Medieval Travel Summer 2017

Visit Eastern Europe, Central Europe, and conclude the trip in Austria, Switzerland, and Germany. Earn up to 6 credits studying the Middle Ages in theory and practice, and have a blast with Prof. Classen.

First, visit of Bulgaria and Romania, then flight to Austria, from there coach tour through Liechtenstein, Switzerland, and Germany, always focusing on the Middle Ages.

Dates: Departure from Tucson – May 22; return from Frankfurt, Germany, June 14, 2017


Video from the 2015 tour

Castle Bran (Dracula):

Study Abroad Wepage (Faculty)

Generation Study Abroad:


Students talk about their 2014 experience

See also the PPP about the 2017 trip

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Step by Step Guide for Prospective Students

Financial Aid from the UA

Scholarships from the UA

But Renee Griggs, Study Abroad, who handles all financial aid and grants, would like to advise you first. She is located in University Services Building, next to the Marriott, 3rd floor (520-626-9211;

102 tips for the international traveler

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.

Glossary of Medieval Architecture and Art

Emergency Contact

Behavioral Expectations


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. 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.


Here a scene from the 2015 trip:

Itinerary (details tba)

We’ll fly into Sofia, Bulgaria, spend two nights, visiting both Boyana Monastery and Rila Monastery as a full-day trip.


Boyana Monastery:

Continue north to Velikko Tarnovo for one night.

Cross the border into Romania, bypass Bucharest and continue on the Brasov for two nights,



with a full-day excursion to Bran Castle.

We will stay in Sighisoara – perhaps the best preserved medieval town in Romania and birthplace of Vlad the Impaler.


Drive west, stopping in Sibui – another beautiful medieval town–

From there we cross over into Austria: Vienna

Day Visits to Krems, visit of Castle Duerstein:

Werfen, Golling (south of Salzburg), Innsbruck

Castle Hohenems:

Switzerland: Waltensburg

Liechtenstein: Vaduz

Switzerland:  St. Gallen

Germany: Ulm

Castle Herzberg: northern Hesse; a major, but mostly hidden gem of medieval castles



Depart from Frankfurt (ca. June 15, 2016)


(okay, that is not Germany, but southern France, but it captures everything what students can experience: the wow effect, 100%)

Deadline to apply, with money down, Feb. 15, 2017:

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.

Chaperone Carolyn Classen, J.D., Professor Classen’s wife of 32 years has accompanied him on 10 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: (recommended by one of my students from last summer, 2010)

See also:

or the Lufthansa program:

Also recommended, esp. for students, sta travel

or sky scanner

(again, I cannot vouch for 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.

Instructions how to purchase the book:

To purchase your textbook, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Log on to
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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.


Legal Matter:

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 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. written warning; 3. dismisal if problem continues

Incidence Report Form (for problems with and for students)


phone: 520 626-9211

emergency line: 520 307-9576, or UAPD: 520 621-8273

Jill Calderon: cell 520 444-0653

Director: Harmony DeFazio 541 968-8868

SASE Main no.: 520 626-9211

Marching 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.