Contact me: eggegi@cod.edu     (630) 942-2787

Gib Egge - College of DuPage - Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I register?

    The easiest way to register for a Field Studies course is to call the Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad office at 630.942.2356. The staff is always willing to answer any questions you might have regarding registration and payments. You can also register on-line at myaccess.cod.edu

  • How many people do you take on a courses?

    ‚ÄčWe try to keep groups small to lessen our impact on the environment. Many areas we travel to also have restrictions on the number of visitors allowed. Most courses have no more than 12 students, some no more than 10 and others, no more than 8.

  • Can I go on a Field Study without taking it for credit?

    No. All classes must be taken for credit. There are no exceptions.

  • Can a payment plan be worked out so I don't have to pay all of the trip fee at once?

    Yes. Classes with fees of $500 or more can be paid for over time prior to departure. The office has a separate payment schedule set up for each course. Contact us at 630.942.2356 for details.

  • What is the experience level required?

    Unless it's noted, all courses are for beginners. Some courses combine options for students with different skill levels where experienced students may undertake a more challenging option and beginners are introduced to the course skills. Some course descriptions have restrictions on student ability like, "must be able to paddle 10 miles a day" or "must be able to hike 8 miles a day over rough, hilly terrain with a 35-pound backpack" because of the objective. Please contact me if you have questions about your skill level.

  • Will all of the students be 18 or 19 years old?

    Because we are a community college, we get students of all ages from all over the community. We have even had classes with students aged 18 to 80's.

  • What equipment do I have to bring?

    Different courses have different equipment needs. For most activity courses, equipment like tents, kayaks, canoes, backpacking equipment, climbing equipment, etc. is provided. Students may be required to obtain some personal items for their course like special clothing, eating utensils, water bottles, headlamp/flashlight, etc. Food is provided on some courses, but not others. Contact me if you have any equipment concerns.

  • Can I sign up for a course before my regular registration appointment?

    You can for classes with travel fees greater than $500.

  • Do these classes count for graduation credit?

    Yes. All classes offered through this department count toward graduation credits, either as electives or required courses. Check with your counselor for more information or to see if the class will work toward your degree/transfer.

  • If I really enjoy a certain class, can I take it again?

    You may take as many courses designated 1800 as you'd like. As long as the class title is different, you will get additional credit for the class. Non 1800-level classes like, Rock Climbing, Physical Education 1841 can be repeated as well. However, your grade will be recorded as "R" for repeat, and you will receive no additional credit for the course.

  • How much work is involved with the courses?

    For most of these courses, students must show an effort to learn the associated skills. Certain classes may require more work than others.

  •  What is your experience level?

    I have been involved with Field and Experiential Learning at the College of DuPage since 1994. Since then, I have taught and led over 200 programs across the world. I am a trained Wilderness First Responder, American Canoe Association Certified canoe and kayak instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator, American Mountain Guides Association SPI, and an alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

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College of DuPage

Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad

 

425 Fawell Blvd.

Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

 

Office: BIC 3520D

Ph: 630.942.2787

Fx: 630.942.3764

e-mail: eggegi@cod.edu

About Me

I have been involved with Field and Experiential Learning at the College of DuPage since 1994. Since then, I have taught and led over 200 programs across the world. I am a trained Wilderness First Responder, American Canoe Association Certified canoe and kayak instructor, Leave No Trace Master Educator, American Mountain Guides Association SPI, and an alumni of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

 

THE FAROE ISLANDS: HIKE EUROPE'S BEST KEPT SECRET

 

Tucked away in the North Atlantic Ocean, somewhere between Iceland, Norway and Scotland, lie the isolated Faroe Islands, a magnificent archipelago of 18 mountainous islands rich in culture, legend and hiking paths. During this week-long adventure, we will travel where waterfalls plunge into the ocean, among solitary cliffs, basalt sea stacks, turf-roofed cottages and sea bird colonies all while becoming stronger, safer and more mindful hikers. Participants must plan on being active for 6 hours a day.

 

Class: August 5 and September 23, 2019 (6 to 7:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: August 24 to 31, 2019.

