Students and faculty travel to the UK, Greece, and Italy

by Susan Sullivan | May 20, 2019
05.13.19.GreekTempleHephaestusAthens-compressorAT THE TEMPLE OF HEPHAESTUS, Marian University students experienced the best-preserved ancient Greek temple in the world. Slightly older than the Parthenon, the temple is dedicated to Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire and patron of skilled craftsmen. It's also dedicated to Athena, goddess of pottery and crafts. With its iconic Doric friezes and columns, the temple was built between 460 and 420 BCE and is located in Athens.

Two groups of students and faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences are travelling internationally this month for study-abroad courses.The students could choose from courses focused on business, the arts and humanities, and nursing.

Both groups departed Indianapolis on May 5. Students and faculty will return between May 20 and May 24, depending on the travel options they selected.

The first group, led by Dr. Bill Mirola who is dean of Marian's College of Arts and Sciences, headed to the United Kingdom, where they will experience  contemporary life in England. 

This group will be based at Harlaxton College, located an hour north of London in Lincolnshire. They will explore a range of historical and cultural attractions in London like the British Museum, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and the Tower of London, among others. 

The second group, led by Dr. Jamie Higgs, professor of art and art history in Marian's Department of Art and Design, traveled to Greece, where they will spend several days in Athens before flying on to Rome. They will study Greek and Italian history, art, architecture, literature, and myth, examining the impact of these cultures on the modern world. 

While in Greece, they will visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, temples, archaeological sites, and museums in Athens, Mycenae, Nafplion, Olympia, and Delphi.

In Italy, the group will visit the Piazza del Campidoglio, the Roman Forum, Colosseum, and a number of temples, churches, and museums. They will see the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica, where they hope to receive the Pope's blessing. They will also have a stay in Assissi, where they will visit the Basilica of San Francesco (Saint Francis). Other cities to which they will travel include Florence and Venice.

Students in both groups had the option to add a four-day, three-night trip to Paris onto their itineraries. 

For information about Marian University's study-abroad program or the College of Arts and Sciences, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at (317) 955-6516, (800) 772-7265, or

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