PILGRIMAGE: RITUAL AND PRACTICE IN FRANCE
PARIS, FRANCE AND LOURDES, FRANCE
3 HOURS CREDIT
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Pilgrimage Sites in Europe will take place during Spring Break of the Spring 2020 semester, with 5 days in Paris and 4 days in Lourdes, France. Drawing from over a millions pilgrims a year, Lourdes is located in the south of France along the Pyrenean mountains and draws multitudes seeking both physical and spiritual 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 Paris with multiple pilgrimage sites and a vast array of diverse interpretation of pilgrimage and ritual. Schedule: The students will fly from Atlanta to Paris on March 13, arriving Saturday, March 14. Daily classes will be held in the mornings with group outings and free time in the afternoons. The group will take a high speed train to Lourdes (six hours away) on March 17, returning to Paris on the afternoon of March 21, and then flying out on March 22 back to Atlanta. 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.
Schedule: one class prior to the trip will be held on campus with the date to be announced.
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.
Housing in Paris will be in apartments located close to the city center. Housing in Lourdes will be in group hotel rooms located 4 blocks from the pilgrimage site.
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.
CREDITS AND COURSES
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 $2035, 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 France
• Course reading materials
October 15, 2019:
$500 Deposit Due
November 1, 2019:
$535 Payment Due
December 1, 2019:
$1000 Remaining balance of Program cost (charged to student account)
Early January 2020:
tuition and fees for spring semester will be due.
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.
Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at mystudyabroad.gsu.edu and begin an online application.
: please see the Transient Student tab on the How to Apply page on our website.
: October 15, 2019
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.
Class on GSU campus
Day 1 Flight to Paris
Day 2 Arrive in Paris
Day 3 Pilgramage sites in Paris
Day 4 Pilgramage sites in Paris
Day 5 Train travel to Lourdes
Day 6 - 8 Pilrgamge sites in Lourdes
Day 9 Train travel to Paris
Day 10 Return to Atlanta
Program Director: David Bell, Ph.D.
Office address: #1716, 25 Park Place
APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 15, 2019
Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.