Experience Europe and a wealth of diverse cultures, languages, places, and peoples! With five weeks of visits to cities such as Paris, Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Prague, Krakow, Vienna, Venice, Siena, and Rome, as well as planned stops in cities such as Brussels, Cologne, Rust (Europa Park), Rothenburg, Nuremberg, Brno, and Bratislava, students will be exposed to a variety of different places and peoples throughout Europe. This program is designed to give students firsthand knowledge of the multicultural landscape that makes modern Europe both a fascinating place to tour and vacation but also an amazing place to learn about the issues and challenges of living in a world of diverse cultures.
This study abroad will be most appealing to those students who are interested in learning about local cultures through visiting diverse neighborhoods, observing elements of cultural life, talking to local peoples, eating local foods, learning the cultural history of the cities and ethnic groups, as well as seeing how cultural life in these countries and cities is changing dramatically in the twenty-first century. Drawing upon the lenses of geography and sociology, students will see how features of increasing globalization, such as tourism and immigration, are changing Europe and creating new social challenges. The program will also focus on learning the history of intergroup conflict associated with persecuted minority groups in Europe, particularly Jews, Romani, and immigrant Muslims and Africans.
Students will acquire experiential knowledge through a wide variety of planned activities ranging from city, bike and Segway tours to museum, mosque, cathedral, concentration camp (Auschwitz) visits, and other unique experiences, both planned and as desired on their own. Through these experiences students will come to appreciate the unique human geography of Europe and gain a greater understanding and knowledge of the vital and important issues surrounding cultural relations in the twenty-first century.