Grand Expedition

Grand Expedition

The Grand Expedition is based on IU’s “summer tramps” held during the 1880s and early 1890s. These trips are significant because they represent some of the earliest examples—if not the first—of overseas studies programs in the United States. Summer tramps were co-educational trips through Europe for IU students and faculty that combined educational/research opportunities with tourism.

Held June-July 2020 with limited availability, students and alumni should be sure to register now for this once in a lifetime experience.

The Grand Expedition is the result of a collaboration with the University Historian, IU Alumni Association, Office of Overseas Study, IU Outdoor Adventures, Office of International Partnerships, and the Office of the Bicentennial.

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Footsteps of Ernie Pyle

June 18, 2020-June 29, 2020 

Paris, Featuring the African American Experience with Tyron Cooper

June 13, 2020-June 21, 2020 


French Alps Mountaineering

June 11, 2020-June 17, 2020

Swiss Adventure

June 24, 2020-June 30, 2020

Trek Austria

July 4, 2020-July 12, 2020

CountryDate Course Name

Austria, England, Germany, and Scotland

June 20, 2020–July 11, 2020History of Psychology in Europe and the UK


June 9, 2020–June 25, 2020The Innovation Symposium-Environmental Edition

England, France, and Italy

June 14, 2020–July 5, 2020The Via Francigena from Canterbury to Rome


June 3, 2020–June 23, 2020Intercultural Competence Development in France


June 15, 2020–June 21, 2020 The Intimate Lives of Women


June 3, 2020–June 22, 2020Treks in Provence: Geology, History, and Culture in Southern France


June 13, 2020–June 27, 2020Chemistry and Society in Germany—20th Century to Present
NorwayJune 13, 2020–June 29, 2020Norwegian History and Culture


  • Bill Bennett, Director of Alumni Travel, IU Alumni Association (Co-Chair)
  • Tyler Kivland, Assistant Coordinator of Programs, IU Outdoor Adventures, IUB

  • Roy Hooper, Associate Director of International Alumni Relations, IU Alumni Association
  • Shawn Reynolds, Associate Vice President, Office of International Partnerships
  • Kathleen Sideli, Associate Vice President for Overseas Study, Office of Overseas Study (Co-Chair)