Study Abroad - Religion, Art & Architecture

Morocco • Gibraltar • Spain • Turkey • Israel

This Program Will Not Run in 2018

IAU’s January Term (J-Term) Traveling Seminar is designed for students interested in an academic and cultural experience in Morocco, Spain, Turkey, and Israel. The program is a comparative study of the three Abrahamic religions; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It examines the religions’ shared aspects as well as distinct elements. The course compares the three religions and examines the way these three major traditions impact the modern West and the Middle East specifically.  Special attention will be given to the city of Jerusalem, where students will study and explore Jewish, Christian and Islamic holy sites.

Students can choose from one of the following courses:

  • Art History 325: Abrahamic Religions and Their Places of Worship
  • Cross Cultural Studies 325: Abrahamic Religions and Their Places of Worship
  • History 325: Abrahamic Religions and Their Places of Worship
  • Religious Studies 325: Abrahamic Religions and Their Places of Worship

Sites visited include: 

  • Morocco: Marrakesh, Fez, Casablanca and Rabat
  • Spain: Seville, Granada, and Cordoba
  • United Kingdom: Gibraltar
  • Turkey: Istanbul
  • Israel: Jerusalem

See the itinerary from 2016 here

About the Professor
Yumna Masarwa has a B.A. in Archaeology and History from Ben-Gurion University (Israel), a M.A and  Ph.D degrees in Art & Archaeology from Princeton University. She taught at several academic institutions such as Princeton University, INALCO Paris, Parsons Paris, CIEE Paris, and she joined the IAU in September 2013.  Among the courses she has been teaching are:  'Muslim Presence in Europe,'  'The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and Islam,' 'Introduction to World Religions,' 'Islamic Art and Architecture,' and 'Introduction to Art History.'

Program Fees

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 Art, Religion & Architecture Seminar who also attend IAU for the Spring semester in Aix-en-Provence are encouraged to to experience the Early Start Program. 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.