USA in Eastern Europe: Ukraine Spring Break 2019
The history of Ukraine has been tied, for most of its history, to the history of Russia. The southern parts of Ukraine were part of numerous empires and archaeological digs have revealed the ruins of numerous structures from the past 2000+ years. Ukrainian history really begins when the Varangian (Viking) prince, Oleg of Kiev, signed a treaty with the Byzantines in 911 AD. Over its long history, Ukraine has witnessed a number of national movements that sought an independent Ukraine. Finally, in 1991, Ukraine left the Soviet Union and has since been an independent nation. In the past fifteen years, Ukraine has witnessed two major 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. Ukraine is a nation in transition, trying to find its identity.
This program will specifically address the history, culture, economy, and politics of Ukraine and its role within the European and International community today. It will focus on the struggle for Ukraine 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 popular political movements and revolutions in the past 40 years. Students will spend time in both Kyiv and Lviv 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 the world.
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 all lunches and dinners while in country.
Students will register for the following class for a three (3) credit hour course:
IS 390 - A Nation in Transition: Ukraine in the Modern Era
Students not currently enrolled at USA must make application to the University of South Alabama prior to enrolling in this program.
The cost of the USA in Eastern Europe: Ukraine 2019 program is $2,399. USA Study Abroad scholarships are available to all student participants who submit an application and meet minimum program requirements. Program cost includes all in-country transportation, including all specified excursions and airport transfers for those who arrive on the assigned day and time; accommodations in hotels or hostels; specified museum entrance fees; and international health insurance and international emergency assistance. Tuition for three (3) credit hours is also included and financial aid may be applied to the cost of the trip.
All meals and snacks, other than lunches and 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.
Costs are based on anticipated exchange rates and enrollment and are subject to change. Program items may be changed in lieu of a price increase. Price may vary for graduate students.
Payment Schedule and Deadlines:
Space is limited. Program deposit of $350.00 is due at the time of application and no later than February 1, 2019. Final payment deadline is March 1, 2019. 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 is fully refundable if the participant withdraws before the application deadline of February 1, 2019.
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 spring 2019. Deadline for the OIE Study Abroad Scholarship for Spring Break 2019 is December 14, 2018. Students can apply for this scholarship through JagSpot.
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, please contact:
Dr. Nick Gossett
Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature