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Culture and Music in Western Europe
Barcelona, Spain; Florence, Italy; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 05/25/2017
Rolling Admission 08/01/2017 08/15/2017
Summer 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Fact Sheet:
Program Name: Culture and Music in Western Europe Country: England, France, Italy, Spain
Program Type: Faculty-led Region: Europe
Term: Summer City: Barcelona, Florence, London, Paris, Rome
GPA Requirement: 2.5 Class: Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Language of Instruction: English Academic Fields Available: Interdisciplinary/ Open to all majors
Program Description:

About the Culture and Music in Western Europe Summer Program

This program examines the culture and customs of Western European countries and involves traveling to Italy, Spain, France, and the United Kingdom. This 14-day European tour explores the range of activities, beliefs, behaviors and ideas of groups of people with shared traditions including social customs, leisure activities, dress, celebrations, foods and rituals.

The Brockport Culture and Music in Western Europe Program offers you the opportunity to:

  • Understand how culture creates and transforms individual experiences, everyday community life, and social relations,
  • Identify comparisons between US and European lifestyle focusing on attitudes, values, behaviors, celebrations and rituals,
  • Understand the historical events that shaped each unique culture,
  • Learn about the Arts and architecture that are unique each Western European country,
  • Promote cultural competence though interacting with individuals from different cultures,
  • Enhance the ability to make observation, analyze situations and form a perspective using critical thinking skills and document finding effectively.

For more information, please contact the faculty leader Dr. Tony Dumas at


Students will be staying in hotels for the duration of the program.


Fees for the Culture and Music in Western Europe Summer 2018 Program: 
Budget Sheet

Undergraduate 3 credit program: $5,575.49

The Cost of the Program includes:

  • Tuition (3 credits)
  • SUNY International Health Insurance
  • Campus-specific fees (college and technology fees)
  • Program acceptance fee
  • Pre-departure orientation materials
  • Round-trip airfare from NYC to/from Europe
  • Hotel accommodations (in shared rooms)
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Flight from Florence to Barcelona
  • Excursions
  • Guide and transportation most of the days
  • Welcome and farewell dinners, and
  • Brockport's Study Abroad Office Services

The cost of the program does not include:
  • Transportation to/from NYC
  • Passport
  • Additional meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Airline luggage fees
  • Miscellaneous expenses (this includes entertainment, internet, laundry, souvenirs, etc.)


Culture & Music of Western Europe Syllabus.pdf


Monday, May 14th 2018 - Depart JFK for Rome

Tuesday, May 15th 2018 - Arrive in Rome, Half Day City Tour, Colosseum Tour, Welcome Dinner
The Rome City walking tour will lead you down narrow, sometimes traffic-clogged streets that have witnessed more commerce and religious fervor than any other neighborhood in Rome. Be prepared for glittering and very unusual shops that lie cheek by jowl with churches dating back to A.D. 500. Discover the monuments and the palace of the Baroque period: Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, and more. 

On the Colosseum tour you will discover the monuments of the Roman age, the Colosseum, the Roman forum the Arch of Constantine, and the Palatine Hill. Your expert local guide will explore these sites with you on this walking tour. 
trevi fountain

Wednesday, May 16th 2018 - Vatican Tour and St. Peter's Basilica
This walking tour covers the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican is one of the most interesting and breathtakingly beautiful sites in the world. Spend the day with the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museums, and St. Peter's Basilica. 
st peters basilica

Thursday, May 17th 2018 - Travel to Florence via train
Friday, May 18th 2018 - Walking Tour of Florence
Today you will discover the Old Town of Florence on a full day walking tour. Follow your guide along the windy pathways, then come to a stop in Piazza del Duomo. Be awed as you take in the glory of the Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria dei Fiori). Next, see the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce. Pose for photos by its distinctive facade before strolling to Piazza della Signoria. See the imposing Palazzo Vecchio and admire the replica of Michelangelo's David. Then, wander through the Loggia dei Lanzi, an open-air sculpture gallery before heading to the Academia Galleria. 
Florence  uffizi gallery

Saturday, May 19th 2018 - Fly to Barcelona?

