The Global Travel Program Is Back

After a pause due to the pandemic, we are excited 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. Recently, more than 900 people have expressed interest in traveling with the college. Using the feedback from these alumni and friends, we are launching a new tour for 2023 and an early access form to collect interest for three additional tours in 2024 and 2025.

Register for the 2023 Tour with Tom and Cheryl Smith

We are now accepting deposits for The Liberal Arts in London and the Countryside. The educational tour, led by Tom and Cheryl Smith, will take place Sept. 8 – 17, 2023. Tom was a professor of business from 1993 to 2020, and Cheryl served as an RN in the Hope College health clinic from 1994 to 2020. The two of them led three-week student study-abroad programs to London for 16 years. Now you can join them for an experience that will include Stonehenge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cambridge, the Cotswolds, Windsor Castle and London. More information, including an itinerary and costs, is available online.

Get Early Access to 2024-25 Tours

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

  • Explore Costa Rica: Coffee, Cloud Forest, and Coast with Dr. Tom Bultman ’78, professor of biology, in February 2024;
  • Experience Paris: Art, History and Culture with Dr. Heidi Kraus, associate provost, and Dr. Lauren Hinkle ’04 Janes, associate professor of history, in March or June 2025;
  • Scotland Fringe Fest and Highlands with Eric Van Tassell ’06, assistant professor of lighting and sound design, in August 2025.

An early-access form is now available for these tours online. An itinerary, specific dates, and costs will be shared at least six months prior to the tour taking place.

In addition to providing an enriching travel experience, the program supports the college’s commitment to providing students with study-abroad opportunities. Proceeds from the program will be used to fund scholarships for Hope students participating in study abroad.

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 Ausen ’02 Root or Scott Travis ’06 with Alumni and Family Engagement at or 616.395.7250.

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