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Spring Break 2019, Trip to the Heart of Europe

Students at the Wieliczka Salt Mine
Students at the Wieliczka Salt Mine, 2017

This program is full and no longer accepting applications as of 10/18/18. Please email or visit the OIE Office for other opportunities to go abroad!

Heart of Europe Trip (Germany-Poland Bridge)

Date: March 8-17, 2019 (Germany/Kleve & Poland/Kraków, with side-trips to Amsterdam & Brussels – Life-Changing)
Estimated Cost (subject to change): $2,750.00 (includes airfare, safety/medical insurance, accommodations, country/in-Europe travel, excursions, & some meals)

"Europe Today” Spring 2019 Course

Political Science or History dual-enrolled

(POLS or HIST 2110, 3 credits — also for International Studies Minor credit, as well as LAS: CTW or GDC credit)

Professor: Joshua Spero

Please note that a student may be eligible for financial aid to offset costs associated with the trip. Students should meet with their financial aid counselor for more information.

Program dates: 

Depart from Boston – March 7, 2019

Arrive Kleve – March 8, 2019

Return to Boston – March 17, 2019
Program fees (estimated): $2,750.00
Program fees include... Round trip airfare, housing, all program related transportation, comprehensive medical insurance, financial aid counseling, academic advising, airport pick up/drop off in Europe, pre-departure orientation and on-site orientation.
Fees do not include... Meals, spending money
Payment schedule: 

October 15, 2018 Payment #1: $200.00

December 17, 2018 Payment #2: $1,275.00

 January 28, 2019 Final Payment: $1,275.00

Refund policy:  After January 11, 2019 payment, all monies paid are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by Fitchburg State University. 

Sample Itinerary: 

March 7: Depart Boston, evening

March 8: Arrive in Amsterdam: Met at Airport by Rhine-Waal University coordinators, tour The Hague/visit the International Court of Justice; visit Anne Frank House; then travel to Kleve in late afternoon

March 9: Tour city of Kleve and hold first German-American Student/Faculty Workshop (afternoon)

March 10: Tour cities of Dusseldorf and Cologne

March 11: Tour city of Kamp-Lintfort, and hold second German-American Student/Faculty Workshop 

March 12: Travel to Brussels and visit the European Union and NATO Headquarters, before departing for Krakow, Poland in early evening by plane (Rhine-Waal University provides all transportation to Belgium and Brussels Airport)

March 13: Tour Kraków in morning and travel to Oskar Schindler’s Factory (from Spielberg’s Schindler’s List), in afternoon 

March 14: Meet with Jagiellonean University (founded in 1364!) faculty/students in morning/& lunch together; tour University’s historical museum

March 15: Visit Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum from mid-morning to mid-afternoon 

March 16: Visit Wieliczka Salt Mine

March 17: Depart Kraków International Airport for Amsterdam – and departure back to Boston – To land on March 17.

Fitchburg State Student Testimonials

From Spring Break 2015 Trip to Kraków, Poland:

"Kraków, Poland is rich with culture and historical experiences you don't want to miss." – James David, Political Science/International Politics Major, Philosophy Minor

“Kraków is the most enchanting city I have ever been to. It breathes, laughs, and excites. We were given an invaluable opportunity to explore major historical sites and resilient cultures at an affordable cost. The friendships and connections I have made with my classmates, professors, and the world have been life changing. I am counting down the days until I can return to Kraków!” — Yvonne Renard, Economics Major, International Politics and International Studies Minors

Students at a cafe in Europe
Lunch cafe, Spring Break 2015 

From Spring Break 2017 Trip to Kraków, Poland:

“Kraków, Poland was a transformative experience. You get a first-hand account of a culture that is so different from ours and, yet similar in so many way -- I recommend the trip to anyone who has interest in traveling abroad.” -- Collin Carollo – Political Science/International Politics Major

“Kraków, Poland, was such an eye-opening trip and experience for me. I have been to 13 countries and whenever people ask which is my favorite, I always say Poland. Its culture and history are really extraordinary.” – Samantha Richard – Environmental and Earth Science and Biology Double Major

Students at the Ariel Restaurant in Europe
Final Dinner 2017, Ariel Restaurant