January in France, Italy and Greece

Remarkable culture, magnificent landscapes and architecture, fascinating history, delicious cuisine, shopping and market madness – if this sounds enticing, then this engaging travel-based program is for you! Earn academic credit while you travel the Mediterranean, visiting various cities throughout France, Italy and Greece.

Program Overview

This unique travel-based summer program emphasises architecture, art, culture, and history among Mediterranean countries. Explore and learn from some of the Mediterranean’s most scenic and cultural sites. History, the arts, religion and archaeology will be the main academic focus and there will be fellow students, local guides and experts in the field to share their knowledge.

Take a leap back into history

This program will take you back to Classical Antiquity and the Middle Ages. You will be immersed in the art, literature and archaeology of the regions and gain visual experience through visiting the sites. This exciting study-tour will allow you to explore the cultural, historical, political and social aspects of those times around the Mediterranean region.

The art of learning

This program offers students with a choice of one of five subjects to suit a range of interests, including areas of ancient and medieval art, architecture and history; Greek and Roman archaeology; as well as cultural and religious studies in Europe. Professor Guillaume Durand is well equipped with knowledge of history, art and archaeology, having completed a Masters of Art History and Archaeology on Byzantine Studies and a PhD in Romanian History at the Université de Provence. R. Bruce Hitchner is Professor of Classics and International Relations and Director of the Archaeology program at Tufts University. He has directed major archaeological projects in France and Tunisia and is the former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology.

Discover the delightful delicacies

You will experience the joys of eating mouth-watering Mediterranean meals! From delicious Italian pizza, pasta and gelato to succulent lamb and home-cooked Greek pastries, you will feast on the most exquisite food that Europe has to offer.

Want more? 

This January academic travelling program finishes in mid-January, allowing you time to set off for another adventure and explore some of the same locations in more detail or explore new horizons. The opportunity to travel and explore in Europe is endless, with affordable and accessible transport systems (trains, buses and budget flights).


Here are some of the highlights you can expect throughout this unique travelling study program:

  • Visit dozens of locations in 3 countries!
  • Learn in a truly engaging environment
  • English-speaking teaching and support services staff
  • A visual learning experience – connect your lecture learnings with the real-life places
  • Meet locals and practice your best “Bonjour”, “Ciao” and “Yiasou”
  • Compliment your studies by taking the opportunity to travel and explore further during January and February

Sample Itinerary

This program is largely travel based – see itinerary below. The itinerary offers a blend of academic, social, cultural and recreational activities. The free time you have can be spent exploring your host city with other students.

Please do not make any travel or academic arrangements until you have received a confirmed itinerary from CISaustralia.

Athens, Greece 28 December – 3 January
Day Trip to Mycenae & Epidauros 29 December
Day Trip to Delphi 31 December
Amalfi Coast, Italy 3-4 January
Visit Pompeii 3 January
Rome, Italy 4-8 January
Florence, Italy 8-11 January
Aix-en-Provence, France 11-14 January
Day Trip to Pont du Gard & Nimes 13 January
Program Departure 14 January

Choose Your Course

The program is hosted by IAU College, France, with renowned academics travelling with the group to teach the courses, while also drawing from local experts and guides.

GPA Required: To qualify for the program, students must have a sound academic standing with a GPA of 4.0 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to find a suitable program.

Course Load: 1 course (equivalent to one full-time academic course)

  • Depending on your Australian university, you may refer to “courses” as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program overseas is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview, and the contact hours.
  • Although you will only take one course in the January program, it is best to get 2-3 courses approved by your university before you go overseas. This gives you some flexibility. Why not consider opting for an interesting elective if your degree allows.
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

Course Descriptions: 

The following are the proposed courses for January 2020:

  • Archaeology 385: Greek and Roman Archaeology
  • Art History 385: Ancient and Medieval Classical Art and Architecture
  • Cross Cultural Studies 385: Cultural Identities in Mediterranean Europe
  • History 385: Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Cultural History
  • Religious Studies 385: From Polytheism to Monotheism, The Early Christian Period in Italy, Greece & France

The syllabus for this program remains the same regardless of which course the student undertakes. As students are visiting the same sites, attending the same lectures, partaking in the same activities, etc. they are learning the same content. The difference is in their assessment pieces. The topic and focus of a student’s assessment pieces will be based on what course they have chosen.

