Study Abroad Course to Visit Europe, Asia

Enrollment sessions for Truman’s cultural and religious study abroad course “East Meets West,” will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 12 in McClain Hall 208 and at 6 p.m. Jan. 15 in McClain Hall 209.

“East Meets West” combines study, lectures, travel and work in areas across Europe and Asia known for a rich convergence of ancient and modern contexts. The program includes visits to four countries and occupied territories. 

The course begins with one week in Italy, with visits to the historically rich cities of Florence and Rome. Notable stops in the area also include the catacombs, papal audience, the Vatican Museum and Pompeii. The program continues with a week spent in Greece, visiting Athens and various other key attractions such as the Meteora monasteries, Philippi and Thessalonica. The program’s third week in Turkey is spent exploring many areas like Istanbul, Nicea, Pergamum and Ephesus.

Finally, students will spend their last two weeks in Israel. They start out at an Israeli kibbutz—training and working at Bethsaida, one of antiquity’s most important archaeological Biblical sites. Then participants move on to Old Jerusalem and the West Bank, visiting Nablus and Shechem in the north and Bethlehem and Hebron in the south. 

The course carries six credit hours and extends from May 24-July 7. Five preparatory meetings are scheduled before departure. A daily journal, research paper and reading assignments are requirements for completing the course.

For more information, contact Mark Appold, associate professor of philosophy and religion, at