Medieval Europe Study Tour

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy
Medieval Europe Study Tour
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25early Junelate JuneBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Other
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

The University of Arizona’s Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, an expert in Medieval Studies and the Renaissance, leads this educational tour through Europe, taking students to sites which reflect the structural, social, cultural and political impact of the Middle Ages on Europe. Participants from all academic disciplines are welcome!


Tentative 2018 dates: May 22 - June 14

This academic program takes students to sites which still reflect the structural, social, cultural and political impact of the Middle Ages in Europe. Program participants are welcome from any and all academic disciplines. The diverse backgrounds of each student add unique perspectives and rich educational opportunities to this wonderful study abroad program. 

Admission requirements:

General interest in the Middle Ages, willingness to accept a rigorous travel experience (hiking to castles and extensive visits of local sites), readiness to be a team player. 


Active participation in class and in the excursions, keeping an intensive journal, reflecting on the readings and the actual visits, writing critically about them. Students are encouraged to correlate their learning with the curriculum in their degree majors.


University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, an expert in Medieval Studies and the Renaissance, has led this program for almost 10 years. Dr. Classen has achieved numerous professional distinctions and teaching awards, has numerous publications in his field, and is a leading scholar in North America and abroad. He is a fun-loving person, enjoys volleyball and cycling, and has yet to meet a student who could exhaust him on any of the program excursions.


Medieval Answers to Modern Problems, ed. Albrecht Classen (San Diego: Cognella, 2012)

Instructions how to purchase the book:

To purchase your textbook, please follow the instructions below:

Step 1: Log on to

Step 2: Create an account or log in if you have an existing account to purchase.

Step 3: Easy-to-follow instructions will guide you through the rest of the ordering process. Payment can be made by all major credit cards or with an electronic check.    

You must come to an interview with Prof. Classen after submitting your application. Non-UA students can have a telephone interview.

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: January 15

Applications will be accepted until February 15 if there is still room in the program.

Program Includes:

Tuition for 6 units of UA direct credit (Gen Ed credit)
Hotel (double/triple occupancy)
Bus transportation between cities
Entrance fees
Daily breakfast
Welcome dinner
Farewell banquet
Rigorous walking!

Not Included: textbooks, lunches/dinners, airfare, and personal expenses


Approx. itinerary for 2018

Ghent, Belgium

Zutphen, Holland

Lubeck, Germany

Gdansk, Poland

Vilnius, Lithuania

Riga, Latvia

Tallinn, Estonia


Students will typically stay in 3-star hotel rooms (double or triple occupancy). The program will primarily use tour bus transportation, which will allow maximum comfort and mobility for the program participants.


Student Testimonials

“This was a life changing experience”

“Dr. Classen was a fantastic teacher who worked incredibly hard to make sure everyone understood what the connections were and why we went to the places we did”

“Classen’s level of enthusiasm and knowledge is truly inspiring. I learned so much from him on this tour”

“Best class I’ve taken”

“Most passionate professor I’ve ever had”

“I feel I have grown so much as a person through this class. Dr. Classen loves his field and it inspires me to love the Middle Ages as well”

“What can I say about this class that is critical? This trip was not long enough. I feel as though my appetite has only been fed a crumb, my thirst hardly quenched. . . . I am fever grateful for this trip and I know it will leave an imprint on my heart for the rest of my life”

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