This program will offer students a chance to study in a region both steeped in tradition yet altered by recent world events. Students will be able to explore the rich historical and cultural offerings of Eastern and Central Europe, while also experiencing the dramatic changes that have occurred since the fall of the Berlin Wall. We will begin our travels in Budapest, the jewel of Hungary, we’ll find an elegant old world city. Charming, crooked streets and delightful cafés and restaurants will greet us daily as we explore the city to feast on Hungarian Goulash and listen to traditional Gypsy music!
We will continue our program in Vienna, Austria where we will be enveloped by art, history, and music at every turn. Vienna will afford students an opportunity to explore the center of the once powerful Hapsburg Empire. Sites such as the beautiful Imperial Palace and Museum coupled with the city’s tree lined streets and cafes will offer participants a rich look into Viennese history and culture.
We will conclude our travels in 'Magic Prague' often called 'the city of a thousand spires.' Here students will be surrounded by rich and beautiful architecture as they discover modern shopping plazas flanked by narrow streets and old world charm. While these three sites are geographically close, their varied histories and unique cultures make them excellent locations for study and travel.
Budapest, Vienna, and Prague will offer unique and rich opportunities for students to grow in their appreciation of Central and Eastern European culture. In addition, the students’ experiences will be enhanced by their ability to study in these historic cities, and grow in their appreciation and understanding of different cultures and customs. The program not only presents an opportunity to study in Vienna, Austria one of Europe’s most important international and commercial centers, but also to study in Hungary and the Czech Republic; two regions that existed for decades behind the Iron Curtain and under the sphere of communism.
Please note: Prospective students should be aware that study abroad programs require a great deal of walking. You should be prepared to walk several miles a day. You may also walk over uneven, possibly slippery or rocky terrain, even in cities.
Excursions may include: Theresienstadt, which was built for a Baroque army in the 18th century. The fortress served as a prison almost from the very beginning and became notorious as a Gestapo prison, Jewish Ghetto and concentration camp in World War II; the Sigmund Freud Museum; and a day trip to Kutná Hora, a silver mining town in medieval times. The visits may also include touring the Church of St Barbara and the Ossuary at Sedlec, the eerie bone church, decorated with multiple sculptures of the bones of 40,000 plague victims and more.
Classes: Class meeting times will average 3 hours daily. Class schedules may vary depending on the daily activities for each class. In addition to traditional classroom time all courses require class excursions.
Accommodations: Students will stay in budget hotels. The accommodations may vary, but at times students will stay in rooms holding up to five people. A light breakfast and one other meal will be provided daily. Students are also responsible for the purchase of the third meal, as well as their own snacks and drinks.