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Studying the Middle Ages Abroad

Study Tour: Spain                                                                                             

The Center for Medieval Studies offers undergraduate and graduate students several opportunities to enrich their appreciation and knowledge of the middle ages by studying abroad. Such opportunities can be found through Fordham’s Study Abroad Office, but Medieval Studies also offers its own courses abroad.

The Center often runs Medieval Studies courses at Fordham’s London campus at Heythrop College (University of London) in Kensington Square, in the heart of London. In Spring 2015, students can enroll in Dr Maryanne Kowaleski’s interdisciplinary capstone class on Medieval London (click for syllabus), which introduces students to the history and archaeology of this great capital from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Wars of the Roses.  The course includes excursions to a number of London sites, such as Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, and the Museum of London, as well as a day-trip to Canterbury and a river cruise of the Thames. To sign up for this study aboard course, click here

On occasion, the Center also sponsors summer courses at Fordham’s London campus at Heythrop College. In the summer of 2013, our A Medieval Summer in London program offered a course on The Knights of the Round Table, taught by Dr Susanne Hafner. The Summer 2012 course, English Mystics and Heretics, was taught by Dr Patrick Hornbeck; click here to see the blog kept by the students in this course. For one student's experience studying abroad in this course, see her review in The Ram, Fordham's student newspaper. For several Fordham students’ experience at the Heythrop College campus, see the article in the Fordham Observer.

For several years the Center for Medieval Studies has also run Study Tour courses, which generally involve two weeks of intensive travelling (either in the early summer or January intercession) linked to meetings in the school year to prepare for the course.

Every year Dr Richard Gyug and Dr David Myers run their popular Study Tour: Spain, which walks along the last 200 miles of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Past blogs of the Camino trip, along with syllabi and further information on the course, are available at the Study Tour: Spain link above. Up to 14 undergraduates are accepted, and graduate students also often accompany the group. Students sign up for the course in the spring semester and meet several times to discuss the trip and what they will be seeing, but the course runs primarily in a two-week period in the last week of May and first week of June.

Undergraduate students may also wish to participate in another of Fordham's Study Abroad programs, since many offer courses about the middle ages. Further information on these opportunities is available from the International & Study Abroad Programs Office.

The Center for Medieval Studies also provides several opportunities for graduate student travel and study abroad, including the Fordham/York Exchange Bursary, which pays the airfare, room and board and registration fee for a Fordham medievalist graduate student to attend (and help out at) a York conference for a period of 5-7 days.  Other graduate students have funded research abroad through GSAS internal fellowships or through Medieval Studies travel fellowships (including the Mooney Travel Fellowship), and through funding available (especially for conference papers given abroad) through the Graduate Student Association.

The Center has been able to award a Mooney Travel Fellowship to an undergraduate or graduate student to travel abroad; the graduate student usually also receives a stipend to serve as a grad assistant at Heythrop College in London during the span of our undergraduate course.  We hope to continue to be able to make these awards.



Last modified: May 2013
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