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Excursions & Field Trips

A wide variety of excursions, such as cultural field trips and company visits are included and an integral part of your semester or summer abroad program. We have made sure that no one goes home feeling like you weren’t able to see enough of Heidelberg and the rest of Europe. Besides, we will organize many optional evening and weekend activities.

The excursion itinerary is finalized at the start of each semester program.

Semester Excursions

In and around Heidelberg

  • Guided walking tour of Heidelberg's historic city center
  • Visit the famous Heidelberg Schloss (castle)
  • Guided tour at the Kurpfälzisches Museum in Heidelberg
  • Guided tour of the Hambach Castle
  • Guided tour of the Schwetzingen Palace
  • Guided walking tour of Speyer
  • Guided walking tour of Worms
  • Visit to a brewery

3-day excursion to Berlin

Germany's Capital City


  • Guided walking tour of the city
  • Guided tours of significant museums such as the Mauermuseum Haus (Berlin Wall Museum) at Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Jewish Museum and the Deutscher Dom
  • Guided tour of the Reichstag, home of the German parliament
Students will travel to Berlin by train and accommodation in Berlin will be pre-arranged for the group.

2-day excursion to Strasbourg

Strasbourg, France - Headquarters of the European Union


During this excursion, you will have the opportunity to become familiar with both the modern and historical roles of Strasbourg. Both the Council of Europe and the European Union have their headquarters here and you will be able to visit either the European Parliament or the Council of Europe during your time in Strasbourg.

For a look into the culture and history of Strasbourg, you will enjoy a boat tour through the city. You will find out more about the unique fusion of French and German cultures and why the city has been significant in European history for several centuries.

Addionally, this excursion will be combined with the international symposium.

International Symposium

"Castle Talks"
International Symposium in Strasbourg

Spring Semester 2016:
March 21-22, 2016
Topic: "European vs. American Identity"


As an integral part of your semester abroad, you will participate in an international symposium. The symposium is presented at G.I.V.E. - The Global Institute for Values and Education - located at the Château de Pourtalès in Strasbourg, France. Over the course of two days, you will interact with other students, take part in panel discussions, and listen to different presentations on interesting topics from European professors, business leaders, politicians, and academics.

Read more about the International Symposium »

Day excursion to Frankfurt

Frankfurt - Germany's Financial Center


Frankfurt am Main is another one of Germany's largest cities. You will travel by train to Frankfurt to spend a day finding out about the importance of this city in the global economy. A visit to the European Central Bank or the German Bundesbank will give you a firsthand look at how the banking industry works in Europe. A visit to the Money Museum of the Deutsche Bundesbank will deepen your understanding of the role of money in local and international economies and provide you with an overview of the production of money. Finally, a visit to the German Stock Exchange will allow you to see in person how Xetra trading works and how German efficiency contributes to the overall atmosphere at one of the world's largest stock exchanges.

John Deere plant

Visit to the John Deere plant in Mannheim


John Deere started out with a small workshop and the desire to help farmers. The ideas and products that came out of that small workshop have transformed agricultural processes throughout the world. Since its founding in 1837, John Deere has managed to stay abrest of changes in the world market and continues to produce only the highest quality agricultural equiment.

 

Summer Excursions

Heidelberg Castle

Tour of Heidelberg, either walking or by boat, and entrance to the Heidelberg Castle.

Hambach Castle

Guided tour of the Hambach Castle, which is considered to be the symbol of the German democracy movement because of the Hambacher Fest which occurred here in 1832.

Day excursion to Frankfurt

Train trip to Frankfurt to visit the German Stock Exchange and the European Central Bank or the German Bundesbank and the Money Museum

Day trip to Strasbourg

Day trip to Strasbourg, France for a guided tour of the city and a visit to either the Council of Europe or the European Parliament.

John Deere plant

John Deere plant in Mannheim


John Deere started out with a small workshop and the desire to help farmers. The ideas and products that came out of that small workshop have transformed agricultural processes throughout the world. Since its founding in 1837, John Deere has managed to stay abrest of changes in the world market and continues to produce only the highest quality agricultural equiment.