Students interested in taking part in both the GEC I and GEC II programs can apply for GEC III program. Students in GEC III will enroll in one course in both GEC I and GEC II and spend a fast paced six weeks studying and exploring these Grand European Capitals. *Special permission is required for participation in this program. Please contact TnCIS for details.
Helsinki, one of the eastern-most European capitals, is a very young city. Finland became independent in 1917, and Helsinki assumed the demanding new role of capital city of the young republic. The center of the city is lined with beautiful neo-classical buildings containing upmarket stores, and is separated by a pretty park where you will often find music performances and impromptu picnics.
We will discover the Design District, where 200 of the city's best young artists, designers and creative agencies are based. An island – Pihlajasaari - is only 15-minute ferry ride away from the heart of town. It has everything you need for a relaxing day out: a couple of beaches, some verdant forest, and colorful wildflowers that blossom in spring. Finally, those who are gastronomically adventurous, should ask for a recommendation for a restaurant in the city that serves a full range of Lappish delicacies, including snow grouse, cloudberries and bear.
After one week in Finland, we will travel to Stockholm, a city founded in 13th
century with rich and unique history. It was built on 14 islands, and connected by 57 bridges, giving the Swedish capital nickname of "Beauty on the Water." We will stay next to Old Town (Gamla Stan), one of the best-preserved historic districts in Europe. Only pedestrians are permitted on the cobblestone streets.
Weather permitting, the group may observe the changing of the Royal Guard (part of the Swedish Armed Forces). Those interested in pop music history may have a chance to visit the official ABBA museum. Finally, The War Ship Vasa – one of the seven wonders of Sweden – is the world's only preserved 17th-century ship, which can be viewed and admired from six different levels.
Our program will conclude in the capital of Denmark – Copenhagen. This city’s history dates back to 1043 and is full of historic landmarks, significant buildings, interesting sights and museums. At Langelinje Pier we may have the opportunity to see one of Copenhagen's most famous attractions: The sculpture of The Little Mermaid.
Did you know that Strøget is one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets (.7 miles) with a wealth of shops, from budget-friendly chains to some of the world's most expensive brands? The group may also view the city from a high-vantage point, a 17th century tower and observatory Rundetaarn (the Round Tower). Rundetaarn is the oldest functioning observatory in Europe.
The program may conclude with a canal tour that spots these main attractions: The Copenhagen Opera House, Amalienborg Palace, Christiansborg Palace, the impressive Black Diamond Library, and, of course, the Little Mermaid.
Continue (or begin) your study abroad experience in Berlin, an important center of youth and popular culture in Europe. It has a rich art scene, and it is home to hundreds of art galleries and main music studios. This ancient city has recently experienced a rebirth, and is adored by young people from all over Europe who come to spend their weekends. The group may get to visit the historically important German Bundestag, the Berlin Wall museum, TV tower in Alexanderplatz, and wrap up the program with a spectacular city cruise.
Then, we will travel via high-speed train (about 200mph) to Amsterdam, the capital of The Netherlands. Amsterdam is a vibrant social capital of European freethinkers set amongst a dazzling network of canals and a background of lovely outdoor cafes. We may have the opportunity to visit the famous Vincent Van Gogh museum, where you can see priceless works of original art. Finally, we will conclude the week by taking a special late evening canal cruise.
Our program will finish in Paris, a city that is famous for towers and gargoyles, cathedrals and cheese, revolution and history. Paris is often regarded as the fashion, media, and education capital of Europe. It is a city defined by its cutting-edge contributions to the world of politics, business, and modern arts. Spend one week in the historic and monumental city where the Eiffel Tower meets the Seine. We will go up the Eiffel tower (1,710-step climb), visit the world famous Louvre art museum, and take a scenic river cruise along the Seine.
- Tentative dates June 4 - July 16, 2018
All TnCIS programs are academic in nature and course work that takes advantage of the program location will be the central focus. Programs offered by TnCIS through any member institution are in keeping with SACSCOC policies for each respective institution where compliance is monitored at the institutional level. TnCIS program courses are for credit only.
On GEC III students will enroll in ONE course from the GEC I offerings and ONE course from the GEC II offerings. For more information about each of these courses, including pre-requisites and syllabi, use the buttons provided below.
GEC I course offerings
GEC II course offerings
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is possible that not all TnCIS programs or all TnCIS courses are available at your institution. A complete listing of courses offered at each member institution is available on the Members page
. Please contact your TnCIS campus representative for instructions on registering and paying fees.
Students in the GEC III program will choose one course in both the GEC I and GEC II programs.
In the GEC I program students will have the option of taking one of the following courses: Life Span Psychology, Computer Applications, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Contemporary Topics in Scandinavian Marketing. Students in the GEC II program will have the option of taking one of the following courses: Independent Study in Economics, Developmental Psychology/Lifespan Development, Principles of Financial Accounting, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, English Composition II, and Special Topics in Marketing.
Students in the GEC II program will have the option of taking one of the following courses: Independent Study in Economics, Developmental Psychology/Lifespan Development, Principles of Financial Accounting, Fundamentals of Speech Communication, English Composition II, and Special Topics in Marketing.
Please Note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk between one and five miles each day. You may also walk over steep, uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain, even in cities.
Excursions May Include:
Depending on the course that you take, professors will arrange local academic site visits related to their courses, therefore not all excursions will include all students. As a group, we may take part in:
- Walking tour of Helsinki, Soumenlinna, Temppeliaukio Church, Senate Square and Market Square
- Walking tour of Stockholm, Skansen, Vasa Museum, Gamla stan, Stocholm Palace
- Walking tour of Copenhagen, The Little Mermaid, Rundetaarn, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
- Walking tour of Berlin, visit to TV Tower, Alexanderplatz, Brandenrburg Gates, German Bundestag
- Walking tour of Amsterdam, Canal tour in Amsterdam, trip to the port of Rotterdam, Euromast (TV tower of Rotterdam), Van Gogh Museum
- Walking tour of Paris, Siene River cruise, Eiffel Tower, Fashion show in Galeries La Fayette, visit to the Marais, Promenade des Plantes, Louvre
Each student will be provided with means of transportation in each city and the opportunity to visit world-famous museums and other points of cultural and historic significance. There may be multiple academic site visits in and around the cities of Dublin, London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Berlin.
Class schedules will vary due to travel and excursion days/times and will be established by each professor. Classes may be scheduled four to five days a week, usually in the morning and/or early afternoon. Depending on the class, classrooms in the facilities may be used as well as local libraries and other public spaces most suitable for the discipline.
Students will be staying in shared hostel rooms. In most instances, two to five same gender students will be in a room. Depending on the hostel and the city, some rooms will have a private bath. The program fee covers the cost of two European-size meals per day (breakfast/lunch or breakfast/dinner). Alternatively, students may be provided with a stipend in each city to cover some of the meals.