Aegean (Turkey/Greece) Study Abroad Program

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Want to understand the Bible better and make the ancient world come alive at the same time? Join Biblical and Religious Studies Professor Greg Camp on a discovery tour that focuses on highlighting how a trip to Greece and Turkey is vital for understanding the world of the first century – and get a good taste of those modern cultures at the same time!

  • See the Acropolis, Parthenon, Mars Hill, and walk the streets of ancient Athens.
  • See remains of Corinth, the engineering marvel of the Corinthian Canal, and the site of the oracle of Delphi
  • Experience the breathtaking beauty of the cliff monasteries at Meteora.
  • Walk in the ancient and modern towns of Berea, Thessaloniki, Philippi, and Kavala where Paul ministered and that are home to key events in history.
  • See the royal tombs at Vergina and the Creekside location of Lydia where the first European convert to Christianity met Paul.
  • Experience the vibrant wonder of Istanbul, including the ancient churches - Hagia Sophia and Chora church, the magnificent Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, the Spice Market, Galata Tower, and a boat tour on the Bosphorus
  • Explore Troy of Homer’s Iliad and walk the winding streets to the temple on the acropolis in Assos where Aristotle met his wife; take in the beauty of the islands and Aegean Sea.
  • Tour the cities of Revelation, including the fortress city of Pergamum, the location of the temple of Artemis in Sardis, the travertine cliffs of Hierapolis, the gleaming marble of Laodicea, so much more.
  • Travel to the island of Kos, the origin of the Hippocratic oath, and tour the museum of ancient medicine and pharmacology.
  • Walk the marble streets of Ephesus home to recovered slope houses, the iconic Celsus Library, and the massive theater where the Apostle Paul caused a riot.
  • See beautiful coastlines, lush plains, and picturesque mountains.
  • Eat amazing Mediterranean food and drink while getting closer with fellow travelers.

Dates

June 14 - June 3, 2018 (Three weeks)

Cost

$4890

This price is all-inclusive except for:

  • Transport and food to and from SFO
  • passport cost
  • a Turkish Visa (approximately $20 purchased online)
  • lunches during the trip (all other meals included in the cost)
  • travel insurance
  • personal purchases

Traditional Undergraduate Students scholarship

Up to twelve $500-$800 scholarships will be awarded, primarily on a first-come first-served basis, to students enrolled in the traditional undergraduate program on the main campus. (Degree completion, graduate and seminary students do not qualify for these scholarships.)

Course credit

The trip qualifies for Focus Series under the Study Abroad option. Qualifying courses for the other portion of the Focus Series are determined individually to meet student need, and include courses as Revelation, Prison Letters, Paul and His Letters, Ancient Mythology, and Religions of the World. See the trip leader for details.

Registration deadline

Deadline TBD. Space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Your $300 registration fee (to be applied toward the balance due) will guarantee your spot. Register now!
Payment is due in three increments: December 1, February 1 and March 1.

Contact information

For more information, contact Greg Camp to get your name on a list of possible participants and receive a tentative itinerary, regular updates, reminders and an application form.

The trip is being offered through Tutku Tours, an organization, based in Izmir Turkey. Tutku Tours a leading provider of tours for individuals and groups in the eastern Mediterranean, including Turkey, Greece, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, Italy, Cyprus, Armenia, and Georgia. They provide tours focused on the Bible, the ancient world, Jewish heritage, art & art history, archaeology, architecture, culinary arts, and small boat sailing experiences.