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Study Trips: Fall 2012

 Hiking in Abruzzo

September 20–22 / Prof. Jim Schwarten

On this study trip Professor Jim Schwarten will lead you to the picturesque Roveto Valley in Abruzzo, peninsular Italy’s most mountainous region. If you love the outdoors, great food, and taking part in an off-the-beaten-track experience, then this trip is for you. Students will learn first-hand about local history and food preparation, as well as encounter the rustic beauty of the region while hiking to the central Apennine mountains’ longest waterfall, on mountain roads to a thousand-year-old hermitage, and (weather permitting) atop Mount Viglio—the valley’s highest peak.

Be sure to bring your hiking boots and outdoors gear!

Approximate cost: €290* (The cost includes all bus transportation, two nights' accommodation, daily breakfast, two lunches and dinners, guided tours and all tasting fees.)

Ostia Antica & the Catacombs

Friday, September 28 / Prof. John Nicholson

The beautifully preserved ruins of Ostia Antica, Rome’s ancient seaport, lie twenty miles from the modern metropolis, in the meadows between the Tiber River and the Tyrrhenian Sea. It was founded, probably in the 4th century BC, as a military colony to guard the river mouth against seaborne invasions. Later, during the centuries when virtually all imports reached the Capital via the Tiber, Ostia gained prominence as the domestic landing for cargo boats. By the 2nd century AD, it had become a flourishing commercial center inhabited by upwards of 100,000 people, whose apartment buildings, taverns, and grocery shops are still intact. This day-long study trip will include a guided tour of the ruins and catacombs of this ancient city.

Approximate Cost: €35* (The cost includes bus transportation to and from Ostia, tours, and a sack lunch.)


October 4–13 / Prof. Alexander Evers & Prof.ssa Susanna Cavallo

Starting in Athens, the group will visit some of the most famous of Greek towns and cities, enjoying the best of Greek gastronomical goods. Under the expert guidance of Prof. Sander Evers and Prof.ssa Ioanna Kopsiafti, students will visit Delphi to witness first-hand where the famous Oracle predicted the future in addition to having the chance to have a foot race in Olympia, site of the first Olympics. The famous city-state of Sparta and Mystras inflect the Greek voyage, along with time spent in Corinth and Mycene. The trip will wrap up with a relaxing stay on the Mykonos, with a day trip to the spectacular Delos. In addition to learning about the rich history of Greece, students will experience all that Greek cuisine has to offer.

Approximate cost: €1,300* (with a €300 non-refundable deposit; Cost includes air travel to and from Greece, all transportation in Greece, all lodging in three-star hotels [2-3 students per room], guided tours, museum entrance fees, daily breakfast, and most meals).

Poland: A Human Rights Symposium

Oct. 4–11 / Mr. John Kurowski

The Poland study trip offers a one-time opportunity for an intellectual, cultural, and social exchange with Polish students at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. Led by JFRC alumnus, Mr. John Kurowski, an American lawyer and frequent Visiting Professor at Copernicus, the centerpiece of the trip is the well-established symposium, Human Rights and A Just Society. The Human Rights Symposium, entering its eighth year, has featured presentations by distinguished European and American scholars and documentary films on human rights issues.

Students have the chance to participate in break out discussions with their Polish peers and the presenters. The program also includes a dinner for participants and ample opportunity to exchange ideas and create lasting friendships with international peers.

Torun is a beautifully preserved medieval city designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The trip begins in Warsaw, proceeds to Torun for the Symposium, and finishes in Krakow, a city considered to be one of the trendiest destinations in all of Europe for young artists and musicians. The formal program ends on Friday, 11 October, allowing time for independent travel to other destinations during the fall break. Prague, Berlin, Vienna, and other European hot spots are easily reached from Krakow.

Approximate cost: €725* (Non-refundable deposit of €350 due at time of sign-up; the cost includes lodging for 6 nights, most meals, guided tours, and all entrance fees.) The cost does not include transportation to Poland. If you purchase early, flights can be relatively inexpensive.

