Berlin, Prague, Krakow, Tatra Mountains and Budapest will be the stops on a study abroad trip to Eastern and Central Europe during the first two weeks of June 2014.
Oklahoma Study Abroad partnered with OCCC to build a program especially for this college, said Christian Alyea, Oklahoma Study Abroad founder and program director.
“Each destination offers something special,” he said.
Prague is considered one of the best preserved cities in all of Europe, Alyea said.
It was relatively untouched in World War II because Adolf Hitler chose not to bomb it. He had hopes of making Prague his capital after winning the war.
The dark history of this region, shadowed by Nazi occupation, will be part of the itinerary.
This includes tours of Jewish concentration camps, the Third Reich tour and the filming location of the movie “Schindler’s List” in Krakow.
Castles of Prague, sights from the Tatra Mountains, Szechenyi thermal baths and other tours also await travelers in this program.
The group will be abroad from June 2 until June 18.
The total cost of the trip is estimated at $2,800 depending on airfare cost.
That price will include airfare, lodging, transportation, breakfast every day and five “welcome” dinners featuring the cuisine of the host country.
A mandatory tuition fee to enroll in the class is not included in the estimated cost.
A three-credit-hour writing course on the art and culture of Eastern and Central Europe will be conducted during the trip, led by Journalism and English Professor Sue Hinton.
Hinton said she will help students to “capture the moment with words.”
Student Eric Espinoza said he went on a previous international trip to Costa Rica with Oklahoma Study Abroad.
“The program has managed to create perfect harmony between education and fun,” he said.
Alyea said most students who go on these trips are first-time international travelers.
He said these trips teach first-time travelers how to travel smart.
“Have no fear,” he said. “You will enjoy your time — guaranteed.”
Oklahoma Study Abroad is focused on giving travelers an authentic experience.
Alyea said he teaches what he calls the “local way, local life” program to students.
Full immersion in the host country culture, accessibility and travel independence are the main goals for travelers.
To register for the trip, go to www.oklahomastudyabroad.com. On the bottom left-hand side, click on the “Sign Up Now” link.
Payment-plan installments begin Dec.13. Students who sign up after that date will be required to catch up on payments when they register.
The deadline for final payment is April 18.
For more information, email Alyea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-ground program price: $1,500 Roundtrip airfare estimated at $1,300*
Payment dates*: Dec. 13: $500
Feb. 14: $750
March 14: $750
April 18: $800
*Students who have missed a payment date will be able to catch up on the next scheduled payment date.
Program payments need to be made out to Oklahoma Study Abroad and sent by certified check, money order or personal check to:
Oklahoma Study Abroad
P.O. Box 75060 Oklahoma City, OK 73147
An electronic receipt will be sent when each payment is processed.