SPU European Quarter
European Quarter is SPU's longest running study abroad program! Over the years, hundreds of students have completed the program, earning SPU credit while traveling through Europe learning and living together with fellow students and SPU faculty.
This unique learning experience couples intensive study with opportunities to study the cultures, past and present, of three European nations; Italy, the Czech Republic, and France. Participants will explore both the rich history and traditions of these countries as well as current topics in contemporary society. Students will be introduced to the basic communicative skills in Italian, Czech and French. While your courses will be centered around languages and European Studies, your academic experience will be much more than meeting requirements. You will discover new perspectives, wrestle with challenging questions, and see abstract ideas embodied in real people's lives, all while being a part of a small, Christian learning community.
Your learning will begin well before we depart, as you equip yourself to get the most from your experience in Europe with a course you'll take during Winter Quarter. Once in Europe, our learning will take many forms: some scheduled, like traditional classroom lectures and discussions, site visits to museums and galleries, and cultural events such as concerts and plays; some unscheduled, like good conversations on long bus rides, one-on-one chats with a professor, and encounters with locals on a subway or in a coffee shop. In the end you'll find that learning permeates your whole experience--your classes, your worship, your play, and even mundane tasks like grocery shopping and laundry.
The program will begin with three weeks in Rome, continuing on with two weeks in Prague, and ending in Paris for three weeks. Many day trips and excursions are planned outside of these cities to give you the opportunity to experience the history and beauty of Italy, Czech Republic, and France.
Participants attending European Quarter will take a full spring quarter course load of 15-18 credits. Tuition for the courses is built in to the program fee (see cost page.) Students will register for LCL 3500, LCL 4950, ITL 1100, and will choose one French course by level of proficiency. During Winter Quarter prior to departure, students are required to register for Study Abroad Orientation (LCL 3000).
LCL 3500: Cultural Study Abroad (8 credits)
Offered on study abroad programs. Provides a cultural investigation of the host country and an on-site practicum. The course examines the relationship between past and contemporary cultures as evidenced in the arts and society with special attention to a Christian or religious perspective on the historical growth of the civilization. May be repeated for credit 1 time. Attributes: Cultural Understanding & Engagement (CUE), Upper-Division
LCL 4950: Special Topics (3 credits)
Focuses on different topics relating to the languages and cultures of the world. Topics to be announced in the Online Time Schedule. May be repeated for credit up to 10 credits. Attributes: Upper-Division
LCL 1100: Elementary Italian Abroad (2 credits)
This course will focus on vocabulary and structures needed for basic communication in a focal language of a study abroad program. Designed for students who have not previously studied the language.
Choose one French Course:
FRE 1100: Elementary French Abroad (3 credits)
Elementary French on European Quarter. Designed for students who have not previously studied the language. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits.
FRE 2100: Intermediate French (5 credits)
Intermediate French designed for students on European Quarter who have previously studied the language. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits.
FRE 3100: Advanced French (5 credits)
Advanced French designed for students on European Quarter who have previously studied the language. May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits.
Attributes: Upper Division
Students are required to take the following course during Winter Quarter 2019:
LCL 3000: Study Abroad Orientation (3)
Prepares students intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and practically for an extended study program in other cultures. Gives students a general background in the basic concepts of intercultural communication, including how to make cultural comparisons, how to recognize and cope with culture shock, and how to communicate with people of another culture. May be repeated for credit 1 time. Attributes: Upper-Division
2019 Tentative Calendar*
April 3: Depart Seattle for Rome, Italy on independent flights, arriving the next day
April 4: Program begins
April 26: Travel to Prague, Czech Republic
May 9: Travel to Paris, France
May 29: Program ends. Return to Seattle or continue traveling on your own in Europe!
Accommodations and Meals
Depending on location, students will be housed in hotels, hostels or apartments with other SPU students. While students will find some aspects of these buildings comparable to what they have experienced in the USA, it is important to keep in mind that buildings and apartments in Europe are older, smaller and will have some "character", but not necessarily all the comforts of home.
Accommodations are typically equipped with Wi-fi, but is not guaranteed in all bedrooms, and service may be sporadic. Accommodations are in close proximity to convenient metro and bus lines. Classes may be located within the same building as housing or it's possible might be located within 20-30 minutes walking distance or by public transportation.
Breakfast will be included in most locations, however, most meals are not included, so students should plan for their own meal expenses. We estimate that you should budget for approximately $200 per week for meals. There are plenty of affordable restaurant options nearby, as well as local markets to purchase fresh produce and groceries to prepare your own meals in accommodations that are equipped with cooking facilities.
More information on exact locations will be provided as we confirm our accommodations and a complete itinerary will be given to you prior to departure.
Included in Program Fee:
|2019 Estimated Program Fee:
| $18,600 + $300 Confirmation Payment
Not Included in Program Fee:
- Tuition (15-18 credits)
- Lodging in hotels, hostels, or student apartments
- Some group meals
- Ground transportation, including airport transfers
- Air transportation between Rome, Prague, and Paris
- Entrance fees to group cultural and sightseeing activities
- Weekend excursions
- Medical insurance for the duration of the program
- Airfare to Europe - approximately $1,000 - $1,400
- Most meals. Students should plan to spend approximately $200 per week for meals and snacks. (some housing may include kitchen facilities)
- Personal spending money (souvenirs, snacks, etc.) - varies
- Trip interruption/cancellation insurance. Not required, but highly recommended - costs vary
*Please note that program fees are estimated and may be adjusted due to currency exchange rates and/or number of participants.
Students on the European Quarter program are eligible for financial aid, including state and federal aid, and SPU grants and scholarships. Check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid eligibility before applying.
Students will book flights and travel independently to Europe, as airfare is not included in the program fees to give you maximum flexibility and control. You will book your flight into Rome, Italy, and when the program is over, return home from Paris, France.
Please do not book your flights until you have been accepted to the program, your place has been confirmed by the study abroad office, and travel arrangements have been finalized. Specific information about flights will be emailed to you and provided in your study abroad account. There is no chaperone to accompany students on their flight(s) from the US, but students will be given a time frame to arrive and will be greeted at the airport and transported to student housing.
If you choose to arrive early and not meet at the airport at the designated time, you will be responsible for your own transportation into the city to meet the group. We will give you instructions on how to get to the meeting point.
After the program is over, many students choose to stay in Europe and travel independently. Return airport transportation to the Paris airport is not included in the program fees, so you will need to plan accordingly. There are inexpensive options to get to the airport and you will be advised on the best options.
Once your flights are booked, you must complete the flight information questionnaire in your study abroad account at least 3 weeks prior to departure, providing the study abroad office with flight numbers and times.
Please note that if it is necessary for SPU to cancel the program or if you have reason to cancel after your ticket has been purchased, SPU is not responsible for reimbursing the cost of your ticket. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to purchase flight insurance. We are happy to advise you on cancellation insurance options.
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European Quarter 2019 Faculty Leaders
Dr. Michelle Beauclair
Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
Office: Marston Hall 220
Dr. Kathryn Bartholomew
Associate Professor of Languages and Linguistics
Office: Marston Hall 218