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  • Locations: Arles, France; Burgos, Spain; Conques, France; Jaca, Spain; Leon, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; Puilaurens, France; Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Toulouse, France
  • Program Terms: May Intersession
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: May Intersession
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Sarah Malloy Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Minimum GPA: 3.5 Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led
Language of Instruction: English Language Courses Offered: NO
Credit Type: U of A Credit Open to non-U of A students?: NO
Credit Hours Available: 3 Credit Hours Area of Study: Honors
Program Duration: 2 weeks
Program Description:
Conques Church


Applications will open in early-September 2017 for the Summer 2018 term.

Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. When your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.

If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application today.


Pilgrims Sign

Pilgrimage invites ambitious honors scholars to follow in the footsteps of famous figures from the medieval era:  kings and queens, abbesses, mendicants, scholars, warriors, and heretics.  Our journey begins amidst the Gothic splendors of medieval Paris—the starting off point for one leg of the famous Camino de Santiago—and terminates at the “end of the world” in Finisterra, Spain.  Along the route, students confront a diversity of landscapes, languages, and landmarks, all of which relate to the overarching theme of journey, both medieval and contemporary. The trek moves back and forth between disparate epochs.  At Arles, the Roman amphitheater stands as an ancient witness to the martyrdoms of early Christians, themselves objects of pilgrimage.  The Romanesque fortress churches of Languedoc, their “armor-clad” façades mirroring to this day the militaristic impetus of the crusades, serve as reminders of religious violence in the southern lands of medieval France.  The portals of medieval cathedrals, from Conques to Compostela, narrate for the pious stories of sin and salvation, crusader and infidel. 
Castle Ruins
Each student in Pilgrimage will be assigned a monument to teach on-site, ranging from the crusade-inspired repertoire of stained glass at Ste-Chapelle to the “heretic” fortress at Puillaurens.  Additionally, students will walk sections of the medieval Camino:  a 10 km hike into the gorgeous Romanesque city of Conques; a climb up the Pyrenes from Urdos to the Col du Somport peak; and a final, invigorating jaunt along the rim overlooking the stormy Atlantic from Muxia to Finisterra.  This segment of the ongoing Honors Passport will train students at ground-level how to interpret the fabric of medieval cities with their vibrant modern contexts.  In all, participants will evaluate the inspiration behind modern pilgrimage haunted by a tumultuous medieval past.



Students must:

  • Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours* by the beginning of the program abroad
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better at the time of application


Travel Dates:  May 12- 27, 2018
Credit Hours: Three (3) honors credit hours
ARHS 3923H
ARCH 4023H
HUMN 3923H
(counts as a Fulbright College Honors colloquium in the Humanities)

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the spatial context behind major events in medieval politics and religion.
  • Refine the students' own teaching skills as they become experts on a particular monument or event.
  • Intensify the students' interdisciplinary abilities as they see on-site the deep, historical roots of the built environment.
  • Recognize the transformation in medieval visual culture as the students move from Paris to Compostela.
  • Determine the extent to which the modern-day camino is an "invented tradition" largely of the 20th c.


  • Investigate the architectural vision of the Gothic at an intense, art historical level.
  • Mount the heretic fortresses of southern France.
  • Hike across the Pyrenees from Urdos to the Somport pass, a circuitous route plagued by medieval bandits.


Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.

In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully. 
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our websiteThis list is not comprehensive.


Honors Passport Student- "A lot can be gleaned from a book, but the best way to experience the humanities is in context – when you breathe the air, see the sights, and walk the paths of those you are studying." 

- "The Honors Passport program is like no other study abroad experience. The combination of critical reading analysis, in-depth writing on the historical sites you visit, and discussion with knowledgeable faculty truly leave you feeling like an expert in the humanities afterward!" 

“I’ve learned that nothing in history is as simple as it seems and there’s always more to the story than meets the eye.”

For more information visit the Honors Passport web site.


For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.

For additional information about courses or program content, contact the faculty leaders:

Program LeadersLynda Coon
Dean of the Honors College 
GEAR 244 

Kim Sexton
Associate Professor 
WALK 307 

This program is currently not accepting applications.