May 22 - June 5, 2015

Armenia Brochure (PDF)
Armenia Application
(Please return completed application to Dr. Erin Heidkamp in EN B 129)

The 14-day study abroad course in Armenia will allow students to gain a better understanding of Armenian art through personal exposure to monuments and works of art.

The course is a chronological survey of the Armenian art from prehistory to the late 20th century. Topics covered include architecture, manuscript illumination, sculpture, painting as well as ceramics and decorative arts. We will analyze major stylistic trends and explore the relationship between art, culture, and religion. We will consider how natural, political, social, and religious conditions profoundly affected the development of Armenian art. The course concentrates on the medieval period and on the 20th-century art and architecture.

Students will have access to the richest visual material, exposure to archeological sites, medieval monasteries, churches, manuscripts, and paintings. During this unique study abroad opportunity, students will visit the oldest known prehistoric observatory of Karahunj, the city-fortress and citadel of Erebuni of the Urartian period, the Hellenistic temple of Garni, as well as several medieval churches and monasteries. Students will explore the largest collection of medieval Armenian manuscripts at the Museum of Manuscripts, and will see the works of modernist artists Martiros Saryan and Yervand Kochar.




Students will enroll in the following 3-credit course: 


There are no prerequisites for this course, however Southern students must have completed ENG 112 to be allowed to sign up for a W course.


•    Attendance at pre-departure meeting on May 20th.
•    Completion of all post-trip online exams and submission of writing assignments.  Course assessments should be completed by June 30.
•    Completion of risk management packets, including release of liability, health report, and proof of insurance.  (Students must either purchase SCSU’s Aetna Student Health Plan, which includes OnCall emergency coverage, or OnCall stand-alone emergency coverage for $36.00. This policy can be purchased in the Office of International Education).
•    Records free of disciplinary problems
•    Valid passport


A deposit of $500.00 will be required when the application is submitted to the OIE.  The deposit is non-refundable once the student is notified by the faculty trip leader of their acceptance into the program.  This guarantees participation in the program and reserves lodging. A second payment of $950.00 is due on March 2, 2015. The remainder of the balance ($950.00) is due no later than May 1, 2015.

Program Fee Includes:
• Airfare
• Round-trip domestic transportation from SCSU to the airport
• Lodging and all meals
• Entrance to all excursions sponsored by the program.

Program Fee Does Not Include:
SCSU's tuition and summer registration fee ($1,426.00 for undergraduates enrolling in three credits), personal expenses, touring, laundry, snacks, medical and living expenses, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements.

Please Note:
All participants in the program are required to have supplemental travel insurance. Students must either purchase Aetna Student Health Plan, which includes OnCall emergency coverage, or OnCall stand-alone emergency coverage for $36.00. This policy can be purchased in the OIE.For more information, contact the
Office of International Education at 203-392-6756.

*The deposit will be returned to the student if his/her application is not accepted by the Program Director.
For information regarding financial aid, please contact Financial Aid at (203) 392-5222.

3Fees Fees are based upon historical program costs and  current rates of exchange. Extreme fluctuation in exchange rates or boarding costs in Iceland may result in additional fees being charged. The University reserves the right to change the  itinerary of proposed trips if needed to control the cost of the overall trip.  In the event that additional fees exceed the present costs by more than 20%, the student may choose to drop the course and will receive a refund of all funds recoverable by the university. Fees will be frozen on May 1, 2014 and after May 1, there will be no refunds.

The program accepts no responsibility for personal property, which must be insured separately if so desired, and reserves the right to make changes required by circumstances.


Office of international Education Cancellation Policy

Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will aggressively negotiate with providers for the refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.

4Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Interim Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.

5For more information contact:

Dr. Anahit Ter-Stepanian
Department of Art
Earl Hall, Room 209
(203) 392-6657