Honors Program in Germany
Students participating in this program will be enrolled in a 3 Credit Course (HONR 3087) during the Spring 2016 semester.
Course Level: Freshman-Senior HONR 3087
This class will provide students with the opportunity to be immersed in the German culture through weekly courses and a capstone trip. Throughout the course students will research Germany’s economic, political, and social environment in preparation for a 14-day experience in country. Students will also participate in lectures and other cultural training prior to going abroad.
Immediately after finals, the class will travel to Germany for on-site tours of ancient locations and guided experiences by an Auburn University professor. The class will also have the opportunity to interact with German experts while abroad. Students will be responsible for keeping a journal, and capturing audio, video, and still photographs of locations and experiences around the county. From this students may be responsible for completing a final project after returning from the trip.
Host: Auburn University, Honors College
Program Coordinator: Dr. Ken Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructor: Dr. Paul Harris
- Auburn University Honors College student*
- Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity and a desire to experience another culture.
* Students who are not a member of the Honors College may obtain approval from the program director and instructor to participate in the course/trip.
- 8 May 2017: Program Start Date (on site in Germany)
- 21 May 2017: Program End Date (last day on site in Germany)
Click to view the Honors Germany Estimated Student Budget.pdf.
Auburn students pay Auburn tuition and fees for a full time student during the spring semester prior to the trip. The student will be enrolled in the Honors Study and Travel Course (HONR 3087). Students will not pay additional tuition but may pay other fees and are also responsible for some meals and additional sightseeing.
Accommodations are in local hotels (Hilton Mainz City, Days Inn Leipzig City Centre, InterCity Hotel Nurnberg, Hotel Drei Lowen). Transportation will be provided by luxury private motor coach with an English-speaking guide. Airport transfers as included in the program cost. If necessary public transit system is quick and efficient and allows students the option to explore the area around the city. Internet at the hotels, daily buffet breakfasts at the hotel, hotel taxes, service charges and applicable meal gratuities are all included in the program cost.
Munich is the capital and the largest city of the German state of Bavaria. The city's name derives from the monks of the Benedictine order who founded the city; hence the monk depicted on the city's coat of arms. It is located at the river Isar in the south of Bavaria, and is famous for its beautiful architecture and the annual Oktoberfest beer celebration. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, behind Berlin and Hamburg. Munich has been noted for its cultural scene within Germany, with the museums even considered by some to outrank Berlin in quality. Although it was heavily damaged by allied bombing during World War II, many of its historic buildings have been rebuilt and the city center appears mostly as it did in the late 1800s including its largest church, the Frauenkirche, and the famous city hall (Neues Rathaus).
About 1.42 million people live within the city limits. Modern Munich is a financial and publishing hub, and a frequently top-ranked destination for migration and expatriate location in livability rankings. Munich is also a major international center of business, engineering and research exemplified by the presence of two research universities, several multinational companies and worldclass technology and science museums like the Deutsches Museum and BMW Museum.
Mainz is a river port city as the Rhine which connects with its main tributaries, such as the Neckar, the Main and, later, the Moselle and thereby continental Europe with the Port of Rotterdam and thus the North Sea. Mainz's history and economy are closely tied to its proximity to the Rhine river historically handling much of the region's waterborne cargo. Today's huge container port hub allowing trimodal transport is located on the North Side of the town. The river also provides another positive effect, moderating Mainz's climate; making waterfront neighborhoods slightly warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
Some of the cultural activities in the program include:
- Guided tour of the Mainz Cathedral (Dom), Stephankirche, and the Cherry Orchard
- Visit to the old and new city halls in Wiesbaden and then a visit to the tallest building in Wiesbaden (Marktkirche)
- Rhine River Cruise from Ruedensheim to St. Goarshausen
- Guided tour of the city of Dresden including visits to Altstadt, Frauenkirche, Horkirche and the Semper Opera House
- Guided tour of Leipzig which included visits to Kaiserburg Palace, Sinwell Tower and Justizpalast (Memorium Nuremberg Trials)
- Visit to the Bamberg Imperial Cathedral and Bamberg’s medieval old court and old town hall
- Tour of the city of Würzburg with visits to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site Würzburg Palace and the Alte Mainbrucke (old bridge), among others
- Excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber with tours of the old town, town hall and St. Jakob’s Church
- Visit BMW Welt and BMW Museum
- Munich city tour with highlights to include the Olympic Stadium, the Marienplatz, Nymphenburg Palace and Town Hall
- Visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
- Guided tour of King Ludwig’s most famous castle: Neuschwanstein Castle
- Visit to Mount Want via cable car
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check http://travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
- US Citizens with a valid passport traveling to Germany for short visits of 90 days or less do not need visas to enter Germany.
- Non-US Citizens must check on visa requirements for visits of any duration in Germany.
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