First-Year Discover Program Abroad

Discover Intercultural Leadership in Germany & France

3 unique, global cities: Heidelberg, Strasbourg, & Paris

Marymount University is excited to offer incoming first-year students the opportunity to travel abroad as a part of this Discover 201 class. This unique opportunity will allow students to travel together as a class with a Marymount faculty member and staff. 

Learn the ins and outs of living in an increasingly connected world with a class that blends cultural exploration, guest lectures, reflective reasoning and discussions. Led and taught by Jennifer Crystle, Assistant Director of the Center for Global Education, this Discover 201 course will be part of students’ standard course load in the fall, but will offer students the unique opportunity to travel as a group prior to Marymount’s New Student Orientation in August.

Program Benefits

  • Gain independence and increased self-confidence
  • Hone your intercultural communication skills
  • Boost your résumé and increase your employability
  • Make friends and connect with faculty and staff before your first semester

Travel Dates

  • August 9-18 2020*

* Mandatory program orientation will take place on Friday, August 7, and Saturday, August 8. Students who are living on-campus will be able to move into their housing on Friday, August 7

Living Learning Community (Optional)

As part of this program, students are encouraged to take advantage of a special Living Learning Community (LLC) that is designed for this group of students. Students who choose to take advantage of this LLC will live in Rowley Hall, among fellow classmates and participants on this program. They will have the opportunity to move in early and they will have access to living and learning spaces that are designed exclusively for them!

Application Process

Students must apply for admission to Marymount University prior to submitting their application for this study abroad program. Please click here to apply to Marymount University or to log in to your application. If you already have applied to the University, you can apply to the First Year Study Abroad program here:

** Application Deadline Entended to April 30, 2020 **

Program Cost

The estimated program fee for this program is $1000. The program fee includes: 
  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Double occupancy accommodation
  • Transportation from MU to and from airport
  • Course-related activities and excursions 
  • On-site transportation
  • Some meals
  • Emergency travel insurance
* Program cost is subject to change and does not include other out-of-pocket expenses.*

Passport Information

Please note that students who do not have a current passport are welcome and encouraged to apply. However, please be aware that if your passport expiration date is before February 19, 2021, you will need to renew your passport. If you do not have a current passport, you must apply early. It may take as long as 12 weeks for processing. You are responsible for all costs associated with your passport. 

International Students

International students are welcome to apply; however, please be aware that visa and entrance requirements may vary according to your country of citizenship. The Center for Global Education will be able to provide supporting documentation for a visa application, but it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that such authorizations and documents be obtained prior to departure.


If you have questions about the application process for this program, please contact your Undergraduate Admissions Counselor.  

For questions related to the program content or inclusions, please contact Jennifer Crystle at or 703-284-5763.