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Study Abroad Opportunities

Travel Course to Japan

During the Summer of 2020 the Religious Studies Department is offering a travel course to Japan led by Dr. Christopher Bell. This five-week program is offered in collaboration with Stetson's partner university in Japan, Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU). Students who participate in this program will earn 7 credits and have the opportunity to participate in several cultural and academic trips and events.

Students will participate in field trips to Kyoto (June 13) and the Toyota company (June 19-20). The program also includes a variety of cultural activities, including things like Wadaiko (Japanese traditional drums), Yuzen-zome (Yuzen dyeing), Wagashi workshop (Japanese traditional confectionery making), and watching a baseball match at the Hanshin Koshien Stadium.

The dates of the in-country program are June 5, 2020 to July 9, 2020. Students may need to depart the USA on June 3-4, 2020 and may not return to the USA until July 10, 2020 in order to be in-country for the entire program duration.

To register for the trip, complete the registration forms found online at world.stetson.edu (look for “Faculty-Led Religions of the East in Japan”) and pay the $500.00 deposit by check or money order, payable to “Stetson University” and delivered to WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning (635 N. Bert Fish Drive). Electronic copies of the trip brochure and this memorandum may also be found on that website. Also, be sure to complete the registration form from the brochure (or print out and complete the online copy at the world.stetson.edu website). Although the deadline for registration and payment of the $500.00 deposit is February 3, 2020, you should register as early as possible.

Travel Course to London and Paris

During the 2020 Spring Break, the Religious Studies Department is offering a travel course to London and Paris. Led by Dr. Mitchell Reddish, this travel experience is part of a full-semester course with classes on campus from January 13 to April 29, 2020, and travel to museums in London and Paris during spring break. However, students may also participate in the travel during spring break even if they are not taking the spring semester course.

During the travel, we will be visiting the British Museum, the British Library, the Tate Modern Museum, the National Gallery, the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. The course has two primary objectives: (1) to study archaeological artifacts from the ancient Near Eastern world and the Mediterranean world that have a direct bearing on the history, events, or places associated with the Bible (examples include the Cyrus Cylinder, the Mesha Stele and the Taylor Prism) or that provide important background information about the biblical world (examples include the Law Code of Hammurabi, the Amarna letters and the Sumerian creation stories), and (2) to study artworks in museums in London and Paris that portray scenes from the Bible. During the trip, you will also have ample free time to explore many of the sights of Paris and London on your own.

Friends or family members of students, as well as other interested persons, are also eligible to participate in the trip. Non-Stetson students desiring course credit must enroll at Stetson and pay tuition costs in addition to the total cost of the trip.

The price of $3375.00 is the additional cost for the travel portion of the course and includes all air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, dinner three evenings in London and three evenings in Paris, and all taxes, tips and museum entrance fees. I have tried to include all expenses except for lunches, a couple of dinners, and personal spending money. (Plan on about $300.00 for lunches and dinners, depending upon the size of your appetite!)

To register for the trip, complete the registration forms found online at world.stetson.edu (look for “Faculty-Led London and Paris”) and pay the $300.00 deposit by check or money order, payable to “Stetson University” and delivered to WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning (635 N. Bert Fish Drive). Electronic copies of the trip brochure and this memorandum may also be found on that website. Also, be sure to complete the registration form from the brochure (or print out and complete the online copy at the world.stetson.edu website) and submit that registration form to me. Although the deadline for registration and payment of the $300.00 deposit is November 8, 2019, you should register as early as possible.

Anyone wanting more information about the trip should view the brochure and memorandum or contact Dr. Mitchell Reddish at mreddish@stetson.edu.