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  • Locations: Innsbruck, Austria; Lucerne, Switzerland; Munich, Germany; Salzburg, Austria; Vienna, Austria
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Costs: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-led GPA Requirement: 2.5
Education Abroad Advisor: Melanie Caron Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Fields of Study: Education
Program Description:

NAU in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland:
Integrated Curriculum and Place-Based Education

July 3 - 17, 2022

Faculty Leader: Professor Brian Stone, Ed.D.

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Students in the NAU in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland program will have the opportunity to explore multiple historical and cultural sites across central Europe with a particular focus on integrated curriculum, place-based education, and culturally responsive teaching.  Students will develop knowledge of current theories and practices used in K-8 settings with regard for integrated, thematic units including project-based learning, centers, and small group instruction.  Furthermore, students will immerse in the local heritage, cultures, historical sites, and religious sites.  Students will develop strategies to build multicultural awareness and issues of diversity in their classroom.  Students will also learn how to integrate experiences across language arts, mathematics, sciences, social studies, and the arts.  Students will have the opportunity to develop dynamic integrated units with meaningful activities built through the lived experience of their travels.  The program will involve course readings, seminars, a field notebook, and the development of an integrated unit.
Highlights of the program include seeing the Glockenspiel and Hofbrauhaus in Munich, a tour of the medieval walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a tour of the world-famous Neuschwanstein castle, tickets to the once-a-decade Passion Play in Oberammergau (in production since 1634), traveling via cog railway to the Matterhorn in Switzerland, visiting Mozart’s birthplace, seeing the Mauthausen concentration camp, and seeing the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna.

Course Information

ECI 593: In-Service Teacher Workshop Credits – 3 credits
ECI 697: Independent Study Credits - 1 or 3 credits
ECI 499: Contemporary Developments Credits: 1 or 3 credits
Students may use these courses either in their undergraduate or graduate degree programs as electives thatSU20 FL GerAusSwitz 3inform their teaching practice.  None of these courses are required for any specific degree program, but they are all approved electives in multiple degree programs.

Program Dates

July 3 - 17, 2021

Tentative Itinerary (subject to change):

July 3rd
5:00 pm           Meet at British Airways ticket counter in Terminal 4
7:15 pm           Depart Phoenix on British Airways Flight #288
July 4th
1:15 pm           Arrive in London
4:30 pm           Depart London on British Airways Flight #954
7:30 pm           Arrive in Munich, clear Customs and Immigrations and transfer to the Mercure Hotel München City Center in the heart of Munich.  Dinner is on your own.
July 5th
7:00-9:00 am  Breakfast
9:30 am           Board the bus for a trip to Dachau Concentration Camp. Dachau was the first of Hitler’s Concentration Camps or as he called them “Work Camps”.  This camp served as a model for all later concentration camps and as a "school of violence”.  In the twelve years of its existence over 200,000 people from all over Europe were imprisoned here and in the numerous subsidiary camps.  On April 29, 1945 American troops liberated the survivors. Here you will see the type of brutal treatment that was imposed on prisoners.  We will spend approximately 3 hours at the camp.
The remainder of the day is free to visit the many attractions in the city of Munich.  You may enjoy a visit to witness the Glockenspiel at Marienplatz Square, or perhaps enjoy a beer at the world famous Hofbrahaus.  Dinner is on your own.
July 6th
7:00-9:00 am  Breakfast
9:30 am           Board the bus for a day trip to Fussen, Germany where we will enjoy a tour of Neuschwanstein Castle.  This castle was first built in 1869 but was not occupied until 1873.  The castle was constructed by King Ludwig II, however he never lived to see the completion.  This castle is the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland.  Dinner is on your own.
July 7th
7:00-8:00 am  Breakfast
8:30 am           Board the bus for a two-and-a-half-hour ride for a day trip to Rothenburg ob der Tauber.  This well-preserved medieval town was the inspiration for the town in Disney’s Pinocchio and portions of the final Harry Potter movies were filmed here.  It is a walled city and is probably the best shopping town in Germany.  Lovely prints, carvings, wine glasses, Christmas tree ornaments, and beer steins are popular shopping items.  The Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum may be an interesting stop for the curious.  Dinner is on your own.

