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Study Abroad

In addition to the programs involving study of religion in Greece and the study of philosophy & religion in China, the department is currently developing a special study abroad program for Law, Liberty, & Justice philosophy majors.

I. The Birth of the Early Church: Study Abroad to Greece 

What: Follow in the footsteps of Paul of Tarsus for two weeks in Greece as we travel from Neapolis (Kavala) to Crete, exploring the cities in which Christianity first grew. We’ll visit archaeological sites, shrines and museums as we encounter the material world in which some ancient pagans first came to switch their allegiance to a crucified Jewish rabbi.  Click here for the two-week itinerary: Brochure.

When: May 15-29, 2016 (Application Deadline through the Study Abroad Office is March 1, 2016)

Who: Dr. Benjamin L. White is the faculty leader of the trip, which is open to all Clemson students. 

Why: Earn course credit (3 credits: REL 4100) while encountering the material world of the early Church through an immersion experience that will:

1) illumine various aspects of the New Testament;
2) provide a real sense of the geography and history of early Christianity; 
3) heighten awareness of the pagan world in which Christianity was born; and
4) help you to understand the history and culture of Greece.


      • Tuition for 6 hours: $1,965
      • Summer School Fee: $12
      • Program Fee: $2,600
        -Housing (13 nights, 4* hotels)
        -13 Breakfasts and Dinners
        -Air, Sea and Land Transportation within Greece
        -All entry fees, tips, service charges and local taxes
      • Books: $100
      • Airfare: Not included, approximately $1,400 (depending on originating airport and use of airline miles)
      • Lunch and Spending $$: Approximately $250
      • Total: $6,327

For more information, contact Dr. White ( or join our Facebook Group:

II. Philosophy/Religion Program in China

The department of Philosophy & Religion is organizing a new study abroad program which will let Clemson students earn Clemson credits while spending six weeks in China! All classes are taught in English -- knowledge of Chinese is not necessary to participate.

Host University

Students and faculty participating in the trip will live on the campus of Xi’an  International Studies University in Xi’an, China.  This is a university specializing in foreign language training, so there will be plenty of Chinese students eager to practice their English.

Course Information

All students must enroll in both

  • Phil 314 (Comparative Topics in Eastern and Western Philosophy) and
  • Phil 402 (Topics in Philosophy: Multiculturalism)

These courses are taught in English by Clemson faculty and will award Clemson credits. You don’t need to be a philosophy major to participate in this study abroad opportunity.

Program Coordinator:

Dr. Yanming An, Professor of Chinese and Philosophy
Phone: 864-656-6433, e-mail: