The Paradox of 21st Century Europe: Increasing Economic Integration in the Midst of Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Tensions- Summer 2015

Location: Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands


Department: Sociology and Anthropology; Geology and Geography

Leaders: Dr. Craig Eckert ( and Dr. Dave Viertel (

: Sociology and Anthropology; Geology and Geography

  Terms/Timeframe: 5/18/15 to 6/6/15; On Campus dates TBD

Language: English

  Credits: 6

Budget: Summer 2015


Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

  Application Deadlines:
January 30, 2015
  Application Materials:

EIU Program Application (Faculty-led Programs)

Course Selection Form


Academic Program

Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands lie at the heart of an integrated Eruope in the 21st century. Yet some 70 years after the Second World War, ethnic, religious, and cultural tensions continue to cast a long shadow over the continent. With three weeks in Northern Europe, this program will explore many of the seminal events and institutions of recent European history.


Activities / Itinerary

Students will walk in the footsteps of concentration camp prisoners in Dachau. They will visit the European Parliament in Brussels. They will walk through the Brandenburg Gate and visit the site of the former Berlin Wall. They will tour the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. And they will witness the proceedings of the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Along the way they will see extraordinary sites, from a boat tour of the Rhine River, to the Great Cologne Cathedral, all helping provide context and depth of understanding for the complex and rich culture and social landscape of today's Europe.



Make course/substitution selections on your EIU Program Application. The credit hours associated with your selections may not exceed the credit hours allocated for this program: 6

Undergraduate Options:
SOC/GEG 3970
SOC/GEG 3990 (honors)

After Your Trip:
Take STA4000G at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar requirement!



Students will stay in various hotels with 2 occupants per room throughout the duration of the program since they will be moving often throughout the duration of the experience. Students will be located central to business districts when possible and will have easy access to transportation. Separate rooms will be provided for male and females.


At least two pre-departure orientations will be provided and are required for all participants.

Your faculty leader will hold one of these orientations, where he/she will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.

The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold the other orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.

Necessary Documents

To enter a foreign country, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **