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France, Germany & Belgium 2015


Live for two weeks at the Château de Pourtalès, an eighteenth century French castle on the edge of Strasbourg, France.

      Experience Europe through this unique opportunity to visit the Alsace region in France; Frankfurt, Paris Trier, and Antwerp. Live in a chateau and experience European urban travel on buses and trams.

      Learn about business in Europe with a guided walking tour, “Frankfurt: the Euro and Banking City,” and visits to the Kleinmarkthalle and Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, the Mercedes truck assembly plant in Wörth, Germany, the Hansgrohe mixer plant and Showerworld in Schiltach, Germany, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and the Port of Antwerp, the fourth largest container port in the world, including oil refineries, and two supply chain companies, Euroports and Molenbergnatie.

      Visits to the Council of Europe and the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, will provide unique insights into the governing of the European Union.

      Enhance your knowledge and enjoyment of European music, art and culture through a course, which includes classical music and visits to the Strasbourg Musee des Beaux-Arts, the Louvre in Paris and Rubenshuis in Antwerp.

      Marvel at the grandeur of cathedrals and churches in Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Trier, Paris, and Antwerp. Visit the Haut-Koenigsburg castle, a Medieval fortress, and the Palace of Versailles in France. Enjoy a day visiting the cathedral and Roman ruins in Trier, Germany.


             Summary Facts

  • Summer Session I
  • Travel Dates: June 3–June 28, 2014
  • Six semester hours of advanced credit in European Studies
  • Priority Application date: Jan., 17 2014 or until program is full, if sooner. The maximum number of students is 17.


Students register for two courses and earn six semester credit hours in European Studies upon successful completion of the program. These courses are equivalent to courses taught on-campus at ASU in terms of content, academic requirements and student-faculty contact hours. Students should consult their faculty advisers and submit a substitution form signed by their college dean regarding the applicability of the courses to their individual degree plans.

ISTD 3381/6381: Understanding the European Union (3-0): This course will identify the opportunities and problems brought about by the economic union of independent European countries. Topics will include economic and monetary unification, common trade policy, the common agricultural policy, the EU Transport Policy and their economic and social impacts. The course will be enhanced by a walking tour “Frankfurt: the Euro and Banking City,” and by visits to Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, the Historical Museum, and the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, the Mercedes truck assembly plant in Wörth, Germany, the Hansgrohe mixer plant in Schiltach, Germany, the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and the Port of Antwerp, the fourth largest container port in the world, including oil refineries, and two supply chain companies, Euroports and Molenbergnatie Instructor: Dr. Norman A. Sunderman

ISTD 3381: European Culture (3-0): A study of European culture including European classical music, visits to the Strasbourg Musee des Beaux-Arts, the Louvre in Paris and Rubenshuis in Antwerp; cathedrals in Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Trier, Paris, and Antwerp, the Haut-Koenigsburg castle and the palace of Versailles in France. Instructor: Dr. Norman A. Sunderman.

           Travel Arrangements

Students will be extensively briefed regarding travel arrangements prior to departure, and schedules with addresses and telephone numbers will be given to each participant. All travel arrangements will be made by the program director and approved by the university.

           Student Eligibility


  • Open to all majors. An advanced elective with no prerequisites.
  • Alternative #1—Must have completed a cumulative 30 hours of course work at time of application and be enrolled at ASU and remain an ASU student through the study abroad program
    • Must have cumulative GPA of 2.50
  • Alternative #2—Students transferring at least 45 semester credit hours from other institutions are eligible if at the time of application to a study abroad program they:
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in all of their transfer work
    • Will complete two long semesters of full time study in residence at the time of program commencement
    • Earn a minimum 2.50 GPA in residence during the first long semester at Angelo State
    • Two consecutive summer terms completing a total of 12 semester hours equals one long semester.



Sites and activities:

Frankfurt, Germany

  • Kaiserdom
  • Kleinmarkthalle
  • Römerberg
  • St. Paul’s Church
  • Guided walking tour: “Frankfurt the Euro and Banking City”
  • Presentation - Deutsche Bank

Wörth, Germany

  • Mercedes truck assembly plant—guided tour

Strasbourg, France

  • Château de Pourtalès (2 weeks)
  • River cruise
  • Strasbourg cathedral
  • Musée des Beaux-Arts
  • Historical Museum
  • Haut-Koenigsbourg castle
  • European Parliament—presentation
  • Council of Europe—presentation

Schiltach, Germany

  • “From brass bar to desgner mixers” at the hansgrohe plant—guided tour
  • Shoerworld

Triberg, Germany

  • Triberg Waterfalls

Trier, Germany

  • Roman ruins—Instructor guided tour
  • Cathedral of St. Peter

Paris, France

  • Notre Dame Cathedral—guided tour
  • Saint Chapelle—guided tour
  • Guided boat tour on the famous Bateaux Parisiens
  • Église St. Sulpice-Sunday service
  • Louvre—guided tour
  • Basilique du Sacre—Coeur
  • Palace of Versailles—audio tour

Antwerp, Belgium

  • Rubenshuis—audio tour
  • Cathedral of Our Lady
  • Antwerp World Diamond Center—presentation
  • Port of Antwerp—guided day tour

           Program Cost

The approximate cost is $4,300–$4,700. Actual cost will depend upon the cost of airline tickets, Euro/dollar exchange rates and the number of students participating. The program cost does not include ASU tuition and fees for six credit hours. This amount has not been set by the Board of Regents, Texas Tech University System for summer, 2014. Summer 2013 undergraduate resident tuition and fees was $1,604.88.

           Faculty Leadership

The program director is Dr. Norman A. Sunderman, Professor of Accounting. In addition to family trips to Europe, he attended two week faculty conferences in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2004, and Strasbourg, France, in 2008, and led Study Abroad trips in 2009, 2011 and 2013. He has also made presentations at the NASBITE International conference in 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He is currently on the Board of Governors and treasurer of NASBITE International, an organization for advancing global business.

Dr. Sunderman has received teaching awards in both music and accounting. In 1978, he was named the Outstanding Music Professor at Texas A&M-Kingsville.  In 2008, he was named Professor of the Year in the College of Business by the Angelo State Student Government Association. He was also named the Outstanding Accounting Educator for small colleges and universities in 2008 by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. In 2009, Dr. Sunderman received the Distinguished Faculty Alumni Award for the College of Business from the ASU Alumni Association.

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Dr. Norman Sunderman
Professor of Accounting
Office: RAS 246
Phone: 325-486-6498

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