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Upcoming Trips

We are currently in the planning states of three travel/study trips:

Please check this page often as trips are added on a regular basis as dates and destination become available!  

Mexico City - Palacio Bellas Artes

Mexico City - Summer 2014

Join our classroom in Mexico City, one of the most important financial centers in North America and learn a little Spanish, visit with business leaders and university faculty, and see the colorful sights!


  • Historic downtown Center: National Palace, Templo Mayor, Cathedral
  • Museum of Anthropology and Museum of National History (Chapultepec Castle)
  • Pyramids of Teotihuacan, Plaza of the Three Cultures, Basilica of Guadalupe
  • Museum Dolores Olmedo, Xochimilco and National Autonomous University of Mexico


  • Participation in this trip will satisfy the trip requirement for the Global Studies minor. Please see your academic advisor for how these courses could fit into your plan of study.
  • Economics course 3 credit hours. Exact course is TBA. For more information, contact Prof. Pat Papachristou at or (901) 321-3301.


Approximately $1075.00 (based on 10 students) plus airfare (currently, airfare is approximately $600). If fewer than 10 students travel, the expense will increase. Final cost will depend on final number traveling. All payments should be made to the CBU Business Office with identification of the trip destination.

Included in cost:

  • 3 hrs class credit for full time day students who register for a class as part of their regular load for Fall 2012. Evening and part-time students will pay an additional $200 per credit hour - tremendous discount - $600.00 for 3 credits! Academic sessions on site at LaSalle are included in the price as well.
  • Overload students or students taking over 18 hours are offered a special tuition rate of 200 per credit hour over the 18 hours they have signed up for.
  • Sightseeing and tours
  • Lodging will be provided in the form of a "Home Stay", shared accommodation with breakfast and dinner at the home of a Mexico City family.
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dinner daily
  • Airport transportation, roundtrip
  • 4 buffet lunches
  • Medical insurance: extra stipend may be charged according to age of the traveler.
  • Gratuities for bus drivers and guides

NOT included in cost:

  • Airfare, 3 lunches, any dinners eaten outside of the "Home Stay"
  • Sights not listed
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Spending money

We also recommend, but do not require, trip cancellation insurance in case of an emergency on your part, as CBU cannot refund money once it is committed to the trip vendors. There are many companies on the internet that provide this coverage, or your own insurance may offer it as well.

While CBU has no connection with any company, some of our students have used STA travel and were pleased with it.


$300.00* deposit due January 15, 2014 (Application must be turned in same day as deposit!)

All forms of payment are accepted: cash, money order, credit, and check.

*$300.00 deposit will be non-refundable unless the trip fails to make.
 If trip fails to make, ALL money collected with be refunded.


Others invited to join the trip on a space available basis are alumni, family & friends, and CBU students who do not need the course, but who want to travel with classmates. Please ask family and friends to notify us early as spaces are limited.

If you have any questions about this trip, contact Professor Pat Papachristou at, or (901) 321-3301

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Generalife Gardens

Renewable Energy and Other Adventures in Southern Spain - Spring Break 2015

The popular image of Spain as a land of bullfights, scintillating flamenco dancers, sherry, and ruined castles derives from Andalucía, the southernmost territory and the most quintessentially Spanish part of the Iberian Peninsula. Above all, it’s the great Moorish Monuments, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sights that compete for your attention here. The Moors developed the most sophisticated civilization of the Middle Ages, centered on the three major cities of Córdoba, Seville, and Granada. The cafes and tapas bars will delight your palate; street markets will beckon you, and the awesome Flamenco dancers will capture your fancy. Drink in the ambience of the Morocco mystique as we stroll avenues frequented by famous local painters Velasquez, Murillo, and Zurbaran and bask in their legacies. Explore the topic of renewable energy and sustainability as we visit the Abengoa solar plant and wind turbine facility. 

Each unique sight preserves extraordinarily brilliant and beautiful monuments to science, sustainability and architecture. The most perfect monument is Granada’s Alhambra Palace, arguably the most sensual building in all of Europe. Seville, not to be outdone, has a fabulously ornamented Alcázar and the grandest of all Gothic cathedrals. Today, Andalucía’s capital and seat of the region’s autonomous parliament is a vibrant contemporary metropolis that’s impossible to resist. Córdoba’s exquisite Mezquita, the most magnificent mosque constructed by the Moors, is a landmark building in world architecture and not to be missed.


