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  • Locations: Basel, Switzerland; Colmar, France; Durbach, Germany; Hausach, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; Mainz, Germany; Strasbourg, France
  • Program Terms: May Experience
  • Restrictions: Furman applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: May Experience
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

The application period for this program has not started.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Areas of Study: All majors welcome Faculty Director or Program Advisor: Anne Culberson - Modern Languages & Literatures, Marianne Bessy - Modern Languages & Literatures
Credit Hours Per Term: 2 credits
Program Description:

Program-Specific Info Sessions:
Thursday, October 26th at 5:30pm in Johns 101
Monday, October 30th at 3:30pm in Johns Hall 101

The Rhine: Life on the Line


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Join us as we explore the Upper Rhine Plain this May. One of Europe's most beautiful places, an historic interface of peoples, this area is a cradle of tolerance and civil society. We will begin with four preparatory days on campus, before flying to Europe. Our goals will be to capture the geographical, historical, commercial, political, and cultural specificities of the area as we travel down the Rhine River, along borders where today’s France, Germany, and Switzerland meet. Site visits will take us through historic Mainz, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Basel, and quaint villages of Alsace and the Black Forest. Activities and coursework in this May Experience will aim to apply interdisciplinary knowledge in a European context, to build skills for effective and engaged citizenship. You will complete a varied sampling of thought-provoking readings. Classroom alone could not provide this kind of immersive discovery of history, coordination and exchange. You will dialog with German and French locals, for perspectives on the lessons of history and how that should inform the future. The rest of us will look to you in rotating teams to contribute "food for thought," and facilitate reflective group activities on what you have discovered (discussion, course-appropriate music, etc.). 

To learn more academic, environmental, physical and health expectations for this program view our Rhine Program Inventory.


Course Title: The Rhine: Life on the Line
Course Number: MLL 150
Course Description: Exploration of the Upper Rhine Plain as a point of contact between civilizations. Study of the geographical, historical, commercial, political, and cultural specificities of the border area where, along the line of the Rhine river, today’s France, Germany, and Switzerland meet. May Experience ONLY. 2 credits.


May Experience programs are open to Furman University students of all majors, subject to any course prerequisites. Successful applicants will demonstrate a marked academic, vocational, or personal interest in the topic of the course. The faculty directors of this program will read all applications and admit the most qualified individuals. All things being equal, preference is given to upperclassmen who have not participated in a study away program previously.


The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education reviews all study away programs on an annual basis, and more frequently as needed, to plan for and mitigate risks associated with the health and safety of participants while traveling. In this day and age, nothing is risk-free. Students and faculty are instructed to remain vigilant and cautious at all times and will receive additional instructions during a pre-departure orientation session and on-site orientation programming. When students commit to a study away program, they are asked to self-disclose personal information - which may include allergies, medications, disabilities, mental health conditions, medical concerns, and past medical histories. This information is shared with the faculty directors and study away staff for use during medical emergencies, and in an effort to be aware of and plan for situations that may arise or accommodations that are needed while students are away from Furman's campus resources. It is extremely important for students to be transparent and forthcoming about their concerns, needs, and medical histories prior to the start of the program as well as during the program. Furman University contracts with Educational and Institutional Insurance Administrators (EIIA) to provide medical and emergency services to students while traveling abroad on Furman study away programs. Students participating in study away programs in the United States are required to show proof of medical insurance. 


To confirm participation in a study away program, a non-refundable $500 deposit is due two weeks after acceptance. The final payment deadline is in early to mid-March and will be specified in the Financial Agreement associated with the program.

Study Away Need-Based Scholarships
Need-based study away scholarships are available. Priority is given to students who have not previously participated in a study away program. Students who apply by the May Experience scholarship deadline will receive a scholarship amount estimate ahead of the program deposit deadline. Townes, Duke, and Hollingsworth Scholars should alert the Rinker Center for Study Away to apply their one-time study away stipend to their study away program.

May Experience Study Away Program Fee Inclusions
        Roundtrip airfare from a designated city (for international destinations)
        Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Tourist visas (if required)
Lodging for the duration of the program
Ground transportation for program-related activities/events
Entrance fees to programmed activities/events/venues
Tours included in the study away program
Group meals (students will know ahead of time how many group meals will be provided)
Emergency Medical Insurance (on international programs)

Program Fee Exclusions
Transportation to the designated departure city (for international programs)
Transportation for domestic study away programs varies by program
Meals not included in program fee (will vary by program)
Required books/materials/supplies/equipment/gear
Passport fees

Optional Program Expenses
Site-seeing during free time
International cell phone plan
Trip cancellation or interruption insurance 
Personal expenses and souvenirs

Please see May Experience Budget Sheet at the top of this page for estimated program costs.

This program is currently not accepting applications.