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Honors College Study Trip:

England, France, Italy

Course Instructors: Dr. Drew Smith and Dr. Steve

Spring, 2015

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Course

Expectations and Preparation

Course Syllabus

Course Schedule

Possible Research Topics

Packing: What to takeWhat NOT to take
Misc. Travel Tips


Approximate Expenses
Apps and Downloads


Welcome to the Honors College European Study Trip. We are embarking on an
adventure that we are sure will be a tremendous learning experience. Travel
provides insights into history, new cultures and customs, and languages as we visit
new places and meet the local people. This handbook is intended to serve as an
introduction to the course and trip, and to help answer some of the questions that
most students will probably have as they undertake foreign travel. This booklet is
far from comprehensive so ask lots of questions in class. Your input will greatly
enhance the course and your trip.
Some things to think about as you plan for this course:
This class will require a good amount of research from each student.
You will be receiving 3 hours credit for this course with very few class meetings
prior to the actual trip to Europe. Each student will be assigned a topic related
to the site and places we will visit and the cultures we will become a part of over
a two-week period. The information you provide on your research topic could
very well be the only significant information that many in the class will have on
that particular topic prior to leaving. The academic rewards for each individual
will be dependent on what and how you prepare classmates for what they are
about to see. You will become the expert travel guide on your researched
location. Once we arrive in Europe, you will have long days of walking,
sightseeing, observing, tasting, communicating, and enjoying cultures different
than what most of you are used to.


This class is going to be a lot of fun. You will be studying some of the
oldest and most interesting sites in the world. You will encounter many strange,
new things. You will meet people with very different backgrounds and
experiences than your own. You will be in class with other honors student, all of
whom are enthused and excited to be there. We (Drs. Smith and Carter) have
spent considerable time in Europe and are thrilled to be able to take you with us.
We fully plan to have as much fun as you.


Europe is NOT the United States. As we travel in Europe, be prepared to

experience unexpected things. We will be in some of the leading cities of the
world with people from around the globe. Enjoy using public transit to get
around. Look forward to trying different foods. Experience cultures that may
have very different ideas about many things you might take for granted.
Approach things with a cultural sensitivity. Try to understand and value
differences rather than pass judgment on them. Above all, be prepared to be
flexible. People who travel on a budget with first class expectations of comfort
and predictability are bound to be disappointed. Those who travel with an ability
to laugh off unexpected complications can have a tremendous experience. No
matter how well one plans, something is bound to go wrong so look at that as a
learning experience and enjoy what it might have to offer.

To get the most out of this trip, we have set some expectations we want to
Provide Students with Cultural
Expose Students to European
Enhance Classroom Learning.
Teach Skills in Foreign Travel.

Attend Weekly Meetings during
Spring Semester.
Make All Payments on Time.
Participate Fully and Happily the
Entire Trip.
Behave Themselves

Now is the time to get prepared to travel to Europe. Below are some, though not all,

Apply for your passport (if you dont have one already). Depending on the
time of year, it takes several weeks to a few months to get a passport to travel
abroad. Dont wait until the last minute to take care of this.

Start walking more. We will be doing a lot of walking (most Europeans walk
everywhere). Its best to get accustomed to the amount of walking that will be

Begin getting money. Now is the time to arrange your finances for the trip.
Remember that exchange rates fluctuate so you might plan on having a little
more put away than we recommend. In addition to the cost of the trip (airfare,
lodging, meals, transportation and entry fees) you will want to make sure you
have spending money for souvenirs.

Consider medical issues. Make sure you have all the medications you need
for this trip. If you do have medical/health issues, let us know in advance.

Familiarize yourself with the places we will visit. You will get more out of
the trip and gain a greater appreciation for European culture if you are familiar
with the places we will be visiting. We have put considerable thought into the
places that would be most interesting, educational and significant to students.
We hope that you will maximize this experience by your background knowledge.

