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UNI Capstone in Germany and Austria
Hamburg, Germany; Salzburg, Austria; Vienna, Austria
Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Major: Liberal and General Studies Type of Programs: Short-term Instructor-led (by a UNI professor), UNI
Language: English Work/Internship: No
Language Study Program: No Credit Type: UNI Direct Credit
Credit Level: Undergraduate Housing Type: Off-campus
ActivityType: Study Income Opportunities: No
Sponsorship: UNI Instructor-led: Yes
Capstone: Yes
Program Description:

The United States culture draws from a mixture of cultures; a review of the immigrant populations that settled in the US shows sizable numbers that came from the Germanic cultures of Europe. This is especially relevant to the Midwest as many individuals in our population, our communities, and religious institutions claim Germanic culture roots. As such, many of UNI's students will identify with these cultural roots and have an interest in visiting these countries. Other students will likewise have an interest in the trip because of this areas' major contributions culturally, historically, scientifically and technologically.
Program Location

Course Leader
Dr. Bart Bergquist, Professor
Department: Biology
Phone: 319- 273-6213
Campus Address: BRC 37
Academic Program

This Capstone course, as a variation of Environment, Technology and Society, will incorporate aspects of all those topical areas in the places that are visited. The trip will cover sites in Germany ranging from the northern areas of Hamburg and Bremerhaven then southward to both urban and rural regions to visit key places of interest including: Neuschwanstein castle, Dachau concentration camp, Munich, lake and mountain regions, Hitler's Eagle Nest, and ancient salt mines. The trip continues to the Austrian city of Salzburg, the home of Mozart, and Hohensalzburg castle. Then to Vienna to visit historic palaces, cathedrals, and gardens etc. And of course along the way we will enjoy a wide variety in cuisine (e.g., pastries etc.) The two plus weeks will cover many of the cities, venues and historical sites that we in the US recognize as important to our own development as a nation and culture.Chiemsee

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrive in Hamburg
Day 2: Wind farm excursionSalzburg
Day 3: Day trip to Bremerhaven; visit the German Emigration Center
Day 4: Train from Hamburg to Munich; free afternoon upon arrival
Day 5: City bus tour; BMW showroom and museum; Olympic Park
Day 6: Alte and Neue Pinakothek; English Garden
Day 7: Dachau concentration camp
Day 8: Neuschwanstein (the Fairy Tale Castle); Oberammergau; check in to hostel on Chiemsee
Day 9: Visit Frauenchiemsee island and/or Herrenchiemsee (copy of Versailles palace)
Day 10: Travel to Berchtesgaden, home of Hitler’s Eagle Nest; salt mine tour
Day 11: Explore Salzburg
Day 12: Mozart’s Birthplace; train to Vienna
Day 13: Schönbrunn Palace; Austrian National Library; Burgtheater
Day 14: Hofburg Palace; St. Stephen’s Cathedral; Imperial Treasury
Day 15: Spanish Riding School performance; free afternoon
Day 16: Depart from Vienna; return to U. S.

Accommodations and Meals

Students will stay in hostels/hotels arranged by the Study Abroad Office and paid for before departure. The students will pay for most meals while abroad. Only a few meals are built into the cost of the program. Students are encouraged to try local foods while abroad.
Program Costs

The total estimated cost for this program is $5,500 - $6,000.

  •  Round-trip airfare
  •  UNI Tuition and Fees for 2 credits
  •  Housing while abroad
  •  Transportation while abroad
  •  Cultural activities
  •  Personal expenses
Students pay UNI tuition and fees (in-state or out-of-state), the $65 application fee, and the study abroad administration fee to participate. See the program's budget sheet for cost details.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 04/01/2014 
Rolling Admission 08/06/2014 08/23/2014
Summer 2015 02/16/2015** Rolling Admission 08/06/2015 08/23/2015

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