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European Odyssey Study Abroad Program

by Ledwell, Brian A last modified Jun 05, 2014 06:35 AM

Program Description:

The European Odyssey study abroad program provides 20-25 students with the opportunity to spend an entire semester residing in Europe while progressing through five areas of academic study. Each class, taught by UW Oshkosh professors, is a balanced blend of classroom and on site lectures, discussions, site visitations, written assignments and exams. On weekends, students have opportunities to explore their environments on their own. Our mini-residences range from 1 to 3 weeks each to allow students time to "settle in" and savor the sights and sounds of their various settings. Residence cities include London, Paris, Dresden, Berlin, Amsterdam and Rome. Numerous day trips to selected locations and sites augment and enhance the program's academic emphasis.


My Role in the European Odyssey:

In spring 2013 I completed my sixth European Odyssey. On the first European Odyssey I taught in Berlin for two weeks; since then I have always taught my course on European Geography in two different cities--either Paris and Berlin, Amsterdam and Berlin, or Dresden and Dresden. In all cities I do a lot of walking tours, focusing on urban development and other urban issues. In addition, in Paris we visited a mosque and Versailles. In Amsterdam we enjoy the Dutch master painters at the Rijksmuseum, explore the Anne Frank Huis, visit a diamond cutter, and learn how windmills work at Zaanse Schans open air museum. In Berlin, we visit several museums (Checkpoint Charlie, Pergamon Museum and Transportation Museum), but we have also been to the Olympic Stadium, a Team Handball game and various other sites. In Dresden we see diverse sites ranging from impressive historical buildings to a modern car factory.

I was born and raised in divided Berlin, and in my opinion, Berlin is one of the most fascinating cities in the world! I was trained as a geographer in both Germany and the US and my research focuses on migration and urban issues in Europe and the Americas. I have a wide variety of interests and I love to explore new places and getting to know new people. I travel as much as I can and really enjoy teaching!

I have been part of the European Odyssey team from the beginning. We have successfully completed the European Odysseys in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013. I had a wonderful time teaching students in the locations where the actual events happened—this is a very different teaching and learning experience from being in a classroom!


Odyssey Photos

Odyssey2006  Sachsenhausen




European Odyssey 2006: Berlin


Odyssey2007   Muehle 2007 

2007   2007 Reichstag


European Odyssey 2007: Amsterdam and Berlin


 Odyssey2009   Amsterdam 2009

Windmuehle 2009   Klompen 2009


European Odyssey 2009: Amsterdam and Berlin


European Odyssey 2010

Handball 2010 


Kuchen 2010   Moschee 2010


 European Odyssey 2010: Paris and Berlin



  Gracht   Muehle

Reichstag  Kuppel


 European Odyssey 2011: Amsterdam and Berlin

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by Ledwell, Brian A last modified Jun 05, 2014 06:35 AM