Global Learning Program

The Global Learning Program seeks to provide students with educational travel opportunities that allow the students to learn firsthand about other countries and cultures. We believe that when students travel to a foreign country, encounter a different culture, and meet new people, they develop new perspectives, global awareness, and better critical thinking skills. The goals of the program are as follows:

  1. To enhance student understanding of different countries and cultures.
  2. To foster global awareness and critical thinking skills through experiential learning. 
  3. To teach students how to travel abroad in a safe and efficient manner. 

ASMSA has partnered with EF Tours to offer the Florence and Rome Tour for Spring Break 2018. This tour will be led by one or more ASMSA teachers who will prepare the students for the trip and supervise them while abroad. The tour is scheduled to depart over Spring Break 2018, which will be March 17-25, 2018. To learn more about the itenerary for this tour, click here. To learn more about the payment plan for this tour, click here. To learn more about EF Tours, click here.

ASMSA has also partnered with the Hot Springs Sister City Program to offer the Tokyo and Hanamaki Exchange for the summer of 2017 and the Tokyo and Osaka Exchange for the fall of 2017. The Tokyo and Hanamaki Exchange is scheduled for August 3-13, 2017. The Tokyo and Osaka Exchange is scheduled for October 20-30, 2017. Click here to view the itinerary, cost and other details about the exchanges. Please not that only rising seniors (Class of 2018) are eligible to enroll for these exchanges. For more information about these exchanges, please contact David Slaymaker, assitant dean for outreach, at or (501) 622-5434.

ASMSA will offer a limited number of grants to ASMSA students who enroll in one of the Global Learning Program trips and submit the financial aid application. The purpose of the grant is to help lower the cost of study abroad for students and is part of our commitment to ensuring greater access to these extraordinary experiences. Financial assistance from ASMSA will be applied toward qualifying travel expenses. Qualifying travel expenses include airfare, lodging, transportation at the destination, entry fees to museums and other cultural sites, fees for tour guides, as well as breakfast and dinner daily. Students are also responsible for costs associated with travel to and from the Little Rock airport, any passports or visas, lunches, souvenirs, tips, optional excursions, and other personal expenses.

To enroll for one of the tours/exchanges, please fill out the financial aid application and e-mail it to Ron Luckow at Please note that only seniors will be considered for need-based scholarships.  Please note that in addition to submitting the application, grant recipients will be required to pay a $95 nonrefundable enrollment fee to secure their spot on the tour/exchange. However, you should not pay this fee until you have been notified that you have a spot on the tour/exchange. The enrollment deadlines for the tours / exchanges are as follows: Tokyo & Hanamaki Exchange (May 26, 2017), Tokyo & Osaka Exchange (July 15, 2017), and the Florence & Rome Tour (September 1, 2017).  All students should be enrolled for these tours / exchanges by these deadlines. If you have any questions, please contact Ron Luckow at or call (501) 622-5134.


Monjayaki for lunch during ASMSA student trip to Japan from ARMathSciArts on Vimeo.

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