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The U.S., Europe and the Second World War - Intersections in 20th Century History

Program Highlights


May Session 2015: May 11-June 2, 2015


OSU Sponsored





Academic Credit


Application Deadline

November 1, 2015
Term: 1154


All majors;
GPA 3.0;
+30 semester hours;
One GE historical course;
Completion of program pre-requisite courses;
Academic reference required

Program Costs

Ohio State Tuition + $3,455 program fee (See "Program Costs" Section for details) + international airfare

Contact Information

Tiffany Pierskalla (.5)

Resident Directors

Dave Steigerwald
Associate Professor

John Davidson
Germanic Languages & Lit


In this program, Ohio State students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds will study with three Ohio State professors various aspects of World War II, with a particular focus on the United States and Europe. They will take a challenging group of history and culture courses in the spring semester, meeting frequently in a small-class setting to exchange ideas, to discuss their research, and to prepare for the second portion of the program- a three-week tour of World War II sites, memorials and museums in Europe during the May Session. This powerful interdisciplinary program, emblematic of Ohio State's motto, "education for citizenship", will furnish the students a strong foundation for their future roles as American leaders in government, business, academia and other professions.

Group Picture in Front of Eiffel Tower


This program will take place in several prominent cities and regions in Europe including London, Normandy, Paris and Berlin.

Courses and Credits

This program requires that students complete a group of WWII-related history and culture courses before travel. For information about these pre-requisite courses and credits, please visit the Department of History's website at history.osu.edu/courses/wwii-study-tour.

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of History 3798.02 for May Session.


Lodging is prearranged for shared rooms in modest hotels.

Program Costs

You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,455 program fee. The program fee includes in-country transportation, accommodations, some group meals and entrance to all program sites and excursions. It does not cover international airfare, most meals and personal expenses.

Students enrolled full time in spring semester may take up to three credits during the May session with no tuition costs. Fees, however, will continue to be charged. Tuition for enrollment beyond three credits will also be charged.

This program has been generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences.

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.

Application Information

Applicants must submit the Office of International Affairs Study Abroad Application online via Buckeyelink. Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed to your Statement of Account. The application fee will be refunded only if you are not accepted or submit a written request to withdraw your application prior to the application deadline.

An academic reference from a recent professor/TA is required in order for your application to be considered complete. The academic reference form may be downloaded at: http://www.oia.osu.edu/pdf/AcademicReference.pdf.


Students should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarships deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Special Petition Process

In the event that a U.S. Department of State travel warning is issued for this country, study abroad will be possible only by special petition.* If a travel warning exists at the time of acceptance, the petition must be included as part of the program acceptance materials. If a travel warning is issued after acceptance to the program, participants will be asked by their Office of International Affairs study abroad coordinator to submit a petition at that time. All petitions are reviewed by the International Travel Policy Committee and subject to approval by the Provost.


In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA, complete at least one GE historical course, submit an academic reference and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Passports are required for every Ohio State study abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa (as early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about applying for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.

Ohio State Funding Opportunities: oia.osu.edu
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country specific information)
Centers for Disease Control: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
The U.S., Europe and the Second World War: go.osu.edu/WorldWar
Department of History - U.S., Europe and the Second World War Study Abroad Program: history.osu.edu/courses/wwii-study-tour

Contact Us
Information about Getting Started sessions and study abroad coordinator advising hours can be viewed at http://oia.osu.edu/study-abroad.html. Questions about study abroad programs can be directed to abroadadvisor@osu.edu. The Office of International Affairs is located in Oxley Hall, 1712 Neil Avenue.

*Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement in this handout, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. The Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program for which a State Department travel warning is in effect. It is the policy of Ohio State not to discriminate against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or handicap in matters of admission, employment, housing, or services in the educational programs which it administers in accordance with civil rights legislation.