Course Description: HUM 4063 is a travel study course designed to enhance the
students' knowledge of Europe in general and enrich students' understanding of the
historical, social, economic, artistic, and cultural developments of Europe in
particular. The course will give students insight into historical and contemporary
European society. The course will include study of England, France and Italy by
combining lectures, discussions and research with travel to provide students with a
rich, on-site learning experience. Students who register for this course will meet ten
times during the course of the Spring 2015 semester prior to traveling in May. In
these sessions students will conduct independent research on topics related to the
countries under consideration, present their research to the class, participate in
class discussions and learn skills necessary for international travel. The travel study
component will include a two-week trip to England, France and Italy. Students will
tour historical sites such as the Tower of London, Versailles, and the Roman Forum.
Students will also visit some of Europe's great museums including the National
Gallery, Louvre, the Vatican Museum, and the Uffizi Gallery. Finally, students will
take in cultural sites including St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, the Notre Dame
cathedral and the Eiffel Tower.
Learning Objectives:
1. Students will enhance their understanding of European civilization, history,
language, art, and culture.
2. Students will be able to make connections between various European societies
over time.
3. Students will better understand the legacy of various European societies over
4. Students will increase their knowledge of the richness and diversity of the
peoples and cultures of England, France and Italy and be able to identify the
unique aspects about those countries.
5. Students will also be aware of common threads that weave different peoples
6. Students will participate in class discussions and activities.
7. Students will conduct independent research on European countries.
8. Students will demonstrate an inquisitive approach to the programs and activities
during the trip to Europe.
Grading: The primary grade for the class will come from your research
project/paper and in-class presentation. You will become the expert on your topic.
A rough draft of your paper will be submitted prior to spring break. The final draft
will be due 16 April 2015. You are required to cite from a variety of academic
sources from which you obtained the information. If you use internet sources, those
should also be cited. Internet sources must be reliable, preferably peer reviewed
journals. See us if you have any questions about possible internet sites. Your
papers should be in the 8-10 page range, double-spaced. Handwritten work will not
be accepted.
Students will also be required to keep a journal while in Europe and submit to it to
the instructors when they return.

All students enrolled for credit will be required to attend all planned activities while
in Europe. There will be some free time built into the schedule and during those
hours you are free to come and go as you please. Grades will be assigned after we

The time and dates of the class will be determined at our first class session. Each
class session will be approximately one hour in length. Classes will follow the
schedule below:
Session 1: Overview of the semester, distribution of the course syllabus and
discussion of general information.
Session 2: Assignment of research and presentation topics. Discussion Topic:
Europe, An Overview
Session 3: Discussion Topic: ItineraryEngland, France, Italy.
Session 4: Discussion Topic/Travel Skills Presentation: TBA. Draft of student
presentation paper due.
Session 5: Discussion Topic/Travel Skills Presentation: TBA. Return draft papers to
Session 6: Discussion Topic/Travel Skills Presentation: TBA. Assign presentation
Session 7: Class presentations. Final papers due.
Session 8: Class presentations.
Session 9: Class presentations.
Session 10: Final preparations for trip.
10 May 2015Depart Little Rock for London
26 May 2015Depart Rome for Little Rock
Final SessionReport: TBA


Below are lists of possible topics to do your research projects on. If there is
something you would like to do that is not on the lists, feel free to contact us about

Art (any aspecthistory, folk
art, calligraphy, painting, etc.) or
Music (any aspecthistory,
opera/vocal, instrumental,
instruments, popular/rock, etc.)
Theatre (any aspect---history,
costuming/make-up, etc.)
Architectureold and new
Political/Military Leaders:
Napoleon, De Gaulle, Churchill,
Bernard Montgomery, Victory
Emanuel, Marco Polo, Julius Caesar,
Augustus Caesar, Constantine, Lord
Horatio Nelson, King Henry VIII
Religions and Philosophies
European Pop Cultural
Womens Issues
American cultural influences on

