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Western Europe: The International Study of Culture and Customs- Summer
Amsterdam, Netherlands; Auxerre, France; Besancon, France; Brussels, Belgium; Cologne, Germany; Dijon, France; Heidelberg, Germany; Innsbruck, Austria; Lucerne, Switzerland; Madrid, Spain; Munich, Germany; Paris, France; Venice, Italy; Verona, Italy
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Name: Western Europe: The International Study of Culture and Customs Country: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands
Region: Europe Term: Summer
City: Amsterdam, Auxerre, Besancon, Brussels, Cologne, Dijon, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Venice, Verona GPA Requirement: 2.75
Class: Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Program Description:

About Brockport's International Study of Culture and Customs Summer Program

Examines the culture and customs of Western European countries and involves traveling to the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France and Spain. This 17-day European tour explores the range of activities, beliefs, behaviors and ideas of groups of people with shared traditions including social customs, leisure activities, dress, celebrations, foods and rituals.

The Brockport International Study of Culture and Customs Program offers you the opportunity to:

  • Understand how culture creates and transforms individual experiences, everyday community life, and social relations,
  • Identify comparisons between US and European lifestyle focusing on attitudes, values, behaviors, celebrations and rituals,
  •  Understand the historical events that shaped each unique culture,
  • Learn about the Arts and architecture that are unique each Western European country,
  • Promote cultural competence though interacting with individuals from different cultures,
  • Enhance the ability to make observation, analyze situations and form a perspective using critical thinking skills and document finding effectively.

  brussels  grand canal
   amsterdam  dijon  neuschwanstein castle

Housing & Orientation


All accommodation costs are included in the program fee.


Total Program Cost for Summer 2014 Western Europe: $5,658.00 (est.)
Western Europe Sum 14 EST.pdf

Total Program Cost for Summer 2014 Western Europe-Graduate: $6,039.00 (est.)
Western Europe Sum 14 GRAD NYS EST.pdf


  • Program Acceptance Fee
  • SUNY Tuition
  • Pre-departure orientation materials
  • Round-trip Flight
  • Program Activities and Transportation
  • Most Meals
  • Accommodations
  • Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services

Does Not Include:
  • Campus Specific Fees (i.e. College Fee, Technology Fee)*
  • Health Insurance
  • Passport
  • Additional Meals
  • Text Books and Supplies
  • Miscellaneous Expenses

The actual amount that you will spend depends heavily on your style of living, and will vary with each individual's personal spending habits, entertainment  preferences and travel choices.

Financial Aid applies towards tuition and fees

*Varies depending on the SUNY campus at which the participant pays tuition. 
**The SUNY International Health Insurance is mandatory and will be included on the student's Brockport invoice. 



Students will earn 3 credit hours. 

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1: Start Tour 

Day 2 Hallo Amsterdam
  • Meet your Tour Director and check into hotel
  • Amsterdam City Walk: Royal Palace, Albert Cuyp market, Red Light District
  • Traditional Dutch Pannenkoeken Dinner

Day 3 Amsterdam Landmarks
  • Amsterdam Tour Director-Led Sightseeing Tour: Canal guided cruise , Diamond factory visit, Anne Frank’s house visit
  • Hard Rock Cafe dinner

Day 4 Amsterdam--Belgium
  • Bruges Tour Director-Led Sightseeing Tour
  • Theme dinner

Day 5 Belgium--Heidelberg via Cologne
  • Travel to Heidelberg via Cologne
  • Heidelberg Tour Director-Led Sightseeing Tour: Heidelberg Castle & wine barrel visit, University, Marktplatz

Day 6 Heidelberg--Munich
  • Munich City Walk
  • Bavarian Bratwurst dinner

Day 7 Munich Landmarks
  • Munich Guided Sightseeing Tour: Residenz, Nymphenburg Palace, Alte Pinakothek, Deutsches Museum, BMW headquarters, Olympic site of 1972, Frauenkirche, Neues Rathaus, Marienplatz, Hofbräuhaus
  • Neuschwanstein visit

Day 8 Munich--Venice via Innsbruck
  • Travel to Venice via Innsbruck

Day 9 Venice Landmarks
  • Venice Guided Walking Sightseeing Tour with Whisper headsets: St. Mark’s Square, Basilica, Doges’ Palace visit, Glass-blowing demonstration

Day 10 Venice--Lucerne via Verona
  • Travel to Lucerne via Verona
  • Verona Tour Director-led Sightseeing Tour: Romeo and Juliet balcony, Roman Arena

Day 11 Lucerne Landmarks
  • Lucerne Tour Director-Led Sightseeing Tour: Löwendenkmal, River Reuss, Kapellbrücke
  • Optional Mt. Pilatus Excursion ($75)
  • Traditional Swiss Dinner with Fondue

Day 12 Lucerne--Dijon via Besancon
  • Travel to Dijon via Besancon
  • Tour director-led sightseeing of Besancon

Day 13 Dijon--Paris via Auxerre
  • Travel to Paris via Auxerre
  • Dinner in Latin Quarter

Day 14 Paris Landmarks
  • Paris Guided Sightseeing Tour: Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, École Militaire, Les Invalides, Conciergerie, Tuileries, Place Vendôme, Opera House
  • Optional Versailles Guided Excursion ($80): State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, Gardens of Versailles
  • Seine River Sightseeing Cruise

Day 15 Paris--Madrid
  • Fly to Madrid
  • Theme dinner

Day 16 Madrid Landmarks
  • Madrid Guided Sightseeing Tour: Calle Mayor, Gran Via, Cibeles fountain, Alcala Gate, Columbus square, Royal Palace visit
  • Prado visit

Day 17 End Tour

 paris  Switzerland  heidelberg
lucerne  madrid


Summer 2014: 

July 6th- July 22nd, 2014 

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2014 03/28/2014 
Rolling Admission 07/06/2014 07/22/2014

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.