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  • Locations: Bern, Switzerland; Cambridge, United Kingdom; Florence, Italy; Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland; London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Interim/J-Term
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Including Multi-Country Travel: Yes Program Type: Bethel Faculty-Led Program
Minimum GPA: 2.2 Eligibility by Grade Level: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior
Open to all majors: Yes Gen Ed Tags: K - Science, Technology, & Society, Z-tag Cross-Cultural Experience
Program Description:

History of Science BannerHistory of Science Title

Course number GES330K, 3 credits

Where Italy (Rome, Florence); Switzerland (Bern, Lauterbrunnen); France (Paris); England (London, Cambridge)

Course description:
This course examines the development of major scientific discoveries throughout history within the context of an experiential learning opportunity in several European countries. Special attention will be paid to the Italian Renaissance and the Enlightenment within England. Multiple scientific disciplines will be incorporated, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and physics.  The role these disciplines played within society (architecture, art, exploration, politics, religion, etc.) will also be evaluated. Daily itineraries will include science/history/art museums, church visits, university/city tours, unique city/area visits, lecture/discussion, travel and international meals. *Course details subject to change*

• Laboratory Science “D” course
• Mathematics “M” course
• Applicants must have a 2.2 GPA and be in good standing

• General education: "K" Science, Technology, & Society  
• Cross-Cultural Experience "Z" Course

Course leaders:
Wade Neiwert, Chemistry, 
Keith Stein, Physics and Engineering,

Enrollment 27 students (applicant selection will be done by the professors)
Where:Italy (Rome, Florence); Switzerland (Bern, Lauterbrunnen); France (Paris); England (London, Cambridge)

Tentative Dates:
January 2022

Jan 1            Depart MSP
Jan 2-5         Rome
Jan 6-10        Florence
Jan 11-13      Lauterbrunnen & Bern
Jan 14-18      Paris
Jan 19-21      Cambridge
Jan 22-26      London
Jan 27          Return to MSP
Estimated program fee: $4,600 (excluding tuition*) includes: round-trip airfare from MSP, inter-country and intra-country transportation (Eurail pass), course-related excursions, room, meals, and iNext travel medical insurance. Students are responsible for optional entertainment and transportation expenses, passport, telephone, and other personal expenses. 

Students can choose to do three separate payments for their interim course starting in the fall semester. Students can also use loans by checking with the financial aid office.

*See policies for more information
**Priority Deadline extended to May 7th, 2021**

• After this date, you will receive notice of your application status (tentative approval, wait list, conditional, etc).
• Non-Bethel students will be considered for course participation after the priority deadline.


PLEASE NOTE: Final acceptance is contingent upon approval from Bethel’s Business Office in the fall. Students with account balances over $2000 in early September will not receive final approval or be allowed to participate in the program.


• Once a course reaches its maximum enrollment students may be placed on a wait list. Students must submit all application materials to be on the course wait list.
• A non-refundable confirmation deposit will not be required until a cancellation occurs and wait list student moves to accepted status. 


• The cost of interim tuition is covered for students who are full-time both fall and spring semesters. Students who are not full-time both semesters will need to pay the appropriate interim tuition costs in addition to the stated program fee.
• Students should review individual course descriptions and consult faculty to know exactly what is and what is not included in the program fee.
• Costs listed in spring promotional material are approximate and are based on a minimum of 15 students per course. Every effort is made to operate the program at the stated price. However, the OIS reserves the right to adjust fees due to dollar devaluation, fuel surcharges and general inflation. Final course costs will be set in September.
• Students will receive a payment schedule for their course in the fall. The program fee will be divided into three payments due September 13, October 18, and November 8. (Students taking out additional loans for their program will not be expected to meet those payment deadlines.)


• An accepted student must submit in writing their cancellation to the study abroad office on or before September 17th to avoid further penalty beyond the loss of their $150 deposit. Withdrawal forms are available in the study abroad office (CC320A).
• Decisions as to whether courses with low enrollment will be offered will be made on or before September 17th. If a course is not offered due to low enrollment students may transfer to another open course or receive a full refund.
• If an accepted student withdraws after September 17th, they will not only forfeit their $150 deposit, but may be responsible for additional costs. After this date, course instructors and/or the study abroad office begin making payments to reserve airfare, room, board, etc. Even if the student has not made additional payments, money may have been spent to hold their position and there may be unrecoverable costs. Depending on the date of cancellation, the entire course fee may be forfeited. If the cancellation occurs after Nov. 13th, the student will be responsible for the entire program fee.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Interim/J-Term 2022 08/30/2021 ** 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.