6. London Pop Culture

7. London Theater
8. Shakespeare
9. The British Museum
10.The National Gallery
1. Versailles
2. Eiffel Tower
3. Louvre
4. Notre Dame
5. Parisian Culture
6. French Revolution
7. Nazi Occupation, 1940-1944
8. French Opera/Art
Italy/Venice, Florence, Rome:
1. Roman Empire
2. Renaissance
3. The Vatican
4. Medieval Venetian
5. Italian Unification
6. Uffizi Gallery
7. San Marcos Plaza
8. Roman Forum
9. Colosseum (Coliseum)

1. Stonehenge
2. Tower of London
3. Royal Observatory/Greenwich
4. The Blitz
5. The British Empire


Part of the fun in taking a trip like ours is in the planning. You should give very
careful thought to what you are going to take with you. Most people tend to take far
much more than they need. We suggest you put together the things you think you
want to take and then remove at least 25% from the list.
Pay particular attention to the size and weight limitations for international travel.
Checked baggage cannot exceed 50 lbs. with a dimensional limit of 62 (L+W_H).
Carry-on bags should fit securely below the seat or in the overhead bins. Plan on
checking only ONE bag and take one carry-on, such as a small backpack, in addition
to your purse (ladies). We suggest you take only a carry-on size bag to check
(roughly 21 L, 14W, and 9-11 D) and a backpack. Do not bring a suitcase larger
than 25 inches. Remember that you will be responsible for carrying your own bags
and for lifting them overhead on the train. If you cannot do this in your own home
you will not be able to do this on the trip so check it out before you go. Also
consider that you will be buying souvenirs to bring home. Anticipate what extra
room you might need for that.
When you pack, assume that your bag will be lost en route. Pack the most essential
items, including medications, in your carry-on.
You will find that we will live in casual shirts and shorts/pants most of the time. You
will not need many of either. I suggest two or three pairs of shorts/pants and five or
six shirts/blouses and then plan to wear each at least two days. There are laundry
facilities at some our hotels or nearby. You might consider taking clothing you dont
particularly like or that is fairly old, and then just leave them behind once worn.
This provides additional space in the suitcase for new things and you dont have to
haul dirty-smelly clothes.
There are laundry facilities at or near some of the places we will be staying. You will
have the opportunity to wash clothing if need be.
We cannot over-stress the need to pack light and to keep your suitcase to a small
size (no larger than a 25-inch case).


Health and Beauty:
Hand sanitizer?
Toothpaste/toothbrush/dental floss
Dress shirt/blouse
Extra copies of prescriptions of any regular medication
Eye drops (if needed)
Indigestion remedy?
Pain reliever
Personal hygiene items
Any medication/medical equipment you use


Airline regulations require that all carry-on gels, liquids, pastes, etc. be in
containers no larger than 3 oz. and placed in a one-quart size, clear plastic Ziploc
bag. They will throw them out if not packed according to regulations. (Walmart has
airline approved bags in the suitcase area.)
Locksif you want to lock your suitcase, you must have TSA approved locks.
These are available at Walmart.
Power Supply
Europe uses 220 volt power. Most electronics are dual voltage and can easily be
used in Europe. Make sure you have the correct outlet adapters, however. Also,
check your electronics to make sure they are listed as dual voltage. Small travel
converters can be purchased.
Important Papers:
Make photo copies of important papers such as your passport, medical
prescriptions, hotel contact information, etc. Its a good idea to keep a copy with
you and save a copy where you can access it such as in Dropbox or something
Phone calls to US
There are a number of ways to call the United States from Europe. You may
purchase calling cards in Europe inexpensively. There are limitations, however.
Another inexpensive way to call home is with Skype or other similar computer-based
communications apps.
Many places in Europe such as restaurants and hotels have WiFi.
In the UK the currency is the Pound (). France and Italy use the Euro ().
International currency rates fluctuate but in rough terms, 1=$1.6 and 1=$1.3.
Keep that in mind as you shop. In London if something costs 10 that would be
The best place to get foreign currency is at an ATM machine. There are ATMs all
over Europe and they work the same as they do here. Do not use Travelers Checks
as they are difficult to exchange. Take cash ($200 or so) to get you started and then
use a bank debit card as needed.
Airport Departure
Please arrive at the airport at least two hours before our flight leaves.
You will need the time to get checked in and through the security. Please
check in with us when you arrive at the gate.


