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European Studies

Dates: 29 April–15 June 2024 (approx.)
Application Deadline: 30 November 2023


Over the centuries, Europe’s cultural capitals have helped to shape national identity with their rich landscape of political institutions, art collections, opera houses, scientific centers, and flagship brands. As economies boom and urban industries need workers, immigrants create new multicultural neighborhoods that subtly transform the culture, food and language of a city. This intermingling can lead to surprising new ways of practicing identity, race, ethnicity, gender, and religion. Many of Europe’s most creative and fascinating personalities—including an impressive group of world-changing women—have found a home in the rich environments of these cities. Our spring 2024 European Studies program offers students the opportunity for intensive, on-site study of cultural identity in some of Europe’s grandest capitals. Join us as we explore centers of ancient and modern Europe, including Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Madrid, Vienna, Stockholm, and Berlin. Major historical sites, monuments, and museums will be our classrooms, where we will study ideas, science, art, and landscapes that have formed European identity from the Saint Chapelle to the Prado Museum, from the Berlin Wall to the lake country of Sweden.

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Rob McFarland
208 HRCB
(801) 422-8331


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Frequently Asked Questions
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More Information

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Students will register for 6 credit hours from the following courses, which fulfill European Studies program requirements:

EUROP 320R—European Art, Literature, and Culture (3 credit hours)
EUROP 337R/GWS 360R—Women Who Made a Difference (3 credit hours)

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), housing, transportation within Europe, admissions, and international health insurance coverage.

Does not include airfare to and from program, most meals, 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.

Limited scholarships are available for majors and minors in European Studies, Global Women’s Studies, and the College of Humanities.

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 201, 1 credit hour). This course will be held during the second block of winter semester 2024.

Part-time and non-BYU students will need to pay an additional tuition fee for enrolling in the prep class.

Students should plan to be with the group in Europe from 30 April to 15 June and refrain from scheduling late arrivals or early departures. Family and friends are welcome to join students after the program ends.

Students must meet all country- and program-specific COVID and health requirements for travel.
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Students will be housed in hostels and hotels.
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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 page.

Application Deadline: 30 November 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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Rob McFarland is the coordinator of BYU’s European Studies program, specializing in urban literature, film, and the architectural history of European cities. Valerie Hegstrom is the coordinator of BYU’s Global Women’s Studies program, with expertise in Spanish Renaissance theater and women’s cultural traditions. Dale Pratt is a professor of Spanish and Portuguese, with a fascination for science fiction and cultural history. Mary Ann McFarland is a professor in Global Women’s Studies with a special interest in women’s history. This fearsome foursome has spent decades perfecting the art of connecting BYU students to Europe’s grand heritage. Come join us as we combine our expertise on a victory lap of cultural capitals!

Rob McFarland
(801) 358-4425

Mary Ann McFarland
(801) 358-1106

Valerie Hegstrom
(801) 422-3191

Dale Pratt
(801) 422-3188
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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.