Penn State Harrisburg London in WW II 2019
Friday, March 1st, 2019
Sunday, March 10th, 2019
HIST144 or HIST144H (3 credits) (satisfies GEN ED: GH and US)
Students in this course will learn about World War II through the lens of the British experience. Travel to London to see first-hand the city where many of the pivotal events of WWII transpired. The class will tour sections of the city that were targeted by the Blitz and visit bomb shelters where Londoners huddled for shelter in the midst of these German attacks. Other excursions will explore sites associated with Churchill, including the war room from which he exercised daily leadership over the British military effort. The class will also visit other sites linked to the British military, such as the HMS Cavalier, the British Navy’s fastest ship in WWII. The class will tour some of Britain’s great museums, including the Imperial War Museum, the Museum of London, the National Army Museum, and the American Air Museum, located in the nearby town of Duxford. Some of the museums we visit, such as Bletchley Park Home, which celebrates the history of Britain’s war-time code breakers, are situated in towns outside of London, but near enough for a day trip itinerary.
Brochure & Documents
Day 1 - DEPARTURE
Departure from the Penn State Harrisburg campus for Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) at 2:30 p.m. Check-in at British Airways Counter terminal B should be no later than 6:30 p.m. Flight BA0188 leaves for London Heathrow Airport (LHR) at 9:30 p.m.
Day 2 - LONDON
Arrive at London Heathrow International Airport at 9:15 a.m. Assistance and transfer to your hotel. Check-in for eight nights. Luggage may be put in storage in case rooms are not ready. In the afternoon, there is a guided orientation tour of London. The guide will show you the main landmarks of the city and explain how to use public transportation, use your Oyster Pass for public transportation, and exchange money. You will visit Saint Paul’s Cathedral, including the crypt and the galleries.
Day 3 - LONDON
After breakfast, a guided tour of the Trafalgar Square area, Buckingham Palace with the changing of the guards, an outside view of Clarence House, Saint James Park, and Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, including the café located in the crypt which served as a bomb shelter. In the afternoon, you will visit the London Museum and Royal Air Force Museum.
Day 4 - LONDON
Following breakfast, a visit to Westminster Cathedral, entrance to the cabinet of war rooms, the 19 underground rooms and places related to WWII. An audio guide for the cabinet of war rooms are included. Tour the outside view of 10 Downing Street, the Houses of Parliament and view Big Ben from Lambeth Bridge. Spend the remainder of the day on academic studies.
Day 5 - LONDON
After breakfast, tour the Imperial War Museum and the surrounding area and learn more about the Blitz. Visit the HMS Belfast and the Tower of London. Enjoy the London Tower Bridge Experience with the walkways (all entrance fees included). Possible evening theatre performance.
Day 6 - LONDON
Following breakfast a morning excursion to Chartwell, the family home of Winston Churchill. The visit includes the gardens and the garden studio where Churchill kept many of his paintings. Return to London and take a walking tour to visit the British Museum and its surroundings. Return by subway to the hotel. Possible evening theatre performance.
Day 7 - LONDON
After breakfast, a full day excursion to Duxford and Uxbridge. Visit the Imperial War Museum and the airfield where you will learn about aerial combat and the Battle of Britain. In Uxbridge, learn more out the Battle of Britain bunker, which played a crucial role in the defense of the United Kingdom in its darkest hour in 1940.
Day 8 - LONDON
Following breakfast, a morning tour of west London to visit the National Army Museum. View the outside of the Chelsea Royal Hospital and proceed to Kensington Palace, the royal residence set in Kensington Gardens in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Spend the remainder of the day on academic studies, either revisiting previously seen sites and museums or exploring other aspects of London WWII history such as the National Maritime History Museum.
Day 9 - LONDON
After breakfast, an excursion to Bletchley Park (train tickets included from Victoria Station). Visit the Museum of Bletchley Park dedicated to WWII cryptography. Once the top-secret home of the WWII code breakers, it is now a vibrant heritage attraction. Lunch and dinner on your own.
Day 10 - RETURN
After breakfast, your coach will transfer you to London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) at 7:30 a.m. Check-in at British Airways counter no later than 8:30 a.m. Flight BA0185 leaves London Heathrow airport at 11:10 a.m. and arrives at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) at 3:20 p.m. Upon arrival, meet your driver and coach to return to the Penn State Harrisburg campus.
