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LSU in the Heart of Europe
Berlin, Germany; Cracow, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Wroclaw, Poland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Summer
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APA Program Type: Summer Programs APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel Credit Type: LSU courses & credit
Program Description:

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Spend your summer traveling through the heart of Europe!

LSU in the Heart of Europe will combing history, literature, English composition, and music courses to introduce you to the culture of Central Europe, with an emphasis on the twentieth century.

The cultures of the U.S. and Central Europe are closely intertwined through the shared history of modernism, World Wars, and the Cold War.  You'll visit museums and galleries, attend concerts, meet members of the Polish anticommunist resistance movement, and have a chance to discuss events and respond to them in a way you never could from home.

Let's geaux to Europe!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(Undergraduate, six hours)
May 22 June 13 $2,500 instate: $2,509
out of state: $6,613

Program Fee Includes

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  • Breakfast daily and some additional meals
  • Ground transportation
  • Fieldtrips and cultural events
  • Transportation between cities
  • Health insurance

Berlin: In Germany, you'll live at the Pegasus Hostel, in the trendy Friedrichshain district.  Your roommates will be other students from the group (you won't have people from outside the group in your room), and all rooms have en suite bathrooms.  There are washers and dryers onsite and free wifi.

Wroclaw: In Poland, your home will be Hotel Wieniawa, located in the city center.  Each room has an en suite bathroom, tv, and free wifi.  There's even a salon onsite!

Prague: While in the Czech Republic, you'll stay at the Hotel Olsanka.  All rooms have en suite bathrooms, tv, and wifi access.  

Program Fee Does NOT Include

Tuition and Fees: You must pay tuition and fees for all courses you take through LSU.  The tuition you pay is based on whether or not you are a resident of Louisiana.  If you are an out of state student, you will pay out of state tuition and fees for all courses taken through LSU.

passportAirfare: Each student arranges his/her own roundtrip airfare.  Do not purchase a ticket until you are told to do so.  Your Program Director will let you know when you should purchase airfare.  Once you are told to buy your ticket, you should plan to fly into Berlin on May 23 (which means you need to leave the US on May 22) and out of Prague on June 13.

Spending money: Although some meals are provided, you should plan for additional expenditures, including meals not covered by the program fee, snacks, souvenirs, and outings with friends.  You should budget €20 (about $25) per day for food not covered by the program.


Please select two of the courses listed below:
Course Description
ENGL 2000 Second Year Composition
ENGL 2123* The Machine in Modern Art and Literature
HIST 2035* Home Fronts
HIST 4196 Topics in European History: Revolutions of 1989
MUS 1751* Music Appreciation
MUS 3997 Musical Exploration in a Cultural Cradle

* General education course

ENGL 2000 (Second-Year Composition): this is a composition course with an emphasis on research and argumentation.  While in Europe, you'll study the region's turbulent history and diverse culture, including its social and environmental policies, educational system, and the history of political and military conflict.

ENGL 2123 (The Machine in Modern Art and Literature): in this course, you'll examine the profound and multifaceted influence of technology on modern art and literature, with a specific focus on Central Europe between 1890 and 1945.  Artists and writers of that period variously celebrated, feared, or despised the machine, but few were able to ignore the unprecedented spike in technological innovation.  Images of the machine appeared in all art forms, and technology led to the development of new artistic techniques and changes in production methods.  We will consider the influence of photography on painting, of film on storytelling, and of typography on poetry.

Berlin WallHIST 2035 (Home Fronts): This course will cover the turbulent history of central and eastern Europe in the interwar period, the horror of the war years, and the division of Europe after the war.  Our special focus is on the German, Polish, and Czech home fronts during World War II.  We will make use of museums and memorials in Berlin, Wroclaw, and Prague, as well as the cityscapes themselves, in our examination of the civilians' wartime experience.

HIST 4196 (The Revolutions of 1989): This course examines the central and eastern European revolutions of 1989 that toppled the communist regimes, ended the Cold War, and brought into being a new Europe.  We will focus particularly on the East German, Polish, and Czech revolutions.  

MUS 1751 (Music Appreciation): This course will expose you to music's power to express the culture and history of a particular people.  While in Europe, you'll learn about the region's turbulent history and diverse culture, including its social and environmental policies, educational systems, and the history of political and military conflict.  Through fieldtrips, you'll explore the various ways that music has spoken for a culture through both tumultuous and creative times.

MUS 3997 (Musical Exploration in a Cultural Cradle): In this course, you'll have the opportunity to independently study a particular aspect of German, Polish, or Czech music and/or culture.  You can customize the course to your interests. 


May 3 Summer fee bills available via myLSU
May 13 12:00pm Parents' Orientation
May 18 Summer fee bills due
May 22 Depart USA
May 23 Arrive in Berlin
May 24 Berlin 
May 25 Berlin
May 26 Berlin
May 27 Berlin
May 28 Berlin
May 29 Depart Berlin; arrive in Wroclaw
May 30  Wroclaw
May 31 Wroclaw
June 1 Wroclaw
June 2 Wroclaw
June 3 Wroclaw
June 4 Depart Wroclaw; arrive in Cracow
June 5 Cracow
June 6 Depart Cracow; arrive in Prague
June 7 Prague
June 8 Prague
June 9 Prague
June 10 Prague
June 11 Prague
June 12 Prague
June 13 Program ends; fly home or continue to explore Europe on your own
Aug 2 Grades are available via myLSU

Please note: this itinerary is tentative and subject to change


Faculty Member Department Photo
Dr. Josef Horacek
Program Director
English Josef Horacek
Dr. Joseph Skillen Music skillen
Dr. Meredith Veldman History veldman

Eligibility & Withdrawal


In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate students).
  • Be at least 18 years old by the first day of the program
  • Not be on disciplinary or scholastic probation
  • Have the prerequisites for the courses you take

NOTE: This program is open to students from all disciplines. Qualified applications from other insitutions are also welcome.

Application Deadline
March 31, 2017

Although the application deadline is March 31, you are advised to register early in order to secure a spot in the program. The program will fill on a first come, first served basis from those who meet the eligibility requirements.

Deposit: A $500 deposit will be placed on your LSU billing statement at the time that you apply to the program. Students at other universities must send in a check or money order (made payable to "Louisiana State University") for the $500 deposit along with their applications.

The $500 deposit is nonrefundable after February 3, 2017.

Payment Deadlines: the $500 deposit is put on your billing statement when you are accepted into the program and is due at the time that the charge appears.  The rest of the program fee (minus the $500 deposit) and tuition/fees for the courses will appear on your summer fee bill.  Those fee bills are available via myLSU on May 3 and are due on May 18.

If you withdraw from the program: After February 3, you will be responsible for making payments on your study abroad program, even if you do not go on the program. The amount that you will owe is based on the date on which you withdraw. The withdrawal schedule is:

Date Withdrawal Costs
Withdrawal after February 3, 2017 $500 deposit is non-refundable
Withdrawal after March 3, 2017 $500 deposit and $500 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after March 31, 2017 $500 deposit and $1,000 payment will be paid
Withdrawal after April 21, 2017 $500 deposit and entire program fee will be paid

Parents: Have questions about the study abroad process?  Want to ask questions?  We have a Facebook group just for parents of students going on our summer programs!  Join us here.

This program is currently not accepting applications.