JSU department allows students to travel to Rome in the spring

JSU offers students a journey of a lifetime: to travel to Rome.

“I can’t imagine a better opportunity for a college student,” said Dr. Donald Prudlo, Associate Professor of History at Jacksonville State University, in reference to the Rome trip this May. It will be the sixth such trip since JSU began the tradition back in 2008.

The visit is planned to run from May 3 to May 24, allowing students an insight into a foreign culture and history.

The Rome trip is part of a collaborative effort between the history and foreign language departments at JSU, headed by Dr. Delap, Dr. Prudlo, and Dr. Beezley.

The cost for each student will be $2,900, not including airfare, travel documents, food, tuition for the class itself, and other miscellaneous expenses.

The fee will cover room and board, all entrance fees for the various locales, unlimited inter-Rome transport, as well as three group meals.

“To be at the center of world culture for the last 3,000 years, art, food, night life, there’s nothing like teaching Western Civilization where it happened,” Prudlo said. The trip offers three credit hours in history or foreign language for students, as well as the opportunity to visit many famous sites and locales.

“It has some of the best historical sites in the world but it’s also a modern, functioning city,” said David Rickless, a student who previously attended the Rome trip.

Students who go on the trip will be staying five blocks from the Vatican, one block from the Metro, and two blocks from one of the well-regarded indoor markets in Rome.

“The whole culture, it’s an experience. Seeing history, feeling history, immersing yourself in culture,” said Cody Beck, another student who previously attended.

Sites such as the Sistine Chapel, the Catacombs, and St. Peter’s Basilica are nearby for students to visit. “The art is very easy to access. You don’t have to be in a high end gallery to find good art, or to appreciate it,” Rickless said.

Students will also have free weekends to travel on their own, with faculty permission. On previous trips, students have visited Naples, Venice and Pompeii.

There will be an interest meeting for the trip on Tuesday October 6, in room 326 of Stone Center. For further questions, contact Doctor Prudlo at dprudlo@jsu.edu.

John Sterling
Staff Reporter

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