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The May Term is an intensive, short-term academic program in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg open only to Clark students whose studies have not been completed prior to the May Term.

Each year, for four weeks in May and early June, the Leir Luxembourg Program will offer two courses through the May Term. Each course carries one full unit of Clark credit and has no prerequisites, and is taught in English by a Clark faculty member. Students may enroll in ONE of the two courses.

Importantly, all courses relate directly to Luxembourg and/or European conditions and affairs. As part of the May Term experience, students broaden their classroom learning by participating in field trips to sites of particular interest in Luxembourg and surrounding countries. This intensive and valuable learning experience will bring together Clark students with guests from the European community.

May Term 2020


For The May Term 2020 (May 12-June 5, 2020), students may enroll in one of the following courses: “Memories of Europe: From Total War to Integration” or “Health Inequalities in Europe and the United States.” Enrolled Clark students will receive normal day-college credit (1 full unit) upon successful completion.

Taught by Professor Michael Butler

Victor Hugo described history as “an echo of the past in the future.” This course will provide students with an opportunity to listen to, and consider the sources of, these echoes from Europe’s sometimes bloody, sometimes brilliant 20th century – while also thinking about their continuing relevance today, for both Europe and the U.S. Using the unparalleled access offered by our location in Luxembourg, together we will consider the political and cultural legacy of major (and familiar) historical events, political developments, and social forces such as World War I, the Great Depression, nationalism and fascism, World War II, the Holocaust, and the evolution of European integration by journeying to the spaces in which they occurred, and continue to be remembered. In doing so, we will pay particular attention to the ways in which public and private narratives, memories, symbols, memorials, and commemorations have shaped construction(s) of “Europe” both past and present. The course will feature field trips to locations throughout the region including sites in Luxembourg, France, and Germany.

Taught by Professor Rosalie Torres Stone

“Social injustice is killing people on a grand scale” — WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, 2008

Differences in health that are unjust are greater in the United States compared to European countries. What makes us sick is influenced by where people are born, grow, live, work and age. Structural factors beyond our control such as money, power, and resources at global, national, and local levels shape the length and quality of our lives. In this course, we will examine health inequities in Europe and the United States, the social conditions that affect our health, and the medical ethics that underpin our healthcare systems. We will compare and contrast health public policies focused on individual lifestyle factors (smoking, physical exercise, and diet) in the United States and European countries. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about approaches to health and health care outside the U.S. through field trips in Luxembourg and the surrounding regions of France and Germany. We will examine local health related organizations, visit historical sites that have shaped ethical debates in the medical field, explore social determinants of health in urban European city centers, and meet with health care practitioners in the community.

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Admission to the May Term is only open to Clark students who are in good academic and social standing. Find out more about how you can apply to be a part of this intensive, one-of-a-kind academic and cultural experience.

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The May Term is a residential study abroad experience based in Remich, Luxembourg. This scenic and peaceful setting is ideal for a rigorous academic experience, while its central location at the heart of Europe provides an opportunity for field trips as well as personal travel.

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The Leir Luxembourg Program strives to make the May Term experience possible for all Clark students. Learn more about how to apply for our numerous scholarships and other possibilities for financial support.

Additional Information

End of semester Leir Luncheon

Leir Luncheon

At the end of each term, we hold our Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Luncheon at The Restaurant Lea Linster in Frisange.

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May Term Reunion

A reunion will be held at Clark University in the fall. All participants will be contacted in due time.

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Contact Us

We encourage all interested students to contact the Luxembourg Office at any time (ext. 7634).

Application deadline for the May Term is January 29, 2020

Contact Information

Henry J. and Erna D. Leir Luxembourg Program