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Normandy Allies: England and France


London, Normandy, Bayeux, Grandcamp Maisy and Paris, England, France

Program Description

An opportunity to explore strategic events of the Normandy Landings

Phase I: England

The Program begins in London with visits to the Cabinet War Rooms, HMS Belfast, Imperial War Museum, and Bletchley Park. The group embarks by ferry from Portsmouth for a morning arrival on the Normandy coast.

Phase II: Normandy and Paris

The group will enjoy the rich heritage of Normandy while visiting sites significant to the Normandy Landings and Liberation. The itinerary includes: Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno, and Sword Beaches; the American Cemeteries at Colleville and Saint James; Graignes, La Fière, Sainte-Mère-Eglise and the Airborne Museum; Saint-Lo and the bocage; Colombières, Pointe du Hoc, Chateau Colombières and the marshes, Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux Cathedral, Mont St. Michel, and more…. Continuing on to Paris, visits include Les Invalides, the Champs Elysées, and Eiffel Tower.

Location Description

Lodging for the first several days will be in the Borough Market area close to the London Bridge Tube station. Excellent location to explore London on foot with convenience to the Tube. Upon our arrival in Normandy lodging will be in Bayeux, a town untouched by the war and great to visit with its Norman-Gothic Cathédrale Notre-Dame. The famed Bayeux Tapestry. Our last stay in Normandy is in Grandcamp-Maisy, a small coastal port town in the "American" sector on the landing beaches.


Peter S. Combee | | ROTC

Amelia F. Underwood | | ROTC


Students will be staying in hotels (double occupancy) with full internet access. Breakfast is included at each hotel. Laundry facilities are available in each city or town that we stay. Public transportation in London is easily accessible. Public transportation in Normandy is generally not advised or easily accessible. Hotels are centrally located and shopping is within walking distance.

Students are allocated a stipend that will cover their lunch and dinner meals daily. There are several group meals that will preclude the necessity for a stipend for that meal. All meals are provided as part of the program.

Additional Items to Consider

Weather in Normandy is very unpredictable. It can be beautiful and suddenly turn. You should be prepared for rainy, cold and windy weather. It is advised that you have texting available as a minimum during the trip.

This program is primarily designed for students enrolled in the ROTC, however, the program will be of benefit to any student with a History major. In the past students of all concentrations have participated.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Program open to all students

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in.

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


MSCI 150: Strategic Planning and MIlitary Operations during the Battle of Normandy (3 credits)

MSCI 355 / WGS 355: American Women at War (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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