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CHAPS Abroad is an interdisciplinary 6 credit summer program open to upper level undergraduate and graduate students. It offers the opportunity to directly engage Heritage Preservation issues on a global level. Classes are conducted by experts in the fields of preservation and cultural heritage, and emphasize student interaction with practitioners and theorists from the host country.
Qualified students have the additional opportunity to participate in a 3 credit internship/field study as part of each 6 credit program. On site participatory learning is stressed for all students, with the goal of providing academic and practical experience in a fast growing field that offers an increasing number of career opportunities at local, national and global levels.
CHAPS ABROAD: Krakow 2015
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Study theory and practices of cultural heritage preservation through hands on seminars and site visits, using the historic city of Krakow as your classroom.
Learn from a variety of resident experts and local practitioners in the fields of heritage preservation, art, history, and museum studies.
Visit a number of siginificant historic and cultural sites throughout Krakow and the surrounding area to gain a new perspective on important cultural heritgage preservation issues.
Your Host City: Krakow
Students will be based in Krakow, a city known for its vibrant student life, lively café and club culture, and whose historic urban center is a designated World Heritage Site. The International Cultural Centre, located in the main square, will serve as the academic base for the program. Students will have access to their vast library collection and state-of-the-art facilities throughout the program.
Krakow is an outstanding example of medieval urban planning and architecture, and for many centuries was the royal capital of Poland. Its ten-acre "Market Square," the largest of all of Europe's medieval cities, has been the hub of city life since the 13th century, and is arguably one of the world's most beautiful plazas. The university quarter is the oldest in Poland and among the oldest in Europe. The former Jewish district of Kazimierz, founded in the 14th century, became a wealthy, well-populated area with many renaissance buildings and picturesque streets. The district is home to many of the city's synagogues, as well as the Old Synagogue Museum and the Galicia Jewish Museum. Nearby, in Podgorze, Oskar Schindler's Factory, made famous in the movie Schindler's List, is now a museum honoring Schindler and his work.
Offered by Rutgers' program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies, this four-week summer program explores UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Poland, which is home to fourteen World Heritage Sites. In addition to the Historic Centre of Krakow, you will explore and learn about several of these sites, including the Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines; Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: the Mannerist Architectural and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park; the wooden churches of Southern Malopolska; and Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Students will be based in Krakow, a city known for its vibrant student life, lively café and club culture, and whose historic urban center is a designated World Heritage Site. Krakow is an outstanding example of medieval urban planning and architecture, and for many centuries was the royal capital of Poland. Its ten-acre "Market Square," the largest of all of Europe's medieval cities, has been the hub of city life since the 13th century, and is arguably one of the world's most beautiful plazas. The university quarter is the oldest in Poland and among the oldest in Europe. The former Jewish district of Kazimierz, founded in the 14th century, became a wealthy, well-populated area with many renaissance buildings and picturesque streets. The district is home to many of the city's synagogues, as well as the Old Synagogue Museum and the Galicia Jewish Museum. Nearby, in Podgorze, Oskar Schindler's Factory, made famous in the movie Schindler's List, is now a museum honoring Schindler and his work.
The district of Kazimierz is the site of the world-renowned Jewish Culture Festival, one of the largest of its kind, which features film, art, lectures, tours, performances, and concerts, including a grand finale concert in the streets of Kazimierz that draws thousands of international attendees. This year's festival takes place during the summer abroad program, from June 26-July 4. In Krakow, you will be part of the international community of students who make the city one of Europe's most popular destinations and the Jewish Culture Festival one of the world's premier events.
To view the program's preliminary 2015 syllabus, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.
For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.
Field trips form an integral part of the curriculum and include the following UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Auschwitz Birkenau, German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp; Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: the Mannerist Architectural and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park; and the wooden churches of Southern Malopolska. In addition to visiting sites outside of Krakow, we will explore various neighborhoods within the city, such as Nowa Huta, to compare the development of the old Krakow with its post-war communist social, industrial and political construction.
There is also an optional excursion to the Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines. Weekends will generally be free for individual travel.
Arrival: June 8th
Departure: July 6th
*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted and the program dates have been confirmed.
Contact Faculty Director - Archer St. Clair Harvey
For more information, including Accommodations and Meals, Financial Information, and Scholarships, visit the program website at the Rutgers Center for Global Education.
CHAPS ABROAD: Prague & Krakow 2014
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Summer 2014 CHAPS Abroad
Preserving the Past for the Future: Prague and Krakow
June 12 - July 17, 2014
Open to: Graduate students and junior/senior undergraduate students, or by permission of Director. The program is composed of two three-credit units, for a total of six credits.
(1) Prague & Krakow: Core Course-Preserving the Past for the Future (3 credits-45 contact hours)
(2) Prague & Krakow: Internship Project (3 credits)
Offered by Rutgers’ Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (http://chaps.rutgers.edu/) in collaboration with the Dartmore Institute (http://www.dartmore.cz/), the five week program is divided equally between the historic cities of Prague (Czech Republic), and Krakow (Poland), whose historic urban centers are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Both are also known for their vibrant student life, with activities centered on the universities and a lively café and club culture.
