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Embedded Spring: A Tale of Two Uprisings
Krakow, Poland; Warsaw, Poland (Outgoing Program)
This global field experience will be based in two of Poland’s most dynamic cities, Warsaw and Krakow. Warsaw is the nation’s capital, a “phoenix” city almost completely reconstructed—including its famous historic center—since 1944. It is also the hub of modern, cosmopolitan Poland. Krakow is the nation’s intellectual heart, home to the largest intact medieval square and covered market in Europe, and to Poland’s royal palace.
To view the program’s 2016 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
This one-credit global field experience will be open to students in the Honors College and SAS Honors Program and to select individuals taking the spring course, “Exile under Nazism and Communism.” The field experience, led by Professor Nancy Sinkoff (Jewish Studies and History), will focus on the history and representation of the two major uprisings that took place in Warsaw in 1943 and 1944, respectively, and introduce students to the complexity of Poland's modern history.
The cities of Warsaw and Krakow will be the sites for students' encounter with modern Poland and the Polish past. We will examine Warsaw's growth in the nineteenth century as a major center of Polishness under Russian occupation as well as focus on its development as a center of prewar Jewish life. In the interwar period (1919-1939), Jews comprised 10 percent of the city’s population, playing a role in every aspect of modernizing Polish and Polish Jewish societies. Students will also study the Jewish and Polish nationalist movements that emerged in the nineteenth century and further developed in the twentieth. With these backgrounds, they will be able to probe not only the facts of what happened in the fateful years of 1943 and 1944, but also explore how contemporary Poles and Jews have remembered and memorialized what happened. There is no better place to do this than in the vibrant city of Warsaw, which, since 1989 and the fall of Communism, has begun to reclaim itself as a major European metropolis. In Krakow, students will enjoy the oldest covered medieval market, explore the architectural heritage of Poland’s Jewish community as well as visit Nowa Huta (The New Steel Mill founded under communism) and Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site of the Nazi concentration and death camps, and Oskar Schindler’s factory.
There will be numerous opportunities to engage with Polish and Polish-Jewish history in the form of theater, performance art, and food. Students will also have the opportunity to meet Polish university students.
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will be housed in double-accommodation hotel rooms. Some meals, such as some breakfasts and lunches taken together as a group, will be included in the program price. Students will be responsible for meals not covered by the accommodations or the program.
For more information about the program cost and additional non-billable expenses for this program, please view the program budget sheet.
For more information about finances, including information about financial aid and tuition remission please visit the Finances section of our website.
As part of your preparation to apply for this study abroad program, please familiarize yourself with the Center for Global Education withdrawal policy.
Students are also encouraged to start researching scholarship opportunities as early as possible. There are many kinds of scholarships available, with different eligibility requirements and application criteria. To get a sense of what scholarships are available for your program, please download the Scholarships-at-a-Glance worksheet and visit our scholarship directory for a comprehensive list of study abroad scholarships.