Study Abroad


Chiseling God: History, Culture and Divinity in Ancient Greece

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This course is now CLOSED for the Winter 2015-16 term.

UMAIE Course Number:  T4658
SAU Course Equivalency:  +THEO 360, Advanced Topics in Theology (four credits)
Instructor: Dr. Micah Kiel, Assistant Professor of Theology, St. Ambrose University and Dr. Nathaniel Nelson, St. Thomas University
Prerequisites:  One 100-level Theology course
Tentative Dates:  December 27, 2015 - January 17, 2016.
Location:  Greece (Athens, Crete, Kastraki, Arachova, and Nafplion)
Price:  $5,265 (subject to change)

Program description

Why do people believe what they do about God? How does culture and context influence how God is understood? Close contact with and examination of ancient sites and artifacts bring such questions info profile and press individuals for self-reflection on his or her own beliefs. 

Ancient Greece provides the perfect opportunity to explore such questions. The beauty and depth of their religion in all of its expressions - artistic, architectural, literary, and geographical - demonstrates concretely the connection between understanding of God and historical context. For example, the Acropolis and its temples demonstrate the nexus of politics, religion and power. One cannot fully appreciate these connections, however, until one stands in its shadow, in awe of its sheer size, understanding the ingenuity of its creators and the background of the religion it puts forward.

All of this will be wrapped in an experience of Modern Greece, with its spectacular scenery, great food, warm hospitality, and healthy chaos. 

What is included

  • Study abroad fee, in lieu of tuition
  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis
  • Hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Some dinners (approximately 4)
  • International health insurance

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals (when not included in program fees) - estimated cost is $704.
  • Personal baggage fees and spending money

How to apply

Application Deadline: April 13, 2015
Step 1: Complete the online application. 
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Upload the form into your online application or submit it to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3: Choose an airport and fill out a Deviation Form (pdf). 
Step 4: Submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). Make checks payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
Step 5: If your application is approved, follow the next steps for accepted students.

Payment deadlines and instructions

  • April 13, 2015: $500 deposit due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove). 
    Deposit checks should be made payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL. 
  • November 1, 2015: remaining balance due
    Turn in your final payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University or pay online with credit card.
    Credit card users - Indicate that the payment is for the SPRING 2016 term.

Payment details

  • Read the UMAIE Rules and Procedures regarding additional payment policies.
  • The $500 deposit is refundable ONLY if you are not accepted or if the program is canceled.
  • If you are accepted, all payments are non-refundable after each payment deadline.
  • All payments are deducted from the total program cost.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Credit card users will incur additional service fees.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.