Pumhart von Steyr: Pappenheim2018 May Term Abroad: War, Cities and Memory in Central Europe: Vienna and Budapest

Credits: 6 (HIST)
Dates: May 23-June 12, 2018
Estimated Cost:
$6335 (please see details below)
Application available online December 1, 2018
Application and deposit due February 7, 2018
Scholarships: Hampden-Sydney students are eligible to apply for the H-SC Garlick and Blogging awards.  Please see the Abroad Scholarships page for application links; applications are due January 10.

Dr. James Frusetta
Dr. Anca Glont (University of Dayton)

Instead of reading about the history of Central Europe, make two of its capitals your laboratory. The Central Europe program is a practicum where you'll take in and take apart how the history of Vienna and Budapest is represented to the public. How do memory and history intersect - and what do Austrians and Hungarians wish to remember about their shared past? Explore and experience these cities to understand their history first-hand.

Vienna: The capital of the Habsburg Empire, Vienna was founded by the Romans in 15 BC. Famed as a city of art, music and architecture Vienna's martial past shouldn't be forgotten - site of two Ottoman sieges and the capital of an empire that lasted for 500 years. Vienna was extensively rebuilt in the nineteenth century as an imperial showpiece where each brick laid reflected the glory of the empire. 

Budapest: Declared "the world's second best city" by Condé Nast in 2013, Budapest was founded in 1878 when the towns of Buda and Pest were unified. Budapest is a beautiful town of museums, churches and cafes - but also the site of medieval battles, revolt in 1848, Soviet invasion in 1945 and Soviet intervention in 1956. A commercial center of the empire, Budapest became co-capital in 1867 - and was redesigned to reflect its new political importance. Vienna and Budapest are not just cities of historic importance: they're modern European capitals famous for food, music and café culture where trams, extensive subway systems and bike sharing make it easy to explore the inner city.

University-level courses will be taught by Dr. James Frusetta (Hampden-Sydney College) and Dr. Anca Glont (University of Dayton).

Students will enroll in both of the following courses. Both courses are experiential practicums - instead of lectures, we'll explore museums, monuments, and urban settings to feel the resonance between public sites, memory and history.

HIST 285: War and Public Memory in Central Europe
Explore in an experiential practicum how national museums, memorials and monuments in Vienna and Budapest depict the history of warfare from the Ottoman-Habsburg Wars through the Second World War and Soviet occupation. How do these memories reflect contemporary concerns about the past - and which pasts?

HIST 285: Imperial Capitals: History, Politics and Urban Spaces
Vienna and Budapest shared the distinction of being the co-capitals of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Explore the intersection of politics and economic change in the nineteenth century - and discover in passing a cast of entreprenuers, dreamers and demagogues that left their mark on two of Europe's capital cities.

ITINERARY (subject to change)

  • May 23    Flight to Vienna
  • May 24    Arrival in Vienna
  • May 24-June 3    Classes in Vienna
  • June 3    Travel by train to Budapest
  • June 3-June 11  Classes in Budapest
  • June 12      Flight back to U.S.

Students will stay in hotels or hostels in shared rooms.  Breakfasts and some group meals are included in the program.  Students will be responsible for most lunches and dinners.

Flights are not included in the estimated cost, but will be included in most students' final cost.  Once the size of the group has been determined, the Office of Global Education will organize a group flight for the program. All students are encouraged to join the group flight and must work with Dr. Widdows to make any alternative arrangements.  Faculty will accompany students on the group flight.

Students will need a valid passport to leave the U.S.; the passport must also be valid for at least six months after the program return date of June 12, 2018.  Students who do not already have a passport or need to renew theirs are advised most strongly to apply for one as soon as they are accepted to the program as it can take approximately eight weeks to receive it.  For more information, please review the State Department's webiste: http://travel.state.gov

U.S. citizens do not need a visa for stays of 90 days or less:

Students are advised to schedule an appointment with their primary care physician or health provider several weeks before departure to obtain any recommended and/or required vaccines or immunizations.  Students are responsible for ensuring that all routine travel and immunizations are up-to-date.

Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website for information on recommended and require immunizations for travelers: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list

Please see the information on our May Term Abroad page

The cost is curently estimated at $6335 and will cover two courses, medical insurance, housing, some meals and group transportation. The fee does not include airfare, textbooks, most meals, and personal expenditures. Final cost will depend on the number of students; the estimated cost is based upon a minimum number of 15 students.  February 7: $500 deposit and application due.  After the number of participants has been determined, the full program cost will be finalized and bills posted.

Last updated: 08-23-2017