Heidelberg Through the Ages

Visit the famous city of Heidelberg and learn about its fascinating history, from the early origins to the present. Explore Heidelberg's role as a political and religious center and a focal point of the German romantic and post-romantic movements. You will study German history, the history of Heidelberg, and the rise and fall of powers through lectures and visits to well-known landmarks in this charming city.

Topics include:

  • The prince electors of Heidelberg
  • Heidelberg and the Palatinate (the Pfalz)
  • The mysterious Mithras Cult of Roman soldiers
  • Elisabeth V and Friedrich V - Europe's ill-fated couple
  • Heiligenberg: St. Michaelskloster

"Heidelberg, in its location, has something so ideal."

-J.W. Goethe

Faculty member: Ms. Susan May, e-mail susan.may@faculty.umuc.edu

May apply toward upper-level credit for the history major and minor, German associate degree or certificate curriculum, arts and humanities general education requirements, and electives.

Tentative Course Itinerary


1600Arrival in Heidelberg, check in to accommodations
 Meeting and introductions, short lecture on Heiligenberg
 Tour of the old city center


0900Meet at Bismarkplatz for bus to Heiligenberg and Thingstätte
 Tour of Celtic and Roman sites,
as well as abbey ruins and National Socialist ampitheater
 Kurpfaelzisches Museum


0900Morning lecture

Visitors Center at Schloss (castle tour), allow extra time to arrive by tram

 Holy Ghost Church tour


0900 Meet at the Uni-Platz for bus to Carl Bosch Museum
 Meet at the Bismarkplatz for bus to Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
 Heidelberg University tour



Meet at the Hauptbahnhof (train station) for bus to Schwetzingen

 Tour of Schwetzingen castle and gardens
 Meet at castle entrance for bus back to Heidelberg
 Roma Sinti Museum tour and discussion


0900Lecture at the Musikschule (Music School)
 Friederick Ebert Museum


0900Boat trip (Weisse Flotte) to Neckarsteinach Castle
 Walking tour of castles, return trip by train
 Tour of Stift Neuburg monastary and brewery 
 Dinner in Gasthaus (restaurant)
For anyone interested

Journals due


0900First part of final exam at Kurpfälzisches Museum
 Check out of accommodations
 Meet (with baggage) at Musikschule
 Final exam


Accommodation and Transportation

For your convenience, UMUC coordinates the hotel and excursion arrangements for a flat fee of $650 per student per field study course. This fee will be charged to your student account and covers seven nights of lodging (double occupancy room), as well as local transportation costs and entry to all excursions.

The $650 fee does not include travel to and from the city where the course is held. Students must make their own travel arrangements to the course.

Textbooks and Course Materials

Please refer to the current course syllabus found on the schedule for details about course materials.

Registration Details

You may register for the 3 credit field study course with your local program coordinator or online at MyUMGC. Tuition assistance or financial aid can be applied toward tuition costs. For more information, contact the UMGC Field Study Office at CIV +49-(0)631-534-800, or e-mail fieldstudies-europe@umuc.edu.

Before completing your travel plans, please verify with your local program coordinator or the Field Study Office at UMGC Europe Headquarters that the course will be held as scheduled. If you drop/withdraw from a field study course after the registration deadline, you will be charged a fee of $100.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How is a field study course different from a regular course?
A field study course packs all of the 48 contact-hours of other courses into seven adventure-filled days on location, so you can earn three credits in 5 weeks. In addition, rather than taking place in an education center, a field study course takes place in a historical European city where the subject being studied has its roots. You will visit historical sites and museums as well as participate in lectures that bring it all together for a one-of-a-kind learning experience.

The on-site portion of field study courses are also scheduled during registration weeks, so they shouldn't interfere with your other courses.

For more information, please visit the Field Study Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

Helpful Hints

Before you leave:

  • Contact your travel agency concerning insurance coverage for cancellations.
  • Contact your health insurance company for information concerning coverage at your destination.
  • Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of your destination country.
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination.
  • Obtain city maps for your destination.
  • Leave contact information with people at home who may need to reach you during the course.
  • Make sure your legal affairs are in order and leave a short-term power of attorney with someone you trust.
  • Make two photocopies of your passport and the contents of your wallet--leave one copy at home, and bring the other with you.

For more information, please visit the Field Study Resources page.