Link to the 2023 program:
Welcome to my 2023 Medieval Europe travel course, taking us from Spain and France to Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany, always studying the Middle Ages in theory and in praxis.
This is a Gen.Ed. course and open to students in all fields. The only requirements are: Interest in medieval Europe, enthusiasm for learning while on the road, passion for history and culture at large, preparedness to meet the writing requirements (daily journal, ca. 2-3 pp), and basic physical fitness (we are walking much and taking a lot of stairs). Up to 6 credits that will be applied to a wide range of course options, just as you will need it. Any student worldwide can join, not only UoA students. You only need to be enrolled in our summer study abroad program. If you are an international student, we only need to make sure that there are no visa problems. But since our focus is on Europe, that should not be a real issue.
For non-UA students:
Here is the non-degree seeking application link: https://admissions.arizona.edu/how-to-apply/non-degree-seeking
When you complete the program, you will receive transfer credits for the program but once you are admitted to the UA,for instance, these credits will then turn into direct credit (these will affect your GPA for UA).
Photo from the 2019 tour, Aachen, Germany (courtesy by Nathan MacWhorter):
Syllabus for Ger 380 (could also count as 392) - will be updated in 2022
Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium
Chatroom meeting on D2L: will be updated
May 16, 8 p.m.
May 18, 5 p.m.
May 20, 8 p.m.
May 22 - June 16, 2019
As an example, or as a highlight, this study tour will also visit monasteries, churches, and cathedrals, wherever possible, and synagogues and mosques.
Contact the instructor, Prof. Albrecht Classen, German Studies, 318 Learning Services Building, tel.: 520 621-1395, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See what some students from my 2018 program had to say:
Here is a great opportunity: Grant opportunity for majors in SILLC, up to 3 awards of $1,500 to $2000, for summer 2022: See this link
GET CREDIT, GET MEDIEVAL, GET FIT, like one of my students above the clouds over Innsbruck, Austria):
Girona/Barcelona - Spain
Arles/Avignon - France
Asti/Milan - Italy
Bellinzona - Switzerland
Constance and Nuremberg - Germany, with excursions into Switzerland and Austria
Practical advice: wear comfortable shoes that provide you with a good grip and support for the ankles. We have had too many sprained ankles in the past.
Journal: This is the most important work expected from you. Here you will reflect on the readings and the class discussions, on the excursions, and your experiences. The critical point will be how you have engaged with everything, what you have learned, and what it all has meant to you. It's not a medium to copy as much historical data as possible, but a forum to demonstrate what you have understood and how you comprehend the Middle Ages in theoretical (textbook) and in practical terms. Analyze, synthesize, digest, and examine everything you have learned, and formulate it all in a clear, comprehensive, and eloquent English. It does not need to be deeply researched, or in highly sophisticated language. Just straightforward, detailed, and reflexive.
Syllabus (will be updated)
Here a scene from the 2015 trip, in a Cathar castle in southern France:
Deadline to apply, with money down, March 1, 2023:
With Study Abroad (click this link): To log in: Study Abroad
GPA: 2.50 (nothing below that!, but let me hear from you if there are special circumstances)
Up to 6 credits, mostly applicable to tier two general education courses/requirement, so also for German Studies (major and minor), the thematic minor in Medieval Studies; and for many other disciplines in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology, and so forth.
Grading: On the basis of our classes, your reading of the textbook, and the participation in the excursion, I require writing a journal for every day. I will collect it early on to give you general feedback, without grade, and then three times for grading. Only that journal will serve for the final grade.
Chaperone Carolyn Classen, J.D., Professor Classen's wife of 38 years has accompanied him on 13 previous tours.
She is a part-time Hearing Officer in Small Claims Court, Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts, and a former practicing attorney.
For a cheap online company that sells affordable airline tickets to students: https://www.studentuniverse.com/(recommended by one of my students from last summer, 2010)
or the Lufthansa program: https://generationfly.com/
Also recommended, esp. for students, sta travel
or sky scanner
I have also found good deals on Justfly.com or Fairboom.com
(again, I cannot vouch for any of them)
Medieval Answers to Modern Problems, ed. Albrecht Classen. 2nd ed. (San Diego: Cognella, 2016)
only this book, either in digital or in printed form.
Please note: really only the 2nd ed. (not the 2nd rev. ed., with the blue cover!)
Instructions of how to purchase the book:
To purchase your textbook, please follow the instructions below:
Step 1: Log on to
Step 2: Create an account or log in if you have an existing account to purchase.
Step 3: Easy-to-follow instructions will guide you through the rest of the ordering process. Payment can be made by all major credit cards or with an electronic check.
Everyone of our study tours has been a most positive, life-changing experience, but there could also be problems; hence, please note:
General alert: Grounds for dismissal from the program:
- theft from anyone
- violent behavior (physical and /or mental)
- chronic and deliberate non-attendance of class and/or excursions
- chronic and excessive tardiness
- disregard of the code of conduct of the University of Arizona
Process: 1. Verbal warning, 2. a written warning; 3. dismissal if the problem continues. In egregious cases, and after consultation with Study Abroad, dismissal from the program could be immediate.
Incidence Report Form (this is only for the instructor)
phone: 520 626-9211
emergency line: 520 307-9576 (might be replaced soon), or UAPD: 520 621-8273
Hiking song, counting in German:
always on your left foot:
ein Stock (stick)
ein Hut (hat)
ein Schirm (umbrella)
und (at this point both of your feet must be on the ground next to each other)
then, with the left foot move, and say
vorwaerts, rueckwaerts, seitwaerts, und
and then start again with the number one in German
Note: The itinerary is subject to change.
As a side note, no one is allowed to drink alcoholic beverages during the day, and in the evening, of course, only those of you who are at least 21 can consume alcohol on their own.
For scholarships, see: https://global.arizona.edu/study-abroad/study-abroad-scholarships
Study Abroad is a once in a lifetime, life changing experience that every student should take advantage of. At UA Study Abroad, we want to make sure that every student has the opportunity to go abroad during the college career regardless of how much their parents make. That is why we are working with the CDH Charitable Foundation to offer a new need based scholarship opportunity for Spring 2018 (maybe still available for 2022). This scholarship is for up to $8000, and is intended for students that meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Arizona resident
- Admitted to and enrolled at UA
- Must be a sophomore or junior
- If a sophomore, completion of at least 30 units; if a junior, completion of at least 60 units
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative UA Grade Point Average (GPA)
- Demonstrated financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Beyond these criteria, preference will be given to first generation college students.
UA Study Abroad is eager to award these scholarships; so far they have received hardly any applications.
Students can apply for this $8,000 scholarship (for Spring 2019 study abroad) through scholarship universe. There is more information here: Apply Now or Submit an Inquiry (would need to be updated)