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  • Locations: Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Iona, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Maymester, Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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:


Pilgrimage: Protestant Sites in Scotland
Dates of Program: March 11-19, 2017
Credit Units: 3 
Sponsor(s) of Program: Dept. of Religious Studies

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Pilgrimage Sites in Europe will take place during Spring Break of the Spring 2017 semester, with 5 days in Iona, Scotland and 4 days in Edinburgh, Scotland. Pulling from almost 1500 years of history, Iona is located among remote islands off the Western coast of Scotland.  For the last century, it has become a major source of Christian pilgrims seeking spiritual growth and healing.  From here, students will study firsthand the experience of pilgrimage, as well as explore centuries-old sites in this historic town. Students will begin and end the trip in Edinburgh with multiple pilgrimage sites and a vast array of diverse interpretation of pilgrimage and ritual.
Schedule: one class prior to the trip will be held on GSU’s campus on March 3.  The students will fly from Atlanta to Edinburgh on March 10, arriving March 11.  Daily classes will be held in the mornings with group outings in the afternoons.  The group will travel to Iona on March 11 via 2 trains, 2 ferries, and a mile hike (approx. 16 hours), returning to Edinburgh on March 15 to stay in Edinburgh for 4 nights, and returning to Atlanta on March 19.
Students will learn about the central role of pilgrimage in the religious lives of the pilgrims, the cultural contexts of the pilgrimage sites, and how to study a religious practice using interdisciplinary methods. Students will keep a pilgrimage journal and write a final paper upon their return to Atlanta. While some of the days will be organized around the class and group excursions, students will also have plenty of time for individual interests.   Limit of 200 words.

Housing in Iona will be at the Iona Hostel.  Housing in Edinburgh will be in 1 or 2 large apartments in the city center. Limit of 100 words.

Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the Program Director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students. Non-majors are welcome to apply; there are no pre-requisite courses required.  Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Director.

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive 3 semester hours of credit from Georgia State University. Undergraduate students should register for RELS 4290 Pilgrimage. Graduate students should register for RELS 6290 Pilgrimage. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.

Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $1785, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
Program Cost Includes
• All ground transportation, excursions and entrance fees
• All lodging
• The majority of dinners and lunches as the budget permits
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Airfare to and from Scotland
• Passport
• Course reading materials

October 31, 2016: $300 Deposit Due
November 8, 2016: $1,000 Early Decision Discount Payment Applied
November 16, 2016: $200 Payment Due
December 2, 2016: $285 Remaining balance (charged to Panther Pay)
All payments are non-refundable upon receipt

Program Deposit Payments: Participants will pay program deposits by logging into PAWS.  Please contact your Program Director to confirm that a Program Deposit Account has been established for this purpose before you attempt to make a payment in PAWS.
Program Payments and Remaining Program Balance:  Other than the initial program deposit, all program payments—along with the remaining program balance—will be billed directly to your student account.  Please refer to the Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.

Please note that neither the IEF nor the GES scholarships are applicable to Faculty-Led Spring Break Programs.  There is, however, a $1000 early decision discount for the first 9 Georgia State students who 1) apply, complete and submit their program application by October 31, 2016 2) pay their program deposit of $300 by October 31, 2016 and 3) are accepted into their program. (Please see the payment schedule below for more details.)  If an applicant misses the early decision discount (application submissions are time-stamped), they will absolutely be refunded their deposit within 7 business days should they choose not to participate at the full program price. Please note: transient students are not eligible for this discount.

Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at and begin an online application.
Transient Students: please see the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page on our website.
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016
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.
Please note: Georgia State University reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.
March 3 Class on GSU campus
March 10 Flight to Edinburgh
March 11 Arrive in Edinburgh and travel to Iona
March 15 Return to Edinburgh
March 19 Return flight to Atlanta
Program Director: David Bell, Ph.D.
Office address: #1716, 25 Park Place
Telephone: 404-413-6124
Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.

This program is currently not accepting applications.