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  • Locations: Munich, Germany; Nuremberg, Germany; Paris, France; Trier, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer II
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program:
Language of Instruction:
Minimum GPA:
2.5 or by Professor Permission Faculty-Led Program Status: Available
College: College of Arts & Science Credits: 6 credits
Class Standing: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

War in Europe

Program Description

War in Europe


The program's academic goal is to introduce the student to the historical, sociological, and literary understanding of the concept and consequences of War in Europe (with special emphasis on the First and Second World Wars). Each participating professor will teach a specific course in his field that relates to the overarching themes of armed conflict in Europe, focusing on the impact war has on individuals, institutions, and governments, as well as how people process and remember warfare. The specific courses you can choose from include "Sociology of War," "War and Society in Germany," and "Written in Blood: A Literature of War in Europe." In addition, each professor will team0teach a highly interactive and experiential course entitled: "The Wars of Our Fathers: Encountering and Interpreting Armed Conflict in Europe." This course will rely heavily on the hands-on experiences offered through the study abroad program that encompasses museums, historic sites, and tours within Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and Germany to understand the global issues and impact of war. Students also explore the theme of war in different modes of comprehensive and interdisciplinary inquiry by reading a variety of literatures on the topic of war in Europe, participating in a number of field trips, critical writing exercises, and a group documentary project. Below are the fours study abroad program objectives:

1) To develop an interdisciplinary perspective of armed conflict and war in Europe.
2) To enhance critical thinking skills that can deconstruct the causes and consequences of war in Europe.
3)  To understand the impact of armed conflict on individuals, families, and communities of the past, present, and future.
4) To develop skills in writing and documentary projects.

The program will also satisfy General Education requirements within the proposed theme of "War in Europe." These include: 
1 A) Recognize, differentiate, and effectively employ appropriate and increasingly sophisticated strategies to collect and interpret information. 
1 C) Examine and evaluate how their own personal, historical, and cultural perspectives affect the discover and generation of knowledge. 
1 E) Apply theories from a variety of disciplines and advance convincing reasons to connect as well as differentiate theories from different domains of knowledge. 
2 E) Read actively and analytically at the college level  and synthesize and apply information and ideas from their reading across disciplines.
3 C) Demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively about the relationship between local regions and global issues, processes, trends, and systems.
3 D) Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues related to cultural diversity in the United States and other areas of the world. 



All students must take the following course:
SOC/HIS 3530 – The Wars of Our Fathers: Encountering and Interpreting Armed Conflict in Europe – 3 credits

All students must choose one from the following courses:
SOC 3800 – Sociology of War – 3 credits
HIS 3535 – War and Society in Modern Europe – 3 credits

Program Cost

All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OiED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

Paid to Appalachian State
  6 credits  
App Tuition & Fees1 Student Accounts  
Program Cost2 $4,093.83  
1Tuition and fees for summer programs can be found at this link. After selecting the appropriate summer tuition and fees cost sheet scroll down to "Study Abroad Rates". Please note that summer tuition and fees are updated during the spring semester.
2Program Cost includes in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, some meals, and OIED/CCS administrative fee..

Estimated Additional Costs
Meals $600
Personal Expenses1 $250
Visa2 $0
Passport $150
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Some non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa prior to entering France. 

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. 
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheet.

Payment Schedule

  Amount Date Due
Deposit $300 Submit with application
1st Payment $1,500.00 1/31/19
2nd Payment $1,146.92 2/28/19
3rd Payment $1,146.91 3/31/19

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.

Financial Aid

If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
  1. Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
  2. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
  3. Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.


OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.


Program Itinerary

The international component of this course will run from June 30 to July 22, 2019.

Pre-Program Meetings

Three to four pre-program meetings; dates and times TBD.

Program Leaders

Dr. Edward Behrend-Martinez
History Department

Dr. Ed Behrend-Martínez is a Professor of History at Appalachian State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002. Ed has traveled widely throughout Europe, and often conducts his research in Spanish archives. He is broadly interested in the everyday lives of early modern Europeans and is currently studying the History of interpersonal and domestic violence. As a professor at App State, Ed teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the History of Marriage, early modern Europe, and Gender. He has recently published works on male and female sexuality and gender in the past. He is currently working on a monograph about domestic violence in early modern Spain.

Dr. Cameron Lippard
Sociology Department

Dr. Lippard loves studying abroad since he has led or co-led over 10 programs to places around the world. At Appalachian, Dr. Lippard teaches courses on race and ethnic relations, war, immigration, and research methods in the Department of Sociology. His research interests have focused on Latino immigration to the United States but have also ventured into understanding the cultural relevance of craft beer and moonshine. On the trip, he will be teaching the course, “Sociology of War,” as well as the team-taught course. Dr. Lippard sees this trip as not only a pilgrimage to broaden one’s views of the world but also as a unique opportunity to link the past to the present and the personal to the social outcomes of armed conflict. 


How to Apply

    • Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
    • Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
    • Select the Student Tab.
    • Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
    • Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
    • Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
    • Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building.
    • Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order. Please note that Student Accounts can no longer accept credit card payments in person, but they can take credit card payments online. Online credit and debit card payments are subject to a non-refundable 2.75% transaction fee.
    • Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
         Union, Suite 321.
    • OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OIED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Evening workshops are also available. For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.

You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.


Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program online student application form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 03/15/2019 but applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early.

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.