This study abroad seeks to bring students around Germany in the summer of 2018 displaying the immense differences in landscape, culture, history, and physical characteristics across the country. In the first half of the program, students will stay in Munich and explore a number of areas in the state of Bavaria. Students will explore the history of the region by visiting castles, monasteries, museums, and the world's oldest brewery while also learning about Germany's recent history and bright future by making visits to a number of other locations in and around the city. Students will also make day trips into the Alps visiting the famed Neuschwanstein Castle and the picturesque Prien am Chiemsee. The biggest trip will be a day hike to the Höllentalklamm, a glacially fed mountain river gorge, a truly unique and gorgeous hidden part of the world. In making these trips, students will learn about the physical landscapes of the region. The second half of the program will take place in Hamburg, in the north of the country. Hamburg is vastly different than Bavaria. As such, students will learn a nearly completely new culture and history while also encountering a brand new physical landscape. Day trips will be made in and around town, with trips going to Lübeck, Bremen, Bremerhaven, and near the end of the trip, students will go on an unforgettable kayak trip into the Wattenmeer, a one of a kind river-estuary-tidal system. Students will be making this trip during the 2018 World Cup, which even though it is taking place in Russia, will give students an incredible experience seeing the world's most popular game at city-center public viewings and alongside locals.
Speaking German is not a requirement to go on this trip. Students will meet locals, eat where the locals eat, and get tours from locals. This study abroad will take pains to not simply be a tour bus, and students will have plenty of time in the field to get their hands dirty and gain experiences they will never forget!
Student will register for one of the options below for a total of six credit hours.
Option one for non-Geography majors:
GEO 102 (3 credit hours) and GEO 114 (3 credit hours)
Option two for Geography majors:
GEO 314 (3 credit hours) and GEO 475 (3 credit hours)
Accommodations and Meals:
Participants will reside in centrally located hotels and hostels throughout the program. Breakfast will be provided daily, and group welcome and farewell dinners are also included.
The cost of the USA Geography in Germany summer 2018 program is TBD USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements.
Program costs include all in-country transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers for those who arrive on the assigned day and time, accommodations as described above, welcome and departure dinners, daily breakfast, specified museum entrance fees, and international health insurance and emergency assistance. Tuition for six (6) credit hours is also included, and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip. Program cost DOES NOT include international airfare.
All meals, other than those specified are at the participant’s own expense. Participants should budget additional funds for supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel, based upon individual spending habits. International airfare is not included in the price of the program.
Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase.
Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
Space is limited. Program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 28, 2018. In order to qualify for a USA Study Abroad Scholarship, applications and deposits must be made no later than the priority deadline of February 16, 2018. Final payment deadline is April 9, 2018. Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the on-line program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the priority application deadline of February 16, 2018.
Financial aid and scholarship moneys may be applied to these courses. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2018. This program is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
Refund Policy: Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable, and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.
For additional information contact:
Dr. Steven R. Schultze, Assistant Professor of Geography
Department of Geography, Earth Sciences Department