Learn More about Our January 2019 World War I Trip to Europe

Interim 2018 is barely in our rear view mirror, but it’s time to start thinking about January 2019… when Prof. Mulberry and I will take our fourth group of Bethel students to Europe for the travel course HIS230L World War I!

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Here’s the course description:

An experiential study of the history of the First World War built around travel in England, Belgium, France, and Germany, including visits to battlefield sites, cemeteries, memorials, and museums. Students will learn what it was like to experience and remember total war and to appreciate this particular conflict’s larger significance for American and European culture.

The itinerary is still taking shape, but will roughly follow this schedule:

  • Depart MSP: Dec. 31, 2018
  • Stay in London (with a day trip to Oxford): Jan. 1-8
  • Battlefield tour of the Western Front and Normandy: Jan. 9-12
  • Stay in Paris (with a day trip to Versailles): Jan. 13-15
  • Stay in Munich (with a day trip to Dachau): Jan. 16-20
  • Return to MSP: Jan. 21, 2019

Yes, this year we’re cutting a day out of our stay in Paris in order to extend the battlefield tour to include some sites from the Second World War. It’s a topic we’ve always touched on — especially during our last leg in Munich — but wanted to expand a bit as we mark the 100th anniversary of the peace conference that ended WWI and started the clock ticking on WWII. (It’s also a chance to preview my actual WWII class — HIS231L — next offered in Spring 2019. On campus, that is.)

Current students: if you’re interested in joining the trip, here’s how you can learn more.

  • Find our course page on the new Bethel Study Abroad website
  • Stop by our booth at the annual Interim Abroad Fair: Wednesday, March 28, 11am-2pm in the BC Atrium.
  • Attend our first informational session: Tuesday, April 10, 11:15am-noon in CLC 109.

And you can read reflections from students on the 2017, 2015, and 2013 trips here at AC 2nd.

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4 thoughts on “Learn More about Our January 2019 World War I Trip to Europe”

  1. Definitely go! There were many great experiences on the trip, but I think one of my favorite parts was the tour of the Western Front with Carl! There were so many places to stop that it helped lend perspective on how much land WWI took up and how close the two sides were at times.

  2. This trip is incredible!! One of my favorite things we saw were the trenches in Belgium. Your history nerdiness will come out strong on this trip and it’s just the best! I highly recommend this trip. It’s so well planned and thought out. You will get to experience history in a new and exciting way.

  3. Disclaimer: I’m not a history major and I majored in nothing related to history. That being said this course was amongst the top 5 classes I took while at Bethel!
    You learn a ton but you also are given a lot of freedom to explore the cities you visit.
    10/10 would recommend 🙂

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