Abbey Road High School Western Civilization History Program (Athens, Rome, Florence and Paris)

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Western Civilization is a unique summer educational journey in time that gives our students an opportunity to learn first-hand about the origins of Western Civilization, political thought, history, culture and art, starting with the Ancient Greeks (Athens), to Ancient Rome (Rome), to the Renaissance Era (Florence and Siena) and the French Enlightenment (Paris and Versailles).

The program curriculum is based on our Experiential Learning Method, using the host community, its historical sites and cultural environment as our classroom. We read Aristotle and Plato at the Athenian Parthenon, follow in the footsteps of Julius Cesar and Marcus Aurelius at the Roman Forum, marvel at Botticelli's Birth of Venus at the Uffizi in Florence, and discuss the French Revolution at the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

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My two boys had a great time in Europe

I'll admit to being a pretty serious "helicopter parent," with lots of involvement in my kids' lives on a daily basis. My first motivation in seeking a study-abroad program was sending them somewhere amazing, to do something other than be a tourist AND without me there to make it a vacation. At the same time, I wanted them to be safe, see interesting places, learn about food and language and culture, and be a part of a group of kids from all over the world.

After researching a number of programs, Abbey Road seemed to be the program that met all of these requirements for me. The itinerary seemed to have enough travel to see multiple locations but enough study time in each place for them to remember something. The rest of the decision was just blind faith in the unknown and an overall trust in testimonials on the web site.

The program itself accomplished everything I had hoped for. The boys came home talking about Florence and Paris like our own neighborhood. They add small, yet distinct references about Greek philosophy into their everyday conversations. They recognize exotic locations in movies and remember how they felt standing right there in person. They are more responsible with their belongings, and less critical of foreigners.

My oldest son is now at college, and the experience of keeping track of his own things in Europe was the perfect preparation for living in a dorm. Whenever I ask if he's ok, he replies that he made it through Europe alone, so he'll be fine. His month in Europe gave him the confidence and the skills to live away from home, and that's exactly what I wanted for him.

My younger son is a junior in High School and he gets himself up for early morning jazz band every day. He adds that doing homework in our kitchen is 100 times more comfortable than reading Plato at the Acropolis in 100 degree heat. I couldn't be happier that he understands the difference between the two.

There is nothing in the U.S. that could have given my boys the same type of experience they received from traveling with Abbey Road staff members and teachers. I'm a lucky dad to have Abbey Road contribute to the character development of my kids.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Best Summer experience!!

This was truly a great experience that I would recommend to anyone who is interested in learning, experiencing different cultures, and having fun (yes, it is possible!) in three different countries! I learned much more about the different cultures, languages, history, art, food and architecture then I thought possible!! One thing I would recommend before going on this trip is getting fit if you're not already because we did a lot of walking, which is of course, the best way to see the city and it was totally worth it, but just make sure you can walk a good amount everyday. They were extremely accommodating as well, as I have many food allergies. If you're really serious learning about the cultures and histories of these countries I would definitely recommend this program! I had a blast and still keep in touch with the friends I made from the trip! Definitely the best summer experience ever!!

What would you improve about this program?
Sending the reading material maybe a week or two in advance so that we have more time to really read and understand the readings.
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Amazing Program!!!

My child had an absolutely amazing time. She loved every minute of it. She made wonderful enduring friendships. Abbey Road did an amazing job to say the least! We are and forever be eternally grateful for the incredible opportunity you helped make possible for Natalie this summer! When I think about the opportunities she had on this trip, my heart bursts with gratitude!

Yes, I recommend this program


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Abbey Road Programs provides several summer programs for high school students. From study abroad, to language and cultural immersion, to student travel around Europe, Abbey Road is proud to offer it! With program locations currently in Spain, France,...