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UNT Faculty Led: World War II in Europe (HNRS)
Aachen, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; Caen, France; Paris, France (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: UNT applicants only
Program Cost: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fields of Study:
History, Honors, International Studies, Political Science
Minimum GPA Requirement:
Program Type:
Faculty Led
UNT Faculty Leader(s):
Rafael Major (
Undergraduate Students
Faculty Led Program Term:
Summer 3WK (Maymester)
Language of Instruction:
UGRAD Credit Hours:
3 UNT hours
Program Contact in SAO:
Ms. Kathryn Conrad (
Program Features:
Low Cost Program
Program Description:

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Quick Facts

  • Maymester Abroad in Europe
  • Study International Conflict with Dr. Eric Gruver and Dr. Raphael Major
  • On Campus Classes May 13-14, 2019
  • Depart US for Paris, France May 15, 2019
  • Program Begins May 16, 2019
  • Program Ends - Depart for US June 2, 2019
  • Open to all majors

Overview Landing Craft (Omaha Beach)

The Honors College is a unique institution within the University of North Texas with high achieving students that represent every college and almost every department on campus. The composition of our student body allows for a truly interdisciplinary and liberal arts environment meant to challenge and enhance academic life across campus. This ambitious project will enhance professional development within the college as well as offer an immediate impact on international curriculum integration in current courses. 2016 marked the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor which thrust the U.S. into a more active role in the international conflict of World War II. Many of the men and women who served during the War have long since passed, and many never told their stories to anyone, thus robbing U.S. citizens a crucial portion of their collective memory. Perhaps just as important, however, is the war experiences of the European civilian population who experienced the conflict in their respective countries. Our proposal aims to provide opportunities for students to experience the war from the European point of view in the UNT classroom and eventually escorting students to war's sites for in-depth international research on both the physical and intellectual effects on European life.

Wanna walk the paths of German and Allied soldiers during World War II? This course highlights the fall, occupation, and eventual liberation of France and Belgium, from Allied and German perspectives. Begin the journey in Paris, walk the beaches of the D-Day invasion, and view foxholes and gun emplacements at Battle of the Bulge sites.


Location Tank in Bulge, Belgium

Today Paris is known as the "City of Lights" and is a huge fashion capital of the world. Go back to the 1930's and 1940's and it is a different story. Students will start their stay by touring Paris and learning about the French resistance and German occupation. Students 

The weather is usually warm and sunny, with average day time temperatures of around 24°C/75°F, and rain roughly 1 in 5 days.

Students will stay in Caen, France while visiting the famous Omaha Beach in Normandy. On the early morning of June 6, 1944 (D-Day), the Western Allies of World War II launched the largest amphibious invasion in history. Students will get to tour the beaches from an American perspective as well as a British and Canadian perspective. 
Students will get to visit the battlefield sites and Memorials in Aachen. After being heavily damaged in World War II, Aachen has now developed into a technology hub. 

Excursion and Day Trip Destinations:

Students will also have an overnight stay in Brussels.

Housing, Meals, and Internet AccessNormandy Supply WWII

Students will be staying in hotels throughout their stay. UNT students will only room with other UNT students. 

Breakfast will be provided every morning at the hotel. A welcome lunch and a farewell dinner is also included. 

Wifi will be available at the hotels.

Passport and Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to obtain a passport and determine whether a visa is necessary for travel to any countries visited while traveling to and during this program. Limited information may be provided by the UNT Study Abroad Office, your Faculty Leader(s), and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Withdrawal Policy.

  • It takes 6-8 weeks to receive a U.S. Passport from the time of application. Students are advised to begin the application process early to avoid unnecessary stress and additional expense. The Study Abroad Office recommends applying for your passport as soon as you start thinking about studying abroad. 
  • If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the UNT U.S. Passport Acceptance Office.
  • Many countries require that passports remain valid for at least six months after the program return date.  For this program, passports should be valid through December 2, 2019.
  • General visa information.
  • Visa information specific to France, Germany, and Belgium
  • Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens are advised to contact their Study Abroad Advisor and begin independently researching the visa requirements as soon as possible.


Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one or more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Although UNT cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the UNT Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Students need to be mobile for up to five miles per day and carry 25 pounds for hours at a time.


$100 Application Fee - February 17, 2019 - Non-refundable. If the program is cancelled, the application fee will be returned.

$500 Faculty Led Program Deposit - Due upon acceptance.  Non-refundable. The payment of the deposit is what secures a student's participation in the program and what authorizes UNT to make financial arrangements on his/her behalf. If the program is cancelled, the deposit will be returned.

Faculty Led Program Fee- April 26, 2019 – Payable via MyUNT to cover programmatic arrangements such as lodging, meals, cultural activities, etc.  Once publicly listed on this webpage, the advertised program charge will not change. 
The program fee for this program covers:

  • Lodging
  • Included meals
  • Excursions
  • Transportation for program activities abroad
  • UNT Health and Accident Insurance
  • Study Abroad Administrative Service

UNT Tuition and Fees – Payable via MyUNT at your regular tuition rate.

View BUDGET SHEET for detailed cost breakdown.


Students are responsible for booking their own flights to and from the program location. Faculty leaders will provide specific arrival instructions for each group, and there may be a recommended group flight. DO NOT book flights prior to receiving notice that you have been accepted into the program, that the program has sufficient enrollment to run, and the arrival and departure instructions for your group. 


Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. Please be sure that you carefully read the Withdrawal Policy before submitting your application. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your Study Abroad Advisor for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Tab to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Meet with a Money Coach to better understand your financial aid package and develop your funding plan.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

Applying to Study Abroad

Ready to start your study abroad journey? Learn the process. An "Apply" button will appear at the top of this page when the application period opens for this program. Before you begin an application, you may preview application documents.


Faculty Leader
Eric Gruver 
Associate Dean
Sage Hall 257
Contact Regarding:
  • Academics
  • Syllabus
  • Itinerary
  • In-Country Experience
Faculty Co-Leader
Rafael Major
Senior Lecturer 
Sage Hall 202A
Contact Regarding:
  • Academics
  • Syllabus
  • Itinerary
  • In-Country Experience
Study Abroad Advisor
Kathryn Conrad 
Faculty-Led Coordinator
Study Abroad Office
Contact Regarding:
  • Applications
  • Payments
  • Funding Resources


Links to Additional Resources

This program is currently not accepting applications.