The Study Abroad Program facilitates dozens of short term and long term study abroad opportunities for DePaul students all across the globe. Three of these opportunities are short term trips that are led by faculty in the Department of Religious Studies.
Singer Research Trip
The generous gift of The Singer
Research Fund provides funding for students to participate on short-term summer
study abroad research experiences. The students are guided by faculty members
within the Religious Studies department.
2016: Prague and Krakow in History and Myth
This year's rendition of the Singer Research Fund Trip will be taking students to the Czech Republic and Poland to explore two major issues: The human process by which a people (Czechs, the people of Poland or any of us) turn a city or a place (Prague, Krakow, our homes or anyplace) into a mythic space. How does a geographic place become a unique, special, sacred space. The second great issue: the Holocaust.
2015: Abrahamic Paris
The inaugural Singer Research Trip in 2015 went to Paris, France. Students explored how the historical circumstances and narratives that have influenced Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in France served to inform the way these traditions are understood and practiced in 21st century Paris. Students also discovered what the requirements are to build sustainable bridges among individuals and sommunities associated with Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the French context. And they examined how an international national commitment to secular culture found in modern France help and hinder such work.
Japan: Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Traveling to three cities in Japan - Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nagasaki - this short term study abroad program focuses on the historical events of the 1945 atomic bombing, the religious sensibilities and ethics that informed responses to the event, and current nuclear issues. In Kyoto, students visit centuries-old temples and shrines, learning about the religious history of Japan. While in Hiroshima, they meet with the mayor of Hiroshima and talk with an atomic-bomb survivor. In Nagasaki, home to the largest Catholic community in Japan, students visit Catholic churches and interact with local university students. Traveling through Japan, students experience a country that is at once old-fashioned, preserving the world's oldest wooden structures, and yet simultaneously modern, running bullet trains throughout the archipelago.
France: Vincentian Bicycle Pilgrimmage
This short term study abroad program focuses on issues associated with pilgrimage, building bridges between different religious traditions, the religious history of France and the life of Vincent de Paul in a French context. Special attention will be given to an experiential exploration of the practice of pilgrimage and the historical dimensions of Vincent de Paul's life and its influence on the ideas and practices of modern Vincentians. This program seeks students from all religious traditions and those who do not subscribe to religion at all with the aim of examining the requirements of building diverse community on the road. By bicycle, students visit the following cities, ending in Paris: Lyon, Chatillon-sur-Challaron, Turnus, Beaune, Salieu, Vezeley, Joigny, and Fountainbleau. The program as planned, will involve nine consecutive days of riding, which range from approximately 29-45 miles.