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Toppers at Sea 2014


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Summer 2014

Toppers at Sea 2014
The Climate Change Challenge

Explore the impacts of climate change through the lens of many perspectives on board the MV Explorer. 

For those with a passion for world travel, a love of learning, and a thirst for cross-cultural experience, the Toppers at Sea 2014 voyage provides an unparalleled lifelong learning experience.  Delve into climate change guided by experts.  Explore regions of the the North Atlantic where climate change directly impacts coastal regions of our European neighbors.

This interdisciplinary program enables our learning community to learn how climate change affects the world from varied academic perspectives.  

Service learning component

The program also brings together learning community for a international presentation in Iceland. 

To learn more about the Credit options, link here.


Learning Goals

  • To employ experiential learning in order to better understand climate change.
  • To analyze the impact of climate change on a specific region of the globe.
  • To develop an understanding of strategies to deal with climate change. 
  • To develop and understanding for dealing with climate change (special emphasis will be placed on service learning).
  • To create an academic learning community.



  • Minors must be accompanied and supervised by a full-paying parent or guardian, who is neither a program leader nor a student enrolled in a course.
  • Possess passport with an expiration date after December 15, 2014 (regardless of age).
  • Meet payment schedule and full payment prior to departure.
  • Completion of all pre-departure orientations.
  • Maintain adherence to Toppers at Sea Code of Conduct.
  • Completion of appropriate registration forms provided by program leaders.


Youth Program

  • Toppers at Sea 2014 includes a special Youth Program for voyagers under 17.  The program will be designed and conducted by WKU students and faculty leaders and will incorporate the members in the Climate Change Challenge in an age appropriate manner


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American Traveler is a short-term, noncredit program offer through WKU Study Away.  American Traveler offer intense, unique travel experience to fascinating locations. These learning opportunities are developed and led by experts and designed to give participants a one-of-a-kind experience. WKU’s Study Away is a unit of Extended Learning & Outreach.

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  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Akureyri, Iceland
  • Isafjordur, Iceland
  • Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Southampton, England


  • May 30 - June 15

Adult Package

  • $3,698 - $3,898 
  • International airfare not included
  • Final cost could fluctuate +/-10%


Youth Package (under 17)

  • $997 - $1,197 
  • International airfare not included
  • Final cost could fluctuate +/-10%


Program Details

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Western Kentucky University and its associates are not responsible for any loss due to theft, personal injury, flight or weather delays negligence or default of suppliers, or suppliers changing of itineraries. They and their associates are not responsible for any loss due to travel/flight delays or changes in travel plans due to Acts of Nature or other unforeseen circumstances, nor are we responsible for accidents and medical care. Tour services are furnished by independent contractors who are not agents or servants of Western Kentucky University. Refunds are not available for unused portions of the package.

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