Modern Europe Course

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You will visit some of the most beautiful cities in Europe: Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Dresden and Prague, traveling alongside inspirational historians every step of the way. You will witness some of the most important events of the 20th century, contemplating the D-Day landing on the beaches of Normandy, the two World Wars in Paris, Berlin and Dresden, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of communism and the velvet revolution in Prague, and contemporary international politics in Europe and the world.

Every day will be an opportunity for historical exploration and adventure. Our Modern Europe travel-history program is focused on International Relations and European History.

Paris and Normandy

Begin on the beaches of Normandy as you relive these historical moments at the Omaha Beach Memorial and Museum. This was a turning point in one of the bloodiest wars of mankind when where the U.S. and its allies launched the greatest naval invasion in history. Explore the Memorial in Caen and areas of where the fiercest battles took place. Students interested in international relations will discuss the outbreak of the two world wars, the Treaty of Versailles, and the origins of the European Community during a three day stint in Paris. After fascinating debates, students can enjoy the beauty of Paris, its everyday life, not to forget its world famous cafés and restaurants.

Cologne and Berlin

At the heart of European politics, Berlin is the economic nucleus of the European Union, proudly at the forefront of the green energy, progressive urban development, and contemporary art movements. Tours of the Topographie des Terrors, Deutsche and Jewish History Museums and profound Holocaust Memorial will demonstrate how Berlin, riddled by strife and division in the 20th century under the Nazi and Communist regimes, has become a symbol of new, unified Europe. A troubled past and bright future makes Germany’s capital a truly unique destination.

On the way to Berlin the group will make a day stop in Cologne (Köln), home to the world famous Köln Cathedral. This landmark miraculously escaped the heavy wartime bombing which left the rest of the city in ruins. We will then spend four days in Berlin.

Dresden and Prague

On the way to Prague, we will make a day stop in Dresden, also one of the German cities that sustained the heaviest Allied bombing during WWII. The capital of Saxony, sometimes referred to as “Florence of the Elbe”, Dresden is full of elegance, architecture and art, as well as home to the famous Dresden Art Gallery hosting Rafael’s Sistine Madonna.

A one-time capital of the Holy Roman Empire, Prague is nicknamed the “City of a Hundred Spires.” From exploring the city’s labyrinthine Jewish Quarter to adding your name to the Lennon Wall, you are sure to be inspired by this enchanting Czech capital! You will learn how Prague’s history has affected the world atop the Charles Bridge, feel directly connected to the past as you view the changing of the guard at the colossal Prague Castle complex, and learn about Prague’s Gothic and Baroque architectural legacies during guided art walks. During our stay in this beautiful city you might do enough walking (and photo-taking) to be able to count all of them! Home to celebrated author Franz Kafka, the city offers a poignant contribution to your exploration of 20th century European history.


Focused on International Relations and European History
Witness some of the most important events of the 20th century
Visit some of the most beautiful cities in Europe: Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Dresden and Prague

What`s Included

Regular course fees and materials (for courses offered in conjunction with our partner institutions, additional fees may apply)
Elective course options
3 meals a day
Pre-planned day trips
Cultural and recreational activities

Program Locations

Paris, France

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Abbey Road Programs INC
  • France: Paris
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Student Tours
2-4 weeks

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