At St. Stephen’s University, students have the opportunity to explore world heritage sites, major museums and art galleries, as well as beaches, mountains and cities that most people only ever see on a screen! Come to SSU and experience daily life in Europe with your own eyes.
The Europe study abroad term brings to life and ties together the history, philosophy, literature, and cultural & religious studies that students have begun to learn about in their first couple of years at SSU. Travelling Europe is a mind-blowing learning experience that students remember forever.
SSU students don’t just stay in one place for a term. On the Europe trip, you’ll travel through countries such as France, Spain, Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium and England. And you’ll be travelling with your whole class!
The SSU Europe Program is integrated closely with our four year Liberal Arts curriculum at St. Stephen’s University. The undergraduate curriculum explores essential themes in the development of Western Civilization. Wherever possible in written assignments, group discussions and personal reflections, students are encouraged to consider comparative contexts with which to integrate Western themes with a broader appreciation of other world civilizations.
Students undertake preparatory work prior to their departure, continuing their studies while abroad, under the supervision of SSU faculty and staff members who travel with them. Students complete their academic requirements in the weeks following their return from Europe. This study abroad experience constitutes a full term of interdisciplinary, cross-cultural study, comprising 5 courses (15 credit hours) of course work.
Pedagogically, the program is structured around learning tours and site visits, on-site faculty lectures, student presentations, local guides and experts, class discussions and seminars, creative and critical journaling, interviews, and many practical tasks in student teams.
In addition to this, each day will consist of group activities where students participate in the practical realities of living and learning on the move. These activities include regular community gatherings, helping to prepare meals, washing dishes and shopping for food and supplies. It’s all part of the travel experience!