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  • Locations: Bayeux, France; Berlin, Germany; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Krakow, Poland; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0
Housing Option: Hotel/Hostel Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Arts and Sciences, Comparative Studies, History, Humanities, International Studies, Political Science
Click here for a definition of this term Rank/Class Status: 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1 Click here for a definition of this term GE Requirements: GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the US; Global Studies), GE: Historical Study, GE: Open Options – Education Abroad
Click here for a definition of this term Academic Credit: History Click here for a definition of this term Ohio State Program Contact: Tiffany R. Pierskalla
Program Description:
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Program WWII tab 1

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.

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


Lodging is prearranged for shared rooms in modest hotels.

Resident Directors

Dr. David Steigerwald
Department of History

Ohio State Program Contact

Tiffany R. Pierskalla
Would you like to schedule an appointment? Click here to request one.



Courses and Credit WWII tab 2

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

Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of History 3798.02 for 4 Week Session 1 term (Formally "May Session").

This course can be counted for the following general education requirements: GE History, GE Education Abroad, GE Diversity.



Application Requirement WWII tab 3

Students from all majors and ranks are welcome to apply. In order to be eligible to apply for this program:
  • Students must have and maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
  • Students must be able to take the pre-requisite courses in the Spring explained on the History Department's website.
    • Students with questions about the requirements should contact the leading Resident Director, Dr. Steigerwald directly.
  • Students must have completed at least 30 semester hours before application submission.
  • Students must submit a recommendation letter (accessible after logging in).
Students must also 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.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


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



Program Costs WWII tab 4

You are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $3,995 program fee. The program fee includes in-country transportation, one-way flight from France to Poland, accommodations, some group meals and entrance to all program sites and excursions. It does not cover international airfare, most meals, and personal expenses.

For detailed program costs, refer to the budget sheet.  

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

If a student withdraws or becomes ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


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



Information Sessions WWII tab 5

  • Friday, September 21 at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Enarson 160
  • Tuesday, October 2 at 5:00 – 6:00 PM Enarson 100


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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.


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It encouraged me to get a minor which will help me in the long run. I also am more worldly and knowledgeable for future situations I might be placed in. 
     — Summer, 2018 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 10/15/2018
10/18/2018 05/07/2019 05/30/2019
NOTE: Program dates include estimated travel time to and from the US.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.