Below is a break-down of expenses. Be aware that these are approximate figures.
The amounts are subject to change because of exchange rates; increases in airfare,
transportation and lodging rates; group discounts and so forth. We also advise
students to have at least $500 for meals, spending money, and unexpected

Honors European Experience Budget Per Student

Airfare Round Trip

Est. for 2015


Hotel (4nights)- Dover Hotel
London Pass (Purchase on Arrival)
Transport around London (Purchase on Arrival)
Day trip to York
EuroStar from Lon-Par


Hotel Per Student (Quad-4nights)
4 Day Museum Pass/ 5 Day Metro Pass


Transport (Round Trip)

Covered by Museum

*Overnight Train: Par-Flo Via Milan(4 per cab)

FLORENCE: (May 22-24)
Hotel Per Student (2nights)- Hotel Enza
Florence Pass (Students Purchase Individually)
Round Trip Train to Venice


Water Taxi to San Marco
Venice Card


Train from Florence to Rome


PISA: (Stop en route to Rome)

Climb the Tower



ROME: (May 24-26)

Hotel Per Student (2 Nights)
Add Night in Rome added to 2015
Roma Pass
Train to Airport for last night in hotel
Hotel at Airport -Per StudentShuttle Service from and to Airport


Total Expenses Per Student (Not Including Meals/Pers.)




The following is a list of apps for iPhones, iPads, and iPods designed for travelers.
This list is not comprehensive and you might find other apps that are more useful to
your personal travel tastes. If you find an app that you like that is not on this list,
please let us know so we can include it in future lists
Conversion and Information Apps: Europeans use different forms of currency,
weights and measures, and even electricity. There are numerous apps available to
help travelers easily convert these things to what we use in the USA.
Currency+ (Jump Gap Software) is a currency conversion app that allows the
user to get the latest currency exchange rates of up to five major world
currencies and convert prices from one currency to another. It is a free
download with an optional upgrade you can purchase. For much of what you
will be doing, the basic download is sufficient.
Convert HD (Small Tech/Santiago Lema) is a comprehensive conversion app.
Users can convert currency, weights and measures and temperatures. It
quickly converts from English to Metric and vise-versa as well as Fahrenheit to
Celsius. It is a simple app and there is an optional upgrade you can purchase.
The basic app is sufficient for our travel needs.
Temp Convert (Groovy Cocoa) is a simple app that allows the user to convert
temperatures in Fahrenheit, Celsius and Kelvin. It is a free app.
Weather (The Weather Channel) provides local weather. You can also get
weather information for other cities. There is an option to display the
weather in F or C.
Communication Apps: There are a number of apps for communication purposes
including language and telecommunications.
Language Phrase Apps: These apps are helpful for basic communication. Do not
expect to become fluent in the foreign language.
Travel Talk by Selectsoft. These are foreign language phrase apps. You can
download them for various languages including French and Italian. These
apps provide general phrases as well as audio recordings so you can hear
what the particular phrase sounds like in the native language.
Telecommuncations Apps: Apps that can be used to make calls via the internet.
Skype: An excellent app for using the internet to make phone calls. You can
set up an account and make phones calls from Europe to the US for just a few
cents. You can also use Skype to make computer-to-computer web calls with
Facetime: A Mac app similar to Skype.


Video Podcasts: You can find and download a wide assortment of video podcasts at These videos are clips from Rick Steves travel program and are
just a few minutes in length. However, they are quite informative and a great
source for travel ideas.
Audio Tours: You can download a number of audio tours for your MP3 player at These include tours of museums as well as walking tours in a
number of major European cities. Rick Steves narrates these tours pointing out
significant points of interest.