• Round-trip airfare between Newark, NJ and London, UK
• Round-trip transfers between the Penn State Harrisburg campus and Newark Liberty International Airport
• Airport taxes and fuel surcharge – subject to increase before ticketing
• Eight nights’ accommodations at the Ibis Earls Court Hotel (double or triple occupancy)
• Buffet breakfast daily
• Oyster Pass to travel in London
• Theatre ticket
• All tours, visits and entrance fees as per itinerary
• Single room supplement +$395
• Possible additional London public transportation on Oyster pass over the $50 included
• Excess baggage fees at the airport
• Optional travel insurance in case of trip cancellation
• Additional excursions or activities not mentioned in the itinerary or reserved in advance
• Transportation, except where noted in the itinerary
• Personal expenses
• Any services not listed above as “included”
• Passport and visa fees – Passport should be valid until September 12, 2019
Everyone needs a passport valid until September 10, 2019. If you are not an American citizen, a visa may be required, a Green Card or equivalent is compulsory.
Visas are not required for United States citizens traveling to London. All international students are responsible for determining if a visa is required and should immediately apply for the visa. Please check the website at gov.uk/check-uk-visa if a visa is not issued. Also, alert the International Programs office if you are applying for a visa.
- Written cancellation received between November 28 – December 27, 2018 will incur a penalty of $350 plus a processing fee of $150 – a total of $500.
- Written cancellation received between December 28, 2018 – January 15, 2019 will incur a $1,497.50 penalty fee (50 percent of the total trip cost).
- Written cancellation received after January 15, 2019 or no-shows incur a penalty of 100 percent of the total trip cost – $2,995.
- Online: During your registration, you can submit your payment by e-check or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover & American Express). There is a 3% service fee for all online payments. To avoid this fee, you can mail a check or money order.
- Phone: We accept credit card & e-check payments by phone. Credit card payments incur a 3% service fee but there is no service fee for e-checks.
- Post Mail: You could also mail a paper check or a money order. Checks should be made payable to “Celestial Voyagers” and mailed to the address in the “Contact Us” section.
A deposit of $500 is due upon registration. When registration is made within 60 days prior to departure the full amount of the trip is due.
COURSE REGISTRATION To register for course credit:
1) Meet with your academic adviser to discuss how this course will impact your educational progress. Have your adviser sign a drop/add form to add this class. Forms are available at registrar.psu.edu/registration/dropping_courses.cfm.
2) Contact the travel agency (contact information on back panel) to make a deposit or pay the total cost of the trip and obtain a receipt.
3) Take your signed drop/add form and travel agency receipt to the Office of the Registrar in the Swatara Building to complete enrollment in the course.
• Mandatory pre/post-trip meetings, group reading, journal, etc., during spring 2019 semester.
• Students must be free of any current conduct reviews or conduct sanctions. Eligibility will be verified, and each participant grants permission for verification by the Office of Student Conduct. Any violation of the PSU Student Code of Conduct (studentaffairs.psu.edu/support-safety-conduct/ student-conduct/code-conduct) while traveling will result in a class failure.
Award funds are available to undergraduate honors students through the Penn State Harrisburg Honors programs. The University also has funds for students traveling internationally. For details, visit gpglobalea.gp.psu.edu and select the “Scholarships and Grants” link. A limited number of travel awards are available through the Penn State Harrisburg Office of International Programs. The application deadline is October 19, 2018. Please visit: harrisburg.psu.edu/ international-programs/grants-and-awards.
Ibis London Earls Court
47 Lillie Rd, Earls Court, London SW6 1UD, UK
Phone: +44 20 7610 0880
Air Schedule6044 PSH London Flight Details
|Departure Day||Departure Date||From (airport/terminal)||Departure Time||Flight #||To (airport)||Arrival Time (local time)|
|Friday||03/01/2019||Newark, NJ||9:30 PM||BA 188||London Heathrow||9:15 AM+1|
|Sunday||03/10/2019||London Heathrow||11:10 AM||BA 185||Newark, NJ||3:20 PM|