George Fox sends students on study abroad trips this spring

More than 200 George Fox University students and 20 faculty members will embark on 10 international study trips to Africa, Ecuador, Europe, New Zealand, Greece, Israel, Jordan and Iceland in May.

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 nearly 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 2012-13 “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 10 study tours. The following are brief descriptions of this year’s Juniors Abroad trips. All are scheduled for three weeks during May.

A brief description of this year’s trips:

East Africa: This trip 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. Visits to the capitals of Tanzania and Uganda are included, as are stops at Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda and the Ngorongoro Crater National Park in Tanzania.

Ecuador: This study tour will explore the natural and cultural diversity of Ecuador. The biodiversity of Ecuador encompasses the Galapagos Islands, the Amazonian rainforest, and the Andean Peaks. Students will experience each of these, as travels will include visits to the modern city of Quito, the islands of the Galapagos, the highland villages of the Andes, and the remote settlements of the Amazon.

Ireland/Scotland: The Celtic tradition includes a number of myths, legends, and fairy tales, stories that help us to understand who the Celts are. For this trip, students will be reading some of the legends of Ireland and Scotland, and then follow those myths to their origins. Stops include Dublin, the Midlands and Galway in Ireland and Loch Ness, Iona, Stirling and Edinburgh in Scotland.

France to Italy: This trip will highlight the history and development of science in Europe. The trip will start in Paris and include stops in Versailles, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower in France, the Deutches Museum of Science in Munich, and the canals of Venice, Italy.

Juniors AbroadGreece: This study tour will take students on the path of the Apostle Paul, with stops in Philippi, Thessaloniki, Berea, Corinth and Athens. Visits to Vergina, Dion, Delphi, Mount Olympus and Epidaurus are also planned.

Iceland to Switzerland: This panoramic European study trip begins in Iceland with visits to Reykjavik, geysers, cascades and volcanoes and continues with travels to Amsterdam in Holland, Dijon in France, the French Alps and Geneva, Switzerland. A final stop in Paris completes the trip.

Munich to Prague: Palaces, castles and cathedrals on the Rhine and Danube abound on this trip, which will focus on the art, music and history of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. Visits to those countries’ museums, monasteries and the intimate lederhosen charm of their exquisite cities are planned.

Israel/Jordan: Students on this trip will visit ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles, and desert citadels as well as the biblical sites that are around every corner: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the brook where Jesus was baptized, the fortress where Herod beheaded John the Baptist, and the mountain top where Moses cast eyes on the Promised Land.

New Zealand: Those on this trip will study the history of the two major cultural groups of New Zealand – the Pakeha (European, mostly from England) and the Maori (a Polynesian culture group with a history and language that is key to understanding New Zealand). Trips will include an exploration of the country’s geography, with stops planned in both the north and south islands of New Zealand.

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

For more information on the Juniors Abroad program, visit