January Mediterranean Basin: France, Italy, Greece

Join us in the Mediterranean this January Term for this unique travel-study program. Soak up the history of Rome, and explore the Greek islands.

We created this fun, action-packed, and academically-focused program just for you! This January Term study abroad program to the Mediterranean allows you to travel and study throughout a variety of locations in the beautiful, temperate Mediterranean when things may not be as warm or exciting back home. You'll visit ten cities in 15 days, while studying local topics and with the support of our exceptional staff. By earning credit during your January Term or Winter Break, you can ensure an on-time or even early graduation!

We're here for you, in the U.S. and on your travels to the Mediterranean! From the moment you call the office or talk to one of our campus representatives, we are here to support you throughout the study abroad process. We have answers to questions about what to budget, what to pack, and how to connect with other travelers before you depart. Once you arrive in the Mediterranean, our experienced staff will be with you during your January study abroad program to Italy, and Greece.. Once you return, or if you want to continue onto another program abroad, we will help you with your transitions. When you return we want to hear all about this life changing experience. Share your stories, blogs, travel journals, and pictures with us!

We practice what we preach. We love to travel and we love passing on that passion to you. We are committed to the sustainablity of our planet. We encourage you to join us in our efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. We use clean source energy at our office in Massachusetts. We offset the carbon produced by all our participants’ flights each year, but we also are increasing our efforts to work with our communities abroad to give back to our earth. 

Imagine standing in the shadow of the Acropolis while learning about ancient Greece! On the January term study abroad program in the Mediterranean program, you will spend a little over two weeks traveling within three different sun-kissed countries: France, Italy, and Greece. With academic experts and local guides as your teachers throughout the trip, you gain great insight into the art, archeology, history and literature of these ancient civilizations.

On this unique January travelling seminar, you can look forward to the following:

Visiting the birthplace of western civilization - The Mediterranean region is often regarded as the region of the world with some of the most influential civilizations in western history. Evidence has been found of human settlement in this fruitful place from hundreds of thousands of years ago, and it has remained a central location for civilizations across millennia, including the mighty Byzantine and Roman Empires. On this program you won’t only be reading about this history, you will be seeing, touching, and feeling it all around you!

Escaping the winter for a bit of Mediterranean sunshine! Shed that winter coat and take a walk around the lively avenues of Rome and the island villages of Crete. As you explore these different locations and all that they have to offer -- from the grandeur of the Colosseum to the peaceful poise of the Parthenon -- you won’t ever want to come back (talk to us about staying on for the spring semester at a discounted price).

Choosing from several courses for your academic experience - Earn academic credit in the following fields: art, archaeology, history and politics, or religion. All courses are taught by experts in their fields, with a combination of classroom-based lectures and on-site learning. The classes offered are great to complete your general education requirements, as electives in your coursework, or to count towards your major.

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should participate in this amazing January-term study abroad program:

  • Winter break program allows you to get ahead academically
  • Visit ten Mediterranean cities in 17 days
  • Study in a variety of subjects with world-renowned lecturers
  • Great support services with English-speaking staff
  • Fun experiential learning using the cities as your classroom

The academic component of the program consists of lectures from leading experts in the fields being explored during the program. Particular attention will be paid to the history of art and archaeology, as well as philosophical literature from the Mediterranean Basin, from Antiquity to Middle Ages.

GPA Required: 2.5. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair. Contact an advisor or call 877-617-9090 to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part...As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load: 1 course (3 U.S. credits)

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get two to three classes approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Course descriptions and catalog: 

The following are the approved courses for January 2017:

  • Art History 385: Ancient and Medieval Classical Art and Architecture
  • History 385: Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean Cultural History
  • Archaeology 385: Greek and Roman Archaeology
  • Cross Cultural Studies 385: Muslims and Christians in Europe
  • Religious Studies 385: From Polytheism to Monotheism, The Early Christian Period in Italy and Greece
  • For details or syllabi, please contact your designated CISabroad staff or a study abroad advisor. 

Helpful information
You will be notified of what courses you are registered for approximately a month before the beginning of your program.

Did you know that 70 percent of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging.

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

This program was created for those who wish to travel as much as possible during their winter break! You’ll spend time in about 10 cities during the program, spanning a wide range of religious, artistic, historic and cultural contexts. Expect to see and do things that provide genuine insight into the places you’re visiting. Imagine a January term abroad in the form of one excursion after another, each one has something unique to offer you. 

