Travel Course & Study Abroad

The SMU Center for Presidential History partners with Essential History Expeditions and SMU Abroad to offer a unique opportunity for SMU Students and the Dallas community to join together for once-in-a-lifetime history adventures. Led by CPH Director Jeffrey A. Engel and Essential History Expeditions’ Brian DeToy, these intergenerational tours offer students an option to study abroad and earn three credit hours, and also giving alumni and friends of the CPH the opportunity to join in the exploration of places where history happened (and to relive a bit of college life!).


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May 2021 - Czech & Germany in WWII and the Cold War


Join the CPH & Essential History Expeditions for a spectacular and engaging examination of central Europe’s rich history and culture. Experience WWII from the 1938 German occupation of Czechoslovakia, through the liberation battles of 1944-45, to the Battle of Berlin in April-May 1945. Walk through the Cold War as you tour the cities of Prague, Leipzig, Nuremberg, and Berlin. With a WWII/Cold War focus, this expedition will also bridge the centuries that made this land the heartbeat of European imperial power and cultural hegemony.


  • Prague
    • Old Town and Jewish Quarter
    • Walking Tour of Nove Mesto (New Town)
  • Nuremberg
    • Nazi Rally Grounds, Nazi Documentation Center and Nuremberg Trials Courtroom & Museum
    • Old Town Nuremberg
  • Jena
    • Jena battlefield, one of Napoleon’s Twin Victories on October 14, 1806 that Brought About the Defeat of the Prussians
    • Central Jena
  • Dresden
    • Old Town Dresden
    • Walking tour of central Dresden
    • KGB Headquarters
  • Leipzig
    • Grand Memorial
    • Johann Sebastian Bach Museum
  • Berlin
    • Historic Central Berlin
    • Checkpoint Charlie

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Includes in-depth guided tours and lectures for all sites, all admission fees and transportation, all lodging (as stated or similar) and meals as indicated.


Alumni & friends of the university:
$4,995, double occupancy ($750 single supplement), of which $1,000 is a tax-deductible donation.

Your donation benefits the Center for Presidential History, its research, educational outreach, and the students' travel expenses participating in educational trips such as this one.

Contact study abroad office for application, course information, and pricing. 

Past Travel Course & Study Abroad Trips


Even if you cannot join the CPH on this trip, you have the opportunity to help students experience this once-in-a-lifetime experience. To give a scholarship so that an SMU student can join us on this trip. Click here, or on the "Give Now" button below.

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For more information, 

Contact Ronna Spitz at or call 214.768.3210, or explore this link: