George Fox University students travel the world this spring on annual Juniors Abroad trips

April 30th, 2018

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About 300 will visit locales that include Europe, India, Greece and Australia

NEWBERG, Ore. – About 300 George Fox University students will join with faculty chaperons and family members for 14 international study trips all over the world – including Italy, Israel, Vietnam, Morocco, Australia and Ecuador – for three weeks during the months of May and June.

The trips are part of the university’s Juniors Abroad program, which, since 1987, has annually sent third- and fourth-year students on overseas study trips led by professors. George Fox pays transportation and program costs; students pay room and board. Each trip holds preparation classes during the spring semester.

The following are brief descriptions of this year’s trips. All are scheduled for three weeks and embark during the first week of May with the exception of the New Zealand/Fiji trip, which will take place in June.

Australia: On this trip, students will explore metropolitan parts of the country, including Melbourne and Sydney, and discover the maritime nature of Australia, with a visit to the Gold Coast and snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.

Budapest to London: This tour will take students through many cities in Europe, including Budapest, Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam and London. The visit will feature visits to historic sites and a stop to the white cliffs of Dover.

Central America: This study tour will focus on the people of Central America as well as the diverse plant and animal populations of the jungles of tropical highlands and beaches. Visits will include the countries Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala.

Ecuador: This trip will include a week in the Galapagos Islands and mountain biking in the Amazon.

Greece: The group will visit the cities of Athens, Corinth, Sounion and Santorini, as well as some Greek isles, visiting historic and cultural landmarks.

India/Sri Lanka: This South Asian journey will focus on exploring the culture of India, a melting pot of religions and castes. Students will learn how Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains and Christians coexist in relative harmony. They will also have the opportunity to help patients in Mother Teresa’s missions and ride ox carts to bring medical supplies to untouchables in remote fishing villages.

Ireland/England: Students will explore the development of the Christian faith in the cultures of Ireland and England, from Celtic times to the present. They will visit cities including Dublin, Belfast, Oxford and London.

Israel/Jordan: This group will travel as Christian pilgrims and reflect on the teachings of Jesus at historic sites where the biblical events occurred. Stops will include ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles and desert citadels as well as the biblical sites that are around every corner: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the brook where Jesus was baptized, the fortress where Herod beheaded John the Baptist, and the mountain top where Moses cast eyes on the Promised Land.

Italy: This trip will emphasize the richness of the history, arts, land and people of Italy, with a special focus given to the art produced during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Visits to Rome, Venice, Florence and Milan are planned.

Peru/Bolivia: This course will celebrate and explore the cultural diversity of the high Andes in Peru and Bolivia. Visits include the alpine forests of the Andes, the high plains of Altiplano, the Salar de Uyuni (“salt desert”) of Bolivia, and Lake Titicaca, the highest freshwater lake in the world.

Spain/Morocco: This study tour will explore the histories and cultures of the region, with visits to Madrid and Barcelona scheduled, as well as stops in Lisbon, the coastal city of Lagos, Seville, and the British enclave of Gibraltar. The trip ends with a visit to Tangiers, Morocco, and the Sahara Desert.

Switzerland/Germany/Austria: Students will get to take in the majestic beauty of the Alps and visit a number of famous landmarks. Stops include Zurich, Lausanne, Chamonix-Mont Blanc in France, Fussen, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria.

Vietnam/Hong Kong/South Korea: This study tour will focus on the history, culture and influence of western values and religion in the Asian countries of South Korea, Hong Kong and Vietnam. Students will visit several religious temples and historical sites, including Changgyeonggung, Namdaemun, the DMZ, the city of Hong Kong, and the “Hanoi Hilton” in Vietnam.

New Zealand/Fiji: The trip will begin in New Zealand, where the group will visit the cities of Auckland and Wellington, as well as Hobbiton of Lord of the Rings fame. It continues in Fiji, with visits to Suva and activities that include snorkeling, sea kayaking and bamboo rafting.

For more information on the Juniors Abroad program, visit

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Regional University.” Money magazine ranked it the No. 1 school in Oregon in its 2017-18 “Best Colleges for Your Money” list. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 13 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Paul Chamberlain
Director, Juniors Abroad Program

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