 

Fee: $3840 (includes air, water and ground transportation, hotel lodging, admissions and some meals.) Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for: PHYS 1803 FS020

SPAIN: HIKING THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO

 

Since the middle ages, countless travelers have walked "the Way of St. James".  Some complete the journey to deepen their faith or to honor St. James. Others to learn about the culture and art along the way. Many complete the pilgrimage to fulfill a promise, find a meaning in life, or find themselves. Regardless of your reason, join us as we travel along the picturesque countryside of northern Spain and hike the 117 kilometer UNESCO World Heritage listed Camino Frances route, from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. Explore pastoral villages and enjoy the  company of other like-minded pilgrims from around the world as you improve your hiking endurance. The experience will culminate with two nights in Barcelona where we explore Sagrada Familia and other architectural wonders of this world-class city. Participants must be comfortable hiking 11 to 17 miles a day over five consecutive days.

 

Class: August 21 (6 to 7:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: September 21 to 30, 2019.

 

Fee: $3,097 (includes air/ground transportation, hotel lodging, van support, luggage transfers between stages, tour admissions, some meals and Pilgrim's Passport.) Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for: PHYS 1803 FS005

MEXICO: SEA KAYAKING THE BEST OF BAJA

 

Experience the very best of both the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez as we immerse ourselves in the dynamic culture and incredible wildlife of Mexico's Baja Peninsula. Spend the days improving your sea kayaking skills, snorkel among sea lions, tropical fish and the massive, yet gentile whale shark, partake in a sunset turtle release, hike among cactus-rich volcanic landscapes, come face to face with gray whales in Magdalena Bay and so much more. After full days of adventure, return to a luxurious base camp where comfortable large canvas tents, showers and local cuisine await. Perfect for the beginner or more experienced paddler.

 

Class: Dec. 18 and Feb. 17 (6 to 8:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: Field Study: Jan. 18 to 26, 2020.

 

Fee: $2,866 (includes air/ground/water transportation, three nights hotel, five nights base camp lodging, camping, kayaking and snorkeling equipment, most meals and tips). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for: PHYS 1812 FS042

JORDAN: HIKING PETRA, WADI RUM AND THE DEAD SEA

 

The man-made and natural wonders of Jordan have been attracting travelers for ages. Join us on this active cultural adventure as we hike the gorge of Wadi Mujib, float in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, and trek through the rose-rock canyons of the lost city of Petra, one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Our journey will conclude among the soaring sandstone and granite cliffs of Wadi Rum. Here we will travel to a desert camp to learn about the ancient Bedouin culture, ride camels, eat traditional meals and overnight under the vast night sky. Other activities include trekking in the Ajloun Nature Reserve and the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Expect to hike up to 8 miles a day.

 

Class: February 26 and April 27, 2020 (6 to 8:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: Field Study: March 28 to April 5, 2020.

 

Fee: $3,475 (includes air and ground transportation, hotel and camping (1 night) accommodations, most meals, entrance/activity fees, local guides and tips). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for: PHYS 1803 FS038

VIENNA TO BUDAPEST: BIKING THE BLUE DANUBE

 

Ride one of Europe's classic cycling routes through forests, enchanting river landscapes, quaint villages, Baroque-style squares and countless cultural sites, following Europe's second largest river, the Danube along the way. Additionally, we will explore 3 European capitals; the music-rich city of Vienna, the young yet medieval Bratislava, and the architecturally stunning Budapest. Over the span of 6 days, participants must be comfortable riding between 42 and 25 miles a day over flat terrain with the occasional slight hills.

 

Class: April 22 and June 15, 2020 (6 to 8:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: May 16 to 25, 2020.

 

Fee: $2,990 (includes air and ground transportation, hotel lodging, luggage transport between hotels, bike rentals, attraction admissions and most meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for: PHYS 1804 TBA.

CANADA: FALL HIKING IN THE MARITIME PROVINCES

 

Join us as we head to Canada's Maritime Provinces and hike these scenic coastal trails during the peak fall color season! Experience the world-famous Cabot Trail and the Cape Breton Highlands of Nova Scotia. In New Brunswick, we will explore the Bay of Fundy and the picturesque landscapes surrounding the highest tides in the world. Become a safer, stronger and more mindful hiker as we hike between 6 and 10 miles per day.

 

Class: September 9 and October 26, 2020 (6 to 8:50 p.m.).

 

Field Study: September 26 to October 3, 2020.

 

Fee: $1,849 (includes air and ground transportation, airport shuttles, hotel lodging, park admissions, activity fees and some meals). Tuition for one credit is extra.

 

Register for: PHYS 1803 TBA.

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To register:

 

Contact the Field and Experiential Learning/Study Abroad office at (630) 942-2356

 

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