Gods, Sultans, and Pharaohs: Physical and Social Landscapes Across Three Continents
Location: Multiple cities in Turkey (Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, and Kusadasi), Greece (Mykonos, Santorini, Athens), and Egypt (Cairo, Aswan, Kom Ombo, Esna, Luxor)


Department: Sociology-Anthropology, Geology-Geography

Leaders: Dr. Lisa New Freeland (lnewfreeland@eiu.edu) and Dr. John Stimac (jpstimac@eiu.edu)

: Sociology-Anthropology, Geology/Geography  

  Terms/Timeframe: Summer - May 13, 2012 - June 4, 2012 plus on-campus meetings April 6 (6pm to 10pm) and 7 (9am to 5pm)

Language: English


Budget: Cost Breakdown


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:
Feburary 4, 2012 (before noon)
  Application Materials:

EIU Program Application (Faculty-led Programs)

Basics for Faculty-led Programs (step by step from application to realization)


The Blue Mosque in Istanbul
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul
The Sphinx
Temple of Horus
Temple of Horus
Khan El Khalili Bazaar
Khan El Khalily Bazaar

Academic Program

This 4-credit study abroad experience will take you to three continents and three countries to see how physical and social landscapes influence one another. Come experience how geology and society help to shape each other in Turkey, Greece, and Egypt. Mountains, plains, rivers, seas, and valleys will provide the physical landscapes of study as we examine social landscapes of past and present including ancient and modern religious practices, governments, education, and family/gender roles. Course substitutions can be made for EIU 4101, EIU 4190, ESC 3200, and SOC 3960.

Brooke Bettorf's 2011 blog

"Worth every penny!"-- Jacee Zanton, Summer 2011 participant.

Activities / Itinerary

Download Tentative Itinerary

"One of my favorite things about this program was Turkey. I wasn't expecting much from the country, but it ended up being my favorite place we went. I loved interacting with the Turkish people and experiencing the unique culture that can only be found at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. I hope to go back to Turkey some day soon." -- Stephanie Quinn, Summer 2011 participant.


Make course/substitution selections on your EIU Program Application. The credit hours associated with your selections may not exceed the credit hours allocated for this program: 4

Below are the choices available for this program:

Course Number: STA 3970 (CourseID 4822)

Substitute: ESC/GEG 3200
Substitute: SOC 3960
Substitute: ESC/GEG 3970
Substitute: SOC 3970
Course Number: STA 3990 Honors (CourseID 4823)
Course Number: STA 5970 (CourseID 4826)
Substitute: None


Many nights are spent traveling; refer to the itinerary above. For nights spent in cities, students will stay double occupancy in 3- or 4-star hotels.


At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

Greece at this time does not require a visa for short-term stays. Egypt requires a visa, which can be purchased on arrival for $15. Turkey requires a visa as well, and it also can be purchased on arrival for $20.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on foreign entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as regulations and procedures are always changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **