Study Abroad - Mediterranean Basin

France • Italy • Greece

December 28, 2017 - January 14, 2018



IAU’s Mediterranean Basin January Term Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in France, Italy, and Greece. Students build visual literacy in the history of art and archaeology as well as examine philosophical literature of the Mediterranean Basin from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. The seminar cultivates students' abilities to synthesize cultural, historical, political, and social information as it relates to the visual arts. The experiential learning component consists of a series of site visits made by academic experts from IAU in addition to local guides and faculty in the field of history, art history, and archaeology.

Students can choose one of the following courses:

  • Art History 385: Ancient and Medieval Classical Art and Architecture

  • History 385: Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Cultural History

  • Archaeology 385: Greek and Roman Archaeology

  • Cross Cultural Studies 385: Cultural Identities in Mediterranean Europe

  • Religious Studies 385: From Polytheism to Monotheism, The Early Christian Period in Italy, Greece & France

Sites visited include:

  • France: Aix-en-Provence and Glanum
  • Italy: Florence, Pisa, Rome, Amalfi Coast, Naples and Pompeii)
  • Greece: Athens, Cape Sounion, Mycenia, Delphi)


View the 2018 itinerary here. Please note, the schedule is tentative and subject to change. 

About the Professors

Professor Durand leading a group of IAU studentsDr. Guillaume Durand has been a professor of archaeology and art history at IAU since 2002, Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2014, and leads a January Term Traveling Seminar on Mediterranean Civilizations. Prof. Durand completed a Masters of Art History and Archaeology on Byzantine Studies and a Ph.D. in Romanian History at the Université de Provence. In 2014 he completed a three-year post-doctorate program funded by the European Union and under the aegis of the Romanian Academy (Bucharest) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). He has published two books and several articles in French academic reviews (Cahier des Etudes Romanes, Turcica) and in Romania (Historical Yearbook, Annals of the Spiru Haret University).  Professor Durand participates regularly in international conferences in France and throughout Europe and maintains active involvement and oversight of local, regional, and national archaeological excavations. He speaks French, English, Romanian, and Greek. 


R. Bruce Hitchner is Professor of Classics and International Relation and Director of the  Archaeology program at Tufts University. He has directed major archaeological projects in France and Tunisia funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Geographic Society, and is the former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology. Professor Hitchner has published extensively on the archaeology and History of the Roman Empire and has been Visiting Fellow at Oxford, Cambridge, Copenhagen,and Princeton. He teaches Greek and Roman History and Archaeology at Tufts. 


Program Fees


January 2018: $5,375

Program fees include tuition (3 credits), hotel accommodations, medical insurance, entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues, Intra-European transportation, daily breakfasts and some dinners.

Students who enroll in a January Term Seminar and the spring semester in Aix-en-Provence consecutively will receive a $500 grant. Visit IAU's Scholarship website for additional details.

Students participating in the Mediterranean Basin Seminar who also attend IAU for the Spring semester in Aix-en-Provence are encouraged to to experience the Early Start Program from January 13-20, 2018.  Students who attend both the J-Term and Spring semester can attend the Early Start Program for a reduced fee.  The Early Start Program enables students to get acclimated to the climate, culture, people and language prior to their semester orientation.  It also allows students to move in with their French hosts a week before the semester begins.