  • Abengoa Solar Plant
  • Vejer de la Fontera wind turbine facility
  • Mosque- Cathedral
  • Synagogue
  • Jewish Quarter 
  • Alhambra Palace
  • Generalife Gardens
  • Cathedrals of Granada and Seville
  • Metropol\Parisol\Antiquatium
  • Coast of Malaga
  • Flamenco show
  • Much More 


ME 496 Special Topics: Renewable Energy
Dr. Jose Davila, 3 credit hours: Open to all students, no prerequisites. Enhance your resume with a Sustainable Energy/Engineering Course.

ME 496: Renewable Energy 

This course examines the history and current state of the art of renewable energy utilization around the world. The discussions will center on the role that renewable energy sources play in balancing societal energy needs and demands with environmental limits and concerns. The lectures are organized by source: solar-thermal, solar-electric, wind, ocean-thermal, ocean-mechanical, and geothermal. For each, the course discusses the interplay between environmental and economic considerations in comparison with carbon-based fuels.  Students must travel with the class to southern Spain to visit solar and wind power sites. Open to all students, no prerequisites. Enhance your resume with a Sustainable Energy/Engineering Course.

The trip will include hotel stays in Seville, Córdoba and Granada AND FANTASTIC SIGHTSEEING. It will also include visits to educational sites such as these: 

Solar thermal near Seville: 

Wind in Andalusia:


$1,680 + airfare. (Airfare will be listed when the airlines release group rates for March 2015;estimated cost $1400. Space is limited. Advertised trip cost is based on 10 students.) Please make your deposit early to ensure you get a seat on this wonderful adventure!

Checks should be made payable to CBU and paid directly to the Business Office with the trip destination SPAIN 2015 clearly identified; credit cards are accepted as well. Trip applications should be completed and returned to BU 346 or 347 when $200 deposit is made. Trips can be paid in larger increments or in full at any time in keeping with payment schedule.

Included in cost: 

  • 3 hours class credit for CBU full time day students who register for the class as part of their regular load for fall semester 2013. (Evening, part- time, and overload students will pay $ 200 per credit hour.)
  • Round trip airfare
  • Transportation between airport and hotel round trip
  • Entrance fees and guides at sights
  • Day trip to Cordoba and Granada, overnight in Granada
  • Local transportation as required for non- walking sightseeing
  • Lodging in 4 star hotels
  • Breakfast daily      
  • Welcome lunch and farewell dinner
  • Sightseeing as indicated    
  • Tips for group activities
  • Medical Insurance*
  • Flamenco show
  • And much more! 

NOT included in cost:

  • 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Optional sightseeing
  • Spending money  

*Medical insurance is included. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended, but not required, because in case of an emergency on your part, CBU cannot refund the money once it is committed to the trip vendors. There are many companies on the internet that provide this service, or your personal or family insurance carrier may offer such coverage. While CBU has no connection with any such company, some previous students have used STA travel ( and were pleased with it.


Payment Date  Amount to be Paid
Deposit  $200.00
April 1
May 1 $350.00
August 4
September 15
October 1 $400.00
November 3 $400.00
December 1 $350.00
January 14 $350.00 or remaining balance

** Any Additional fees for fuel or taxes will be added to the cost of the trip. ALL money will be refunded if CBU cancels trip!


Friends, family, alumni, or students who do not need class credit, may join us on a space available basis, but airline seats are limited, so contact Dr. Forsdick in advance to reserve space or get on a waiting list.


Please complete the Travel/ Study Trip application form, and pay $200.00 to reserve your seat. Enrollment is limited.

Return form to: 

Christian Brothers University                                                                                                                                             Office of International Initiatives- Campus Box 3 
Buckman Hall 3rd Floor, Rooms 346 or 347
650 East Parkway South 
Memphis, TN 38104 

If you have any questions about the trip contact:

  • Dr. Emily Forsdick at (901) 321-3461
  • Mrs. Shelby Roberts at (901) 321-3264 or          
  • Dr. Jose Davila (Engineering) for info about course

*In the event the trip does not make ALL money paid will be refunded.
** Additional details will be posted as they develop. 

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