Crossroads I - The History and Culture of Central Europe


Program Description


Central Europe has been a flash point in world history for centuries. Control of the area has been contested both by imperial powers – above all Russia, Austria, Germany – and by the smaller nations in between. Two world wars started in the region. To this day, the legacy of these conflicts and the resulting attitudes still have a major impact on the policy of countries from Russia to Poland to Germany.

We will travel to Krakow, Poland’s cultural capital, and once the capital of the progressive Polish Kingdom that once housed the majority of the world’s Jews. Students will visit Kazimierz, Krakow’s Jewish quarter, which is one of the best preserved in Europe. We will see the former Ghetto area, the famous Schindler Factory, and tour Auschwitz-Birkenau. We will also discuss the current revival that Jewish culture is undergoing in Poland, as new festivals are launched and the local Jewish community grows, develops, and becomes part of a larger, successful Poland. We will also travel to Berlin to discuss how Central European issues continue to influence security policies worldwide. Berlin has profoundly influenced the politics and culture of the 20th century. Days in Berlin will include trips to the Reichstag, Stasi Headquarters, the Bauhaus Museum, the former Wall and Checkpoint Charlie. Alexandra Richie, author of Faust’s Metropolis, will lead students on a journey through the city showing both the tragedy and the triumph of the German capital.

Entry qualification

High school / secondary education (or higher)

There are no prerequisites for this course. Previous studies and/or interest in history or the region assumed.

The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.

Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.

Language requirements


Other requirements

At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.

A motivation letter must be added to your application.

Tuition fee

$3,995.00 per programme

Discount is applied if combining Crossroads I with either Crossroads II or Elites.

Program costs include tuition for study as outlined, shared accommodation, pre-departure materials, local orientation, health and accident insurance, airport meeting, cultural program, and in-country support. Lunches are included M-F and during travel segments (when applicable) breakfast is also included.

  • Application fee $50.00 one-time
  • Deposit $250.00 one-time
Last updated Dec 2017

About the School

Collegium Civitas is a modern non-public university located in the heart of Warsaw,the most dynamic capital city of Central and Eastern Europe.

Collegium Civitas is a modern non-public university located in the heart of Warsaw,the most dynamic capital city of Central and Eastern Europe. Read less