Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Theology Europe

International Experience Program: Europe

Faculty of Arts

European Reformations Study Tour of Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy

Due to the COVID19 crisis this Program has been postponed until 2021

This two-week study tour of Europe will take you on an immersive journey through the history, architecture and sites of the European Reformation, one of the most influential events in world history. You’ll be accompanied by Charles Sturt University theology lecturer and lecturer in Reformation history, Dr Michael Gladwin, as well as in-country tour guides for all of your journey. You’ll travel through Europe on a luxury air-conditioned coach (and one internal flight from Geneva to Rome), with accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels.

The tour commences in Berlin with a welcome dinner at your hotel. From Berlin you will follow in the footsteps of Martin Luther to Wittenberg (where Luther lived and worked, and where he posted the 95 Theses that launched the Reformation in 1517); to the Luther House and St Andrew’s (where Luther preached his last sermon) at Eisleben; to the massive Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, where Luther fled for his life and translated the first German New Testament; and to Erfurt’s Augustinian monastery where Luther first became a monk. We then head to Worms, travelling through Leipzig (where we visit St Thomas Church, resting place of Johann Sebastian Bach and the church where he composed some of his greatest works), Erfurt and Eisenach, past magnificent castles, forests, ancient towns and wineries to Worms Cathedral, the site of Luther’s epic confrontation with Emperor Charles V.

From there you head to Strasbourg (the City of Hope, or Refuge of the Righteous, for French Protestants) on the French side of the Rhine River, where we explore Strasbourg’s Notre Dame cathedral, one of Europe’s most beautiful Gothic cathedrals; St Thomas Church (where another key Reformer, Martin Bucer, preached and is buried); St Nicholas’s Church, which John Calvin planted; and St. Pierre le Jeune Protestant Church. From Strasbourg you’ll tour Basel and Constance (where a forerunner of Luther, Jan Hus, was tried for heresy and burnt at the stake in 1415) before arriving in Zürich, the epicentre of the early Swiss Reformation. In Zürich you'll visit the Grossmunster Church, where Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli launched the Swiss Reformation, and you will have your own free time to explore this beautiful city at your leisure. Your last day in Switzerland will take you to Geneva. You’ll start the day at the Place de Neuve (in front of the Grand Theatre) where you will have some free time for lunch before joining a walking tour. Your guide will take you through the maze of narrow, cobble-stone streets of the Old Town where you will see the Town Hall, the Arsenal and Reformation Wall as well as the Calvin Auditory and Calvin’s Grave. Day two in Geneva will take you to St Peter’s Church, which incorporates the Maccabees chapel, bell tower, cathedral and underground museum. In the afternoon enjoy a tour to some more of Geneva’s Protestant churches, before an evening flight to Rome for the final days of your tour.

Your Rome experience will begin with a morning visit to the Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s basilica on a guided tour. After lunch cross the Tiber River and dip into ancient Roman and Christian history by visiting the Colosseum (the largest amphitheatre ever built) and the Roman Forum—site of military processions, elections, trials, and the overall centre of Roman public life for centuries. Day 14 takes you to the papal basilica, St. Paul Outside the Walls, one of Rome’s four major papal basilicas and built by Constantine on the grave of St. Paul, who was beheaded by Nero around AD 65–67. You'll also explore the mysterious ancient Catacombs (underground cemeteries) that run under the city. During periods of Christian persecution the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Visit the oldest church in Europe, St John Lateran Basilica, and the Holy Stairs (believed to have been the stairs Jesus stepped on during His Passion), brought from Jerusalem to Rome around AD 326 by St Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Officially, pilgrims may only ascend these 28 white marble steps on their knees. Join your travelling companions for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

When: Proposed November  / December 2021

Number of places available: 25
This program will require minimum numbers to proceed.

Eligibility: CSU students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology, Graduate Diploma / Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Theology, Master of Ministry at the time of undertaking the program. Students from other disciplines with a focus on history may also be considered where places are available. The subject is also available to students as a ‘Single Subject Study’. Additionally, you must be able to include the subject below in your degree plan. The tour is also open to members of the public who are not students with CSU.

Academic Recognition: Academic recognition of this program will require enrolment in and completion of a CSU subject. For undergraduate students this may be THL361 - Theology International Study Experience. For postgraduate students this may be THL427 - Theology Research Project. This will require payment of the respective subject tuition fee and successful completion of the program. Students must liaise with their Course Director to seek approval to include this subject in their degree and should do so prior to applying for this program.

Financial Assistance: The advertised program cost for students is based on the provision of the $450 Vice Chancellor Travel Grant. Eligibility is restricted to CSU students enrolled in and receiving academic recognition for their participation in the program. This Grant is not paid directly to students but has already been deducted from the program cost.

All funding associated with CSU Global programs (travel grants, scholarships, subsidies and loans) is linked to successful completion of academic and program expectations. Failure to meet these requirements may result in funding being revoked.

Students may also be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Australian Government's OS-HELP loan. OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible Commonwealth Supported students who want to undertake some of their study overseas. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses.

Eligibility for OS-HELP will be assessed once successful students are selected and is based on a number of criteria.  Acceptance into a CSU Global program does not guarantee eligibility for the loan. Please note, you cannot pay your program deposit through OS-HELP.

Refer to CSU Global's Scholarships and Funding webpage for further information on financial assistance.

Program Cost: Approximately $7500* (exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application)

Costs should include: In-country program fee, flight from Geneva-Rome, accommodation (twin share), most breakfasts and dinners, in-country transport (during program only) and site seeing entrance fees (during program only), tour guides.

Costs do not include: CSU subject fees, airfares, travel insurance, immunisations (where required), visa (if applicable), passports, lunches, additional meals, recreational activities, souvenirs, gratuities and incidentals.

Please note: This is an individually ticketed program (students to purchase their own flights, travel insurance, visas and passports).

Application Timeline: Continue to the bottom of this page for application link
  • Applications close: TBA
  • Successful students notified (email): within two weeks of application closing date
  • $1000 non-refundable deposit due: within two weeks of notification of successful application notification
    (You must have a valid passport, or be in the process of applying for one by the deposit payment date. Your passport must have a minimum of six month validity from the program's return date)
  • Full and final payment date: TBA
  • Pre-departure session: To be announced

Further enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to: 

Alice Wood
CSU Global
Charles Sturt University
Phone: + 61 2 6338 4068
Email: csuglobal@csu.edu.au

Further enquiries regarding the content of this program should be directed to: 

Dr Michael Gladwin
School of Theology
Charles Sturt University
Phone: + 61 2 6272 6268
Email: mgladwin@csu.edu.au

Indicative Program Outline (subject to change)
Program dayActivityLocation
1 You should have departed for Berlin from Australia by this day to ensure arrival  in Berlin tomorrow. Australia / Berlin
2 Check in to hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner at your hotel. Berlin
3 Sightseeing in the once-divided metropolis includes the Nikolai Quarter, Unter den Linden, the Memorial Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, the Marienkirche and Reichstag and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church with its bomb-damaged tower. Enjoy free time in Berlin during the afternoon. Berlin
4 Depart for Wittenberg, where Martin Luther lived and taught for 36 years. Explore Schlosskirche (Castle Church) with a guided tour of the grounds and church, where Luther posted his 95 Theses, giving birth to the Reformation. This beautiful church is also the burial site of Luther and Melanchthon. Next, visit Luther House, the greatest museum of Reformation history in the world, see the Luther Monument and enter Melanchthon's House and see St Mary’s Church where Luther preached. Some time at leisure in Wittenberg before heading to Leipzig. On arrival in Leipzig, take a brief look at St Nicholas Church and the memorial to the miracle of Leipzig.  Berlin / Wittenberg / Leipzig
5 After breakfast this morning, learn more about this city with a walking Sightseeing tour that ends with an inside visit to the St Thomas' Church -  the Thomaskirche is a Lutheran Church and is most famous as the place where Johann Sebastian Bach worked as a Kapelmeister and is the current location of this remains. You will have time to climb the 243 steps up to the tower of the church. Travel to Eisleben, the birthplace of Luther. Enjoy a walking tour of the city which will include Luther's Birthplace (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Sterbehaus Museum – where Luther lived, St Andrews Church – where Luther gave his last sermon and St Peter and St Paul Church – where Luther was baptized. Some free time for lunch before travelling back to Leipzig. Leipzig / Eisleben / Leipzig
6 Today we drive to Erfurt, where the fine gothic and renaissance buildings evoke memories of the days of Dominican Master Echkart and Martin Luther, who spent his student days here. Visit the Augustinian Monastery where Luther lived as a monk and enjoy a guided walk of the town where you will be shown places connected to Luther, including the Luther Monument and St Michael’s Church. Visit the Mariendom Cathedral where Luther was ordained in 1507. Depart for Eisenach where you will have a walking tour with sights including Luther House – where he lived as a schoolboy, St Georges Church – where Luther sang in choir as well as other historic buildings and streets which characterize the town. Upon completion of your walking tour you'll visit Wartburg.

