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EUROPEAN STUDIES PROGRAM
European Studies is celebrating over 30 years of inspiring students to expand their worldview and pursue their academic passions through hands-on experience. 

Founded in 1988, European Studies is the first collaborative study abroad program jointly owned by Rhodes College and The University of the South (Sewanee). The semester-long program provides students with an opportunity to combine study at prestigious Lincoln College, Oxford University, with extensive travel across Continental Europe. Students are immersed in the study of a specific historical period within one of three options:
  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Medieval and Renaissance Europe
  • Contemporary Europe
Each option provides students an unrivalled opportunity to visit many of Europe′s greatest monuments, cities, landscapes and works of art. In 2020, the program will offer the following two options: Medieval and Renaissance Europe and Contemporary Europe.

Apply to European Studies
 (PLEASE only complete one of the two applications - you are given the opportunity in the application to indicate your willingness to participate in either option.)  The program is open to students of all disciplines in good academic and social standing. Application Deadline: February 1. Places tend to be taken up rapidly, so students with a particular preference for one of the options are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Refer to the instructions in this online application.

Fall 2020 Options:
Medieval and Rennaissance Europe Option - APPLY HERE
1. At The University of the South, Swanee, Tennessee:  July 12 - July 31
2. Oxford University, 
Lincoln College:  August 15 - September 26
3. Great Cities of Western Europe: September 26 - October 29
Contemporary Europe Option - APPLY HERE
1. At The University of the South, Swanee, Tennessee:   July 12 - July 31
2. Oxford University, Lincoln College:  August 15 - September 12
3. Berlin, Germany: September 12 - October 24
4. Strasbourg, France: October 25 - November 13

Both options provide a highly enjoyable experience of other cultures and other academic methods that enriches study back on the Rhodes campus. Both options provide a detailed, inter-disciplinary study of an important epoch in the history of Western European civilization. Both give students an unequaled opportunity to visit many of Europe′s greatest monuments, cities, landscapes and works of art; including a private visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome. Participants in European Studies are offered a unique number of privileged entrances on the Continent; in Britain, students enjoy visits to a Shakespeare production at the Globe Theatre in London and to a major London ballet or opera. These special opportunities are arranged by European Studies through long-established contacts in Europe.


Curriculum
A total of 18 credits is possible for the successful completion of this program. All courses are approved as meeting major, general or foundational degree requirements in the appropriate department or division as noted. The credits are applied directly to degree requirements and are factored into the home institution grade point average.

Western Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
This option is an interdisciplinary study of the religion, literature, art and history of Europe in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Classroom study and European travel combine to provide a stimulating and integrated approach to the rich cultural diversity of Europe. In Europe, students will be taught by European faculty. The program is designed to appeal to students with a particular interest in the humanities. A total of 18 credits is possible for the successful completion of this option. All courses are approved as meeting major, general or foundational degree requirements in the appropriate department or division as noted. 


Contemporary European Option
This option focuses on issues related to contemporary Europe including such key topics as  immigration and integration; European identity; post-WWII European history, and European visual culture. Students will be taught primarily by Sewanee and Rhodes faculty members and have the opportunity to engage with their host societies, including home-stays in Berlin. The program is designed to appeal to students interested in contemporary Europe. A total of 20 credits is possible for the successful completion of this option. All courses are approved as meeting major, general or foundation degree requirements in the appropriate department or division as noted. Since courses in this option are developed annually, some variation in topics may occur from year to year although the departments and general fields of study remain constant
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Costs:
Rhodes and Sewanee students pay home school tuition. Other students will be charged the Rhodes rate for tuition, room and board. On application to the program, the student pays a non-refundable $300 deposit. Rhodes and Sewanee students pay their tuition and fees directly to their home institution, receiving any merit- and/or need-based financial aid for which they qualify.

Cost includes: All tuition; complete room and board while at Rhodes or Sewanee, Lincoln College, Oxford, on the Continent, and in London; all program excursions and any day expeditions; all transportation in Great Britain and on the Continent; admissions to museums visited for group study; an International Student Identity Card; and program health insurance.


Cost does NOT include: Trans-Atlantic airfare from the United States to Great Britain; text books; and incidental, personal expenses.

European Studies Staff

Dr. Sally Dormer, Dean of European Studies (B.A., University of Durham; M.A., Ph.D., University of London, Courtauld Institute of Art.)
Stevens Anderson, Associate Dean of European Studies (B.A., The University of the South; M.A., University of Virginia.)