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  • Macerata, ITALY

    Live What You Learn
  • Language Requirement: None
  • Academic Standing: Sophomore or Above
  • GPA Requirement: 2.75 or above

TermYearPriority DeadlineApp/Deposit DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester 2014 04/01/14 06/15/14 09/12/14 12/06/14

*You may complete all pre-decision materials by the priority deadline to receive a $75 credit toward your summer program fee or a $100 credit toward your academic year program fee.

Inside the Program

Program Update: May 14, 2014

We regret that Professor David Reis will no longer be available to teach on this fall's program. Due to this change, the fall 2014 Mediterranean Quests program has been modified in the following ways:


“Mediterranean Quests” is the first program AHA International has developed to allow students to spend a term studying in multiple locations. Designed for students interested in study of the humanities, this program will give particular attention to the religious, philosophical, historical and artistic dimensions of Western civilization from classical Greece through the Renaissance. “Holy Heroes” will explore the development of category of the hero in Greco-Roman antiquity and assess its influence on early and medieval Christianity. “Quests for Immortality” will examine Greek and Roman attitudes toward death and the afterlife, evaluate how these ideas intersect with the quest for immortality and analyze these insights in early and medieval Christian literature and rituals. Both classes have an interdisciplinary focus, drawing on the fields of literature, art, archaeology and architecture in order to appreciate ideas that have captivated the intellectual, spiritual and aesthetic imagination of the Western world.

This multi-site program will be divided into three, one-month sections. Our first location will be Athens, Greece, a city that was recognized as the intellectual and cultural center of the Western world for over a millennium. Thereafter, we will travel to Italy by overnight ferry to reach our second location, Macerata. Located approximately twenty miles from the Adriatic Sea, this town boasts a rich history and is well positioned for excursions to Christian sites in Rome, Tolentino and Loreto. The program will conclude in Siena, one of the most important cities in Tuscany during the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Credit Explanation / Academic Details

All courses offered are recognized and approved for academic credit by various AHA partner institutions. Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Two primary courses (taught throughout the semester on all sites) will be taught by U.S. visiting faculty member Dr. David Reis. Dr. Reis is a visiting assistant professor in the religious studies program at the University of Oregon. He will teach the program courses and serves as the main program leader. The courses will consist of weekday class meetings, guest lectures, field activities and excursions to relevant historic sites. Additional supplementary courses will be taught at each location to further explore the local culture and history in-depth. These location-specific courses will include the Monuments of Greece course in Athens, Introduction to Italian language and culture in Macerata, and Renaissance art history in Siena, allowing students to experience Mediterranean life and history from multiple perspectives.

Housing Description

Living in Athens

While in Athens, students will live in a shared apartment with a small kitchenette within walking distance of the Athens Centre. Generally, there will be two to four students in each apartment, although some house up to six. Laundry services are available locally, but not within the apartment building. Meals are not covered in the program fees. There are a number of inexpensive cafes and restaurants near the Athens Centre and, on average, you can expect to spend somewhere around 15-25 Euros per day on meals if eating out, but less if you cook for yourself in your apartment.

Living in Macerata

Students will have the opportunity to experience life as part of an authentic Italian neighborhood, living in apartments with other students throughout the town of Macerata. Each apartment is within walking distance of the AHA Center and classrooms, as well as near small local grocers, restaurants and cafes unique to your neighborhood. Each apartment is fully furnished with beds, desks, kitchen tables and chairs, a television and a mobile telephone. You will share a bedroom with one other student, as well as the common spaces (bathroom, kitchen, etc.). The kitchens are equipped with utensils, plates, glasses, cookware, an electric oven and a gas stove. You will also receive two sets of linens (bedding and towels), and each apartment has a washing machine and drying rack.

Living in Siena

Experience life as part of an authentic Italian neighborhood while living in shared rooms in small students’ residence (small dorm) with other AHA and/or Italian students throughout the town of Siena. No matter where you live, close by you can find small local grocers, restaurants and cafes unique to your neighborhood. Each accommodation has a shared lounge and a small kitchen. Rooms come with free wi-fi and satellite TV. The kitchens are modestly equipped with utensils, plates, glasses, cookware, microwaves and an electric stove. Bedrooms are well furnished and are generally for two-three people per room with study areas and bedding provided. The cleaning service is provided.

"I absolutely loved the excursions.

Some of the best experiences of my life were on these excursions."