Cultural excursions provide students with an opportunity to experience the local flavor. Weekly cultural outings are coordinated by the International Programs (IP) office. These events are built into the program and participation is mandatory. With this in mind, the excursions are designed to fit into the schedule and will usually take place Monday through Thursday in the early evenings, so as not to interfere with courses or weekend travel. Depending on the year, weather and availability, excursions will vary on a yearly basis.