GBL 251 IS WORLD WAR II IN EUROPE: LIFE IN A TIME OF WAR 4 S.H.
Course Description: The goal of this interdisciplinary course is to come to a better understanding of life during of the era of World War II by looking at the experiences of ordinary people, both soldiers and civilians. We will focus on the invasion of Normandy in France, Germany under Hitler, and the Holocaust in and occupation of the Czech Republic. We will also visit Budapest, focusing on the siege of the city in 1944. We’re particularly interested in the effects of the war on ordinary people, how it shaped people’s lives in a variety of different ways and places in Europe, and how they responded to it. Some readings consist of first-person accounts, which describe the experiences of a variety of ordinary people in different wartime contexts. We’ll visit sites, hear presentations, and speak with survivors connected with life during the war.
Beyond academic content, study abroad courses at Elon promote cultural awareness and personal growth. This is a time to interact with different peoples and see different ways of life. These experiences will help you to develop self-awareness, intellectual curiosity, and tolerance.
Objectives: The basic academic goal of this course is to increase your basic understanding of World War II and the impact of the war on the lives of ordinary people. In addition, the course seeks to increase your awareness of and appreciation for cultural differences. Finally, it will support your growth as a person.
Prerequisite: GBL 151. Application and acceptance required. Additional travel fee is required. Counts toward Civilization requirement, and satisfies one unit of experiential learning toward fulfillment of the Experiential Learning Requirement. Counts toward German Studies minor. No credit for students who have completed HST 257.
- Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
- Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
Students will be housed in shared accommodations.
- In Budapest we will tour the Buda Castle while focusing on the siege of the city in 1944.
- In Prague we will hear from a Holocaust survivor about life for Jews in Prague under the Nazi regime. We will also tour Terezin and Lidice and visit Heydrich’s assassination site.
- In Nuremberg we will tour the Nazi Party Rally Grounds where the Nuremberg rallies were held and sit in Court Room 600 where the post-war trial of the foremost Nazi leaders was held.
- In Berlin we will tour the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and other sites associated with the Nazi government.
- In France we will spend a day in Paris touring the city and visiting the Arc de Triomphe. We will then spend several days walking the beaches and towns of Normandy to see what American and German soldiers faced on D-Day.
- Throughout our travels we will consider the factors that led to WWII and discuss how the impacts of the war are still present today in Europe.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change due to availability of local facilities and scheduling issues.
Eligibility & Application Deadlines
The eligibility requirements specific to this program are listed in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure.
See the Deadlines and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information.
- February 28, 2017: All Fall 2017 travel-embedded and Winter Term 2018 Study Abroad and Study USA programs are announced.
- March 6, 2017: Priority period begins for all programs.
- 11:59 PM, March 16, 2017: Priority period deadline. All applications received during priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.
- March 28, 2017: Notification begins. The GEC will send notifications via email for all applications received by priority period deadline.
- March 28, 2017: Change period begins. Students that submitted applications during the priority period can switch into available programs by submitting a Change Form (available March 28).
- March 30, 2017: Rolling period begins. New applications will be accepted and reviewed on a space-available basis.
- August 31, 2017: Final deadline for Study Abroad programs.
- September 4, 2017: Deposit refund deadline for Study Abroad programs. Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.**
- September 14, 2017: Final deadline and refund deadline for Study USA programs. Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit refunded.
Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.
Pre-departure Course: GBL 151
This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall pre-departure course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the pre-departure course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.
It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall pre-departure course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected.
There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.
Spring Meeting Information
The spring meeting date, time, and location to be announced.
Fall Course Meeting Information
The fall pre-departure course will take place on Thursdays from 5:30-7:10 P.M., location to be announced.
To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.
Per the Study Abroad Policies webpage
, please note the following payment and cancellation deadlines:
- September 4 - October 2, 2017: Students accepted to Study Abroad programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
- September 15 - October 2, 2017: Students accepted to Study USA programs that cancel within these dates will not have the deposit refunded.
- October 2, 2017: Full payment deadline.
- October 3 - 9, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 50 percent of the cost of the program.
- October 10 - 18, 2017: Students that cancel within these dates are responsible for 75 percent of the cost of the program.
- Oct. 19, 2017: Students that cancel on or after this date are responsible for the full program cost.
You are responsible for the costs noted above if you cancel regardless of whether you have paid the program fees at the time of cancellation.
Deposit Refunds -
If you have paid the deposit and are cancelling your participation prior to the deposit refund deadline, the amount will remain as a credit on your account to be applied towards the following semester’s billing. If you have any questions about your deposit, you may contact the Bursar’s office at email@example.com
*All students are automatically enrolled in a travel insurance policy through iNext, an outside insurance provider. This policy covers students who must cancel their participation due to serious health issues that occur after October 1. In some instances (evaluated on a case-by-case basis) the travel insurance may insure against changes in mental health. The insurance does not cover any other changes in circumstances such as disciplinary or academic status; job, internship, graduate school or theatrical performance opportunities; leadership opportunities on campus; fear; other personal issues. Students who must cancel their participation after the final day to have the $400 deposit refunded may be able to seek a refund through the travel insurance company.
If airline bookings have already been made by the time of a student's cancellation, some airlines may issue the student a voucher for the value of the ticket less some penalty fee for change in ticketing. These are usually valid for 12 months with the airline issuing the ticket. The airline can provide specific details.
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and are in addition to the tuition for Winter Term (included in fall semester tuition/bill).
Basic cost information is available on the Cost and Credit Chart.
Detailed cost information is available on the budget sheet (link at top of page).
Students seeking need-based financial support are encouraged to apply for the GEC Access Scholarship.
For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Financial Planning for Global Study page
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.
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For More Information
Program Leader 1: Liz Bailey
Department of Health and Human Performance
CB 2525, Koury Center Athletics 213
Program Leader 2: Andrea Sinn
Department of History and Geography
CB 2225, 112D Lindner Hall
Isabella Cannon Global Education Center
CB 2375, Global Commons 360
Elon, NC 27244