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Church History Travel Study

Dates: 2 May–9 June 2023
Application Deadline: 8 March 2023

Explore our heritage and relive the Restoration of the gospel by visiting and studying in the locations where the events in early Church history occurred. Walk in the footsteps of the Prophet Joseph Smith and other early Saints. This travel study provides opportunities for in-depth study that deepens understanding and testimony of foundational events and revelations. Journey to Boston, Massachusetts, and New England as you study the prelude to the Restoration. Visit the cradle of the Restoration in Palmyra, New York and Harmony, Pennsylvania. Refresh yourself in the grandeur of Niagara Falls. Continue to the formative years of the Church in Kirtland and Hiram, Ohio, and reflect on the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. Stand in Zion on the temple mount in Independence, Missouri, and ponder on the hardships in Jackson County, Haun’s Mill, and Liberty Jail. Rejoice as you find a refuge with the Saints on the banks of the Mississippi and within the shadow of the temple in the City of Nauvoo. Give “praise to the man who communed with Jehovah” and sealed his testimony of the Savior and the Restoration at Carthage, Illinois.

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Contact Us

Craig Manscill
275D JSB
(801) 422-4664


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Frequently Asked Questions
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Students will enroll in the following courses while on this program:

REL C 321—Field Studies in New England and New York (2 credit hours)
REL C 322—Field Studies in Ohio and Missouri (2 credit hours)
REL C 323—Field Studies in Nauvoo, IL (2 credit hours)

Students may receive credit for REL C 225 by participating in the program and receiving approval from Religious Education.

Students may not take any other courses on this program, including BYU Online courses, without approval by the program director and ISP.
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Includes Latter-day Saint undergraduate full tuition (increased cost for graduate and non–Latter-day Saint students), hotels and Nauvoo housing, ground transportation, and all admission fees for scheduled program events. Breakfasts and dinners are provided as part of the program.

Does not include airfare to Boston, Massachusetts and airfare from St. Louis, Missouri, lunches, or personal expenses.
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Funding Sources

Regular BYU tuition scholarships, Pell Grants, and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to study abroad programs.

Students who submit the financial aid section of the ISP application and who have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (A-41 ASB) will be considered for a Study Abroad scholarship.

Academic departments and colleges may assist with scholarships and grants.

The Department of Religious Education provides experiential learning scholarships of $2,000 for each student who qualifies and applies.

Private grants and scholarships outside of BYU may also assist (see
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Accepted students are required to participate in an international, cross-cultural preparation course (IAS 201R, 1 credit hour).

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will stay in hotels during the program.
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Students are responsible for purchasing their own airfare to and from the program sites. Airline reservations must be made through BYU Travel. Students should contact a BYU Travel agent.

BYU Travel
280 HRCB
(801) 422-6293
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Application Process

Students must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Complete the online application here. A nonrefundable $35 application fee is required; applicants will be interviewed once the application is complete.

Students will be notified via e-mail of their acceptance into the program. The first payment is due upon acceptance; please refer to the Payment Information document.

Application Deadline: 8 March 2023
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Program Adjustments

International Study Programs (ISP) reserves the right to cancel this program, revise its offerings, or make any adjustments to the preliminary cost.

If it becomes necessary for ISP to cancel a program, all program payments made to BYU ISP will be refunded to the student’s BYU Financial account.

ISP is the only office authorized to cancel any of its programs.
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The program director is Craig K. Manscill from the Department of Church History and Doctrine in Religious Education. Visiting faculty include Ken Alford, Lloyd Newell, Casey Griffiths, Anthony Sweat, and Alex Baugh, with their spouses.

275D JSB
(801) 422-4664

Alannah John, Student Facilitator
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Contact Us

International Study Programs
101 HRCB
(801) 422-3686
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ISP Student Handbook

To see the student handbook, click here.
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Payment Schedule

To see the payment schedule, click here.