Semester at Marlboro: Traveling “Bus” Expeditions

Study Away in the USA!


8: The group makes it back to the bus after seven nights in the backcountry.

A semester spent immersed in a compassionate, caring, and curious learning community and fully outdoors will bring you alive like little else! You will tap into wells of creativity, reflect thougtfully and critically, discuss deeply and broadly, be challenged and supported, grow in your confidence and skills, be both teacher and leader to your peers, be given and take on responsibility, be inspired and internally motivated, follow and share your passions, practice being the change you wish to see in the world, and so much more. (See How Learning Happens for more on this)

Students have often been heard saying, “I can’t believe I’m in ‘school’ right now!”  Faculty express a similar disbelief about the “bus” being their job.

A few other reasons why you want to spend a semester “away” from your college and living and learning on an expedition are connected to some wonderful opportunities it provides:  1) for taking breaks from technology and constant online communication, 2) for stepping away from campus party culture, 3) for making your own music, 4) for being wholly engaged in your learning and having 10-20 others always available to engage with you!

The EEI Educational Model lays out a few of the aspects of our approach that support how we consistently make it possible for participants to become more fully connected with themselves, with others, and with the natural world.

Our goal is to create experiential learning communities that inspire informed and compassionate ecological leadership.

You too can be the change toward a more ecological and just world!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe are here to support you through any of the steps that you will go through in order to “get on the bus” next semester or next year!

We direct you to the EEI page on the Marlboro College website in order to learn more about tuition and financial aid at Marlboro and how it applies to a semester on the bus.

Following are some helpful hints as you walk through the process of exploring and applying.

  1. Learn as much as you can about the expedition program: the more you know, the better you can represent what it is and why you wish to do it to your school officials – read the website, contact us, ask to be connected with alumni, and check out our facebook page.
  2. Apply online (you will find yourself on the Marlboro College website). The application starts out online, involves writing about your interests and passions in relation to the bus program, and ends with an in-person or “skype” interview (not to be feared; the most important aspect of this is to be sure that the program is a good fit for you and that you are a good fit for the program)
  3. Speak with your college’s study abroad or off campus studies office; ask about their policies for students to go away or take a leave for a semester in order to study elsewhere.
  4. Meet with your faculty advisor to talk about how an expedition semester and the curriculum will support your studies, either generally or as applied to your major or minor. The courses are all fully accredited and rigorous. We can provide materials to support you in this if needed.
  5. Make sure you have a FAFSA (if not, fill one out), go to your financial aid office and ask them how to transfer your federal financial aid to Marlboro College just for the semester for which you are applying. Again, we will connect your financial aid office with ours at Marlboro.
  6. Marlboro College Scholarship, which is need-based aid over and above any federal financial aid you may receive, will be calculated and awarded to you for the semester you’ll be “on the bus,” which means you will be enrolled as an EEI student at Marlboro.

Congratulations you’ve made it this far!

Now to contemplate your life and passions, and write those essays!