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Follow the Path of Contemporary Europe from Post-War Prague and Berlin to Modern Day Vienna Our Modern Civilization program brings students to three European centers of history, politics and artistic expression: Prague, Berlin, and Vienna. No two days are ever the same during this cultural journey through time. Students discuss the House of Hapsburg while sampling local cuisine at Viennese coffee houses and learn about the unification of East and West Germany while examining remnants of the Berlin wall. Afternoon and evening activities and events cater to all types of interests and range from horse drawn carriage rides and photography workshops to outdoor concerts and even trips to the beach.
The Modern Civilization Program is a pre-college summer study abroad experience designed for high school students looking to get more from their summer than sitting in a classroom. Students in this program are afforded all benefits of cultural immersion, while touring some of Europe's most dynamic cities.
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Prague A one-time capital of the Holy Roman Empire, Prague is nicknamed the "City of a Hundred Spires." Students will read works by Kafka before exploring the city's labyrinthine Jewish Quarter and discuss the 1968 "Prague Spring" while adding their names to the Lennon Wall. The group will enjoy informal classes at historic coffeehouses and atop Charles Bridge, 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.
Berlin A city reunited only in the last two decades, Berlin provides the opportunity to visit the economic nucleus of the European Union at the forefront of the green energy, progressive urban development, and contemporary art movements. Students discover how Berlin, riddled by strife and division in the 20th century under the Nazi and Communist regimes, has confronted its troubled history through openness and education as they tour the Topographie des Terrors, Deutsche and Jewish History Museums and profound Holocaust Memorial.
Vienna Coming soon.
All students are enrolled in the Modern European History course and choose one elective as their specialty focus.
Modern European History (major) This course provides an introduction to the evolution of modern European history and state of contemporary European culture through a month-long immersion adventure to Prague, Berlin, London and Barcelona. Daily on-site instruction will provide students with the necessary background information to fully appreciate the distinct historical legacy of each European city. In addition, special cultural seminars will allow each student to express their interests and opinions all while exposing them to the contemporary sides of these great cities. Though the course follows a central theme, no two days are ever alike. Students track down Kafka in Prague's labyrinthine Jewish Quarter, discover the impact of WWII on German re-unification during a special parliamentary session at Berlin's Reichstag and discuss modern and contemporary art and architecture during guided tours throughout London and Barcelona.
Throughout the program, the group will live in 3-star centrally located hotels. All hotels are carefully chosen and visited by Abbey Road staff. Students will share double or triple rooms.
Each weekday begins with a visit to a historical monument, museum, park or neighborhood for onsite classes addressing modern European history and culture. Afternoon and evening activity options change daily and balance cultural events with options for free time, recreation and group meals. The program staff encourages student participation when planning special group events; as a result, students have many opportunities to express their personal interests and goals throughout the program.