How do CELL Custom Credit Programs work?

It’s simple. The process starts with a brief meeting or phone call. We listen to your academic and program interests. Where do you want to travel? When would you like to go? How does the field program fit into your broader curriculum? What do you want your students to walk away with? Then, we work together to design a unique field study program tailored to the needs of your students and curriculum. We handle the logistics: transportation, housing, excursions, learning experiences, etc. You handle the enrollment. Our team-teaching arrangement allows you to focus on your area of expertise and interests, while your CELL co-instructor brings the “sustainability through community” experiential learning component to the program. Our faculty partners have found this to be a win-win. As a co-leader, your expertise is a tremendous asset, and will help guide the students, curriculum, and learning experiences.

For more information:

If you are interested in learning more about a CELL Custom Abroad Program, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Telephone: 207.230.4025

Most of our academic custom field programs are developed in collaboration with a faculty member from a college or university, and from a variety of disciplines, including: geology, biology, sociology, business, cultural ecology, art, environmental studies, education, sustainable tourism, etc. In addition to working with faculty, CELL also works with staff from a variety of backgrounds, including: study abroad, sustainability directors, service-learning, student services, etc. Finally, we also work with student leaders and organizations to offer a meaningful field program. If you are interested in a unique, high quality domestic or international program with an emphasis on sustainability, give us a call or drop us an e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you!

CELL also offers one, two, three, and four-week programs during January, Spring Break, Maymester, and Summer periods. We plan a program tailored to your schedule, interests, curriculum, and learning goals. For more information, give us a call or drop us an email.

Our custom programs are just that – custom!  Each program is designed around your interests and learning goals. So the first step is to give us a call or send us an e-mail and begin a conversation. We listen to your learning objectives, what you ultimately want students to take home, where and when you want to go, etc. We then work with you to craft a unique learning adventure that will best meet your learning outcomes. Where possible, we strive to integrate experiential and service-learning components into all of our programs.
“The Iceland Maymester experience was transformational for both students and me. Co-teaching with CELL founder Dave Oakes and long-time CELL faculty Karin Wittmann was a joy as they provided personal and unique access to a spectrum of Icelandic society – including poets, musicians, farmers, architects, residents of Solheimer Ecovillage, and even a member of Parliament. The beauty and challenge of the snow, wind, and volcanoes of Iceland provided enduring cherished memories and friendships.”
Michael Berger

Chemistry Professor, Simmons College, CELL Custom Credit Program