Study Abroad Opportunities

Egypt, Jordan and Israel

The Department of Religious Studies offers several study abroad opportunities for students.

From December 27, 2012 to January 12, 2013, Dr. Queen-Sutherland and Dr. Reddish will lead a travel course to Egypt, Jordan and Israel. The focus of the trip will be on archaeological sites and museums related to the ancient Near East, particularly sites with biblical relevance. In Egypt, the group will visit the pyramids at Giza, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of Queens at Luxor, and the temples of Karnak and Luxor. In Jordan, the group will travel to the spectacular site of ancient Petra, capital of the ancient Nabatean Kingdom (and the location of the closing scene in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade). They will also visit Mt. Nebo, Machaerus (site of one of Herod's palaces and the place where John the Baptist was beheaded), the capital city of Amman, and the ruins of ancient Jerash. Crossing over into Israel, the travelers will spend two nights in Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, from which they will visit Megiddo, Sepphoris, Caesarea Maritima, Nazareth, Capernaum, and enjoy a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. The group will then head south to Jerusalem, where they will spend several days, visiting various places in Jerusalem (the Old City, the Israel Museum, and the Mount of Olives), as well as Bethlehem, ancient Qumran, Masada, and Lachish. In addition to the extraordinary experience of traveling and visiting these ancient sites, the students will also earn academic credit for the course. Non-students are also welcome to join the group. For more information about the trip, please contact Dr. Mitchell Reddish at The cost of $4788.00 includes all transportation costs (from DeLand), hotels, admission fees, visas, taxes, tips, breakfasts, and dinners. Deadline for registration is October 17, 2012.

An information session will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in Elizabeth Hall 319.