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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Krakow, Poland; Lublin, Poland; Warsaw, Poland; Wroclaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Wroclaw Ratusz

What You Need to Know

Exploring the Heritage and Memory of Jewish Life in Central Europe takes us on a 12-day intellectual sojourn, learning about the Jewish life, culture and history in the context of Central Europe’s borderlands, bloodlands and the EU-wide unification project. In unique ways, this course combines experiential learning with academic reading, writing and reflection. The pedagogy focuses on engaging students with local contexts through participant observations, embedded in ethnographic “looking and seeing.” Students will keep ethnographic diaries, which will help them to bring their experience together with scholarly concepts on memory, heritage and culture in the context of post-Holocaust Europe. This processing will take place in scheduled class meetings through a public presentation in Berlin as well as in the writing of the final essay.

After taking this course, the students will be able to:  
  • Understand the complexity of Jewish history and heritage in Poland and Germany
  • Engage in historically informed deliberations concerning Polish-Jewish-German relations
  • Approach urgent historical and cultural issues through multidisciplinary perspectives
  • Read and analyze the surrounding material and cultural landscape, and apply knowledge to current debates about cultural pluralism
  • Explore the role of memorialization and public memory
  • Discuss Europe as a place of intercultural conflict and reconciliation
The program is realized by Syracuse University’s Central Europe campus faculty, that won the 2016 Excellence in Curriculum Design Award. 

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Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing at any accredited college or university are eligible to apply to this program.

Student participation is key to the achievement of learning outcomes in this seminar and will be measured by individual students' ability to demonstrate how their immediate experiences relate to theoretical concepts and themes outlined in course readings and covered in lectures and seminar sessions. Throughout the course, students will keep ethnographic diaries as well as be engaged in class group discussions designed to reflect processing of both the conceptual issues and direct ethnographic experiences in the course. Students will be required to prepare one oral presentation (delivered in Berlin,) and a final research paper (10 pages for undergraduate students; 15 pages for graduate students) to be delivered one month after the end of the course.

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Travel and Living

Students will arrange and pay for their own round-trip transportation. Students are housed in shared rooms in hotels/hostels arranged by Syracuse University for the duration of the program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change. Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.


Exploring Jewish Life in Germany and Poland
HST 380, JSP 380, EDU 500, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.


Juliet D. Golden, PhD, is a core curriculum professor of two courses Negotiating Identities Across Europe’s Borders and East Central Europe in the 20th Century. With a degree in International Affairs and a Ph.D. in International Education, Juliet has designed and taught innovative courses about Central Europe for the last eight years. Her interests include: politics of memory, the Holocaust, history of Central Europe, urban spaces and architecture. Juliet can be contacted via e-mail at

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 Depart U.S.  May 21, 2018
Arrive in Poland May 22, 2018
 Depart Berlin  June 2, 2018
 Application Deadline  February 10*

*Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


 Tuition  $3,603 (2017 rate)
 Program Fee  $1,400 (estimated)
 Total  $5,003(estimated)
 Tuition  $4,500 (2017 rate)
 Program Fee  $1,400 (estimated)
 Total  $5,900 (estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Air travel: $1,300
Books & Supplies: $50
Personal: $450
Meals: $500

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.


For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.