Summer Abroad Europe

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The Grand Tour

London, Paris, Mont Blanc, Rome; United Kingdom, France, Italy

Arrive Date: August 17, 2019   End Date: September 14, 2019

Program Overview

This program introduces students to the Grand Tour—a voyage through France and Italy undertaken by young Englishmen, and eventually women, of the 17th and 18th centuries. The Grand Tour was designed to broaden the horizons of elite British youth by introducing them to continental languages and diplomacy, art and architecture, nature, culture, and geography—it was, in short, the culmination of an aristocratic education. We start in London and, following in the footsteps of the young men and women of a bygone era, we will make stops in Paris, Chamonix-Mont Blanc, and Rome. At each stage of our journey, we will retrace the literary, cultural, and artistic itinerary of the young people who took the Grand Tour centuries ago to learn more about the wide, wild world and their own privileged place within it.

Taught in:  English

Max Enrollment:  32

Program Coordinator:  Jennifer Moylan


Humanities (HUM) 180Topics in the Humanities (4 units)

Humanities (HUM) 198Directed Group Study (4 units, P/NP)

Program Highlights

  • Visit London, Paris, the Alps, Rome, Naples, and Pompeii all in one Summer Abroad class.
  • Learn about the history of European travel in the 16th through the 19th centuries.
  • Explore the history, art, architecture, cuisine, a culture of three great cities.
  • Visit the tallest mountain in Western Europe and an ice cave in a glacier.
  • Share your journey with a close-knit community of fellow students.

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