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Rome & Vatican City

Study the intersection of Faith & Society as you visit Rome & Vatican City.

 Applications for Spring 2017 will be available in November 2015.

The Faiths in Dialogue Program in Rome is a unique short term program with a Learning Community option combining service learning with either RELG 203: Christian Traditions or RELG 371: Faiths in Dialogue.  Dr. Dan Lee will lead the crosslisted RELG courses during the Spring of 2012 and then take students through the streets and sites of Rome in May-June as they bring the classroom with them to the home of the Vatican.

The program will focus on Rome and the Roman Catholic Church, examining various perspectives on issues such as the doctrine of justification, war and peace, social and economic justice, and technological intervention in human procreation.  Assigned readings will include both documents of historical significance and conemporary church statements.  Ideas of war & peace, justice & service come together with real-world, hands-on experiences which will broaden and deepen your understanding of faith and community.  Students who complete the SL course in addition to the RELG course will earn credit for their Learning Community requirement.

The program will include meetings with various church officials, visits to various sites of significance, and class discussions related to the experiences as well as a unique opportunity to work with the refugee community.

Eligibility:  This program is open to students of any major.  Coursework can be used to fulfill college General Education requirements.

Faculty Contact:  Dr. Dan Lee (Religion)

Academics: This program allows students to enroll in one of two different Religion course designations, both of which carry a PH suffix.  As RELG 203 this course can also fulfill the Christian Traditions requirement, while the RELG 371 option grants students a G-suffix.  All course requirements for the RELG course, including the paper and exams, will be completed prior to departure.

In addition to the 3-credit RELG course, there will be an optional 1 credit Service Learning course attached to the program, offering students the chance to work with the refugee community here in the Quad Cities as well as in Rome, at the Nafuma Refugee Center. Course options include:

RELG 203: Christian Traditions (PH)  (option 1)

RELG 371: Faiths in Dialogue (PH, G)  (option 2)

RELG 388: Serving Refugees:  1-credit course required to complete the Learning Community option for this program.

Program Dates:  On-Campus Course March-May 2017 with Rome Trip immediately after commencement weekend (late May).  Official travel dates for 2017 will be known by Winter 2015-2016.

Program Cost: Tentatively $1,300 for 2017.

Cost includes: Hotel accomodations (11 nights), breakfasts, airport transfer to hotel (return is individual), admission to Vatican museums and numerous attractions throughout Rome.

Cost does not include: Airfare, meals, discretionary spending.  A special group rate for airfare will be arranged by Dr. Lee but is optional for students.

Financial Aid:  As this program does not include tuition charges, only travel expenses, financial aid for the Spring Term cannot be applied to the program costs.  These costs are in addition to the tuition and room/board charges for the term of the program.  This program is Augie Choice and IOP Grant eligible.  IOP Grants are competitive and limited in number.

Augie Choice:  This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 6 terms or 60 credits (junior status) or higher at the time of departure, including those who complete their 6th term in Spring of 2015 or 2017.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana, including those completing their 3rd term in Spring 2015 or 2017 are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

Application process:  Students are encouraged to attend the Study Away Fair on campus this October 4th.  Each program will also hold informational meetings in October and early November.  The online application for this and all 2016-2017 programs will go live in November 2015.   Online applications and a $300 deposit are required by January 15, 2016 in order for full consideration.   If the program is overenrolled a selection process based on academic year and GPA will be utilized to select the participants and a short alternate list.  If a program has vacancies after the January deadline, late applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.