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Sorcerers, Saints, and Heretics: Religion in the Medieval World - Spain & Italy

Summer A  2012

Italy Spain 

Program Full

Program Description:

As an enhancement to its history curriculum, the College of Arts and Humanities has developed a study abroad program for undergraduate students at UCF.

The course will examine the mixture of religious elements throughout the medieval world, including major conflicts and institutions in medieval Spain and Italy, such as monastic orders, the Reconquista and Inquisition. Religious pilgrimage, monastic life, and the experience of Muslim and Jewish communities throughout the period 300-1500 CE will be approached through historical documents, existing medieval sites and architecture, and surviving medieval rituals will also be examined. This program will be especially focused upon the co-existence of Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities in medieval Spain, and on monastic communities and the practice of pilgrimage in and around Rome.

Students will be traveling to Seville and Granada in Spain and to Rome and Assisi in Italy for 2 weeks of lectures and program related cultural and historical site visits.

Students on this program should plan to arrive in by noon on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the hotel.  Please note, check flight schedules carefully before booking.  To arrive by noon on the starting day of this program, fights must depart the USA the day before the start of the program. 

This is an open jaw itinerary.  Please note that students will fly into Madrid, Spain and return to Orlando from Rome, Italy.  Students are encouraged not to purchase their flights until after the application deadline and the applicants have been informed that the program has met its minimum numbers.

This program is open to undergraduate students who, while in Spain and Italy, will be expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and try new things.

Payment Breakdown based upon the minimum number of students:

Payment 1:  $100 (non-refundable)
Payment 2:  $1000
Payment 3:  $700
Payment 4:  $700

Learning Outcomes:
  • Appreciate and discuss the complex social and political forces involved in the creation of religious spaces, especially in complex multi-ethnic societies and interfaith communities.
  • Utilize knowledge from readings, lectures and site visits to contextualize primary sources.
  • Identify and compare the use and construction of sites through different historical periods and religious uses, including sites utilized by multiple religious groups.
  • Identify and locate historically appropriate worship forms and religious concepts within historically appropriate spaces.
  • Identify architectural motifs and styles from different periods and cultures, and analyze their placement and incorporation as religious, social or political statements.
Program Prerequisites:
Minimum GPA: 2.50 cumulative
Language: English
Proficiency Level Required: English
Other Prerequisites: 

EUH 2000, Western Civilization I or Instructor Consent.

Courses[click to expand]:
EUH-3930 Sorcerers, Saints and Heretics - Religion in the Medieval World EUH 3930
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
Credit Hours: 3.00

EUH-3905 Independent Study EUH 3905
Academic Institution: This program does not use a partner institution
Credit Hours: 3.00

Program Components and Costs:
Component: Program Fees

The following services are included as part of the program fee:

  • Shared hotel or monestary accommodations in Seville & Granada, Spain and Rome & Assisi, Italy including breakfast
  • Excursions to the Cordoba Cathedral & Synagogue and the Alahambra Palace
  • Excursions to the Royal Cathedral of Seville, La Giralda, & The Alcazar
  • Guided tours of the Mezquita Mosque
  • Flamenco dancing lessons and show
  • Visits to the Pantheon, Jewish Quarter, & Trevi Fountain
  • Visits to the National Museums of Rome
  • Excursions to the Basilicas of Saint Francis, Saint Chiara, & san Domiano
  • Excursion to either St Callixtus Catacombs or St Agnese
  • Ground transportation from Granada to Seville, round-trip from Seville to Cordoba, and round-trip Rome to Assisi
  • One Way Air between Seville, Spain to Rome, Italy
  • 3 Dinners
  • Airport transfers except in Rome, Italy
  • Medical insurance including repatriation
  • Administrative fee


The following services are not included as part of the program fee:

  • One Way Air between Orlando, Florida and Madrid, Spain
  • One Way Return Air between Rome, Italy to Orlando, Florida
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Incidentals
  • Meals except as listed above
  • Local ground transportation in Rome, Italy
  • Currency exchange fees
  • Airport Transfer in Rome, Italy
  • Personal travel not associated with the program
  • Tips and gratuities for tour guides and private charter buses
  • UCF tuition
Price (in US Dollars): 2500.00
Requirement: Mandatory
1st payment due:  Pending application approval
2nd payment due: 2012-02-24
3rd payment due: 2012-03-15
4th payment due: 2012-04-16
Study abroad fees are posted to the UCF student account. Payment procedures, types and cashier locations can be found here, on the UCF Registrar's website.
Faculty Program Coordinator:
Name: Dr. Emily Graham
Email: emily.graham@ucf.edu
Office: CNH 533
Program Dates:
Program Begins: 2012-05-28
Program Ends: 2012-06-10
Program Deadlines:
Last day to apply: 2012-02-15
Last day to withdraw/reconfirm: 2012-02-20
Academic Institution:
This program does not use a partner institution 
Additional information:
Program Map
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Nearest US Embassy Abroad
US State Department Country Information
Currency Exchange Information
Visa Information:
Visa Required: No
Your visa requirements and cost may vary if you are not a US citizen. Please let OIS staff know if you are not using a US passport to ensure that we can address any differences in the immigration requirements.

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. UCF, Office of International Studies will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

University of Central Florida
Office of International Studies
4000 Central Florida Blvd, Millican Hall room 107 Orlando, FL 32816
Telephone (407) 882-2300 | Fax (407) 882-0240 | studyabroad@ucf.edu