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Study Abroad Opportunities

Italy and Greece

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

 From January 2, 2017, to January 15, 2017, Dr. Queen-Sutherland and Dr. Reddish will lead a travel course to Italy and Greece. The focus of the trip will be on the history, geography, and archaeology of the Greco-Roman and biblical worlds, with particular focus on the religious and archaeological sites. In Italy, the group will visit the ruins of Herculaneum, Pompeii, the Archaeological Museum in Naples, the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, the Arch of Titus, the Roman Forum, the Palatine, the Capitoline Museum, the Baths of Caracalla in Rome, and Vatican City with a tour of St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. The group will also visit the Catacombs, the Appian Way, and the Church of St. Paul Outside the walls, the Church of St. Peter in Chains, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon.

In Greece, the group will travel to the Thessaloniki (Thessalonica), the capital of the province of Macedonia and the second largest city of modern Greece. In Thessaloniki, the group will visit Thessaloniki's archaeological museum, the ancient city walls, the Roman forum, the Church of St. Demetrios, the Arch of Galerius, and the Church of St. George. They will also visit Amphipolis (where the apostle Paul passed through on his second missionary journey), and the ruins of the archaeological museum. Traveling over to Philippi, the travelers will visit the archaeological site and stop by the purported site of the baptism of Lydia. The group will then head to Vergina, where they will travel to the possible burial site of Philip II of Macedon,(father of Alexander the Great), visit royal tombs, the museum, the palace and theater ruins, and travel to Meteora to visit the monasteries. They will then depart to Delphi, visiting the famous Delphic Oracles, the Temple of Apollo, the theater, the stadium, and the archaeological museum.

Traveling to Athens, where they will remain for the rest of the trip, the group will visit the Parthenon, the Greek Agora and museum, the Temple of Hephaestus (the best preserved ancient temple in Greece), and the Roman Forum. They will drive to Eleusis to visit the ruins and the museum, travel to Corinth to stop at the Corinth canal, travel to Mycenae, and visit the ancient healing center of Asclepius in Epidaurus. 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 $4988.00 includes all transportation costs (from Orlando), hotels, admission fees, visas, taxes, tips, breakfasts, and dinners. Deadline for registration is October 17, 2012.