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  • Locations: Darmstadt, Germany; Geneva, Switzerland; Ingolstadt, Germany; Schaffhausen, Germany
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
Please note: this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020.



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This program involves a 10 day online pre-departure segment [or component] and three weeks of on-site coursework in Switzerland and Germany. Based around Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the social and political history of Switzerland and Bavaria, students will earn six upper-division honors credits. 

Quick Facts

  • Follow Frankenstein’s footsteps in: Ingolstadt (near Munich) where Victor made the monster; Schaffhausen (near Zurich), with its picturesque “Romantic” villages and landscapes; Geneva, birthplace of Victor Frankenstein, where Mary Shelley conceived the novel, home to Rousseau, and friend to the Reformation

  • 2018 was the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

  • Academic visits to: the real Castle Frankenstein in Germany (with welcome dinner at the castle); University of Ingolstadt (birthplace of the Illuminati); Museum of the Reformation and Rousseau’s House (Geneva)

  • Day trips to: the ruins of Castle Frankenstein; the Audi factory (Ingolstadt), medieval old towns of Ingolstadt, Schaffhausen, and Geneva; the United Nations/WHO/ and International Labor Organization in Geneva’s Palace of Nations; Cologny (via boat ride across Lake Geneva) to Villa Diodati where the Shelleys and Lord Byron stayed in 1816; Chamonix, France to the Alps to see the Ice Cave and “Sea of Ice” glacier where Victor meets the monster

  • Free weekends to explore surrounding cities such as Munich and Zurich, tour the Rhine Falls in Neuhausen, Switzerland, and/or other sites in/around Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France, Italy

  • Open to all Barrett students in good academic standing. All majors welcome.

  • 6 upper-division Honors credits

  • Summer 2020 Program Dates: online boot camp prior to departure; May 20-June 10 in Germany and Switzerland; final course projects due after program.

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. 


Castle Frankenstein
Castle Frankenstein, Source

Kreuztor in Ingolstadt
Kreuztor in Ingolstadt, Source

Aerial view of Geneva
Geneva, Source

Location Details

Darmstadt is a small city (pop ~150,000) located in southwest Germany near Frankfurt. Recognized officially as a city within the Holy Roman Empire in the 1300s, Darmstadt was the capital of the then-sovereign nation of Hesse and boasts a rich cultural history, including (and most importantly for our purposes) the site of the actual Castle Frankenstein (“stone of the Franks”), which dates back to the 1200s and lies in ruins today. We will be spending the first two nights in Darmstadt, which will include a welcome dinner at the castle (there is a restaurant located at the castle site) and a walking tour of the castle/surrounding area on the second day. 

Situated along the banks of the Danube River and less than an hour train ride from Munich, Ingolstadt (pop. ~130,000) lies in the heart of classic Bavarian Germany. The city has excellent public transportation and is easily walkable as well. It boasts a vibrant medieval old town (“city center”), several museums, including the Museum of Medicine and Science; Kreutzor, one of the original city gates (built in 1385), which still stands; genuine Bavarian food and architecture; and much more. The University of Ingolstadt, which we will visit for a Frankenstein tour, is the birthplace of the Illuminati (1776) as well as the location of Victor’s laboratory in the novel.  Also, the Audi auto factory is nearby and we will have a guided tour of it. 

Located on the northern banks of the Rhine River and about an hour train ride north of Zurich, Schaffhausen (pop. ~36,000) is just kilometers from the German border yet distinctively Swiss. The city has been in existence since at least 1045 CE and its old town boasts beautifully restored and maintained medieval and Renaissance-era buildings, facades, fountains, and frescos. Beyond the city itself, there is much to do and see in the surrounding area, including a possible boat tour of the famous Rhine Falls (a few kilometers along the river at Neuhausen), bike and walking tours of several small villages which seem to have changed very little in the past 300 years with parts of their original city walls intact and centralized church bell towers lording over the ancient homes and buildings; old castles/ruins along the Rhine; and even ruins of an ancient Roman bathhouse at Hüfingen, Germany.  