Sunday, May 20th 2018 - Barcelona Monumental Visit: "On the footsteps of Gaudi"
Experience Barcelona following the footsteps of the city's most influential son of all times: Antoni Gaudi. This outstanding architect lived and worked most of his lifetime in Barcelona, and his "footprints" can be seen frequently as you wander through the Catalan capital. First of all, we will visit the landmark Sagrada Familia, the Church of the Holy Family. 

Moving along the footsteps of Gaudi, we will reach the famous Parc Guell. From 1900 to 1904, Gaudi designed the Parc Guell, located on the Muntanya Pelada. In 1984, it was inscribed in the UNESCO's List of World Heritage Sites. Continuing down towards the city centre, we will reach the elegant Passieg de Gracia where two other masterpices of Antoni Gaudi are located: the extraordinary La Pedrera, and Gaudi's jewel, the Casa Batllo, which is one of the most perfect examples of Modernist architecture from the early 20th century. Both buildings are listed as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO. We will not have the time to step inside, but it is still from the outside a real highlight you may not miss when visiting Barcelona. 

Monday, May 21st 2018 -  Half Day Excursion to Montserrat & Round Trip Cable Car
The "Serrated Mountain" (=Mont Serrat), its highest peak rising to 1.236 m, is a magnificent setting for Catalonia's holiest place, the Monastery of Montserrat, which is surrounded by chapels and hermits' caves. The most interesting sites of Montserrat, beside its fabulous landscape, is the Basilica, where the Virgin of Montserrat, "La Moreneta" is exposed, with its brilliant Neo-Renaissance facade; the Old Museum, which displays a collection of liturgical items brought from the Holy Land, and the New Museum, which has a collection of the 19th and 20th century Catalan paintings and many Italian works. In the heart of the complex is Placa de Santa Maria - the focal points of the square are two wings of the Gothic cloister built in 1477. The modern monastery facade is by Francesc Folguera. 

Tuesday, May 22nd 2018 - Travel to Paris via train

Wednesday, May 23rd 2018 - Paris Half Day Tour
Today you will experience the not to be missed sights and sounds of Paris. You will be dropped off near the Ile de la Cite to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral. Behold the Gothic architecture of this monument with its spires and famous gargoyles, while listening to the comments of your guide outside the building. You will also get a chance to admire the superb stained-glass and rose windows. 

Make your way to Paris' most recognizable sight- the Eiffel Tower- where you'll take the elevator to the top level. You'll have time to take in the amazing views at your leisure. 
paris notre dame  
Thursday, May 24th 2018 - Explore the Louvre
A casual day to explore the Louvre and the other Paris sights at your choosing. 

Friday, May 25th 2018 - Travel to London, London Tour including Westminster Abbey
See some of London’s highlights by bus on an informative panoramic tour so you can get to know the history of the city, as well as discovering local insights, tailored to showcase all that's unique about London including buildings, monuments, landmarks and famous attractions. 

Next continue to Westminster Abbey, steeped in more than a 1,000 years of history. Benedictine monks first came to this site in the middle of the 10th Century, establishing a tradition of daily worship which continues to this day. 


Saturday, May 26th 2018 - London Tour
Head for the Tower of London, the 11th-century fortress that looms over the Thames River. Gaze up at this forbidding UNESCO World Heritage Site, and then head inside for a tour guided by a Yeoman Warder – one of the colorfully dressed ‘Beefeater’ guards. Inspect the gruesome torture exhibits at the Wakefield Tower, and ogle the Crown Jewels – the magnificent symbols of royal power that are still used by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Next you will continue with a visit to St. Paul's Cathedral. This masterpiece was designed in 1673 by Sir Christopher Wren, our tour will include listening to the 1695 organ that Mendelssohn once played and visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington. On Sundays when viewing is restricted, there will be an opportunity to enter and enjoy one of the services. 

Finally, the Coca-Cola London Eye is centrally located in the heart of the capital, gracefully rotating over the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. At 135 meters, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel; a feat of design and engineering it has become the modern symbol representing the capital and a global icon. It offers breathtaking 360 degree views of the capital.
london 5  london 22

Tuesday, August 15th- Return to US


Summer 2018: May 14, 2018 to May 27, 2018.