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Ridley Mediterranean Campus

Semester 3, 2017/18

Spend 2 to 9 weeks in Ridley’s Mediterranean Campus based in the resort city of Antalya Turkey including a study tour of Israel and archaeological field trips throughout Turkey. Around $5,000 plus FEE-HELP. Limited places are still available for 2017/18.

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Ridley’s Mediterranean program offers a unique opportunity to engage in experiential learning, build global awareness and live in an exotic location on the Mediterranean at our campus in Antalya Turkey.

During our next program running from November 2017 to January 2018 you can
Study the Book of Revelation amidst the ruins of the Seven Churches to whom it was written, investigate Islam as the call to prayer rings out right next door, follow in the footsteps of Jesus through Israel and gain new insights about the world of the bible as you visit ancient sites.

Each of the subjects may be taken for credit towards an ACT award. Any four subjects can be taken for a complete Graduate Certificate in Divinity. This program is open to students from any ACT college. You do not need to take all the available modules and can do as few as one.

Students will live in a community in five modern villas just meters from the port where Paul left the mainland on his first missionary journey (Acts 19:24).

What past students have said:

Turkey is amazing, the group dynamic was great, the people at St Paul’s are wonderful! – Kieran

I would highly recommend it. – Lauren

I definitely recommend doing everything you can to participate in this program. I loved it. – John

Turkey is an amazing country, the sites we visited were well-preserved, interesting and relevant to our studies, Our guides and teachers were excellent.  – John

FEE-HELP loans may be used by Australian Citizens for tuition fees which cover tuition, entrance fees and guides. Accommodation, food and transport costs cannot be deferred to FEE-HELP and are around $5,000 for the entire program. The tuition fees, which may be deferred to FEE-HELP are $11,928).




Travel and Orientation: 22 Nov to 26 Nov 2017
Arrive Antalya, welcome event, walking tour and familiarisation and cross-cultural orientation. Attend church and meet the staff and interns.

Module 1:
EM415/615/715 Christian Ministry in Islamic Contexts
27 Nov-5 Dec (8.30am to 1pm). Plus two afternoon field trips.
Develop a new understanding of Islam from those who have been ministering to Muslims for over two decades. Study the key beliefs, history and people as the call to prayer rings out right next door. Interview a range of Muslims, visit mosques and witness Islamic life and practice first hand.

Cost: Standard FEE-HELP plus accommodation ($560)

Optional side trip: Istanbul
6-9 Dec
Subject to the security situation, this three-night trip will give you the opportunity to visit this amazing city, rich in Christian history and Eastern culture. Sites include Chora Church, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Spice Market, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and a Bosphorous Cruise. Then fly directly to Tel Aviv for the Israel Tour.
Cost: Approx. $600.

Module 2: BB445/645/745: Israel Study Tour
9-21 Dec
Take in the view Moses and the Israelites had as they looked out across the promised land. See where David may have hidden from Saul. Journey to Bethlehem, Nazareth and the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Stand on the shores of Lake Galilee and atop the Mount of Olives and visit sites where Jesus may have been crucified and buried. Join an archaeological dig for an afternoon, excavating a cave at the Second Temple level. Spanning 13 days, this trip will transform your understanding and experience of the Bible as you see first-hand the diverse geography and ecology of the land our forebears walked—an invaluable experience to have at any point in your ministry. Full itinerary available separately.

Cost: FEE-HELP ($5,013) plus $250 plus return airfare Antalya to Tel Aviv via Istanbul (approx. $350). Plus lunches.

Module 2 (Alternative): EM440/640/740 Cross-Cultural Field Education (1)
9-26 Dec
See details of this program below. This December offering is an option for those who do not wish to travel to Israel. It is a complete unit and is separate from the Cross Cultural Field Education (January) described below.

Christmas Break
22-26 Dec

Module 3: BB446/646/745 Archaeology and the Bible
27 Dec-5 Jan (8.30am to 1pm) plus field trip 8-10 Jan
Dr Mark Wilson, Director, Asia Minor Research Center
This introduction to Archaeology will give you an insight into life in the Greco-Roman world as revealed by ancient sites, inscriptions and documents. Learn about key discoveries, many of them from the last 15 years, which have an important bearing on the historicity and meaning of the biblical text. Classroom learning is supported by field trips to the Antalya Museum, Perge and Aspendos.

