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* World War II in Europe - England & France (History)
London, United Kingdom; Multiple Sites, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 12/01/2017 12/15/2017 05/20/2018 05/28/2018
Priority Deadline: December 1 - Final Deadline: February 1 (pending spots available)
Participants will depart the U.S. on May 19 to arrive in Europe on May 20.
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Program Coordinator:
Emily Garner Program Type: CSU Short Term Program
Areas of Study:
Interdisciplinary, Liberal Arts
Program Description:

World War II in Europe: The Normandy Campaign

in England and France 

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This CSU faculty-led summer program traces the events of the pivotal Battle of Normandy through England and France. Participants follow the path of the soldiers, visiting World War II sights such as the Cabinet War Rooms, D-Day Museum, American Air Museum, Omaha Beach and many more.  Students can earn one CSU credit for the ten-day education abroad portion of the course (HIST 382B) or three credits for enrolling in the four-week summer term I course (HIST 382A) which will hold classes on the CSU campus before and after the education abroad portion.   

Program At-a-Glance

WHEN: May 20 - May 28, 2017 *Class will be held prior to departure during Summer Term I (May 14-18).  
Note: (Students will depart the U.S. on May 19 in order to arrive May 20.)

CREDITS:  All committed students will be registered for HIST 382A (1 or 3 credits): WWII in Europe: the Normandy Campaign through CSU's Division of Continuing Education.  Students have the option of taking the course for 1 or 3 credits for this CSU program.  Program estimates are based on 3 credits of tuition, but a 1 credit option can be selected during the registration process. All tuition and program charges will be billed at the start of the summer term.

COST: Estimates are linked in the budget sheet above.   The cost includes tuition and fees for 3 credit hours of HIST 382A through CSU's Division of Continuing Education, accommodation in hotels/hostels, local transportation, academic field trips and cultural excursions as per the itinerary, some meals, and health insurance.  Students approved to take only 1 credit will be billed instructional costs for just that credit hour. The above cost does not include international airfare, passport, some meals, books, and personal spending money.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Applicants for this program are eligible for scholarships through the Office of International Programs.

PROGRAM LEADER:  Dr. Robert Gudmestad, Associate Professor, History, Colorado State University

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum 2.5 GPA. Instructor approval. Good disciplinary standing. Prerequisites: three credits of college level History.

Academic Overview

Students will enroll in HIST 382 A or B (World War II in Europe: the Normandy Campaign) for 1 to 3 credits.  The course will focus on the American mobilization and war effort in North Africa and Italy, the planning associated with OPERATION OVERLORD, the invasion, the liberation of Paris, and the strategic bombing campaign. The group will walk the path of the soldiers and discuss the decisions that had to be made during the war in real time on or near the battlefield. Onsite exploration of WWII battlefields, museums, and memorials in England and France will deepen the understanding of the impact these historic events had on that region.  A walking tour of London to see sights such as Buckingham Palace, Westmister Abbey, and other key attractions, as well as a few free afternoons to explore London, Cambridge, and Paris are also included!

Students who are interested in only the international portion of the course will register for the 1 credit section. Critical reflections, observations, participation in discussion as well as an analytical book review will be required.

Course Objectives
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
  • Analyze the principle strategic goals of the Allied invasions of France in 1944, including the choice of location(s) and the decisions about timing
  • Describe the main battles of the Normandy invasion and evaluate their relative contributions to the eventual Allied defeat of Germany
  • Compare the American commemoration of D-Day in memorials, monuments, cemeteries, and public displays to the commemoration of other countries
  • Assess and evaluate historical arguments
  • Analyze and interpret primary source material
  • Write a research paper
  • Present research in oral form

Tentative International Itinerary
Day 1:  Flight to London
Day 2:  London: Arrive in London, City Tour, Welcome Dinner
Day 3:  London: Imperials War Museum and free afternoon/evening in London
Day 4:  Cambridge: Duxford Imperial War Museum and American Air Museum (near Cambridge)
Day 5:  Portsmouth & Caen: D-Day Museum, cross the English Channel following the path of the soldiers (Ferry from Portsmouth to Caen)
Day 6:  Normandy Region: American sites and museums including Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, D-Day Landings Museum and others (France)
Day 7:  Normandy Region: Juno Beach Memorial, Gold Beach, Normandy American cemetery, German cemetery at La Cambe
Day 8:  Paris: Guide boat tour of the Seine River to see main Paris sights (Eiffel Tour, Notre-Dame, and others)
Day 9:  Paris: The Louvre, Farewell Dinner 
Day 10: Return to the U.S. 



This course will take students to historical sites related to World War II in London, Cambridge, Portsmouth in England, and Caen, the Normandy Region, and Paris in France. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour cultural/tourist sites in London and Paris.

Housing and Meals

Accommodations include double or triple occupancy hotel rooms. Breakfast is included at all hotels, and two group meals are included in the program fee.