The Mediterranean Cultural History Program offers students a completely unique approach to university studies abroad. The program combines a thorough tour of major cultural and historical sites throughout the Mediterranean Basin with intense academic study of the culture and history being experienced. This program provides an ideal learning environment because you integrate reading and writing with direct involvement to achieve a richer understanding of the subject than book learning alone could possibly provide.
The Mediterranean Cultural History Program is a 24 day which travels to Zurich, Switzerland; Venice, Florence and Rome in Italy, and Madrid and Barcelona in Spain.
The emphasis is on culture:
Our program is designed to involve you in varied cultural experiences in key cultural centers. We allow some time in major cultural capitals to enable you to explore for yourself the environment of these great cities. Theater, opera, concert performances and guided museum tours are included in the program price.
You get college credit:
The Mediterranean Cultural History Program carries 6 semester hours of EMU credit. Non-EMU students may transfer credit to their home institution. Non-EMU students should consult with their advisor in order to comply with their institution's policies and procedures regarding transfer credit.
Our staff is top quality:
All faculty members on the program hold Ph.D.s or MFAs from leading universities. The faculty consists of widely traveled university professors of history and art.
During the last 40 years, our staff has conducted more than 140 successful programs to Western and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean, Russia, Israel, Egypt and Asia. In planning its itineraries, we rely on our staff's thorough knowledge of European history and culture acquired through extensive travel and study.
The Mediterranean Cultural History Program is first and foremost academic travel programs. You are required to enroll in and complete academic courses for credit. Because we follow an extensive travel itinerary, instructional delivery is different from the pattern of fixed class time and standard contact hours of campus courses. On the Mediterranean Program, class sessions are usually scheduled around or during the program activities that take up most of the day: visits to museums, monuments, cathedrals and temples, historic sites, governmental institutions, etc. Thus in a sense most of the waking hours of each day are contact hours because students are actively engaged in some aspect of history, art, culture and politics.
The faculty are careful to balance the program activities described in the itineraries with sufficient time for students to reflect on and discuss the significance of what they have seen and experienced. Thus class sessions are designed to contextualize and synthesize vivid firsthand impressions. Classes are taught in an interdisciplinary fashion, with professors of all disciplines represented helping students to get an interconnected view. Instead of lectures, the emphasis is on dialogue and discussion that actively involves the students. And since the faculty travel with the groups and are always available, meaningful discussions often take place during routine activities such as meals, walking from one site to the next, waiting for trains, etc. Course assignments, which include readings in history, art, culture and politics, quizzes, and presentations, are also aimed at organizing students' experiences. The faculty allow sufficient time for the completion of most course requirements on the program. Because of the full itinerary and the academic requirements, there is relatively little free time on the Cultural History Programs.
Students will be enrolled in six hours of EMU credit on the Mediterranean Cultural History Program. Students choose one, three-credit course in history and one, three-credit course in art on each part of the program and must complete all course requirements. The courses offered are designed to meet basic studies or general education requirements. Courses at the 300 and 400 level may meet major or minor requirements. EMU students must take ART 100 before taking ART 379.
Credit for Non-EMU Students:
The courses offered are designed to meet basic studies or core curriculum requirements at most universities. Courses at the 300 and 400 level may meet major or minor requirements.
Students must complete all course requirements even if they do not intend to transfer the credits to their home institution. The decision to accept the credits earned on this program rests with the appropriate officials at the student's home institution. Students should consult with their advisor to learn their institution's policies and procedures regarding transfer credit.
The following is a tentative list of courses, with Eastern Michigan University catalogue descriptions, to be offered on the Mediterranean Cultural History Program.
FA 100: Art Appreciation (3)
The aim is to acquaint students with art philosophies, their elements, principles and values. For non-art majors and minors. Most major art museums in the cities on our itinerary will be visited and key works studied. For the art museums to be visited see the itinerary.
HIST 101: History of Western Civilization to 1648 (3)
A topical survey of Western Civilization from its Greco-Roman origins to the 17th century. Cultural development and institutional growth are emphasized. Greco-Roman contributions, the Judeo-Christian heritage, Byzantine and Islamic cultures, European expansion and militarism, the Renaissance and the Reformation are among the major topics considered.
HIS 379: Special Topic: Aspects of Mediterranean History (3)
Study of political, social, economic and cultural trends in selected Mediterranean lands. Topics and time periods emphasized will vary according to areas visited. Designed solely for Eastern Michigan University overseas study programs.
TRAVEL and LODGING
Group Behavior and Solidarity
Living and traveling as a group requires of each member a strong spirit of cooperation and a willingness to place the needs of the group above personal preferences. We expect all members of the group to travel together, stay in the accommodations provided by the program, and participate in program activities together. The Cultural History Programs are interdisciplinary programs. The unique and ongoing dialogue between students and faculty is born in response to program experiences and activities. We expect participants to be receptive to the experiences offered on the program and respectful of one another and of the people and cultures visited.
All Cultural History Program participants are advised to carry an internal or external frame backpack. This facilitates travel and keeps personal effects to a minimum. Accepted students will receive more information on backpack specifications.
We move quickly using public transportation, which enables program participants to mix as much as possible with local inhabitants throughout the program. In most large urban centers, students will be required to purchase metro/bus passes.
The program fee covers the extensive travel. Most of our transportation will be done by rail, aboard second class express trains.
Once accepted into the program, students will receive information on arranging their air transportation.
Where We Stay
The program fee covers the costs of program hotels, pensions, hostels and couchettes on overnight trains and berths on overnight ferry boats. Accommodations provide participants with a variety of living experiences. International Youth Hostels usually provide dormitory-style rooms with multiple beds, a common sink and shared restroom and shower facilities. Pensions and Albergos are privately-run small hotels. Most accommodations are multiple occupancy. Some accommodations have lock-out periods during the day and curfews at night. You will be expected to abide by the rules and regulations established by the program director at each of the locations. A disregard of these rules may lead to dismissal of the student from the program.
All participants must have a valid passport. If you have not yet applied for a passport, please do so immediately. Applications can be obtained at any county court house, passport agency or designated post office. The expiration date of your passport must be at least six months after the program ends. For complete passport information, including printable application forms, visit the State Department website. Applications can also be obtained at any county court house, passport agency or designated post office.
Participants who are NON-U.S. citizens may be required to have additional visas, depending on citizenship and are responsible for securing the necessary visas. The Office of Academic Programs Abroad at Eastern Michigan University will inform non-U.S. citizens about which steps to take to receive visas for countries on the itinerary. The Cultural History Programs cannot be responsible for delays, detainments or losses incurred by non-U.S. citizens due to visa problems arising from their citizenships. Note: Canadian citizens used to be considered equivalent to U.S. citizens by the customs officials of many countries. This is no longer true, and Canadian citizens might now need the same visa as any other non-U.S. citizens to enter some countries on our itineraries.
Because of special discounts available to students and young people, persons 26 and older may be charged an extra fee when they do not qualify for youth discounts.