Mediterranean Basin: This course provides a university-level competency in the history, literature, art and archaeology of the Greco-Roman World, as well as aspects of the Medieval and Renaissance periods. It cultivates strong analytical and critical thinking skills, and develops students’ ability to synthetise cultural, historical, religious, political and material/visual evidence. The academic content of the seminar is conveyed through an extensive series of on-site lectures and discussions by academic experts in the fields of history, art history and archaeology.

View the 2019 course syllabus

Program Facilitators

Dr. Guillaume Durand has been a professor of archaeology and art history at IAU since 2002, Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2014, and leads a January Term Traveling Seminar on Mediterranean Civilizations. Prof. Durand completed a Masters of Art History and Archaeology on Byzantine Studies and a Ph.D. in Romanian History at the Université de Provence. In 2014 he completed a three-year post-doctorate program funded by the European Union and under the aegis of the Romanian Academy (Bucharest) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). He has published two books and several articles in French academic reviews (Cahier des Etudes Romanes, Turcica) and in Romania (Historical Yearbook, Annals of the Spiru Haret University).  Professor Durand participates regularly in international conferences in France and throughout Europe and maintains active involvement and oversight of local, regional, and national archaeological excavations. He speaks French, English, Romanian, and Greek.

R. Bruce Hitchner is Professor of Classics and International Relation and Director of the  Archaeology program at Tufts University. He has directed major archaeological projects in France and Tunisia funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Geographic Society, and is the former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Archaeology. Professor Hitchner has published extensively on the archaeology and History of the Roman Empire and has been Visiting Fellow at Oxford, Cambridge, Copenhagen,and Princeton. He teaches Greek and Roman History and Archaeology at Tufts.


The program will take you through various cities and sites of historical, archaeological and cultural interest, some of which may be:

  • Mycenae and Epidauros
  • Acropolis and the Agora
  • Delphi
  • Cape Sounion
  • Naples and Pompeii
  • Paestum
  • Rome walking tour, including the Vatican & St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Baths of Caracalla and Catacombs
  • Uffizi Gallery in Florence
  • Fiesole
  • Pisa
  • Pont du Gard and Nîmes


This exciting program offers students the opportunity to explore a range of significant historic and cultural sites throughout the Mediterranean region. Some of the iconic sites you may visit are:


  • Aix-en-Provence
  • Pont du Gard
  • Nîmes


  • Pisa
  • Florence
  • Rome
  • Amalfi Coast


  • Athens
  • Mycenae
  • Epidauros
  • Delphi

The University

The academic host for this program is IAU College, France. Located in Aix-en-Provence, it is one of Europe’s premier academic centres with a strong emphasis on immersion in French language and culture. IAU College will bring experts from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to provide students with the greatest insight into each visited location throughout this academic travelling program.


During this program you could stay in a combination of local 3-star hotels, guest houses, hostels and / or serviced apartments. All rooms are same gender shared rooms – usually 2 students per room. You will share your room with other program participants. Details will be provided as part of your final detailed itinerary closer to the program start date. Accommodation will vary according to availability in each city.

Program Fee & Dates

January 2020
Application Deadline27 September 2019
Arrival Date28 December 2019
Departure Date14 January 2020
Program Fee A$ 7,999
OS-HELP A$ 6,791


Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels
  • Breakfast daily and most dinners
  • Entrance fees to all museums and guest lecture venues
  • Health and medical insurance (if requested)
  • CISaustralia support before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • On-site orientation
  • Intra-European travel to each city during the program
  • IAU College official transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

What is not included:

  • Flight to the program starting location
  • Return flight from the program ending location
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and / or fee changes made by our partner universities.

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