2017 Reformation Study Tour

Monday August 1 2016 by St Mark's

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Join St Mark's History Lecturer Dr Michael Gladwin and Systematic Theology and Liturgy Lecturer Revd Dr Jane Foulcher as they travel Germany, Switzerland and France on a European Reformation Study Tour. (See flyer for summary.)

This tour is an International Experience Program initiative of St Mark's and CSU. St Mark's National Theological Centre is a partner in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University. 

About the European Reformation

The European Reformation is one of the most fascinating and influential periods in world history. Martin Luther's public criticisms of the Church after 1517, aided by technological innovations such as the printing press, precipitated the creation of Protestant churches in Europe. But the Protestant challenge also accelerated reform and renewal within the Roman Catholic Church.

While the impact of the Reformation was a factor in major wars and political realignments in Europe and Great Britain, its influence was further felt in literature, philosophy, economics, architecture, science and the arts. In short, the Reformation laid the foundations of the modern world. All of these developments are the focus of this study tour.

About the tour

Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the European Reformation, this 14-day study tour of Germany, Switzerland and France will immerse you in the history, architecture and sites of the European Reformation. 

Along the way you'll visit sites associated with famous figures like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Ulrich Zwingli. You'll also explore the sites and heritage of Roman Catholic Europe as well as radical reformation movements such as the Anabaptists. At the same time, you'll experience the rich culture, history, culinary delights and beautiful scenery of Germany, Switzerland and France.  

"This will really be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, mainly because we'll be in Germany for the actual 500th anniversary of Luther's launching of the Reformation with his 95 theses on the Wittenberg castle church door (31 Oct 1517)."
— Dr Michael Goodwin, Lecturer in History, St Mark's National Theological Centre | School of Theology, Charles Sturt University 

Tour details

WHEN: Approximately 24 October - 5 November, 2017 (exact dates advised on notification of successful application)   

  • STUDENTS: CSU students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology, Graduate Diploma / Master of Theology, Master of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy at the time of undertaking the program. Students from other disciplines with a focus on history may also be considered where places are available. The subject is also available to students as a 'Single Subject Study'. 
  • Course Credit: 
  • Students who successfully complete this program may be eligible to receive academic recognition of their participation through concurrent enrolment in a CSU subject.
  • For undergraduate students this may be THL361 - Theology International Study Experience. For postgraduate (Graduate Diploma of Theology) students this may be THL427 - Theology Research Project. This will require payment of the respective subject tuition fee and satisfactory participation and completion of specified assessment items.
  • Postgraduate students should liaise directly with their Course Director to determine the relevant recognition for their level of study. All students must liaise directly with their Course Director regarding academic recognition and should do so prior to applying for this program.
  • FRIENDS AND FAMILY: Friends and family of students are welcome to join the tour. 
  • MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC (NEW): Members of the public are now invited to sign up for this once-in-a-lifetime tour! 
MAX. NUMBER: 25 (This program will require minimum numbers to proceed.)
  • STUDENTS: Approximately $5,400 (exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application)
  • This cost is based on the provision of the $500 Vice-Chancellor Travel Grant, which is awarded to eligible undergraduate students. It is not paid directly to individuals but has already been included in program costings.
  • Postgraduate students and undergraduates who are not receiving credit are ineligible to receive the grant. Therefore their costs will be increased by $500.  
  • Students may also be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Australian Government's OS-HELP loan. OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place who want to undertake some of their study overseas. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses. 
  • Eligibility for OS-HELP will be assessed once successful students are selected and is based on a number of criteria.  Acceptance into a CSU Global program does not guarantee eligibility for the loan. Please note that you cannot pay your program deposit through OS-HELP. 
  • Refer to CSU Global's Scholarships and Funding webpage for further information on OS-HELP and the Vice Chancellor Travel Grant. 
Costs should include: In-country program fee, accommodation (twin share), breakfasts and dinners, in-country transport (during program only) and site seeing entrance fees (during program only).
Costs do not include: CSU subject fees, international flights, travel insurance, immunisations (where required), visa (if applicable), passports, lunches, additional meals, additional sightseeing, souvenirs, gratuities and incidentals.

