Contact Schools Top Summer Courses in Poland 2019
This small group course is an intensive immersion into the Polish language. [+]
This small group course is an intensive immersion into the Polish language. 30 hours per week of small group study with active language activities in the city.
Students seeking to continue their study of the Polish language may do so with individual (one-on-one) instruction throughout the remainder of the Summer School.Entry qualification
High school / secondary education (or higher)
There are no prerequisites for this course.
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.... [-]
Poland once housed a majority of the world’s Jews and today, 70 percent of the world’s Jews can trace their ancestry back to Poland. [+]
Poland once housed a majority of the world’s Jews and today, 70 percent of the world’s Jews can trace their ancestry back to Poland. The Jews in Poland created a rich, diverse and unique culture, traces of which can still be found across Poland, in spite of the Nazi-inflected tragedies of WWII.
This course will examine the triumphs and tragedies of Poland’s Jews and acquaint you with the burgeoning revival of Jewish culture now taking place in democratic Poland. It will also examine the influence of the Polish Jews on American culture and their contribution in forming the Israeli identity.
The course is prepared in cooperation with the newly established POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. It will be co-directed by Dr. Maciej Kozlowski, the former Polish ambassador to Israel and Dr. Jolanta Zyndul, Senior Historian at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Both of these individuals have authored numerous publications on the subject of Polish-Jewish relations, including the history of the Second World War and the Holocaust.... [-]
Elites are organized minorities capable of affecting political and policy outcomes of nation-states regularly and seriously. [+]
Elites are organized minorities capable of affecting political and policy outcomes of nation-states regularly and seriously. They are key social-political actors in all societies and all political regimes, including modern democracies.
In new democracies of Central and Eastern Europe, political elites have played the crucial role in the swift and largely peaceful systemic change from Soviet-type socialist dictatorships to Western-type capitalist democracies (1989-91). They were responsible for the consolidation of democratic regimes in CEE, but also for the authoritarian shift in Russia and Belarus. Their decisions were pivotal for further differentiation in development paths in response to the Great Recession of 2008-15. ... [-]
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of the countries of Central Europe quickly moved to detach themselves from the Russian sphere of influence and joined western institutions including NATO and the EU. [+]
With the collapse of the Soviet Union, many of the countries of Central Europe quickly moved to detach themselves from the Russian sphere of influence and joined western institutions including NATO and the EU. The west saw this as the fulfillment of the right of self-determination; Russia tended to view it as a threatening move reminiscent of “encirclement.”
This course will examine the complex historical roots of the conflicting stance between NATO and the EU on one hand, and Russia on the other, and show how this is influencing events in Ukraine and beyond. We will discuss the importance of intelligence in the murky world of hybrid war. We will discuss how energy and non-energy natural resources play roles in security policy. We will also look at the role that traditional and new media are playing in state security and what states need to do to bolster cybersecurity within their borders.... [-]
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. [+]
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.... [-]
Rule of law is one of the most important principles on which modern states and societies are built. [+]
Rule of law is one of the most important principles on which modern states and societies are built.
This course will discuss how the criminal justice system works on the European continent, particularly in Central-Eastern Europe, and how it shapes the societies there. Issues discussed will include how the judicial systems and law enforcement services function as well as how they cooperate internationally. Where applicable, juvenile justice will be addressed. The course will also include visits to relevant schools and institutions to see firsthand how these concepts are carried out.Entry qualification
High school / secondary education (or higher)
While not a requirement for this course, background or coursework in a related field such as criminal justice, law/pre-law, or sociology is helpful.... [-]
Changes in urban landscapes carry with them conflicting interpretations of the past and conflicting desires for the future. [+]
Changes in urban landscapes carry with them conflicting interpretations of the past and conflicting desires for the future. After the devastation of WW2, the creation of a new social and political order shaped the reconstruction of the cities: new buildings, street names and commemorative monuments told a specific version of the past and offered a vision for future transformation. The fall of communist regimes was also written in the fabric of the city: new glassy skyscrapers now compete with postwar architectures, while new monuments and landmarks offer competing (and often contradictory) interpretations of the past. In this course we will ask many questions about what a city is and how it functions. Who are the main actors in the shaping and reshaping of a city? How can historical preservation and economic development be balanced? How can competing interpretations coexist? What is the relationship between urban changes and broader social, cultural, and political transformation? This course includes travel to Wroclaw, Krakow, and Berlin.... [-]