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Summer GE Program

Pepperdine London program

Our Program: London and Istanbul

Students will study at Pepperdine's 56 Prince's Gate facility, a Victorian Grade II house in the South Kensington district of London. The house is minutes away from the University of London's Imperial College of Science, Medicine, and Technology, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Museum of Natural History, Royal Albert Hall, and Hyde Park. Studies will include the History and Religion of Early Christianity and Christianity and Culture.

An educational field trip will take students to Turkey, a country that has for centuries marked the geographic, political, religious, and cultural border between Europe and Asia. Their travels will take them to Istanbul, the country's largest city, which was for 1600 years the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known: the Byzantine and the Ottoman. Today, Istanbul remains not only a cultural hub for Turkey, but personifies the country's attempt to become a part of the European Union while also maintaining its Islamic identity.

While in Istanbul, students will visit the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, the Spice Bazaar, and will boat along the Bosporus waterway separating Europe and Asia. Students will also visit various sites associated with the New Testament including Bergama, Smyrna, and Thyitara, three of the Seven Churches of Asia described in the Revelation of John. Finally, they will visit the spectacular ruins in Ephesus, where the Apostle Paul preached and lived for three years. There, students will walk along marble streets lined with such wonderful public buildings as the Baths of Scholastica, the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Theatre and the Basilica of St. John.

The Pergamum Theatre outside Bergama

Detail of a fresco at Hagia Sophia
Dr. Willis at the Ishtar Gate

Our Courses

Students participating in the program are required to participate in the following two courses for a total of 6 units:

  • REL 102: The History and Religion of Early Christianity (3 units, co-requisite of REL 301) (GE).
  • REL 301: Christianity and Culture (3 units, co-requisite of REL 102) (GE).

Our Faculty

Visiting faculty are supplied by the Religion and Philosophy Division and have included:

  • Dr. Timothy Willis: Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion and Philosophy Division. Dr. Willis specializes in the Ancient Near East and the Old Testament.
  • Dr. Rick Marrs: Dean of Seaver College. Dean Marrs specializes in Preaching, the Old Testament Prophets, Wisdom Literature and the Psalms.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs