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Summer Study Abroad - World Heritage: Krakow and its Central European Context 2015
From Monday, June 08, 2015
To Monday, July 06, 2015

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The Program

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.

Academics
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.

Excursions
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.

Program Dates
Summer 2015
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 DirectorArcher 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.

 

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