After spending close to a month in Italy and Greece, Hofstra’s European Odyssey – a 10-week study abroad program through Europe and surrounding regions, moved on to Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary and Austria. This week they arrived in the Czech Republic. Their next stop is Germany.
Freshman global studies major Olivia Tu said the students recently took their midterm exams. “We have a lot to write about after spending so much time in Italy and Greece, two countries rich in history and culture. Our first stop in Italy was Florence, where we explored famous sites like the Duomo and the Pitti Palace. From there we took a ferry to Greece, where we stayed in Kalambaka. Towering over the town were beautiful rock formations, and we had a lot of fun hiking through the area.
“After that, we went to Athens and saw the Parthenon and other ancient structures in the area. We saw two more beautiful medieval castles at Acrocorinth and Nafplio. At our last stop in Greece, Monemvasia, we stayed right at the coast next to an island with another medieval town. Taking another ferry back to Italy, we spent a few days in Sorrento and attended a talk about migration in Europe. From there, we drove to Rome and visited some of the most famous sites in the world, from the Coliseum to the Pantheon to the Vatican City. We ended March with a visit to Venice, and nearly got lost in the winding streets that crisscrossed with canals.”
Now celebrating its 28th year, the European Odyssey is housed in the Department of Global Studies and Geography. The 10 students, accompanied by faculty members Drs. Linda Longmire and Timothy Smith, are traveling to 11 European countries by minivan. 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 both historical and contemporary relevance.