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  • Locations: Gdansk, Poland; Krakow, Poland; Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: Embedded Spring
  • Budget Sheets: Embedded Spring
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Manager:
Lloyd Pearson
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Minimum G.P.A.:
Good Academic Standing
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Program Type:
Faculty Led
Program Director:
Nancy Sinkoff
Program Description:
Spring Embedded: Poland
   Faculty Director Profile:
Nancy Sinkoff

Professor Sinkoff is a cultural-intellectual historian of early modern and modern East European Jewry who is particularly fascinated with the question of how diasporic Jews understood politics. Her work focuses on both the European heartland (Poland) and on transnational settlements—in particular the United States—and examines how East European Jews and their descendants understood themselves as they encountered the political, economic, social, geographic, and religious transformations of modernity.

Email Professor Sinkoff at:

The Program's Student Blog:
A Tale of Two Uprisings

The Program
  • Explore Poland's rich 19th-20th century history through this component of the spring 2018 "Exile Under Nazism and Communism" course
  • Learn how memory has played a part in the construction of Polish and Jewish identity in 19th century up until today
  • Examine the role of the Jewish population in Poland's history through site visits—including Auschwitz-Birkenau--talks with local experts, and textual and film analysis
  • Meet with students from the University of Warsaw
Your Host Cities: Warsaw, Kraków & Gdansk
This global field experience will be based in three of Poland’s most dynamic cities, Warsaw, Kraków, and Gdansk. 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. Kraków is the nation’s intellectual heart, home to the largest intact medieval square and covered market in Europe, and to Poland’s royal palace. Gdansk is the site of the former Lenin shipyards, the birthplace of the Solidarity movement, and home to a new museum of the Second World War.


This one-credit global field experience will be open to students in the Honors College and SAS Honors Program, as well as to select individuals, who are enrolled in the spring course, “Exile under Nazism and Communism".

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.

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, Kraków, and Gdansk, 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 Kraków, 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. In the port city of Gdansk, students will visit two new important museums, the European Solidarity Center, and the Museum of World War II, introducing them to the complex ways in which the past is narrated and represented for the public
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.

Financial Information
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 Rutgers Global – Study Abroad withdrawal policy.

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