Attend a Hillsdale Hostel, a learning vacation unlike any other. Spend a week with some of Hillsdale College’s most distinguished professors exploring the great ideas and principles that built and sustain our country. Discuss the ideas that have created more freedom and raised the hopes and expectations of millions, not only in this country but throughout the world.
Relive higher education as it used to be, in a place where it still is.
Hillsdale Hostel lets you relive the experience of higher education as it used to be, in a place where it still is. It’s college life as you remember it: the sharing of insights, the give-and-take of lively discussion, the camaraderie of peers. It’s a fresh look at the enduring values of our society in the Hillsdale way, free of the trendy ideological clichés that dominate thinking on so many other campuses today. It’s a vacation unlike any you’ve had—the learning experience of a lifetime, to complement a lifetime of learning.
Hillsdale Hostel offers a week of exciting activities. Guests share intense discussions with Hillsdale faculty members and fellow program participants, delving deeply into the sources of American liberty. Guests are welcome to take advantage of varying opportunities for fun, recreation, and fitness in our state-of-the-art health education and sports complex. Enjoy delicious, healthy, and plentiful meals prepared and served by the staff of our award-winning on-campus food service vendor. Sleep in air-conditioned comfort in the lovely Dow Center, Hillsdale’s on-campus hotel and conference center, a facility that offers quality accommodations you would not expect to find on a college campus!
June 12 - 18
Freedom and the Liberal Arts
This Hostel will explore the relationship between freedom and the liberal arts through a consideration of politics, religion, economics, and literature.
June 12 – 18
Ancient Roots of Western Civilization
This Hostel will explore the rise and fall of Athenian democracy, the Roman Republic and Empire, and the roles of Judaism and Christianity in the development of our Western heritage.
June 19 – 25
Constitutional Issues and Controversies
This Hostel will contrast the Founders’ view with the contemporary view of topics such as the family, civil rights, free speech, foreign policy, and religious liberty.
July 10 – 16
The Great Conversation in Western Literature
This Hostel will examine the great conversation in Western literature, beginning in ancient Greece and Rome and continuing through Renaissance Europe, Elizabethan England, and the United States.
July 10 – 16
Economic Theories and Controversies
This Hostel will consider the theories of free market economics, theories that oppose the free market, and important economic controversies of the twentieth century and of today.
July 17 – 20
Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
This intergenerational Hostel–designed for junior high- and high school-age children and their parents or grandparents–will consider the Civil War in the context of the statesmanship of Abraham Lincoln.
July 24 – 30
Islam and the West
This Hostel will investigate Islam from historical, religious, and political perspectives, as well as consider Islamic art and architecture.
August 8 – 11
Topics in Modern History
This Hostel will examine topics related to the history of America and the world since the turn of the 20th century, with a special emphasis on statesmen such as Calvin Coolidge, Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Ronald Reagan, and Margaret Thatcher.
We offer three locations to enjoy a Hillsdale Hostel – on the beautiful Hillsdale campus, nestled in the rolling farm country of southern Michigan; surrounded by the natural setting of our Rockwell Lake Lodge located at the G. H. Gordon Biological Station in Luther, Michigan; and in the heart of our nation’s capital at our Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship on Capitol Hill, just minutes from the Supreme Court, the Senate office buildings, and the historic Union Station.