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  • Locations: Krakow, Poland; Lodz, Poland; Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: May Session
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.3 Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Housing: Dormitory, Hotel/Hostel
Type of Program: Faculty Led
Program Description:

Poland Jews Entangled - Polin

Jews & Poles: Entangled Lives

Program Highlights

  • Come face to face with the history of the Holocaust by visiting and engaging with key sites in Hitler's killing grounds in Poland
  • You’ll visit Auschwitz and explore the sites of the Warsaw Ghetto
  • Study at Polin: The Museum of the History of Polish Jews
  • Explore Treblinka, the site of the infamous death camp
  • Visit the site of the ghetto in Lodz
  • You’ll visit the ghetto, Schindler's Factory, and Plaszow camp in Krakow

Program Overview

Cities: Warsaw, Lodz, Krakow
Program Dates: May 13–June 2, 2019 (May 13–17 classes at UMD, May 18–June 2 abroad in Poland).
2019 Program Fee: $5,637



After a week of academic preparation on the UMD campus, you will land in Warsaw where you’ll stay for the first week of our program. Experience the remnants of the Holocaust by walking through the site of the infamous Warsaw ghetto and remnants of the ghetto wall. You’ll see the memorial for Mila 18, where a small group of Jewish fighters was the last to be destroyed during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. You will walk to the Umschlagplatz where Jews were led to board trains bound for the death camp at Treblinka.

You will then study at Polin, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, where you’ll learn about how Jews came to live and stay in Poland. Explore the interrelationships between Poles and Jews over many centuries, and explore the friendships and animosities that developed over time.

Travel to Treblinka will follow, and you’ll find a site of symbols and monuments where many Warsaw Jews met their untimely end. You’ll tour what remains of the Lodz ghetto, the second largest ghetto in all of German-occupied Europe (after the Warsaw ghetto). There you’ll learn about one of the most controversial figures in the history of the Holocaust, Chaim Rumkowski.

After that, travel will continue to the ancient city of Krakow, another key site of the Holocaust. Explore Kazimierz, a district of Krakow where Jews and Poles engaged with one another before the war, and now again in the 21st century. Examine both the legacies and the future of Jewish life in this key site and in Poland more generally. Visit Podgorze, the Krakow ghetto, Schindler's Factory (now a museum of Krakow during World War II) and Plaszow (the camp featured in "Schindler's List"). 

Finally, you’ll travel to Auschwitz where you will see a film and take part in a guided tour of Auschwitz I and II (Birkenow). 

Throughout this course, you will experience and confront history in ways you never have before. It’s sure to be one of the most interesting History and Communication courses you'll take during your college career.



  • Sophomore, junior, or senior status (You may apply during freshman year to participate upon completion of freshman year)
  • Minimum GPA: 2.3
  • Must be comfortable walking five miles a day

Course Information:

Earn 4 credits in History/Comm 3575 which is approved for:

  • Upper-division elective for History majors and minors
  • Upper-division elective for Communication majors and minors

This course fulfills the Global Perspectives Liberal Education requirement. 

Course Topics Include:

  • Life of the Shtetl: Separation and Assimilation
  • Discrimination and Citizenship
  • Jewish contributions to culture, society, and economy
  • Jew, Ukrainians, and Poles: A Complicated Relationship
  • The Holocaust: Ghettos and Extermination
  • Jewish Life in Poland Today

This course focuses on the history, experience, and memory of Jewish life in Poland. Two of the focuses of the course will be the experience of discrimination and the history of the Holocaust in Poland. The course will also examine the ways in which both Poles and Jews contributed to, and engaged with, a rich cultural, social, and economic life in communities across the region and, in some cases, continue to do so today.

Course assignments:

At the end of the program, you will produce a creative final project designed to share what you’ve learned and experienced through this course. This project can take any number of forms (a blog, a photographic essay, a research paper, a design for an exhibit or monument, etc.), but regardless of form, it will articulate lessons learned which you want to share with the community. Ideally, the final products will be featured in a public presentation at UMD.

Program Leader:

Natalie Belsky, Ph.D. is an Assistant professor of Russian and Modern European History in the Department of History. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago. Her areas of focus are Holocaust studies and history of migration and displacement in the USSR.

Natalie Belsky, Ph.D.
UMD College of Liberal Arts
Dept. of History
Office: 211 ABAH

Deborah Petersen-Perlman, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Communication. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Iowa. Her areas of focus are critical assessments of news and the first amendment, broadcasting history, and Holocaust studies.

Deborah Petersen-Perlman, Ph.D.
UMD College of Liberal Art
Dept. of Communication
Office: 457 H

Study Abroad Coordinator:

Lyndsey Andersen is the Associate Director of Study Abroad and coordinates all short-term faculty-led programs. 

Program Costs

Final Estimate | May Session 2019
Estimated Program Fee: $5,637
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $2,035*
Final Estimated Total Cost: $7,672

Final cost estimates posted closer to program departure. Costs vary each year. 
*Estimated out-of-pocket costs are dependent on items such as current airfare costs and individual spending habits.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What's included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure and on-site safety, health & cultural orientation
  • Tuition
  • CISI international travel, health and security coverage
  • Faculty leader support
  • Accommodations in a dormitory, double rooms with bathrooms (breakfast included daily at dorm cafeteria, internet included)
  • One welcome dinner, one farewell dinner, and 8 group lunches, as noted in the program itinerary
  • Ground transportation on prearranged activities
  • Group airport reception and return
  • Local transportation pass in Kraków
  • Cultural & academic visits (entrance fees)
  • Overnight excursion to Warsaw (3 nights), shared double hotel rooms, breakfast, and wifi
  • Re-entry support

View the breakdown of costs (upon Board of Regents approval). These estimated costs do not include the $50 application fee. Financial aid can apply to students who take at least 6 credits total during May and Summer session combined. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding. Scholarships are available!

Travel Documents

A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. 


Know the following program information to provide on the online application:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: May Session
Country: Poland
Program Name: Short-term: Jews & Poles: Entangled Lives

Apply early 
as space is limited and the program will fill first-come, first-serve. An essay and an unofficial transcript is required. A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of an online application.

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After you apply

  1. You'll get an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions to submit your application checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your app and monitor your checklist progress
  4. The program leader will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted you must complete the confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

If you decide you cannot participate, you must login to the online application system and submit a "Cancel Request."

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This program is currently not accepting applications.