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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; Frankfurt, Germany; Munich, Germany; Normandy, France; Nuremberg, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: Elon applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Course Description

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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.

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 and Jewish 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.

Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 151

This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 prerequisite preparatory seminar 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 time, date and location to be announced.

Fall Course Meeting Information

The fall pre-departure course will meet on Wednesdays from 05:30-07:10 PM. Location TBA.

Activity Level: Moderate

Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as moderate, which means you will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.
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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.

Cancellation Policy


To cancel your participation in a program, complete the Winter Term Withdrawal questionnaire in your application.


  • 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.


Students will be housed in shared accommodations.


Costs for global study 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).


Scholarships/Travel Grants

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.

Connect with us

Drop by the GEC in Global Commons 360 for Quick Questions, no appointment necessary:
Wednesdays 2-4 PM
Thursdays 9-11 AM

Read blog posts from students on this program in years past and access blogs for Faculty-led programs on the Study Abroad Blog.

Global Ambassadors are GEC student representatives that have participated in one or more study abroad programs and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current Global Ambassadors via email. They are looking forward to hearing from you!

Want to know more? Connect with the GEC, alumni, and prospective students on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. And keep in touch with us using #ElonGlobal!


Program Leader 1: Michele Kleckner
Senior Lecturer in Computing Sciences
Duke 101C
2320 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244

Program Leader 2: Andrea Sinn
Department of History and Geography
CB 2225, 112D Lindner Hall

Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
Global Commons 360
2375 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
336.278.6700 (phone)
336.278.6692 (fax)


Ready to apply?

Click "apply now" from this brochure to get started, and complete your application by the deadline listed below.

If applications are not yet available, see the deadlines webpage for information on when this program will be accepting applications.

See the application instructions webpage for more information on the application requirements and process. 

The most interesting moment of my abroad experience was what we learned in Normandy. It was so interesting to actually physically be on the beaches that young Americans once stormed.
     — Taylor Davis, Winter 2014
Read what others have said about this program.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 08/31/2017
Rolling Admission 01/03/2018 01/23/2018
NOTE: See the Deadlines Webpage for Winter Term 2019 information.
Winter 2019 03/15/2018
03/27/2018 TBA TBA
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.

March 5: Priority application period begins.

March 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Priority period deadline. All applications received during the priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.

March 27: Status notification for students that applied by the priority deadline.

Change period begins. Students that applied by the priority deadline can change into an open program by completing a Change Form (available in the GEC starting March 27).

March 29: Rolling period begins. All programs with spots remaining will reopen for application. New applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.

Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Final application and deposit credit deadline. Students accepted to programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit credited to their account.

Sept. 4, 5 p.m. EDT: Final deadline for students on a wait list to enroll in an open program. No students will be accepted into programs off of wait lists after this date. Students that are not accepted into programs will have the deposit credited to their account after this date.

Please view the deadlines page for payment and cancellation deadlines.

The start date and end date listed reflect the dates students are expected to arrive in and depart from the host location and reflect the best information available to the Global Education Center. Please do not purchase plane tickets based on these dates. Individual programs will provide updates after your acceptance to the program.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applications will be reviewed on a space-available basis and applicants will be notified of their application status within two weeks of submission.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.