One of the most famous cities in Europe, Geneva truly is a “global” city, hosting the most international organizations in the world (including the Red Cross, the United Nations, and many others). While French is the dominant language, many residents and visitors are multilingual and you will hear any number of languages regularly spoken such as German, English, Spanish, and Portuguese, among others. Geneva has the third-highest standard of living of any city in the world and it (as with Switzerland as a whole) is famous for its (religious) tolerance, neutrality, financial success, and as the location of the Geneva Conventions. Beyond its well-maintained and vibrant medieval/Renaissance old town, it was home to Rousseau and Calvin, as well as the Shelleys and Lord Byron in 1816, where Frankenstein was conceived during the dreary summer of 1816. We will visit the site where Mary Shelley conceived and began writing the novel (at a villa on the hills of Cologny, across Lake Geneva), the Frankenstein’s monster statue at Plainpalais where the monster’s first murder took place, the Rousseau house/museum, John Calvin’s main church (St. Pierre Cathedral), the United Nations in the famous Palace of Nations, as well as take a day trip to Chamonix, France to see Mont Blanc, the Ice Cave, and the Sea of Ice Glacier where the monster takes Victor Frankenstein into his hut in the novel.  

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to Barrett Honors College students only.

  • Students will need to complete HON 171 or HON 370 with a C or better or currently be enrolled in one of these courses. 


Participating students will receive six ASU credits in Barrett, The Honors College. All students must enroll in the two honors seminars. This program includes one week of online instruction: one week prior to going abroad, students complete an online boot camp in preparation for onsite activities and assignments. This work may be completed from any location with wifi. Final course projects will be due after the trip by July 15th..      
HON 394: Frankenstein, the Monster, and Other Romantics (3 credits)
HON 394: Frankenstein & Revolution in Switzerland and Germany (3 credits)


Frankenstein Statue


Faculty Director

Dr. Don Fette
Honors Faculty Fellow
Barrett, the Honors College
Mail Code: 1612
Sage South 151
Phone: 480-727-4571

Additional Faculty

Dr. Joseph Foy
Honors Faculty Fellow
Barrett, the Honors College
Mail Code: 1612
Tempe Campus
Phone: 480-727-7152

Don Fette
Dr. Don Fette

Joseph Foy
Dr. Joseph Foy


Swiss jet at night

Program Housing

Students will be staying in hotels in centrally-located areas in each city. Breakfast is included. Classes will meet in reserved conference rooms at the hotels and/or in reserved spaces very close by (within walking distance). Some of the travel from the hotels to various fieldtrips/excursions will be via private coach, some via public transportation, and, on some occasions, we can easily walk. Some of the medieval town centers that we visit will require a good deal of leisurely walking, museums will require walking typical for small to medium-sized museum visits. Day trip to the Sea of Ice Glacier will include walking similar to what one would expect at sites such as the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, or similar “natural wonders.” The program includes moderate walking at times but is by no means is this a walking-intensive trip and the centrality of the hotels makes local access relatively fast and easy.  

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus. Please note that this program includes a short boat trip across Lake Geneva. Participants will be required to embark and disembark from the (small, commuter) boat during that trip. There will also be a gondola ride (similar to a ski-life but enclosed) in the Alps near Mont Blanc and a visit to the Ice Cave, which may require some ascending and descending of stairs and passageways. This program, while not walking-intensive, does include a fair amount of walking typical of visits to pedestrian-zone/pedestrian-friendly old towns and city centers as well as museum visits. 

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Germany, older city sections and more rural towns are less accessible due to centuries-old architecture, which promises cobblestone streets, narrow staircase entry-ways, and small indoor spaces.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services. For example, in Germany, racism and discrimination do occur, but seem to be directed more towards immigrants from Africa or the Middle East.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2020 is $6,365.

Program Fee includes:  The fee includes one group airport pick-up and drop off, housing in shared accommodations, daily breakfast, some group meals, site visits and cultural excursions, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, tuition for six upper-division honors credits, and international health insurance. Not included: Transportation to and from the U.S; food; passports, books and personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program  Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

  • Barrett Honors College has its own Travel Grant that is needs based. Stay alert to Honors-L for application details early in the fall semester. 


Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020
Rolling Admission 05/20/2020 06/10/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until the Study Abroad Office contacts you to do so.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed

This program is currently not accepting applications.