Info Session 2012...Find Out More!!!
UNI’s program in Krakow, Poland, is over a dozen years’ old and has received very high praise from
students year in and year out. The focal point in Krakow for students is the medieval Old Town Square,
the largest open-air square in Europe. Surrounding this magnificent square are the Old Town’s many
cobblestone streets with their abundant shops, open-air cafes and restaurants, clubs, churches,
museums and historic sites.
The 2012 Capstone in Poland will be extra special! Poland and Ukraine are the sites for the EURO 2012, the European Soccer Championship, held every four years in a different European country. This will be Poland’s first time hosting the tournament, and who knows when the tournament will return to the country. The 2012 Capstone in Poland will overlap with much of the EURO 2012, and while no matches will be played in Krakow itself, large screens will be set up all over the Old Town to televise all of the tournament games. EURO 2012 will draw visitors from all over the world and will lend a particularly festive atmosphere to the program. The EURO 2012 experience will be integrated into the Poland capstone course material.
Visit www.krakow.pl to learn more about one of Europe’s cultural gems.
While the program is based in Krakow, students also travel beyond the city to the Wieliczka Salt Mines,
the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi Death Camp, and the Tatra Mountains ski resort
town of Zakopane.
Additionally, the Capstone in Poland is distinct because it does not simply revolve around a UNI course that is offered abroad; rather, Polish history and culture are closely woven into the program.
Krakow, Poland is a city of immense culture and history. Sites you will visit there and in the vicinity include, but are not limited to:
Old Town, Wawel Castle, including its cathedral, burial site of Polish kings and other notables; Kazimierz, including the old and new Jewish cemeteries and four synagogues; Galicia Jewish Museum; Krakow Ghetto, Aushwitz-Birkenau Death Camp; Plaszow Concentration Camp; Schinder Factory Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow; National Museum; Czartoryski Museum; Wyspianski Museum; Collegim Maius Museum; Ethnographic Museum; Wieliczka Salt Mines; St. Mary’s Church and Tower; Franciscan Church; Saints Peter and Paul Church.
You will also attend a performance of the Krakow Philharmonic and of the Krakow Opera.
Lastly, the group will travel to Zakopane, Poland’s most famous mountain resort south of Krakow in the Slovak border. There you will go up two mountain peaks (Gubalowka and Kasprowy Wierch) by cable train and cable car and shop in Zakopane’s market, best known for its wool, wood, and leather products.
The Krakow program is led by Dr. Konrad Sadkowski, Associate Professor, History Department. Dr.
Sadkowski was born in Poland, and speaks Polish fluently. This will be his seventh trip to Poland with UNI
Dr. Konrad Sadkowski, Associate Professor
Campus Address: SRL 312 0701
Capstone” Being National: National Identity in Europe, America, and Beyond.” (CAP 3129), 3 credits
Nearly all people in the world today are “national” to one degree or another. But what is national
identity really? Has it always existed? Where does it come from? Set in Poland and incorporating
the history of the Holocaust (i.e., the Nazi response to Jewish “otherness”), the course challenges UNI
student s to examine the meaning of Americanness and how differently national identity is experienced
around the world today. The EURO 2012 experience will be integrated into the course material, since athletic events are a prime location of national identity.
Accommodation & Meals
Students will stay in dormitory-like housing while in Krakow.
The total estimated cost for this program is $4,500-$5,000.
- Round-trip airfare
- UNI tuition and fees for 3-credits
- Cultural activities
- Personal expenses
Students pay UNI tuition and fees (in-state or out-of-state), the $65 application fee, and the study abroad administration fee to participate.
Tales From Abroad
"This capstone class has completely changed my life. I looked back to the things I wanted to achieve on the program, and the two main ones were to learn the tools to identify the components of national identity and to have the experience of a lifetime. Both of those were achieved beyond my expectations. As soon as I returned, I began looking and analyzing things thinking about why and how I perform certain activities and how that relates to my national identity. I woke up the morning after returning home and brushed my teeth, thinking this is a quotidian activity that is a popular competency of my national identity. It has opened my eyes to an interesting perspective."
Kendra Willey, Summer 2011