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Slavic Europe

Dates

May 21 – June 5, 2022

Subjects

English/GWS, History, International Affairs

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

For Summer 2022, the program will be based entirely in Poland.


Based in Poland for 2022, the KIIS Slavic Europe program introduces students to the history and culture of Poland and Eastern Europe. Despite numerous wars and invasions, the modern capital city of Warsaw and the medieval city of Krakow have preserved their architectural and cultural heritage. Classes make use of local museums, cafes and national institutions. Students will visit castles and fortress ruins, and explore smaller towns & villages. All students will take part in a group excursion to the Nazi Death Camps at Auschwitz.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Dorm/Hotel, 2 people per room. 

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 9, 2022. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Adrian Mandzy

Courses

Courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1 course.

ENG 290/GWS 470 Topics: Women Writers in Times of Terror

Dr. Beth Crachiolo

This course will explore Slavic literature in the context of the stories people tell each other to consider how is identity constructed, negotiated, and maintained. We will also look at a few texts from elsewhere in Europe to see what an “outsider’s” view might tell us. Students lead discussions, write short responses to the texts, and a final essay.

HIST 490 Topics: Battleground of Empires

Dr. Adrian Mandzy

This course focuses mainly on the peoples, histories and cultures of Slavic Europe with special emphasis on the Soviet and German occupations. The class combines traditional class activities with excursions to relevant places of interest in Eastern Europe and the surrounding countryside. Students are asked to critically examine their encounters with Slavic society. Includes an opportunity to present a paper at an international student conference.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Tustan

Built in the Middle Ages, this fortress dominated a vital mountain pass through the Carpathian mountains.  The construction of Tustan was unique, as the wooden beams of the castle were carved into the exposed rock face. Now an archaeological preserve, students who visit the site view the critical role of geography and nature.

Opera House (optional)

Built between 1897 and 1900, the building represents the high art of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Restored in 2000, the Opera’s imposing facade pales with the numerous sculptures and paintings which adore its interior. Students often go to a ballet and upon reflection, get a glimmer of urban elite society on the cusp of WWI.

Auschwitz

To many, the Nazi Death Camps at Auschwitz embody the Holocaust. Auschwitz was the largest of the Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers. Over 1.1 million men, women, and children lost their lives in this place. Walking through this site provides a student with a glimpse into one of humanities worse atrocities.

What's Included

Program Cost: $2,350 + airfare

Earn up to 3 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Poland

Accommodations

Breakfast

Groups Excursions & Transport

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($145), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $200-$500 depending on your food tastes/spending habits), pre-departure (in USA) Covid-19 test and on-site (KIIS location abroad) Covid-19 test to return home, any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,250 – $1,350

The KIIS Slavic Europe program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from your program location with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The Slavic Europe group flight will depart from Chicago or New York.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your individual flight ticket.

Flights from the USA to Ukraine are typically overnight flights, arriving the following morning. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Description

Dates

May 21 – June 5, 2022

Subjects

English/GWS, History, International Affairs

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

For Summer 2022, the program will be based entirely in Poland.


Based in Poland for 2022, the KIIS Slavic Europe program introduces students to the history and culture of Poland and Eastern Europe. Despite numerous wars and invasions, the modern capital city of Warsaw and the medieval city of Krakow have preserved their architectural and cultural heritage. Classes make use of local museums, cafes and national institutions. Students will visit castles and fortress ruins, and explore smaller towns & villages. All students will take part in a group excursion to the Nazi Death Camps at Auschwitz.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Dorm/Hotel, 2 people per room. 

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 9, 2022. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Adrian Mandzy

Courses

Courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1 course.

ENG 290/GWS 470 Topics: Women Writers in Times of Terror

Dr. Beth Crachiolo

This course will explore Slavic literature in the context of the stories people tell each other to consider how is identity constructed, negotiated, and maintained. We will also look at a few texts from elsewhere in Europe to see what an “outsider’s” view might tell us. Students lead discussions, write short responses to the texts, and a final essay.

HIST 490 Topics: Battleground of Empires

Dr. Adrian Mandzy

This course focuses mainly on the peoples, histories and cultures of Slavic Europe with special emphasis on the Soviet and German occupations. The class combines traditional class activities with excursions to relevant places of interest in Eastern Europe and the surrounding countryside. Students are asked to critically examine their encounters with Slavic society. Includes an opportunity to present a paper at an international student conference.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Tustan

Built in the Middle Ages, this fortress dominated a vital mountain pass through the Carpathian mountains.  The construction of Tustan was unique, as the wooden beams of the castle were carved into the exposed rock face. Now an archaeological preserve, students who visit the site view the critical role of geography and nature.

Opera House (optional)

Built between 1897 and 1900, the building represents the high art of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Restored in 2000, the Opera’s imposing facade pales with the numerous sculptures and paintings which adore its interior. Students often go to a ballet and upon reflection, get a glimmer of urban elite society on the cusp of WWI.

Auschwitz

To many, the Nazi Death Camps at Auschwitz embody the Holocaust. Auschwitz was the largest of the Nazi concentration camps and extermination centers. Over 1.1 million men, women, and children lost their lives in this place. Walking through this site provides a student with a glimpse into one of humanities worse atrocities.

What's Included

Program Cost: $2,350 + airfare

Earn up to 3 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Poland

Accommodations

Breakfast

Groups Excursions & Transport

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of obtaining a passport ($145), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $200-$500 depending on your food tastes/spending habits), pre-departure (in USA) Covid-19 test and on-site (KIIS location abroad) Covid-19 test to return home, any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost:  $1,250 – $1,350

The KIIS Slavic Europe program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from your program location with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The Slavic Europe group flight will depart from Chicago or New York.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your individual flight ticket.

Flights from the USA to Ukraine are typically overnight flights, arriving the following morning. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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