Study Abroad Opportunities

Travel Course to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel

During the 2018 Winter Break, the Religious Studies Department is offering a travel course to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. Led by Drs. Mitchell Reddish and Kandy Queen-Sutherland, the seventeen-day trip will leave on December 27 and return on January 12. By successfully completing the travel course, which will also involve some follow-up class meetings during the spring semester, students will earn a half unit of academic credit for the spring 2019 semester from the university. Students may also opt to take a half-unit course during the latter part of the fall 2018 semester in preparation for the trip. Thus, by completing both the fall preparation and the travel portion of the course, students could earn a total of one unit of academic credit.

The focus of this travel course will be on the history, geography, and archaeology of part of the biblical world. Specifically, the trip will focus on religious and archaeological sites in Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. We will visit sites that have been and continue to be important to three major religions of the world—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This is the chance for students to visit places that they have read and studied about over the years, such places as Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, Masada, the Dead Sea, the ancient city of Petra, the pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, and the Valley of the Kings and Queens. We will also be visiting the Israel Museum, the Shrine of the Book Museum (which contains the Dead Sea Scrolls), and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Participating in this course will be an unforgettable educational experience.

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 $5475.00 is the additional cost for the travel portion of the course and includes a basic tour and guided sightseeing, all air and ground transportation, hotel accommodations, daily breakfast and dinner, all taxes, tips, and museum entrance fees. The deadline to register for the trip and submit the $300.00 deposit is October 18.

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