Study Abroad


Genocide, Rebellion, and God in Nazi Germany

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This course is closed for the Winter 2014-15 term.

UMAIE Course Number: T4465
SAU Course Equivalency: +THEO 360, Advanced Topics in Theology (four credits)
Instructor: Dr. Matthew Coomber, Assistant Professor of Theology, St. Ambrose University
Prerequisites: One 100-level Theology course
Tentative Dates: December 26, 2014 - January 16, 2015. (Subject to change). SAU Spring semester begins January 14.
Locations: Germany (Berlin, Nuremberg, Munich), Czech Republic (Prague, Terezín, Lidice), and Austria (Salzburg)
Price: $5,790 (subject to change)

Program description

Through the backdrop of the Nazi holocaust, "Genocide and Rebellion" offers students a unique on-site opportunity to explore the theological issues that surround both the problem of genocide and also the self-sacrificial decisions of those who choose to resist its evil.

We will travel through Germany and the Czech Republic to track the rise and fall of German National-Socialism and learn how the Reich's Church altered Christian doctrine to support Hitler's goals, while others drew upon their faith in their attempts to stop him.

Our on-site experiences will offer powerful insights into the courageous efforts of such Nazi resisters as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Sophie Scholl, Otto Weidt, and the Czech paratroopers who executed Operation Anthropoid. Our travels will also include making the most of the exciting opportunities that German, Jewish, and Czech culture have to offer.

What is included

  • Round-trip airfare from Moline, Chicago or Minneapolis
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Transportation to most course activities while abroad
  • Lodging
  • Continental breakfast daily (exceptions may apply)
  • Other meals (as indicated on course syllabus)
  • Entrance fees for required course activities
  • Planned excursions
  • Administrative costs
  • International health insurance
  • When rail passes or entrance fees are included, they are based on the utilization of youth rates (25 years or younger) and a valid university ID will be required to be shown at the entrance. Any additional amount incurred will be the participant's responsibility

What is not included

  • Passport fees
  • Transportation to/from airport
  • Fees for textbooks and materials
  • Meals (when not included in program fees) - approximate cost: $622.50
  • Personal baggage fees

How to apply

Priority Deadline: April 13, 2014
Step 1: Complete the online study abroad application 
Step 2: Fill out a Liability Form. Upload your form into the online application or return it to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
Step 3:  Submit a $500 deposit to 313 Ambrose Hall. Makes checks payable to Seminars International.
Step 4: If your application is approved, follow the next steps for accepted students.
Step 5: Participate in an online webinar to prepare for your study abroad course. Details will be sent out in the Fall.

Payment deadlines and instructions

  • April 13, 2013: $500 deposit due
    Turn in your deposit to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Deposit checks should be made payable to SEMINARS INTERNATIONAL.
  • November 1, 2014: remaining balance due
    Turn in your final payment to the Center for International Education (Lower Cosgrove).
    Make checks payable to St. Ambrose University or pay online with credit card.
    Credit card users - Indicate that the payment is for the SPRING 2015 term.

Payment details

  • If you are not accepted into the program, or if the program is canceled, the application deposit is refundable.
  • If you are accepted, the deposit is non-refundable after September 15.
  • The $500 deposit is deducted from the total program cost.
  • The cost for this program will be added to your Spring semester bill.
  • Failure to meet payment deadlines may jeopardize your place in the program.
  • Credit card users will incur additional service fees.
  • The final payment is non-refundable after November 1.