Travel Seminars

Every student has an opportunity to participate in our travel seminars. See the many amazing places we’ve visited and friends we’ve made on our travel seminar blog.


Middle East: April 22 – May 11, 2018

Theme: Lands of Faith and History

Travel seminar professors: Samuel L. Adams and Carson Brisson

You will walk the places where Jesus lived and had his public ministry, explore famous historical sites like Petra and Masada, and learn more about present challenges in the region, especially among Israelis and Palestinians. This trip offers the chance of a lifetime to grow in one’s faith and experience this vital region.

Draft itinerary

Please note that the total cost of just over $5,000 includes lodging, airfare costs, and all meals. Also note that we will have an option for flying out of Charlotte with Professor Brisson, and these participants will be doing the same itinerary.

Click on “log in” and enter the following codes:
Group ID: unionme18
Password: journey

The site opens to the overview page for our trip. There is important information on this page, such as price, air schedule (the Charlotte schedule will be added later), hotels, what is included, what is not included, etc. You do not have to upload your passport at this point. You can take care of that later. Follow the prompts to register. Academy Travel prefers that you pay the $500 deposit by check. The site will note the date and time you register.

Please note that a number of students have already signed up to participate in the travel seminar, and we expect the trip to reach its maximum capacity. Non-student applications and deposits will be accepted based on the order in which they are received until the trip is full. So please register and deposit as quickly as possible, beginning on November 1, to guarantee your spot. Please do not register prior to November 1.

Central America: April 20 – May 3, 2018

Theme: Faith, Mission, and Justice in Guatemala

Travel Seminar Professors: Christine Luckritz Marquis and Paul Galbreath

This immersion seminar will explore the worship of various faith communities and how those communities relate to the complex context of Guatemala and El Salvador today, a context marked by ethnic diversity, a legacy of armed conflict, and increasing inequality. The group will meet with organizations promoting human rights and working to end violence against women, among others. Throughout the seminar, participants will reflect on what kind of mission engagement by Christians in Guatemala and El Salvador with a special focus on those who have suffered and died as a result of their lives and witness. Two significant foci will guide our trip:

1) Questions of Christian Witness and Martyrdom.
2) Peace and Justice Initiatives, particularly that address issues of indigenous people in Guatemala and El Salvador.

This course meets the Church in the World: Community Witness requirement.

2019   India & Ghana

Exchange Programs

Union Presbyterian Seminary has three exchange programs — with the Institut de Theologie in Montpellier, France; the Presbyterian College and Theological Seminary in Seoul, Korea; and the Universitat Bern in Bern, Switzerland.