July 8th           
7:00-9:00 am  Breakfast
9:30 am           Board the bus for our departure for a 2-hour bus ride to Salzburg, Austria.  We will be staying at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.  The remainder of the day is free to visit such sites as Mozart’s birthplace and residence and Old Town attractions including the Salzburg Dom Cathedral.  The cathedral was one of the first Italian Baroque buildings north of the Alps.  You can also find Saint Peter’s Church and many other sites along the Getreidegasse (Old Town’s main street).  Dinner is on your own.
July 9th
7:00-9:00 am  Breakfast
9:15 am           Board the bus for a half day experience of the “Sound of Music Tour”.  A guide will board our bus and we will see the original filming locations for the Sound of Music film including Mirabell Gardens, the Pegasus Fountain, and the Hellbrunn Palace.  The remainder of the day is free. Dinner is on your own.
July 10th
7:00-8:00 am  Breakfast
8:30 am           Depart for a tour of Berchtesgaden.  Here we will tour the Eagle’s Nest which was Hilter’s headquarters during World War II. We will board a specially designed bus which will take us halfway up the mountain.  Then a tunnel leads us to an elevator which will take us 355 feet up to a restaurant, which was once a Nazi office complex, but was destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in 1947.  Our bus will return us to Salzburg at the end of the day. Dinner is on your own.
July 11th  
7:00-8:30 am  Breakfast
8:45 am           Depart for a 5 1/2-hour bus ride to Zurich, Switzerland.  In route we will stop at the famous ski resort of Innsbruck, where the Winter Olympics were held in 1964 and 1976.  We will be staying at the Swissotel Zurich. It is important to note that the currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc instead of the Euro used in Germany, Austria and France.  Dinner is on your own.
July 12th 
7:00-9:00 am  Breakfast
9:30 am           Board the bus for a half day tour of the beautiful Rhein Falls.  The falls are at the headwaters of the Rhein River and offers spectacular views of the rushing waters cascading through the rocks to the river below.  The afternoon will be free to enjoy the many attractions of Zurich which
may include the Swiss National Museum sometimes called the Landesmuseum, or stroll the Bahnhofstrasse, one of the most exclusive shopping avenues in the world.  Dinner is on your own.
July 13th
7:00-9:00 am  Breakfast        
9:30 am           Depart for a 4-hour scenic bus ride to Zermatt, Switzerland.  Here we will check into the Hotel National.  Zermatt is home to the famous Matterhorn and is unique for being a town that does not use automobiles.  If you would like to go paragliding or ziplining, this would be the place to go!  Dinner is on your own.
July 14th
7:00-9:00 am  Breakfast
9:30 am           Board the Gornergrat Mountain Railway for our exciting trip 10,270 feet above the city of Zermatt with breathtaking views of the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise.  Be sure to have some warm clothes on this adventure. The only way to reach the summit of the Matterhorn is to join a mountain climbing team, which will not be included in this excursion and would require extensive training.  Dinner is on your own.
July 15th
7:00-9:00 am  Breakfast
9:30 am           Depart Zermatt for a 2 ½ hour scenic bus ride to Geneva, Switzerland.  We will stay at the N’VY Hotel.  Geneva is a city located on the beautiful Lake Geneva.  If you want to enjoy a water excursion, a short cruise between Geneva and Chateau de Chillon would be fun.  A farewell dinner will be held at a place to be determined at 6:00 pm.
July 16th
7:00-8:30 am  Breakfast
9:00 am           Board the bus for a day trip to Chamonix, France. Here we will board the Aiguille du Midi cable lift that goes up 3842 meters up Mount Blanc.  Mount Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps.  The ride on the cable car is scheduled at 10:30 am, and the views from the top are breathtaking.  We will depart Chamonix at approximately 2:00 pm for our return to Geneva.  Dinner is on your own.
July 17th
7:00-8:00 am  Breakfast
9:00 am           Depart for Geneva Airport
11:45 am         Depart Geneva on United Airlines Flight # 975
3:00 pm           Arrive in Washington D.C., Dulles Airport. Clear Customs and Immigrations.
5:05 pm           Depart Washington D.C. on United Airlines Flight # 1470
7:15 pm           Arrive in Phoenix.                                 
 Activities Designed for Cross-Cultural Experiences
Students in the program will have the opportunity to see historical, cultural, and religious sites
that connect with multiple K-8 SU20 FL GerAusSwitz 2Arizona State Standards including language arts, mathematics, social studies, sciences, and the arts.  Historical sites include: Hofbrauhaus (16th century Bavarian restaurant and beer hall), Rothenburg ob der Tauber (a well-preserved medieval walled city), Neuschwanstein (a well-preserved castle), the Mauthausen concentration camp, the Schonbrunn palace, and Mozart’s birthplace.  During the trip, students will have the opportunity to attend the Passion Play, a world-renowned, once-a-decade play depicting the life and death of Jesus Christ, which has been in production since 1634.  The purpose of attending the play is purely from a historical/cultural perspective, and students may choose not to attend if they wish.  During their travels, students will be instructed to look for children’s literature in German to bring into their future classroom for comparison with English language books.  Students will have the opportunity to use apps on their phones like Babbel or Drops to learn common or important German phrases.  Students may also use translation headphones to listen and understand the German language.  Students will have the opportunity to interact with the German, Austrian, and Swiss people through non-program time interactions.  Many of the tours will be presented in the English language. 

Program Requirements

Minimum 2.5 GPA

Program Fee

See "Costs" above

Application Deadline

February 15, 2022

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission 07/03/2022 07/17/2022