Leipzig  / Erfurt / Eisenach

7 This morning we travel to Worms, where the Imperial Council passed judgment on Luther in 1521, visit the Cathedral where Luther presented his case, St Peter’s and the Luther Room in the City Museum which contains original manuscripts by Luther as well as the Trinity Church and the famed Reformation Monument. Learn about another Reformer, William Tyndale, who finished his printing of the English Bible in Worms, escaping persecution in England. In 1525 his New Testament was printed and smuggled back into England. It was the first translation of the Bible (New Testament) from the original Greek into English.  Eisenach / Worms
8 Journey towards Strasbourg and cross the border from Germany into France and arrive at the Place d’Etoile in Strasbourg. John Calvin wrote his famous books on systematic theology in Strasbourg and Martin Bucer, another Reformation leader from Strasbourg is buried in St. Thomas’s Church, a principle Protestant Church since 1549. Drive to the University Palace to see the Statue of the Reformers. Proceed by coach to La Petite France quarter where you will start a walking tour through the quarter to include a visit to St Thomas' Church. Next you will visit the Cathedral of Strasbourg with its amazing Astronomical clock. Enjoy free time for lunch before heading to your hotel. Worms / Strasbourg, France
9 Depart for Basel where you will enjoy a city sightseeing tour before visiting the Fine Arts Museum for a guided tour. Then onto Market Square where you will have free time for lunch before taking a guided tour of the Basel Cathedral, with its inscriptions about Erasmus and Mathematician Bernoulli’s grave. Also see the display of the rare volumes by Luther, Erasmus and Zwingli. Strasbourg / Basel
10 Arrive in Constance in time for Holy Mass taking place in Konstanz Cathedral, followed by a guided tour. Konstanz Cathedral, site of the Council of Konstanz in 1415, is where Jan Hus was sentenced to death for his so-called heresy. Visit the “Hussenstein”, the stone that marks the spot where Hus was burned at the stake. Some free time for lunch. Continue on to Zurich, the most prominent Swiss city. This is Ulrich Zwingli’s city. It was here in the Old City that Felix Manz was martyred in the Limmat River. We’ll visit the Grossmunster Church and its statue of Ulrich Zwingli, one of the most important Reformers. Have free time in Zurich, then board the coach bound for your hotel. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel. Basel / Konstanz / Zurich, Switzerland
11 Depart for Geneva and arrive at the Place de Neuve (in front of the Grand Theatre) where you will have some free time for lunch before joining a walking tour. Your guide will take you through the maze of narrow, cobble-stone streets of the Old Town where you will see the Town hall, the Arsenal and Reformation Wall as well as the Calvin Auditory and Calvins Grave Zürich / Geneva
12  Today we visit St Peter's Church which incorporates the Maccabees chapel, bell tower, cathedral and underground Museum. Enter the Reformation Museum. This afternoon enjoy a tour to some more of Geneva’s Protestant churches. Transfer to the airport for your flight to Rome. Upon arrival, you will be and transferred to your Rome hotel Geneva / Rome, Italy
13  Today we discover Rome. This morning we visit the Vatican and Sistine Chapel on a guided tour. This afternoon cross the Tiber River and dip into ancient Roman history by visiting the Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre ever built. See the Roman Forum, site of military processions, elections, trials, and the overall centre of Roman public life for centuries. Rome
14 Today we visit St Paul Outside the Walls, one of Rome's four major Papal basilicas built by Constantine on the grave of St. Paul, beheaded by Nero around AD 65-67, and explore the mysterious ancient Catacombs that run under the city. During the persecutions, the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Visit St John Lateran Basilica and the Holy Stairs, brought from Jerusalem to Rome around AD 326 by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Officially, pilgrims may only ascend these 28 white marble steps on their knees.Join your travelling companions for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant Rome
15 Enjoy free time before joining your group transfer to the airport for your flight home. Italy / Australia
16 Arrive back in Australia