Above: The European Odyssey crew at their final day of orientation on February 21.
Twelve Hofstra students and two professors are leaving this evening for Paris to begin the European Odyssey program, an exciting 10-week study abroad experience that will take them through 11 countries. Two faculty members – Dr. Linda Longmire and Dr. Timothy Smith – lead this unique program. This year’s Odyssey includes visits to France, Spain, Morocco, Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Luxembourg. Students and faculty will be blogging throughout this exciting learning adventure.
One of the unique features of the European Odyssey is that the group travels by minivan throughout Europe and surrounding regions. The mobile classroom setting enables students to experience a rich comparative array of diverse countries and cultures. Students have the opportunity to interview politicians and policy makers, professors and students, as well as ordinary citizens throughout Europe. The program visits European Union institutions and other sites of historical and contemporary relevance.
This year’s participating students include Caleb Borstock, Dylan Cahir, Sage Davino, Marc Furtado, Christopher Garofano, Ashlyn Grisetti, Riley Metcalfe, Jessica Parks, Joy Rumack, Thomas Vogel, and Anne White. The students may take up to five three-credit courses while on the Odyssey, and earn up to 15 credits from the Department of Global Studies and Geography for the program.
The students will be in France until March 1 before moving on to Spain, where they will stay until March 7. The full itinerary is listed here.