When in Rome

Do you dream of far off places? Or gladiator battles? Would you like to see the world and maybe even get some college credit along the way? You have the perfect opportunity to do just that and more next May.

In conglomeration with Georgia State, JSU’s history department is preparing for their fifth trip to Rome, Italy as part of a study abroad opportunity offered during the May term. Dr. Donald Prudlo of the history department will be one of the professors going on this year’s trip.

“There’s no better classroom for a history professor than where it happened,” says Prudlo. “When you see where history happened, it brings it home in a way that isn’t possible in a classroom.” Dr. Paul Beezley and Dr. Joe Delap will also accompany students on this trip.

The trip, which is tentatively scheduled for May 5-26, 2015, will cost $2900 per student and include their hotel room (complete with air conditioning, private bathrooms and Wi-Fi), transportation throughout Rome, entrance fees to all attractions, and three group meals. Students will be responsible for their airfare costs, JSU May tuition, all other meals, and any miscellaneous purchases they wish to make.

Monday through Friday, students will be touring some of the most iconic places in Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, and the legendary Coliseum. After a generous lunch break during which students can sample a literal “taste of Italy”, they will reconvene for an afternoon class taught by Dr. Delap. Trips to the medieval town of Orvieto as well as Florence, home of the Italian Renaissance, are also planned.

The weekends belong to the students, and no group activities are planned. Professors encourage students to explore on their own. “We want students from this area to experience things: a different language, a different culture,” says Dr. Prudlo.

David Rickless, a junior at JSU, went to Rome in the summer of 2013. “My favorite part,” he says, “was just being immersed in the Roman lifestyle. There were other students in the hotel that were doing a whirlwind tour of Europe, and they were jealous of us getting to stay in one place long enough to really experience it.”

The Rome trip is open to all JSU students regardless of major or classification, and Prudlo says they have always had unique mixture of students. “We really value having a diverse group of students, because it brings a lot of different perspectives to the trip.”

Students interested should note that a $400 nonrefundable deposit is due by November 15th, with the remaining balance due by March 1, 2015. For more information, there is a meeting on Tuesday, September 23rd at 4PM in Stone Center Room 326.

Students with any questions who cannot attend the meeting may contact Dr. Prudlo or Dr. Beezley. All roads lead to Rome, and now yours can, too!

Katie Cline
Staff Writer

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