The Slavic nations of the Czech Republic, Poland, and Ukraine have gone through enormous changes over the past 100 years. The Czech lands and Poland saw periods of independence throughout their history while also being part of large empires throughout the 18th and 19th century. Ukraine itself has a long history of being part of ancient empires and is the origin of the modern states of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the people of Czechoslovakia and Poland fought for a change of government through a series of popular grassroots movements. Today, the Czech Republic and Poland are both members of NATO and the EU. The Czech Republic has the lowest rate of unemployment in the EU and is seen as one of the most progressive nations in the world while Poland is a modern hub for technology and innovation. Ukraine itself has a long history of national movements that sought an independent Ukraine. In 1991, Ukraine left the Soviet Union and has since been an independent nation. In the past fifteen years, Ukraine has witnessed two large popular movements with the Orange Revolution in 2004/2005 and the recent Euromaidan Revolution in 2014. Since 2014, Ukraine and Russia have been at odds over Crimea and a few breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine.
This program will specifically address the history, culture, economy, and politics of these relatively young states and their role within the European and International community today. It will focus on the struggle for these nations to find a national identity and to forge their own path despite massive amounts of pressure from external entities. Special attention will be paid to the history of the Jewish populations in the region, the history of the region over the past 100 years, and the popular political movements and revolutions in the past 40 years. Students will spend 3-4 days in each location visiting specific locations and museums as well as meeting with local scholars and experts who lived through these turbulent times in order to piece together an understanding of this often overlooked, but extremely important, part of Europe.
Accommodations and Meals:
Accommodations for the entirety of the trip are provided in the cost of the program. Students will be housed in a centrally located hotel or hostel. Also included are some breakfasts, as well as welcome and departure meals.
Students will register for the following class for six (6) credit hours in either IS, HY, or PSC courses:
IS/HY/PSC 390 - Power of the Powerless: Revolutions and Social Movements in Eastern Europe
IS/HY/PSC 390 - National Identity and the State in Eastern Europe
Students not currently enrolled at USA must make application to the University of South Alabama prior to enrolling in this program. This course is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
Tentative Program Itinerary:
(Dates and schedule subject to availability upon receipt of enrollment and deposits.)
May 25, 2018 - Depart U.S. from any city to PRG (Prague).
May 26, 2018 - Arrive in Prague and group together (Night 1: Prague)
INCLUDED IN PRAGUE:
Museum entries: Museum of Communism, Czech Beer Museum, Prague Jewish Museum, Walking tour
Guest speaker (1)
May 27, 2018 - Prague: (Night 2: Prague)
May 28, 2018 - Prague: (Night 3: Prague)
May 29, 2018 - Prague: (Night 4: Overnight train to Krakow)
May 30, 2018 - Krakow (Night 5: Krakow)
INCLUDED IN KRAKOW:
Schindler’s Factory, tickets + guide
Auschwitz/Birkenau entrance and transport
Jewish Quarter guided tour
Royal (Wawel) Castle, tickets + guide
May 31, 2018 - Krakow (Night 6: Krakow)
June 01, 2018 - Krakow (Night 7: Krakow)
Train to Warsaw
June 02, 2018 - Warsaw (Night 8: Warsaw)
The cost of the USA in Eastern Europe summer 2018 program is $3,099. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. The first 10 students who commit to the program and complete a scholarship application will receive a USA Study Abroad scholarship of $500 for the program.
Program cost does include all in-country transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers for those who arrive on the assigned day and time, accommodations and meals as described above, welcome and departure dinners, specified museum entrance fees, and international health insurance and emergency assistance. Tuition for six (6) credit hours is also included and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip. Program cost DOES NOT include international airfare. However, the Office of International Education will reserve and facilitate flights on behalf of all students who would like assistance.
All meals, other than specified dinners, are at the participant’s own expense. Participants should budget additional funds for supplies or personal expenses such as souvenirs or independent travel based upon individual spending habits. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase.
Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
Space is limited. Program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 28, 2018. In order to qualify for a USA Study Abroad Scholarship, applications and deposits must be made no later than the priority deadline of February 16, 2018. Final payment deadline is April 9, 2018. Applicants can reserve a spot in the program by hitting the "Apply Now" button and completing the on-line program application. Once accepted, applicants can confirm their place in the program by paying the program deposit of $350. The deposit is applied toward the cost of the program, $300 of which fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the priority application deadline of February 16, 2018.
Financial aid and scholarship moneys may be applied to these courses. If interested in applying for financial aid, please contact a financial aid officer at your earliest convenience to request an award for summer 2018. This program is part of the USA summer schedule of courses.
Refund Policy: Program fees are refundable only in the event of cancellation of the program and are based on recoverable expenses. All payments should be considered non-refundable, and any requests for consideration of refunds based on extenuating circumstances (medical, etc…) must be made in writing and will be considered on a case by case basis.
For additional information contact:
Dr. Nick Gossett
Assistant Professor of Russian
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature