Urban, Historical, and Environmental Geographies of Europe

Broaden your understanding of Urban, Historical, and Environmental Geographies in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, and France.


By participating in this program students will learn more about both spatial and temporal aspects of landscapes in various European cities and regions.

The program will introduce students to geographic research in urban environments by focusing on environmental constraints on urbanization, historical urbanization, environmental impacts of urbanization, heritage management, and contemporary efforts to build greater urban sustainability. Participants will develop technical research skills through hands on field work in Pompeii, Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, Turin, Zurich, Freiburg, and Paris.

Key information


Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland




Spring 2022

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application status



Application deadline

first come, first considered until full 

Additional requirements

This program is open to students from all majors. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Info sessions

Q&A session - Geography Europe and Hawaii Group Studies on:

November 4 from 4-5 pm on zoom

Click link here to join: 


Student experience

Past students posing for the camera

Have questions?

For program information, please contact:
Darren Sjogren at sjogren@ucalgary.ca

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at group.study@ucalgary.ca

Other useful links:

Italy: Travel Advice - Lonely Planet Guide
Germany: Travel Advice - Lonely Planet Guide
France: Travel Advice - Lonely Planet Guide
Switzerland: Travel Advice - Lonely Planet Guide

Destinations on Google Earth

Recording Q&A session for Geography Europe and Hawaii programs

Please note: this video has automatic closed captions

Introduction video

Darren Sjogren

Academic overview

Darren Sjogren


Darren Sjogren

Program details

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses offered

    Students on this program are required to enroll in four courses. GEOG 390 International Field Studies is required:

    GEOG 390: International Field Studies (REQUIRED) (3 credits)

    GEOG 434: Field studies in Social and Economic Geography: Tourism and Heritage Management (3 credits)

    GEOG 436: Field studies in Physical and Environmental Geography (3 credits)

    UBST 494: Sustainable Cities I (3 credits)

    UBST 495: Sustainable Cities II (3 credits)

    GEOG 596: Directed Independent Study (3 credits)

    UBST 596: Directed Independent Study  (3 credits)

    Click here for all course descriptions

  2. Prerequisites

    All courses offered: Consent of the department

  1. Pre-departure

    April TBD, Calgary: Mandatory pre-departure orientation with your GSP advisor

    May 29-30, 2022, Calgary: On-campus international field studies preparation course (GEOG 390)

  2. In-field

    May 31  - Depart Calgary to Rome

    June 1 - Train Fiumicino to Rome, Train Rome to Naples; Train Naples to Pompeii

    June 2-3 - Pompeii

    June 4-7 - Rome

    June 8-11 - Florence

    June 12-16 - Venice, Burano, Torcello, Murano, Lido

    June 16-18 - Milan, Turin

    June 19-21 - Zurich

    June 22-25 - Freiburg

    June 26 - Strasbourg

    June 27-30 - Paris

    July 1 - Depart Paris for Calgary or independent travel

    Click here for a detailed itinerary



  3. Post-field

    All assignments are due upon program completion unless alternative arrangements are made with instructors for GEOG 596.

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of the 2022 Urban, Historical, and Environmental Geographies of Europe Group Study Program is $9,856. This includes tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations and meals. 

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary. 

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.

  2. Funding

    Subject to change - Please check back later for updated information.

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Application not currently open. Details to come. 

    IDEAS Funding: Students in the Faculty of Science are encouraged to apply for IDEAS funding. For more information, please click here.

    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email group.study@ucalgary.ca to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider. 

    Click here for more info on funding opportunities!

All students will stay at student appropriate, safe and clean accommodations.

This program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing from all faculties.

Applications will be considered after your online application, unofficial transcript and other supporting documents have been received by Study Abroad.

  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

  2. Extra documents

    The following documents need to be submitted with your application. Please email to group.study@ucalgary.ca:

    1) Unofficial transcripts

    Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.

    2) Supplementary questionnaire

    Click here to download the supplementary questionnaire.

    3)  Program agreement

    Click here to download the program agreement.

  3. Interview with an Instructor

    After your complete application has been received and reviewed by the instructors, you will be contacted by Dr. Andrea Freeman to schedule an interview. Please watch your UCalgary email account including the spam folder and expect to be contacted within several business days.

Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.

Watch Global Learning 101

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing group.study@ucalgary.ca or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select "Advising"
2. Select “Study Abroad”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select your program advisor to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.