Study & Travel (Multi-Destination) Programs

LGBTQ History - For Queer and Country: Itinerary

AIFS Flight Dates

Outbound: May 18 to London | Inbound: June 9 from Berlin

LGBTQ History - For Queer and Country

Academic Program: May 21 - June 8

Friday, May 18

Optional overnight flight from U.S. to London*.

Saturday, May 19

Arrive London. Transfer to housing.* Rest of day free.

Sunday, May 20

Orientation. Half-day sightseeing tour of London with a professional guide. See London’s famous sights including Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament on the banks of the Thames, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Monday, May 21

Morning class. Welcome meal with AIFS staff.

Tuesday, May 22

Morning class. Historical walking tour of Soho.

Wednesday, May 23

Morning class. Visit to Gay’s the Word, an independent bookstore which has been serving the gay community since 1979 and hosts regular events and discussion groups.

Thursday, May 24

Excursion to Brighton, a seaside resort on the south coast of England, popularly considered to be the “gay capital” of the UK.

Friday, May 25

Morning class.

Saturday, May 26

Day trip to Manchester, a city recognized for supporting and celebrating its LGBTQ heritage and community. Visit iconic sites, including Canal Street and Sidney Street, whilst learning the history of Manchester’s LGBTQ community on a guided walking tour. There will also be free time for self-exploration before returning to London.

Sunday, May 27

Free day.

Monday, May 28

Morning class. Visit to 56 Dean Street an award-winning sexual health clinic which opened in Soho in 2009. In 2011 the clinic set the World Record for the most HIV tests performed in one location on World Aids Day. It has been at the forefront of developing an excellent HIV and sexual health service and has won many awards for its innovative work.

Tuesday, May 29

Morning class. Afternoon screening of AIDS: Doctors and Nurses Tell Their Stories, a documentary about the doctors and nurses who cared for Britain’s first AIDS patients in the 1980s. Including Q and A with the writer and producer of the film.

Wednesday, May 30

Morning departure to Paris by Eurostar. Transfer to your hotel in Paris followed by a sightseeing tour of the city led by a professional guide.

Thursday, May 31

Morning class. Afternoon visit to Père Lachaise Cemetery to visit the tomb of Oscar Wilde.

Friday, June 1

Morning tour of the Louvre.

Saturday, June 2

Morning class. Afternoon boat cruise on the Seine.

Sunday, June 3

Free day.

Monday, June 4

Morning flight to Berlin. Transfer to your hotel in Berlin followed by an afternoon walking tour of the historical center with a professional guide.

Tuesday, June 5

Morning class. Afternoon walking tour for in-depth exploration of Berlin’s queer history, which includes periods of both open sexual experimentation and horrific persecution. The walking tour will be followed by a guided tour to the Schwules Museum (Gay Museum), one of the world’s largest institutions for archiving and demonstrating the history of LGBTQ communities.

Wednesday, June 6

Morning meeting with the Lesbian and Gay Association Berlin Brandenburg. Afternoon guided tour to the Deutsche Kinemathek (Film Museum), on the topic of “The Icon Marlene Dietrich”, one of the greatest actresses of classic Hollywood and a pioneer in defying gender roles.

Thursday, June 7

Morning class. Matinee or evening performance with “A Kabareet Productions”.

Friday, June 8

Morning final exam. Free time, followed by a traditional farewell meal.

Saturday, June 9

Program ends. Optional return flight to the U.S.*

AIFS reserves the right to modify the itinerary.

* Included for students on the AIFS Flight Package only.