This program is offered every other year and is not set to run again until summer 2019.
Experience Slavic Europe
The KIIS summer program in East Slavic Europe program is based in the city of L’viv (Ukraine). Despite numerous wars and invasions, this thousand-year-old urban center has preserved its architectural and cultural heritage. To fully experience the wonders of this enchanting place, the classes are designed to make use of local museums, cafes, churches, universities and national institutions. Students participate in a variety of activities, ranging from taking part in an international student conference to making traditional Ukrainian folkEaster eggs. In past years, the program has taken students to the untamed wilderness of the Carpathian Mountains, palace ruins, and smaller towns & villages.
After three weeks in Ukraine, the program concludes with a week in Poland, where students explore the Medieval City of Krakow, the Nazi Death Camps atAuschwitz and the modern capital of Warsaw.
Since the collapse of the USSR in 1991, all countries in Slavic Europe have been moving toward a new future. Ukraine has had an arduous path to independence, as borne out by the 2004 Orange Revolution, and is moving to greater European integration. Poland, a founding member of the Warsaw Pact, was the first nation to cast off the yoke of Moscow’s domination and is now a member of both NATO and the EU. Yet the process has been difficult and many complex problems remain unresolved.
This month-long program of study allows students to earn up to six hours of credit while personally observing the communist legacy and the change to a market economy. Ukraine and Poland provide students with an unforgettable experience. The cost of living in L’viv remains among the lowest in all of Europe and in past years students have found it to be “very inexpensively priced, with remarkable encounters and unforgettable journeys.” The striking city of Krakow has a large student population, active social life & beautiful display of European architecture. Classes utilize local attractions. All students will take part in a group excursion to the Nazi death camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Students are responsible for purchasing their own lunch and dinner. See thecost page for tips on how much to budget for meals and spending.
Please note: All courses are taught in English. Students should be aware that they will walk a great deal. Most buildings on the program do not have air conditioners or elevators, and participants will be required to carry their own luggage.
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