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LSU in the Heart of Europe
Berlin, Germany; Cracow, Poland; Leipzig, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Warsaw, Poland (Outgoing Program)
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Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel APA Program Type: Summer Programs
Credit Type: LSU courses & credit APA Advisor: Jill Clemmons
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LSU in the Heart of Europe 2018

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Spend your summer traveling through the heart of Europe!

LSU in the Heart of Europe will combine history, literature, English composition, and music courses to introduce you to the culture of Central Europe.

You'll visit museums and galleries, view castles and cathedrals, attend concerts, walk through some of Europe's most vibrant cities, and have a chance to discuss events and respond to them in a way you never could from home.

Let's geaux to Europe!

Want to meet the other students and faculty who will be traveling with you into the Heart of Europe this summer?  Join our Facebook group!

Dates & Costs

Start Date End Date Program Fee LSU Tuition & Fees
(Undergraduate, six hours)
May 21 June 20 $3,249 instate: $2,784
out of state: $6,888

Program Fee Includes

  • students with goat statue

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

Berlin, Germany: 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.

Leipzig, Germany: TBA

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

Krakow, Poland: TBA

Warsaw, Poland: TBA 

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 Prague on May 22 (which means you need to leave the US on May 21) and out of Warsaw on June 20.

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 English Composition
ENGL 2123* The Machine in Modern Art and Literature
HIST 2126* European Cities Since 1500
HIST 4092 Independent Study in European History
HIST 4196 The Revolutions of 1989
MUS 1751* Music Appreciation
MUS 3997 Musical Exploration in a Cultural Cradle

* General education course

students in EuropeENGL 2000 (English 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 2126 (European Cities Since 1500): An exploration of European social, cultural, economic, and political developments since 1500, via study of the histories of Prague, Berlin, and Warsaw. This course will introduce students to the basics of the historian’s craft, including the proper use of primary and secondary sources and the construction and critique of historical arguments.

HIST 4092 (Independent Study in European History): Instructor's permission required.Topics and assignments to be developed in consultation with Dr. Veldman.

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. 


April 14 Parents' orientation
Power Point presentation: Faculty Led Parent Orientation 2018.pdf
May 2 Fee bills available via myLSU
May 17 Fee bills are due
May 21 Depart USA
May 22 Arrive in Prague
May 23 Prague
May 24 Prague
May 25 Prague
May 26 Prague: free weekend
May 27 Prague: free weekend
May 28 Prague
May 29 depart Prague; travel to Leipzig
May 30  Leipzig
May 31 Leipzig
June 1 depart Leipzig; travel to Berlin
June 2 Berlin
June 3 Berlin
June 4 Berlin
June 5 Berlin
June 6 Berlin
June 7 Berlin: free weekend
June 8 Berlin: free weekend
June 9 Berlin: free weekend
June 10 Berlin
June 11 depart Berlin; travel to Warsaw
June 12 Warsaw
June 13 Warsaw
June 14 Warsaw
June 15 depart Warsaw; travel to Krakow
June 16 Krakow
June 17 depart Krakow; travel to Warsaw
June 18 Warsaw
June 19 Warsaw
June 20 Program ends; return home or continue to explore Europe on your own
Aug 1 Grades 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. Meredith Veldman History veldman
Dr. Warren Kimball Music faculty placeholder

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 23, 2018

Although the application deadline is March 23, 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 2, 2018.

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 in early May and are due in mid-May (exact dates TBD by the Registrar).

If you withdraw from the program: After February 2, 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
February 2, 2018 $500 deposit is non-refundable; student is obligated to pay for any non-refundable reservations the program has already paid, or is already contractually obligated to pay, on the student's behalf

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.

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