Please note: This is an individually ticketed program (students to purchase their own flights, travel insurance, visas and passports).

  • Applications close Friday 4 November, 2016
  • Successful students notified (email): within two weeks of application closing date
  • $1000.00 non-refundable deposit due: within two weeks of notification of successful application notification
  • (You must have a valid passport, or be in the process of applying for one by the deposit payment date. Your passport must have a minimum of six month validity from the program's return date)
  • Full and final payment date: 27 May, 2017
  • Pre-departure session: To be announced
Free time is built into each part of the itinerary, along with informal lecture and discussion times (including a head set system for each traveller) while travelling to each destination. Participants will be provided with study materials (primary and secondary source readings) and mini-lectures while in transit (e.g on tour buses while travelling to various sites) and in situ at the sites we visit. There will be numerous opportunities for discussion, both formal and informal. 
Program day  Date Activity Location
1  24 Oct Participants arrive in Berlin, check-in to hotel, group dinner Arrive in Berlin
2  25 Oct AM: Bus tour of Berlin, including Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie 
PM: Afternoon free time, evening group dinner
3  26 Oct Free day (possible tour of Berlin's world famous Museum Island) Berlin
4  27 Oct AM: Walking tour of Wittenberg, including Castle Church, St Mary's
PM: Site visit - Reformation Museum and free time, evening group dinner
Berlin and Wittenberg
5  28 Oct AM: Depart Wittenberg for Eisleben, site visit - Luther House, Sterbehaus Museum, Peter Paul Church, St Andrew's Church
PM: Depart Eislenben for Eisenach, site visit - Wartburg Castle / Depart Eisenach for Erfurt (evening group dinner and overnight accommodation)
Wittenberg / Eisleben / Eisenach / Erfurt
6  29 Oct AM: Site visit Erfurt Augustinian Monastery, Cathedral and Old Town
PM: Depart Erfurt for Mainz, site visit - Gutenberg Museum, Mainz Cathedral, evening group dinner
Erfurt / Mainz 
7  30 Oct AM: Site visit Worms Cathedral, Reformation Monument
PM: Depart Mainz for Strasburg, evening group dinner
Mainz / Strasburg
8  31 Oct AM: Site Cathedral, St Thomas Church, St Nicholas' Church (external view only), St Pierre Jeune Protestant Church
PM: Depart Strasburg for Zurich, free time in Zürich, evening group dinner
Strasburg / Zürich
9  1 Nov AM: Depart Zürichfor Bäretswil, guided walking tour of Anabaptist Cave, lunch at traditional Swiss restaurant
PM: Depart Bäretswil for Konstanz, site visit Council of Constance of 1415, Jan Hus Museum, free time, return to Zürich
Zürich / Bäretswil / Zürich
10  2 Nov AM: Depart Zürich for Wildhaus - site visit Zwindli's birth-house
PM: Depart Wildhaus fro Einsiedelen, site visit Abbey Church for Vespers, return to Zürich, group dinner
Zürich / Wildhaus / Zurich
11  3 Nov AM: Site visits, Grossmunster (external view only), Zwingli Statue, Helferei (external view only) and Swiss National Museum
PM: Depart Zürich for Gruyère on route to Geneva 
Zürich / Gruyère / Geneva
12   4 Nov AM: Bus tour of Geneva, walking tour to Reformation Monument, St Peter's Church, Calvin's Home and Grave
PM: Site visits to Reformation Museum, evening farewell dinner 
Program concludes
13   5 Nov Participants depart Geneva Return to Australia

Further enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to: 
Alice Wood
CSU Global
Charles Sturt University
Phone: + 61 2 6338 4068
Email: csuglobal@csu.edu.au

Further enquiries regarding the content of this program should be directed to: 
Dr Michael Gladwin 
Lecturer in History
School of Theology
Charles Sturt University
Phone: + 61 2 6272 6268
Email: mgladwin@csu.edu.au