IAU College, the academic host of this program, administers this program with assistance from local guides and academics. IAU College in Aix-en-Provence is one of the premier academic centers in Europe, with a strong emphasis on immersion in French language and culture. IAU College’s academic and cultural foundations shine brightly through their January programs, as they bring in experts from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to provide students with the greatest insight into each location they visit.

This program is largely travel-based, meaning most of the time you’ll stick to the itinerary, which offers a blend of academic, social, cultural and recreational activities. The limited free time can be spent exploring your host city with other participants.

The following is the proposed itinerary for 2017 (for details, please contact an advisor):

  • December 29th - Arrival into Aix en Provence, France
  • December 30th - Aix en Provence: Entremont adn Musee Granet
  • December 31st - Aix en Provence: Visit to Glanum, St-Remy and Pont du Gard
  • January 1st - Pisa, Italy: Day trip 
  • January 2nd - Florence, Italy: Walking tour and Fiesole)
  • January 3rd - Florence, Italy: Visit to Uffizi Gallery
  • January 4th - Rome, Italy: Travel, Lecture, and Walking Tour
  • January 5th - Rome, Italy: Vatican, Museums and St. Peter Basilica
  • January 6th - Rome, Italy: Visit Coloseum & Forum and Travel to Pompei
  • January 7th - Amalfi Coast: Visit to the site of Pompei & Mount Vesuvius
  • January 8th - Amalfi Coast: Day trip to Paestum, Museu, of Naples
  • January 9th - Athens, Greece: Flight to Athens, Evening Lecture
  • January 10th - Athens, Greece: Visit to National Museum of Archaelogy
  • January 11th - Athens, Greece: Visit to Acropolis & Cape Sounion
  • January 12th - Olympia, Greece: Travel to Mycenau and Epidauros
  • January 13th - Olympia, Greece: Visit the site & museum of Olympia, Travel to Delphi
  • January 14th - Delphi, Greece: Visit site and museum of Delphi, travel to Athens
  • January 15th - Departure according to personal schedule


Throughout the program, you’ll stay in 3- and 4-star hotels and hostels in rooms shared with other program participants. You’ll be provided with breakfast each day and dinner on most nights. 

While traveling throughout France, Italy, and Greece, you’ll be supported by staff from IAU College. They will be with you from the moment you step off the plane to the day you depart. 

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for the January in the Mediterranean program will be published soon. Contact a CISabroad student advisor to be notified when they are published.

2. When are the program fees due?

Program fees for the January in the Mediterranean Basin program are due on November 1st. If you have any questions about tuition deadlines, please contact an advisor.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

The application process can be broken into easy steps!

1. The first step is to fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc. (Only takes five minutes!)

2. After filling out the online application, an advisor from our Global Advising Center will grant you portal access with a set of preliminary forms. 

3. The next step is to pay the $200 application deposit in order to secure your space in the program. This amount will be applied toward the final cost. 

4. Within a day after submitting your deposit, you will receive a welcome email from your Program Coordinator—the person you will work with until departure. Your Program Coordinator will then give you program-specific items in your portal. (Note: Both preliminary portal pieces and program-specific tasks must be completed by the application deadline.)

#CISabroadTip: Contact your school’s registrar and have them send us your transcript early on in the application process (you can send us your transcript even before you’ve made the $200 deposit!) since snail mail makes this the slowest piece to submit. (We also accept electronic OFFICIAL transcripts if your school provides them.)

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. For application deadline, please check here or contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

Yes, you WILL need a passport to travel to Italy, Greece and Turkey. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For the January in the Mediterranean program visas are NOT required.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes. The GPA requirement for the January in the Mediterranean Basin program is 2.5, but sometimes a lower GPA is accepted. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Contact an advisor or call us at 1-877-617-9090 to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you!

6. What are my housing options?

For the January in the Mediterranean Basin program, you will stay in 3- and 4-star hotel rooms shared with fellow program participants. Additionally, you will be provided with breakfast every day and dinner on most nights.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For the January in the Mediterranean Basin program, you will take one course and receive 3 U.S. credits. For more information on course options, please visit the "Academics" tab on this page.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. January Term programs are a great head start on spending a spring semester abroad - you will get to see a lot of places in a short amount of time, and then settle down in one of those you just visited, or a new place, already having become comfortable with traveling. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: January 2017
Arrival December 29
Departure January 15
Application Deadline October 1
Term: January 2017 Price: $5,390

Dates posted here 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.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Housing and some meals
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISabroad support before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • On-site orientation
  • All program-related travel (except round-trip airfare from the US)
  • IAU College official transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel 

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