequisite: CARD*260*2

CDCA Travel Component: CARD*261*2

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World War II and its Aftermath: Experiencing Germany

Led by: Professor Gregory Wolf

May 8-26, 2023


Spring 2023 Prerequisite: CARD*398 (0 credits)

CDCA Travel Component: GRST*365

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Enactus In-Field Community Engaged Learning

Led by: Professor Matthew Krystal and Professor Gerald Thalmann

May 9-26, 2023


ONE of the following prerequisite courses: SBEN*200 OR SBEN*250 OR ANTH*315

CDCA Travel Component: CARD*261*4

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An Exploration of Identity Here and Abroad

Led by: Professor Nicole Rivera

May 14-24, 2023


ONE of the following prerequisite courses: CARD*260*3 OR PSYC*310

CDCA Travel Component: CARD*261*5

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The Intersection of Tradition and Modernity

Led by: Professor Brian Hoffert and Professor Fukumi Matsubara

May 8-23, 2023


Spring 2023 Prerequisite: CARD*260*4

CDCA Travel Component: CARD*261*7

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Green Spain: A Treasured Past. A Sustainable Future.

Led by: Professor Jelena Sánchez

May 8-24, 2023


Spring 2023 Prerequisite: HPST*364

CDCA Travel Component: HPST*365


  • All CDCA participants are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any approved and/or eligible boosters, in line with the College's policy.
  • North Central College provides all students enrolled in a CDCA a primary emergency medical insurance policy for the course dates abroad.
  • Every student participant is required to abide by the College policies as outlined in the North Central College Student Handbook and by the expectations outlined in the course syllabus. If, in the judgement of a faculty/staff leader, a student has violated the course expectations or College policy as stated in the Student Handbook, the student may be sent home at his/her own expense. In such circumstances, a student's parents/guardians may also be notified and additional disciplinary action may be taken by the College upon the student's return to the United States.
  • All CDCA enrolled students will be required to attend a pre-departure information session.



  • Refund schedules for airfare depend on individual airlines; faculty leaders will inform all participants of the relevant deadlines and policies.
  • If an enrolled student withdraws from the CDCA before March 1, 2023, then 50% of the remaining balance of the program fee will be billed to the student account if costs have been incurred by the College.
  • If an enrolled student withdraws from the CDCA after March 1, 2023, then 100% of the program fee is forfeited. Withdrawing from a CDCA does not withdraw you from the linked spring semester course.
  • If you withdraw from the linked spring semester course, you will be withdrawn from the CDCA and you will be responsible for any associated fees (airline or program fees) as outlined in the Cancellation and Refund Policy above.
  • If you fail the linked spring semester course, you will be withdrawn from the CDCA and responsible for any associated fees (airline or program fees) as outlined in the Cancellation and Refund Policy above.
  • Successful completion of the spring semester linked course is REQUIRED for participation in the May Term international travel section