Faculty include a resident professor in each city and experts in the fields of heritage preservation, architecture, and history. Dr. Monika Murzyn-Kupisz UNESCO Chair for Heritage and Urban Studies, Department of Economic and Social History, Krakow University of Economics directs the Krakow portion of the program.
Emphasis is on interaction with heritage practitioners, theorists, and cultural institutions in both cities, and hands-on involvement in the practice of heritage conservation, a fast growing interdisciplinary field that offers an increasing number of career opportunities. Field trips are integrated into all aspects of the curriculum and emphasize personal encounters with the region’s past and present cultures.
“PRESERVING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE” explores the conservation of cultural heritage within the context of modern urban development and contemporary attitudes. Using Prague and Krakow as our laboratories, we will examine the impact of this rich architectural and artistic heritage on urban planning and the evolution of the modern Central European city. How have modern theories and practices in heritage preservation shaped strategies of urban development? How have Prague’s and Krakow’s material remains from diverse cultures and various periods been integrated or displaced within the modern fabric of the city? How are international, national, European, and local preservation forces shaping the cities and their perception and presentation of the past?
INTERNSHIPS will take place in a variety of cultural institutions in Krakow Including Jagiellonian University, the Citizens Committee for Restoration of Krakow’s Monuments, the Galicia Jewish Museum, and the Jewish Community Center. The aim of internships is to offer first-hand experience of how professionals in cultural heritage preservation approach their challenges and objectives.
FIELD TRIPS will include Oswiecim (the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau), Wieliczka and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, completely different places but all designated as the UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as Nowa Huta (part of the city of Krakow) to compare the development of the old Krakow with its post war communist social, industrial and political construction. Additional visits to other sites in both Czech Republic and Poland will provide a broader perspective of European heritage through comparative cultural and historical case studies.
HOUSING. Students will be housed in a hotel adjacent to the Dartmore Institute in Prague and at the Oberza Sasiadow in Krakow, where a member of the Dartmore faculty will also be in residence.
THE CITIES AND JEWISH HERITAGE
PRAGUE is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, it admirably illustrates the process of continuous urban growth from the Middle Ages to the present day. The richness of its political, economic, and cultural traditions meant that it served as a major model for urban development for central and eastern Europe. Home to a strong Jewish community for more than 1000 years, it served as a capital to one of the most prominent Jewish communities in Europe. Its Jewish Museum houses one of the most extensive collections of Judaic art in the world, and oversees its historic synagogues and Old Jewish Cemetery. The Prague Center for Jewish Studies, launched in 2012 by Charles University, serves as an interdisciplinary platform for teaching and research of Jewish culture.
KRAKOW is an outstanding example of medieval urban planning and architecture, and for many centuries was the royal capital of Poland. Its 10 acre “Market Square”, the largest of all of Europe’s medieval cities, has been the hub of city life since the 13th century, and is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful plazas. The university quarter is the oldest in Poland and among the oldest in Europe. The former Jewish district of Kazimierz, founded in the 14th century, became a wealthy, well-populated area with many renaissance buildings and picturesque streets. The district hosts a large Jewish Culture Festival ever year, and is home to many of the city’s synagogues, as well as the Old Synagogue Museum and the Galicia Jewish Museum. Nearby, in Podgorze, Oskar Schindler’s Factory, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List, is now a museum honoring Schindler and his work.
Application through Rutgers Study Abroad: https://studyabroad.rutgers.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10325
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Requirements and How to Apply
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CHAPS Abroad is open to qualified graduate students for graduate credit and upper level undergraduate students for graduate credit.
Students apply to CHAPS Abroad online through the Rutgers University Study Abroad Office. Visit the CHAPS Abroad: Krakow 2015 webpage and select the Apply Now button.
- $35 application fee (can be paid in the Study Abroad Office or over the phone)
- 1-2 page personal statement (can be uploaded to the online application)
- Letters of recommendation from professors (can be requested through the online application - students should contact professors before sending them an electronic recommendation request). Letters must be written by professors who have taught you in a class. Recommendations from mentors or supervisors will not be accepted.
- Official transcripts from all universities attended (electronic submissions will not be accepted)
- Study Abroad Approval Form (non-Rutgers students only)
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 1, 2015
What Students Are Saying!
