Summer 2020

A shorter version of the renowned MUDEC experience, the Luxembourg Intensive Summer Program is an ideal choice for students who may not have the opportunity to study for a semester in Luxembourg. The nine-credit-hour summer program is designed for the serious student wishing to complete an entire European-focused Thematic Sequence or Global Perspectives and/or other potential Foundation requirements in only seven weeks during the Summer Session.

In 2020, students participating in the program will have an exceptional opportunity to attend the 3-day Transatlantic Dialogue Conference, taking place at the University of Luxembourg. This will be a unique chance to meet and engage with fellow students from all over the world.

Courses for the Luxembourg Intensive Summer Program satisfy requirements of the Global Miami Plan curriculum and are taught by three Ohio-based Miami professors.

  • The three courses may fulfill a Thematic Sequence, plus 3 hours towards the Global Perspectives requirement, or the courses may count as the completion of the Global Perspectives requirement, plus 3 hours toward another Global Miami Plan Foundation requirement.
  • There are no prerequisites for these courses, and students must take all three courses.
  • Classes meet Monday through Thursday and two 6-day (5-night) faculty-led study tours are embedded in the 7-week program.
  • All students live in a European homestay and therefore have an inside view of the local culture. They have the opportunity to interact with local people and learn about everyday life in Luxembourg. 

Choose your courses!

CSE270: Artificial Intelligence and the Meaning of Thought

Instructor: Dr. James Kiper,

This course is a blend of technological, mathematical, sociological, and historical perspectives on the central questions of "what is intelligence?" and "can or will computers think?" The course readings and discussions will help students know some of the important theories that are relevant to this question, setting the course topics in the historical context of Europe in 1820 to 1955.

PHL103: Ancient Graeco-Roman Ethics

Instructor: Dr. Pascal Massie,

This course includes a study tour to Sicily, Italy.

Ancient Graeco-Roman Ethics introduces students to the fundamental questions of philosophy. In the process, it teaches students basic reasoning skills, along with the methodologies and concepts used by philosophers. To be concerned with ancient philosophy is to be concerned with philosophy’s beginning. We will focus on the concepts of “virtue,” “duty,” “desire and pleasure,” and “community” (polis) which are central to ancient ethics.

HST270: The World in Miniature: Museums, Europe, and the World

Instructor: Dr. Steven Conn,

This course includes a study tour to Brussels, Belgium and Paris, France.

This course will introduce students to museums and to the wide range of issues, debates, and questions they raise and embody. We will examine the history of how exhibitions have translated objects into knowledge and we will ask questions about how that knowledge, in turn, tells us at least as much about the societies that built the exhibitions as about the subject they purport to display. The course will combine classroom discussions of the scholarship on museums and museum history with visits to several museums so that students can see and critique contemporary museum practice.


Unless otherwise noted, you will have each Friday-Sunday off without class. Please note that while the MUDEC program typically does not have class instruction on weekends, there are occasionally required weekend course-related activities and lectures.

This calendar should be taken as tentative until the final calendar is published and noted as final.

Please note that students on the summer program are allowed to be in the Schengen region for a total of 90 days including the program dates. Therefore, it is possible to travel independently after the program ends but students must depart no later than their 90th day in Europe. For more information on countries that are included in the Schengen region, please consult the US State Department website. Note that these are legal requirements, not Miami University policies.

**Exact study tour travel dates and times will be finalized by the individual professor at the beginning of the summer. Do not make any travel plans during study tours until you have confirmed travel dates with your professors. Should you have further questions, please contact the professor directly.

Summer 2020
May 21 Students depart from the U.S.
May 22 Students arrive in Luxembourg (do not arrive after 1500 this day)
May 23 Mandatory Integration Program in Luxembourg (Attendance required) and begin morning classes. Integration will include attending the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Luxembourg American Cemetery
May 25-27 Transatlantic Dialogue Conference
May 28 Begin full class schedule
May 29-30 No classes
June 2 Echternach Visit, then class
June 3-5 Classes Resume
June 6-11 First Study Tour
June 12-14 No classes
June 15 Classes Resume
June 19-22 No classes
June 23 National Holiday
June 24 Classes Resume
June 27-July 2 Second Study Tour
July 3-5 No classes
July 6-7 Classes Resume
July 8 Final exams
July 9 Students depart Luxembourg

Tuition and Fees

For the MUDEC summer term tuition and fees, visit the "cost" tab on the application page.