IU officials have determined that IU study abroad programs cannot proceed this summer due to the current pandemic and the U.S. Department of State’s worldwide Level 4 Global Health Travel Advisory. Due to these actions, the Grand Expedition will not occur in 2020.
The Grand Expedition was based on IU’s “summer tramps” held during the 1880s and early 1890s. These trips were significant because they represented 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.
The Grand Expedition was 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.