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HERE'S WHAT CHAPS STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE ATHENS ABROAD PROGRAM
|“The CHAPS study abroad program in Athens offered invaluable learning and life experiences. We toured Athens, Thessaloniki, Mykonos and Delos, experiencing the local culture and exploring heritage issues at each location. The internship program allowed us to put what we were learning into practice. As an intern at the Museum of Cycladic Art, I worked together with another student to create a touch-screen exhibition on the Stathatos Mansion, a nineteenth-century Neoclassical building in which the museum is housed. This project allowed me to explore my own intellectual interests while gaining professional experience in the preservation field.” - Catherine Boland, CHAPS 2011|
“The six-week study abroad experience in Greece gave me the opportunity to explore cultural heritage concerns on an international level. Rather than looking at PowerPoint slides, we moved outside of the classroom to visit the actual monuments, sites, and issues under consideration, like the Parthenon and the presence/absences of Ottoman architecture in both Athens and Thessaloniki. The experience showed us how cultural heritage was handled in Greece, facilitating much debate and comparison to situations in the United States, such as landmark designation and site maintenance. In addition, the program’s internship component exposed us to how international cultural institutions and museums operate, allowing us to gain more experience working in our desired fields. Overall, the program was a great way to encounter cultural heritage outside of the United States, revealing the different concerns and issues that arise on an international scale and how Greece especially mitigated these concerns.”- Nicole DeAugustine, CHAPS 2011
"Athens was a lot of fun and a lot of hard work. Our instructor and intrepid tour guide, Ann Brysbaert, led us through Greek history all the way from the Mycenaean era up through Greek independence and World War II - visiting the major stops as well as a lot of interesting and less-traveled sites. I found the underground Vergina museum facinating. We did independent research based on our own spheres of interest and I got a fantastic start on my master's thesis."- Alyssa Hagen, CHAPS 2012
CHAPS ABROAD: Athens 2012
The theme of this 6 credit summer program is “Global Cultural Heritage Preservation: Greece and Beyond.” Consisting of two three-credit courses, it lasts five weeks, is taught in English, and is open to qualified graduate students for graduate credit, as well as upper level undergraduate students for undergraduate credits. The program welcomes students from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Intensive and interdisciplinary, the aim is to engage students in global issues of cultural heritage preservation, with Greece as a particular focus.
You will be based in the nation's capital, Athens, where housing in apartments with shared kitchens will be provided near the Acropolis. With a material legacy of objects, monuments, and urban landscapes spanning over two millennia, combined with intangible traditions of stunning richness and complexity, Athens offers a perfect laboratory for exploring how a magnificent ancient, medieval and neo-classical inheritance has been excavated, maintained, and interpreted in the context of a rapidly expanding global city.
Beyond Athens, we will travel north to Thessaloniki, Greece's “second city,” for a comparative study site, focusing more on issues with preserving Byzantine, Ottoman, Jewish, and Balkan monuments. On our second field trip, we will head to the seaside resort of Nafplio, the first capital of Modern Greece and one of the most beautiful towns in the Peloponessos. Famous for its seafood and vibrant nightlife, the harbor town is also a living museum that preserves extensive fortifications, houses and public buildings from its Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman, and more modern past. Visits to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Epidauros, Mycenae, and Tiryns will provide opportunities to assess the impact of modern day reuse of one of Greece’s best known ancient theatres and to look at ways in which the pressures of tourism are balanced with preservation ideals at two of the world’s most famous prehistoric Mycenean palatial sites.
Returning to Athens, we will reflect on our experiences and discoveries in summarizing discussions, including a grand farewell meal in a traditional style taverna in the Pankrati neighborhood.
The program is a partnership between Rutgers University's Art History Dept. & Study Abroad Program, and The International Center for Hellenic & Mediterranean Studies (DIKEMES), Athens.
(1) Athens & Beyond: Core course: Preserving the Past for the Future (3 credits)
All students will pursue a common curriculum of modules on core content themes (e.g., “Excavating the Athens Subway & Historic Preservation: Integrating Emergency Excavation within the Public Sphere,” “The Parthenon Marbles & the New Acropolis Museum,” “Ottoman and Modern (neo-classical Athens) Urban Landscapes and Site Integration,” “Coping with Earthquake Damage on Byzantine Monuments in Thessaloniki and “Byzantine Ottoman and Jewish fabric of the city,” “The Tourist Economy in a Global City.), etc.
Top local experts and professionals will provide instruction and workshops connected with the modules. Most classes are held on site rather than in a classroom.
(2) Athens and Beyond Internship/Field Study (3 credits)
The opportunity to intern within a major cultural institution, such as a museum, or to participate in fieldwork is a unique feature of CHAPS Abroad. Students will be paired with institutions after consultation with the Director of CHAPS concerning their interests. Cultural institutions include the Benaki Museum, the Cycladic Museum, the Foundation of the Hellenic World, The British School at Athens Museum and Archives, the Voula excavation, and the Agora Museum. Students who are involved in an approved ongoing research project such as an Honors or Masters thesis relevant to Athens, Greece or cultural heritage preservation may substitute a research project for the internship/field work component with permission from the Director of CHAPS.
Dates: Monday May 28th- Saturday June 30th.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2012 Application is through Rutgers Study Abroad.
CHAPS Abroad in Partnership with College Year in Athens/DIKEMES-the International Center for
Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies, Athens