George Fox sends students on study abroad trips this spring

Juniors AbroadMore than 200 George Fox University students will embark on international study trips to Africa, Europe, Turkey, Israel, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, India, Central America and Australia in May and June.

The college study abroad tours are part of the university’s Juniors Abroad program, which, since 1987, annually sends third- and fourth-year students on three-week overseas study trips led by professors. George Fox pays transportation and program costs; students pay room and board. Each trip holds preparation classes during the spring semester.

George Fox is a national leader in study-abroad participation. With more than half of the university’s traditional undergraduates experiencing an overseas study experience before graduation, George Fox ranks among the top 40 schools in the nation in the percentage of students who study abroad, according to data compiled by U.S. News & World Report magazine for its 2011-12 “America’s Best Colleges” issue. George Fox also was among the top five Christian colleges in study abroad participation.

This spring, the university is sponsoring 11 study tours. The following are brief descriptions of this year’s Juniors Abroad trips. All are scheduled for May with the exception of one of the Israel, Turkey and Greece trips, set for June.

A brief description of this year’s trips:

Amsterdam to Paris: Students on this trip will travel to Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Bruges, Belgium; Rouen, France; Bayeux and World War II sites in Normandy; and end in Paris, France. Stops will include the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and famous WWII beaches.

Central America: This study tour will focus on Christianity and the culture of Central America. Stops will include the Maya site of Copan, Honduras, for a study of early Maya culture and the Basilica of Esquipulas in Guatemala. Also included will be a trip to Costa Rica to explore beaches, nature preserves and parks, a Kekoldie Indian settlement on the Caribbean, volcanoes and hot springs.

China: This trip will highlight the vast geographical land and rich traditional culture of China with an emphasis on minority regions as well as modern developments. Students will explore Hong Kong, cross-country bike through the limestone peaks of Guanxi, and climb the rice terraces of the Dragon’s backbone in Longshen. The excursion also includes a visit to the capital city of Beijing.

Juniors Abroad 2Rome to Paris: This European study tour will begin in Rome and will focus on the art, the history and the architecture of ancient and current Rome to set the stage for the trip’s major focus, which will be the influence of the early church and Renaissance history and its effect on our culture today.

East Africa: This course will focus on the endangered wildlife of East Africa. Students will have opportunities to explore a variety of rich and distinctive ecosystems, such as jungles, tropical rainforests, tea plantations, savannas, and marine habitats. In particular, they will study the efforts to save the elephant from extinction due to poaching. The group will visit Uganda, Tanzania and the spice island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean.

Australia: This study tour will explore the golden shores of the Australian east coast. Starting in the visually spectacular New South Wales capital of Sydney, students will begin by exploring Darling and Sydney Harbor, the historic “Rocks” area, and the famous local beaches in addition to attending the internationally renowned Hillsong church. Stops also include the Blue Mountains and Australian beaches.

Germany/Austria: This trip will delve into the art, architecture, music and history of Germany and Austria, with visits to their museums, monasteries, and the intimate lederhosen charm of their exquisite cities. Visits will include stops at palaces, castles, and cathedrals on the Rhine and Danube rivers, as well as the Neuschwanstein Castle and Salzburg, Austria.

India: This course will focus on the culture of India. Students will watch monkeys scampering around temples, walk through the Taj Mahal, swim in the Indian Ocean, and hope to peek behind the scenes of a Bollywood film. There will also be a service component to the trip, as students will have the opportunity to help patients in Mother Teresa’s missions, interact with kids while residing in an orphanage, and ride ox-carts to bring medical care to “untouchables” in remote fishing villages.

Israel, Turkey and Greece: This trip will be organized around exploring the development of the New Testament church. Students will start in Jerusalem, then go to Samaria before visiting Turkey and Greece. As they explore early church development they will have daily trips to biblical and archeological sites.

Vietnam, Hong Kong and South Korea: This tour will study the history, culture, and influence of western values and religion in Asian cultures by visiting South Korea, Hong Kong and Vietnam. Students will have opportunity to visit several religious temples and historical sites. Some of the sites will include Changgyonggung (summer palace built in 1104 for the first Yi king), Namdaemun (14th-century gate into the city), and the DMZ between North and South Korea.

Israel, Turkey and Greece (June): Students will spend seven days in Israel visiting Jerusalem, Jericho, Bethlehem Nazareth and more. Then they will follow the church as the gospel spread, with stops in Ephesus and the island of Patmos. Stops also include Turkey’s capital, Istanbul, to explore history and the story of the church there. They will then travel on to Greece, following the footsteps of the Apostle Paul from Philippi to Corinth.

For more information on the Juniors Abroad program, visit