Away Trips

A World Awaits You!

Emma offers many opportunities to take your learning further by traveling with one of our short-term, faculty-led AWAY Programs.

These transformative, perspective-changing experiences allow you to gain awareness and understanding of issues and opportunities beyond a normal radius of operation to develop the confidence and skill set necessary to take action to serve and shape your world.

Program Information

Current students and parents may view program flyers by logging into MyEmma. Instructions for applying will be found on MyEmma when they become available. After logging in, select "Resources" and then click on the "AWAY Programs" resource tile.

Questions? Contact Gemma Halfi (

2021-22 Travel Programs

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  • CRISPR and the Future of Biotech: Boston, MA

    Saturday, March 12-Saturday, March 19

    Gene editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9 are rapidly advancing the potential of technology to change living organisms. This program will allow participants to dive into the forefront of debates on the ethical limits of these technologies. Students learn about the rich history and modern context of innovation in healthcare and technology by engaging directly with researchers from university and for-profit research centers.
  • This Land is (Y)our Land: Exploring Public Lands in the American West: California

    Sunday, March 20 - Sunday, March 27

    The US Federal Government owns 30% of the land in the United States. How is this land used? What are the indigenous histories of this land? Who has access to this land today? In this program, participants explore issues of water rights, drilling, river conservation, drought, native lands, and recreation through immersion in some of the US's most spectacular public lands such as Joshua Tree, Death Valley National Park, and Yosemite.

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