Who's Flying?

Each year, UIW faculty and their students FLY from the Cardinal Nest to interesting and faraway places. As part of their course or service mission program, students experience the host country’s culture, food, way of life and other experiential learning activities that further enhance the UIW course or purpose of the service mission program.

Do you want to fly?

Simply identify which faculty-led programs are accepting applications and email the faculty or send our Study Abroad team an email at studyabroad@uiwtx.edu to receive more information. If you do not see a faculty-led program within your major or minor on the list, you may still be eligible to take certain courses as electives.

Just for fun, we also highlighted previous programs and mission trips!

Fall 2022

Dr. Caroline Goulet

Oaxaca, Mexico from Sept. 3 - 11, 2022

Dr Caroline Goulet

Dr. Caroline Goulet, Interim Provost, in collaboration with the Ettling Center's Director, Dr. Ricardo González, will be leading a group of 23 students and 17 faculty from UIW health professional schools on a service mission trip to Oaxaca, Mexico from Sept. 3 - 11, 2022.

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, University of the Incarnate Word health professions faculty and students will resume their participation in the Quijotes of San Antonio Interprofessional Health Mission. The organization conducts an annual medical mission trip every September in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, where participants partner with local medical professionals to provide care to impoverished communities.

Application Deadline: Aug. 1, 2022

Spring 2023

Dr. Lalon Alexander

London, U.K. From May TBD, 2023

Dr Lalon Alexander

Dr. Lalon Alexander, Associate Professor, Department of Fashion Management, will be leading a group of 10-20 students to London, U.K. in May 2023. Students will be studying UK fashion brands and retailers while immersing in the local culture. This is part of the Fashion Study Tour course, FMGT 4392.

Email Dr. Alexander for more information.

Application Deadline: Nov. 4, 2022

Summer 2023

Dr. Brian Foutch and Dr. Robert Onofre

Strasbourg, France and Heidelberg, Germany from May 17 - 28, 2023

Drs Foutch and Onofre Dr. Brian Foutch, Associate Professor, RSO, and Dr. Robert Onofre, Clinical Assistant Professor, will be leading 15-35 optometry students to Strasbourg, France and Heidelberg, Germany from May 17 - 28, 2023. Students will be completing the course, while visiting important museums and facilities related to the practice of optometry.

Email Dr. Foutch for more information.

Application Deadline: Feb. 13, 2023

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Dr. Trey Guinn

Strasbourg, France from May 26 – June 8, 2023

Dr Trey Guinn

Dr. Trey Guinn, Associate Professor and Program Director, Communication Arts, will be leading students to Strasbourg, France from May 26 – June 8, 2023. This dynamic program invites undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students to exchange ideas in one course. During their excursions, Dr. Guinn will compliment his class by leading students to museums, businesses, and the European Parliament. All activities promise a culturally rich and immersive experience that will complement the course’s effective communication and leadership lessons. The study abroad experience will complement the student’s course titled COMM 3383, 6342, or 7399.

Email Dr. Guinn for further information.

Application Deadline: TBD

Who's Flown?

Dr. Segun Oyedele and Dr. Jose Moreno

Guanajuato, Mexico, from March 3-13, 2022

Drs Oyelde and MorenoDr. Segun Oyedele, Associate Professor, International Business Professor and Dr. Jose Moreno, Associate Professor, Finance, H-E-B School of Business Administration, led a group of 19 students to Guanajuato, Mexico, from March 3-13, 2022.


Dr. Brian Foutch and Dr. Robert Onofre

Strasbourg, France and Heidelberg, Germany from May 10 - 21, 2022

Drs Foutch and Onofre Dr. Brian Foutch, Associate Professor, RSO, and Dr. Robert Onofre, Clinical Assistant Professor, led 31 optometry students to Strasbourg, France and Heidelberg, Germany from May 10 - 21, 2022. Students completed the course, while visiting important museums and facilities related to the practice of optometry.


Dr. Mark Stringham

London, UK from May 16 - 24, 2022

Dr Mark Stringham Dr. Mark Stringham, Associate Professor, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, led 10 students to London from May 16 - 24, 2022. The study abroad experience complimented the student’s course titled British Theatre THAR 4199.


Dr. Matthew Eaton

Guatemala City, Guatemala, from May 21 - 28, 2022

Matthew EatonDr. Matthew Eaton, Assistant Professor, School of Osteopathic Medicine, led a group of ten UIW medical students on a faculty-led program to Guatemala from May 21 - 28, 2022. The mission program teamed up with iHelp Foundation, which leads mission programs to help those in need throughout various parts of the world. This was the first international program in the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine.


Dr. Ricardo González

San Cristóbal, Guanajuato, Mexico from May 30 – June 3, 2022

Under the leadership of the Ettling Center's Director, Dr. Ricardo González, a group of ten students participated in a service mission trip to San Cristóbal, Guanajuato, Mexico from May 30 – June 3, 2022. The service mission program included leadership conversations with the former President of Mexico, Vicente Fox and his wife, Marta Fox who continue to spearhead several service initiatives to help their community.


Dr. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz

Alicante, Spain from June 4 – July 2022

Dr Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz Dr. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, Professor, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, led six students to Alicante, Spain. June 4 – July 2022. Students were enrolled Spanish language courses, while immersing in the local culture.


Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz

Mexico City, Mexico in June 2022

Dr Maria Felix-Ortiz Dr. Maria Felix-Ortiz, Professor, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, led a group of six students from UIW San Antonio and UIW’s two campuses to Mexico City, Mexico in June 2022. Dr. Felix-Ortiz was awarded 2020 Mexico-U.S. Innovation Fund Competition of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, funding through the Partners of the Americas Foundation, for a project entitled Alianza Bienestar Comunitario (Alliance for Community Wellness): Cross-Cultural Collaborations for Community Mental Health.


Dr. Kathleen Tilton

Paraguay from June 6-25, 2022

Dr Kathleen Tilton Dr. Kathleen Tilton, Assistant Professor in the Ila Faye School of Nursing and Health Professions, led two students to Paraguay from June 6 - 25, 2022. The service and clinical observation faculty-led program allowed students to engage in experiential learning activities.