Medieval Europe Study Tour

Program Facts

Program Type: UA Faculty-led

Credit Type: UA Direct Credit

Level of Study: Undergraduate

GPA: 2.5

Class Eligibility: Freshman , Sophomore , Junior , Senior

Language of Instruction: English

Program Open To: UA and Non-UA Students

Explore Medieval Europe Study Tour

Summer 2024 Dates: TBD | Please do not purchase plane tickets until you have received instructions from Study Abroad.

UArizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, an expert in Medieval Studies and the Renaissance, leads this exciting and educational tour through Europe, taking students to sites which reflect the structural, social, cultural, and political impact of the Middle Ages on the European continent.

Participants from all academic disciplines are welcome! 

The diverse backgrounds of each student add unique perspectives and rich educational opportunities to the Medieval Europe Study Tour, which is a wonderful fit for students who are interested in the Middle Ages, are keen to walk and hike all over Europe, and are excited to be team player travelers.


Participants earn 6 units for GER 392 Directed Research.


Medieval Answers to Modern Problems, ed. Albrecht Classen (San Diego: Cognella, 2012)

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UArizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, an expert in Medieval Studies and the Renaissance (
Dr. Classen has achieved numerous professional distinctions and teaching awards, has numerous publications in his field, and is a leading scholar in North America and abroad. He is a fun-loving person, enjoys volleyball and cycling, and has yet to meet a student who could exhaust him on any of the program excursions.

Program Assignments and Expectations:

Students should be ready to:

  • Actively participate in class and the excursions
  • Keep an intensive journal
  • Reflect on course readings and site visits, as well as write critically about them
  • Make important connections between their learning in the program and the curriculum in their majors
  • Stay on the go -- this program includes rigorous walking and hiking


Arizona International scholarships: 

Departmental scholarships:

External scholarships:

Professor Classen will interview all program applicants. Non-UArizona students may interview by telephone.

Application Deadline:

Priority Deadline: January 25

Applications will be accepted until February 25 if there is still room in the program.


Students will stay in 3-star hotel rooms (double or triple occupancy) with single beds. Rooms will have private bathrooms. Laundry services may be available, but will be at the students' expense.


The program will primarily use tour bus transportation, which will allow maximum comfort and mobility for the program participants. All tour buses will have AC and reclining seats.

Tentative itinerary for 2024: TBD

Program Price Includes:

  • Tuition for 6 units of UA direct credit
  • Hotel stays
  • Bus and rail transportation between cities and airport transportation on either end of the trip
  • Entrance fees for excursions
  • Daily breakfast
  • Welcome dinner

“This was a life changing experience.”

“Dr. Classen was a fantastic teacher who worked incredibly hard to make sure everyone understood what the connections were and why we went to the places we did.”

“Classen’s level of enthusiasm and knowledge is truly inspiring. I learned so much from him on this tour.”

“Best class I’ve taken.”

“Most passionate professor I’ve ever had.”

“I feel I have grown so much as a person through this class. Dr. Classen loves his field and it inspires me to love the Middle Ages as well.”

“What can I say about this class that is critical? This trip was not long enough. I feel as though my appetite has only been fed a crumb, my thirst hardly quenched. . . . I am forever grateful for this trip and I know it will leave an imprint on my heart for the rest of my life.”

Term: Summer
Application Deadline: February 25
Start Date: mid-May
End Date: mid-June

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