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GSU - Pilgrimage: Catholic & Protestant Sites in Europe
Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Maymester,
Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Spring Break 2016 11/30/2015 ** N/A 03/11/2016 03/20/2016

** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.75 Housing: Hotel/Hostel
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Dr. David Bell Sponsoring College: College of Arts & Sciences
Sponsoring Department: Religious Studies Credit Type: GSU Credit
Credit Level: Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:

The Program: Pilgrimage Sites of Europe will take place during May term , with approximately one week in Lourdes, France, and one week on the Isle of Iona, Scotland, with side visits to Paris and Edinburgh.

Drawing over a million pilgrims a year, Lourdes is located in the south of France along the Pyrenees mountains and draws multitudes seeking both physical and spiritual healing. From here, students will be able to study the real-world experience of pilgrimage, as well as explore centuries-old sites in this historic town. Following a stop in Paris, students will then travel to the remote island of Iona on the western coast of Scotland. A stunning location for a pilgrimage site, Iona is home to a 1,400-year-old monastery with a spiritual community that focuses on both contemplative practice and social justice issues. The students will conclude the trip with two to three days in the vibrant city of Edinburgh.

Students will learn about the central role of pilgrimage in the religious lives of the pilgrims, the cultural contexts of the two pilgrimage sites, and how to study a religious practice using interdisciplinary methods. Students will keep a pilgrimage journal, meet for daily class sessions, and write a final paper upon their return to Atlanta. While some days will include organized excursions to surrounding towns, mountains and islands, many afternoons and evenings will be free for students to explore the sites of Lourdes, Paris, Iona and Edinburgh.

Application Deadline: February 28, 2014

Eligibility: The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Non-majors are welcome to apply. Program size is limited to 20 and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.*International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at 404-413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.

International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at 404/413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.

Courses and Credit: Participants who successfully complete the program will receive 3 semester hours of credit at Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for RELS 4290 Pilgrimage; graduate students should register for RELS 6290 Pilgrimage. Students from other schools should follow their institution's regulations concerning transfer credits.

Tentative Itinerary

May 12  Depart Atlanta
May 13-17  Paris, France
May 18-21  Lourdes, France
May 22  Depart Lourdes for Glasgow, then to Iona
May 23-26  Iona, Scotland
May 27-30 Edinburgh, Scotland
May 30  Return to Atlanta

Accommodations: Housing in Lourdes, Paris and Edinburgh will be in double occupancy hotel rooms in the city centers. In Iona, students will stay in the Iona Youth Hostel located at the north end of the island. With rooms of four to five beds each, the group will rent the entire facility.

Costs: Program fee of $2,725*; tuition for 3 credit hours, please see Tuition Rates; and mandatory student fees (only the BOR Institutional fee and Technology fee).

If you are a non-GA resident student, you will receive the in-state tuition rate for the study abroad course. There is a $250 fee attached to this study abroad in-state tuition waiver. This waiver does not happen automatically. Please first register for the course and then let your Program Director know you are a non-GA resident.

*Program fee includes 

- All ground transportation (ferries, buses and trains)

- All lodging

- All food on Iona and six group dinners in the other locations

- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance



**Program fee does NOT include

- Georgia State tuition and fees

- All meals except group dinners and Iona meals

- Airfare to and from Europe

- Personal spending (optional excursions, entrance fees,baggage charges, incidentals)

- Passport

- Course reading materials 

Payment Schedule:
February 28  – $500 deposit with application

(Note - program may be full by this time.)
March 14 – $1,225 payment
March 30 – $1,000 remaining balance
(All payments are non-refundable upon receipt.)


Contact: Dr. David Bell, Department of Religious Studies, College of Arts and Sciences


Phone: 404-413-6135