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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Brasov, Romania; Bucharest, Romania; Kalamata, Greece; Meteora, Greece; Plovdiv, Bulgaria; Sofia, Bulgaria; Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

The application period for this program has not started.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Areas of Study: All majors welcome, Religion Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Claude Stulting - Religion, Helen Lee Turner - Religion
Applicable Financial Aid: Federal Aid, Furman Institutional Aid, Furman Merit Based Scholarships, State Aid, Study Away Scholarship Internship: No
Type of Course Credit: Furman course credit Credit Hours Per Term: 16 credits
Housing: Hotel
Program Description:

Religion and Art in Eastern Europe
Spring 2019



This program, Religion, Art, and Culture in Eastern Europe, will engage students in a number of ways.  First, it will offer students an opportunity to explore several major religious traditions—Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Islam, and Judaism—as they are currently practiced in Romania, Bulgaria, and Greece.  Students will also explore the relationship between these religious traditions and their aesthetic expressions.  For example, how are Orthodox icons and church architecture essential to the beliefs and practices of Orthodox Christians?  In addition, students will study the practice of pilgrimage, and the connection between sacred texts, religious meaning, and pilgrimage sites in the countries we are visiting.  Finally, the program will offer students the opportunity to examine the myths, folklore, crafts, music, folk dances, food, and other distinctive aspects of Romanian, Bulgarian, and Greek culture that contribute to their identity and worldview.

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REL 364: Religion and Art in Christianity, Judaism, and IslamReligionEasternEurope2
Instructor: Dr. Claude Stulting
Relationships between the aesthetic and religious dimensions of human experience in Christianity (both Eastern and Western), Judaism, and Islam are examined. Particular emphasis will be given to the architecture of churches, mosques, synagogues, and Eastern Orthodox icons. The way in which aesthetic forms embody and materially convey religious meaning and shape liturgical practice will be the major focus. 4 credits.
This course has been approved for both WC and VP GER credit.  It will also count toward the Religion major.?

REL XXX: Encountering Religious Traditions on Travel Study
Instructor: Dr. Helen Lee Turner
Study of the beliefs, practices, institutions, and material artifacts (temples, ritual objects, etc.) of the religious traditions of a particular region or country encountered on a travel study program.  Includes consideration of the history that led to the presence of these traditions and the ways in which these traditions exist in unique ways in their particular context. 4 credits.

REL XXX: Encountering Cultural and Ethnic Identities on Travel Study
Instructor: Dr. Helen Lee Turner
Study of the myths, folklore, crafts, music, folk dances, food, and/or other distinctive aspects of a particular culture that contribute to the identity and/or religious worldview of a region, country, or ethnic group.  The role of geography, natural environment, historical and political context in the formation of the group identity will be considered along with social and anthropological theories regarding the development and interrelationships of the various elements that make up and support culture. 4 credits.

REL 351: Encountering Texts on Travel Study
Instructor: Dr. Claude Stulting
Analysis of written religious texts and sacred pilgrimages associated with program-specific travel study sites. Relationships between texts, religious meaning, culture, and geography are considered along with ways pilgrimage activities are embodied religious (theological) texts.
This course has been approved for TA credit.



Program Fee

Students will pay 2018-2019 semester tuition, room, and board plus a $250 study away program fee. Federal, State and Furman financial aid that a student normally receives will apply. Questions about financial aid should be directed toward the Financial Aid Office.


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit (which applies toward the study away program fee) is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.

Study Away Need-Based Scholarships

Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.

Study Away Program Fee Inclusions

Roundtrip airfare from a designated city to program location*
Lodging for the duration of the program
Meals for the duration of the program*
Transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)
International phone plan allowance for basic communication purposes*
*may be in the form of a program fee credit

Program Fee Exclusions

Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees

Optional Program Expenses

International cell phone charges above the provided allowance
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs
Transportation, meals and lodging for independent travel

Additional Info


Students will be housed in student housing here at Furman prior to departure and upon return. While abroad, students will reside in hotels.


Semester faculty-led programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the program. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. The program is open to all Furman students, provided they have the prerequisites for the internship course they plan to take. Preference is given to graduating seniors and to high academic achievers and individuals judged capable of handling the pressures of living, studying and traveling abroad.

Health & Safety

The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a mandatory pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance.


This program is currently not accepting applications.