Destinations: Krakow, Poland (Announcement: Program changes for 2013 will result in a cost of over $2,000 less than in 2012!)
Fall Semester - approx. 30 August to 17 December
Since 1975 the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has provided extraordinary study/travel programs in East-Central Europe for those who seek an enriched and enhanced education beyond the bounds of the classroom or campus. This program begins with an exceptional study tour of Poland to include cities such as Warsaw, Gdansk, Malbork, Torun, etc. After the study-tour the group will settle down in Krakow. There, the Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364, the oldest University in Poland and the second oldest north of the Alps, will be your host. Offered is the unique opportunity not only to study Polish language, culture and society in Krakow but also to experience over a thousand years of history, magnificent architecture and art.
Application Deadline: March 1st of the prior academic semester for guaranteed consideration; though late applications are often taken. Please check with the International Programs Office for available positions.
Go to the Applications page to find out how to get an application.
Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors and special students from all academic disciplines with maturity, motivation, and preparation. Knowledge of foreign languages is not required. Attendance at orientation meetings is strongly recommended.
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*based on a group of 15 students
- 13-14 Week Total Academic Program.
- 12 Weeks in residence in Krakow.
- Entry tour to Warsaw and Gdansk (Baltic Sea). Includes all lodgings, board, lectures and some museum entrance fees.
- Arrangements are made to have students meet with Polish students to discuss current political issues and life in contemporary East-Central Europe.
- Air travel, Chicago-Warsaw and return from Warsaw or Krakow (arrangements can be made to depart from other major airports).
- Room and Board throughout the semester.
- UWSP tuition for Wisconsin Residents; Minnesota students qualify for reciprocity, surcharge for other out-of-staters is $1000.
- Study tours within Poland during the semester may include: Zakopane and the Carpathian Mountains, Malbork Castle, Eastern Poland, Auschwitz Concentration Camp, the Wieliczka Salt Mines.
- UW-System mandatory health insurance.
- Plan your budget to cover passport, personal expenses and a five-day break period.
Scholarship Opportunity for undergraduates: Click here.
International Flight: Chicago-Warsaw-Krakow-Chicago.
Entry tour Housing is in hostels/dormitories, travel by train and bus.
A UWSP faculty member or appointee will accompany the group on the entry tour and serve as instructor for International Studies 300.
Sample Core Class List
Required Core Courses:
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 300 - East Central European Study Tour. 1 credit.
Held during the entry study tour. Letter grade based on attendance at ALL scheduled lectures, field trips and written assignments.
INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 381 - Polish Culture and Civilization 3 credits. UWSP GDR: HU4
Survey of Poland's cultural development, including an examination of contemporary society, Polish musical traditions, religion, education, and literature. This course is usually taught by a combination of instructors and lecturers.
Enrollment in a Polish language course is required.
POLISH 101: First Year Polish
4 credits, GDR: FL BA BM/BFA
-For students with no prior Polish language training.
POLISH 211 - Second Year Polish Language
4 credits, Prerequisite: 102 or equivalent
*If your language skills are beyond Polish 211, contact us for appropriate placement and course information.
ART 397 - Art History in International Programs: Poland 3 credits, GDR: HU1.
An outline of the history of Polish art, covering architecture, sculpture and painting. Lectures and site visits, usu. including Wawel Royal Castle, Old Town, museums, churches, etc.
History 396 - Regional History through Study Abroad: Poland and its Neighbors in Modern Europe. 3 credits, GDR: HU4
An introduction to Poland's modern history: from the downfall of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth at the end of the 18th century, to the re-emergence of an independent Poland following World War I, to Poland's tragic role during World War II, to the establishment of Communist rule, and finishing with the collapse of the Communist system in 1989.
POLITICAL SCIENCE 362 - East European Politics 3 credits, GDR: SS1 NW
Political structures, processes, and institutions of Central and East Europe. Emphasis on the politics of transition and challenges to democratization. Includes field trip to Warsaw with a visit to Parliament.
WELLNESS 199 A/A - Independent Study 1 credits, GDR: WL
Obtain standardized forms from the International Programs Office.
See Director / Associate Director for approval and procedural details. Independent Study credits are taken in addition to the 13 credit minimum.
Up to ten weeks before the start of the program, all fees except the initial $250 deposit will be refunded. After that time, tuition, airline, tour costs and housing charges are assessed. If the program would be cancelled, all fees will be refunded. Because exchange rates and airline prices fluctuate, International Programs reserves the right to cancel, surcharge, or to alter the program.
A second semester option based in Szeged, Hungary will also be available. See UWSP International Programs Staff for details and click here for latest price estimates.
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