Mark Wilson lives in Antalya is an Adjunct Lecturer at Ridley, Director of the Asia Minor Research Center, and Associate Professor Extraordinary of New Testament at Stellenbosch University. He has published numerous works including Victory through the Lamb: A Guide to Revelation in Plain Language (2014), Biblical Turkey: A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor (2014); Revelation; Charts on the Book of Revelation: Literary, Historical, and Theological Perspectives (2007).

Cost: Standard FEE-HELP plus accommodation ($560)

Archaeology/Book of Revelation Field Trip
8-10 Jan
Dr Mark Wilson, Asia Minor Research Center
Required for those doing the Book of Revelation
This three-night trip first takes you to the Lycus Valley where you visit two very impressive sites – Laodicea and Hierapolis. Day two begins with a drive to Ephesus, regarded as the premier ancient site in Turkey and ends with a visit to the Smyrna Agora. Day three starts with a tour of Pergamum and then a drive to Sardis before flying back to Antalya in the evening.

Cost: Included for those doing Revelation (Otherwise $550). Extra costs are domestic airfares (around $70) and lunches. Single supp. $120.

Module 4:  NT427/627/437/637/745 The Book of Revelation (English or Greek Text)
8-10 Jan Field Trip
11-16 Jan (8.30am to 1 pm), plus 3 x 90-minute tutorials on the Greek text)
Dr Mark Wilson, Asia Minor Research Center
Mark Wilson will lecture on the Book of Revelation with a special focus on how the history and archaeology of Asia Minor shape your understanding of the book. Greek text option available which involves four extra ninety minute tutorials.

Cost: FEE-HELP ($2,755) plus accommodation ($560)

Module 5: EM440/640/740 Cross-Cultural Field Education
21 Jan-4 Feb
Ridley’s Mediterranean campus provides an opportunity for developing your cross-cultural ministry skills and to gain experience working in another culture. You will live with a Turkish Christian family and also work with the St Paul Center, a local evangelical church, engaging in a range cross-cultural activities over the duration of your visit. These include visits to a Syrian refugee camp, participating in International, Turkish and Persian congregations, teaching English and assisting the St Paul Center.

Cost: Standard FEE-HELP plus billeted accommodation ($260)


Other Information

The ethos of the program requires participants to engage in the student community and the local church and its activities. This is not a private holiday or individualistic learning experience. You are expected to engage with other group members in a collegial and communal manner. You are also expected to participate in the local church (St Paul Union Church), including weekly church services, Bible study and other activities. Other Ridley policies and standards of behaviour also apply.

Accommodation is in a secure compound of five two-bedroom villas in the heart of the Old City. Right next door is a restaurant for breakfast (included). There is the option for single accommodation for a 25% accommodation surcharge (subject to availability). You can stay for two days before and after your units at no extra cost (subject to availability).

Airfares to Antalya are additional. They are around $1,700. You only need about $15 per day for lunch and dinner (daily breakfast included). Other costs are visa ($75) transfers ($30) and travel insurance. Personal items are extra. A person who undertook four subjects over seven weeks including the tours in Turkey and Israel would pay between $4,800 and $5,200 including airfares, accommodation, food, visa, transfers and travel insurance with tuition costs on FEE-HELP ($11,928 for four units including the Israel tour).

Accompanying Spouse
Your spouse is welcome to accompany you. If he/she wishes to audit the subjects, then the audit costs are $500 for Islamic Studies, $640 for Archaeology (including field trips), $3,990 for Israel Tour and $990 for the Book of Revelation (including field trip).  Family accommodation is by special arrangement subject to availability.

International travel entails a certain level of risk. This program has been developed to minimise those risks in accordance with Ridley’s risk mitigation strategy. No travel will be undertaken to those areas deemed by the Australian Government “Reconsider your need to travel”. The program will be modified if the security situation changes before or during the program. Any extra costs associated with changes in itinerary due to security issues are the responsibility of the student.

Revelation will have an assessment piece due on 8 January, worth 30%. Final assessments will be due over a period 4-8 weeks after the trip.

There are just twenty spaces available, and they are subject to an application and interview process. To apply, click on the button below.


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Ridley College is an affiliated institution with the Australian College of Theology. (ACT Cricos Provider: 02650E)