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World War II in Western Europe

Program Description

The Blitz. D-Day. La Resistance. The Holocaust. This 17-day program will introduce students to some of the major campaigns and issues of World War II. Beginning in London, we will explore Churchill's underground War Rooms, tour a WWII-era cruise and travel to Cambridge to study the roll of code-breaking. From London, we will ferry across the Channel to follow the Allies' route into Fortress Europe. In Normandy, we will explore the D-Day invasion beaches, including Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc and the American Cemetery. Following a visit to Paris, we will fly to Berlin and conclude the program with an investigation of the rise and fall of the Nazi regime and the birth of the Cold War. We will visit Sachsenhausen concentration camp, tour a Nazi bunker and walk along remnants of the Berlin War.

Topics to be discussed include military strategy, the home front, collaboration and perpetration, the Holocaust, and historical memory and commemoration. Students will keep a daily journal and write a final paper upon return to Atlanta. Most days will include organized excursions, but many afternoons and evening will be free for students to explore the history and culture of London, Paris and Berlin.

See the program brochure for more details. Click here to apply.

Tentative Itinerary

Highlights of the program are provided below. The university reserves the right to alter travel and other arrangements if required by circumstances.

March: Mandatory orientation session on campus
April 28: Class session on campus
May 5: Class session on campus
May 12: Depart Atlanta
May 13: Arrive in London; Welcome dinner
May 14: Tour Cabinet War Rooms and HMS Belfast
May 15: Tour Imperial War Museum
May 16: Excursion to Bletchley Park
May 17: Free day
May 18: Travel to Portsmouth and tour Portsmouth D-Day Museum
May 19: Ferry to Normandy
May 20: Tour D-Day Invasion Beaches and American cemetery
May 21: Visit Airborne Museum and German cemetery at La Cambe; Travel to Paris
May 22: Tour Shoah Memorial; Free afternoon in Paris
May 23: Fly to Berlin; Guided walking tour
May 24: WWII bunker tour; Underworld Museum; Soviet Memorial
May 25: Guided tour of Sachsenhausen concentration camp
May 26: Memorial to the Murdered Jews; Free afternoon in Berlin
May 27: Terror Documentation Center; Farewell dinner
May 28: Depart Berlin

Application Deadline

January 24, 2014

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The program is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of Georgia State. Students must have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or higher. Transient and post-baccalaureate students are welcome to apply. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the program director.

*International students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Students and Scholar Services at 404-413-2070 to discuss possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status

Courses and Credit

Participants who successfully complete this course will receive three semester hours of course credit at Georgia State. Undergraduate students should register for HIST 4890 and graduate students should register for HIST 8890. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.


Participants will stay in comfortable, two- or three-star double-occupancy hotels in centrally located area of London, Portsmouth, Caen, Paris and Berlin.

Disability Accommodations - Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss their needs with the program director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.


Program costs may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The cost is tentatively set at $3,924, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

To allow for students who want to remain in Europe after completion of the program or to use frequent flyer miles, etc. airfare is not included in the cost estimate. Student should make arrangements as soon as possible and no later than late February to arrive in London on or before May 13. Typical flight are overnight, so students should expect to depart on May 12 or earlier. Departure from Berlin is on or after May 28 (arrival in Atlanta the same day).

*Program fee includes
- Ground transportation, excursion s and entrance fees
- Daily breakfast, two lunches, and two group dinners
- Hotels
- Health/Evacuation/Repatriation Insurance

**Program fee does NOT include
- Georgia State tuition and fees
- Round-trip airfare
- Personal expenses as well as excess baggage charges and tips
- Passport

Payment Schedule

January 24, 2014: $800 deposit with application
February 28, 2014: $1,600 payment
March 28, 2013: remaining balance
*All payment are non-refundable upon receipt.


For more information about the program or to submit your application, contact
Robin Conner, Heritage Preservation Program, Department of History, College of Arts & Sciences
Phone: 404-413-5174
Office: 34 Peachtree Street, 20th floor