Italian Invasion & Roman Resistance in World War II

October 19–20 / Dr. Phil O’Connor, Mr. Jim Centner, & Prof.ssa Anne Wingenter

JRFC students at the American Military Cemetery in Nettuno.JPG

Learn about the role of Rome and Italy in World War II history from two distinguished JFRC alumni – historian Phil O’Connor, PhD, and former West Point instructor Jim Centner. Students will visit several historically significant sites World War II Italy. These two daytrips include visits to Anzio and Nettuno, and areas of Rome not seen by the average tourist. During the visit to Anzio and Nettuno, students will see the US Military Cemetery and understand what young American men and women did during the Italian Invasion. In Rome, students will hear about the Roman Resistance, visiting the site of an attack against Nazis at Via Rasella. Other visits include the former Gestapo Headquarters and the Fosse Ardeatine – caves just outside the city where 335 Roman civilians were executed by the Nazis as a reprisal for the Partisan attacks on Via Rasella.

During both days, outstanding meals will provide an opportunity to discuss what was seen and a chance to get to know Phil and Jim, the two very generous sponsors and leaders of the trips. Students can also review Phil’s publication specifically designed for this trip – A Loyola Rome Student’s Guide to World War II in Rome & Italy. Click Here.

Approximate cost: €50 or €25/day* (Cost includes all bus transportation and lunch for both days. Although students can sign up for one day, they are strongly encouraged to attend both days.)


November 8–10 / Elise Aversa


With its ravishing rolling hills covered in olive groves, grapevines, and medieval castles, the visit to Tuscany is an aesthetic pleaser. The Tuscan food and wine are sure to sate any gastronomic desire. This Study Trip includes visits to the Tuscan treasure cities of Siena and San Gimignano, long multiple-course meals, and opportunities to learn about local wines, foods, and olive oils through tastings in charming settings. Students will stay on the gorgeous grounds of Montestigliano, enjoying life in a Tuscan villa.

Approximate Cost: €375* (Cost includes lodging in a Tuscan villa, transportation, tastings, admissions, and meals.)

Assisi Pilgrimage Retreat with JFRC Campus Ministry

Saturday, December 1

The Assisi Pilgrimage is an opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Claire of Assisi. The city ranks among the most popular pilgrimage sites in the world. The pilgrimage is organized through Campus Ministry and information relating to the trip will be made available during the course of the semester. 

Northern Ireland

Nov. 28–Dec. 1 / Prof. Jim Schwarten

The purpose of this trip is to learn about peace-building and conflict resolution programs in Derry, Northern Ireland, site of the 1972 Bloody Sunday. Conflict resolution is a growing field of academic study dedicated to exploring how and why religious, ethnic, and cultural identities underlie most conflicts across the globe. There is an increasing demand for international relief workers, lawyers, and diplomats to be trained in areas of conflict resolution studies. A trip to Derry represents a unique opportunity to observe, first hand, problems in a real world situation. Student will hear from people on both the Catholic and Protestant sides of the Northern Ireland conflict who have dedicated themselves to the peace efforts. While in Dublin, students will also have an opportunity to hear from Mr. Dan O'Brien, the Economics Editor from The Irish Times.

In addition to developing an understanding of conflict resolution, students will visit such sites such as the Giant's Causeway and Guinness Factory. In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the JFRC community members that participate in the trip will share in a Thanksgiving dinner.

Approximate cost: €475* (The cost includes all bus transportation while in Ireland, three nights' accommodations, daily breakfast, two dinners, lunch and guided tours.) The cost does not include transportation to Northern Ireland. If you purchase early, flights will be relatively inexpensive.


*All prices are estimates and are subject to change. All Study Trips are subject to cancellation, pending realizing the minimum number of necessary to cover the costs involved in arranging the trip.


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