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  • Locations: Barcelona, Spain; Carcassonne, France; Cordoba, Spain; Marrakech, Morocco; Paris, France; Seville, Spain; Toledo, Spain; Toulouse, France
  • Program Terms: Interim/J-Term
  • Budget Sheets: Interim/J-Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language Prerequisite: NO Housing Options: Guest House, Hostel/Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Including Multi-Country Travel: YES
Program Type: Bethel Faculty-Led Program Internship/Service-Learning/Practicum Availability: NO
Minimum GPA: 2.2 Eligibility by Grade Level: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior
Areas of Study: History, Philosophy Open to all majors: YES
Gen Ed Tags: U - World Cultures, Z-tag Cross-Cultural Experience
Program Description:

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Course: HIS/PHI 236UZ, 3 credits

Course description:

This class is an on-site investigation of medieval North Africa and Europe. While westerners tend to view the period through a Christian perspective, many aspects of European history bear the imprint of Arabic culture and Islam. The impact and legacy of Islamic culture, politics, philosophy, and religious thinking throughout medieval North Africa and the Latin West will be studied -- in particular, how Christians, Jews, and Muslims collaborated with, influenced, and sometimes conflicted with one another. Important themes of the course include the legacy of Islamic philosophical thought on the west, the development of medieval Christian orthodoxy in light of schism and alternate belief, the Crusades, and the impact of religious ideology on political conflicts. Applicant selection will be done by the instructor. *Course details subject to change*

Prerequisites: Christianity and Western Culture, or Western Humanities II

Gen. ed: “Z” Cross-Cultural Experience 
Gen. ed: “U” World Cultures 

Course leaders
Charles Goldberg, History, 
Carrie Peffley, Philosophy, 

Enrollment 29 students (applicant selection will be done by the professors) 
Where: Morocco, Spain, and France

Tentative Dates and Itinerary:
January 2022*

Jan 3            Depart from MSP
Jan 4 - 5       Marrakech, Morocco
Jan 6 - 7       Ait Zat, Morocco
Jan 8            Marrakech, Morocco
Jan 9 - 11      Cordoba, Spain
Jan 12           Granada, Spain
Jan 13 - 15    Cordoba, Spain

Jan 16 - 17    Barcelona, Spain
Jan 18           Lagrasse, France
Jan 19 - 24    Paris, France
Jan 25           Return to MSP

* Due to the nature of Faculty-Led programs, course dates and times are subject to change.
Estimated program fee: $5,746** (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, inter-country and intra-country transportation, course-related excursions, room, all breakfasts, meal stipend, and iNext travel insurance. Students are responsible for some meals, optional entertainment/transportation expenses, passport, telephone, and other personal expenses. 

Students can choose to do three separate payments for their interim course starting in the fall semester. Students can also use loans by checking with the financial aid office.

*See policies for more information
** Due to the nature of Faculty-Led programs, program costs are subject to change.
**Priority Deadline extended to May 7th, 2021**

• After this date, you will receive notice of your application status (tentative approval, wait list, conditional, etc).
• Non-Bethel students may be considered for course participation after the priority deadline.


Final acceptance is contingent upon approval from Bethel’s Business Office in the fall. Students with account balances over $2000 in early September will not receive final approval or be allowed to participate in the program.


• Once a course reaches its maximum enrollment students may be placed on a wait list. Students must submit all application materials to be on the course wait list.
• A non-refundable confirmation deposit will not be required until a cancellation occurs and wait list student moves to accepted status. 


• The cost of interim tuition is covered for students who are full-time both fall and spring semesters. Students who are not full-time both semesters will need to pay the appropriate interim tuition costs in addition to the stated program fee.
• Students should review individual course descriptions and consult faculty to know exactly what is and what is not included in the program fee.
• Costs listed in spring promotional material are approximate and are based on a minimum of 15 students per course. Every effort is made to operate the program at the stated price. However, the OIS reserves the right to adjust fees due to dollar devaluation, fuel surcharges and general inflation. Final course costs will be set in September.
• Students will receive a payment schedule for their course in the fall. The program fee will be divided into three payments due September 1, October 1, and November 1. (Students taking out additional loans for their program will not be expected to meet those payment deadlines.)


• An accepted student must submit in writing their cancellation to the study abroad office on or before September 17th to avoid further penalty beyond the loss of their $150 deposit. Withdrawal forms are available in the study abroad office (CC320A).
• Decisions as to whether courses with low enrollment will be offered will be made on or before September 17th. If a course is not offered due to low enrollment students may transfer to another open course or receive a full refund.
• If an accepted student withdraws after September 17th, they will not only forfeit their $150 deposit, but may be responsible for additional costs. After this date, course instructors and/or the study abroad office begin making payments to reserve airfare, room, board, etc. Even if the student has not made additional payments, money may have been spent to hold their position and there may be unrecoverable costs. Depending on the date of cancellation, the entire course fee may be forfeited. If the cancellation occurs after Nov. 13th, the student will be responsible for the entire program fee.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.