The Ohio State Study Abroad in Poland (Warsaw Summer School) is a unique academic training program in social science research which offers cultural experiences in the heart of Europe. Students engage in five weeks of classroom instruction and research in Poland (June 11- July 14, 2017) and have individual consultations with the Resident Director before departing to Poland and upon their return to OSU, during the remaining of the Summer Semester. The program contains two tracks, one for undergraduates and one for graduate students, to provide students at different academic levels the opportunity to engage firsthand in studying post-communist European countries in comparative perspective.
Field trips and cultural activities complement classroom work. Trips of particular interest include visits to the cities of Lodz and Krakow. In addition to participation in lectures and discussions in the classroom and on historical walking tours, students have the opportunity to visit important historical spaces like the Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz, and Krakow’s Main Market Square, which has held important cultural events for hundreds of years and 21st Century interactive museums, such as the Museum of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising and the Oscar Schindler Factory Museum (made famous in the Academy Award winning film, Schindler’s List). Taken together, the program provides a unique and holistic educational study abroad experience.
The program fosters skills both academia and the professional labor markets seek such as:
analyzing large-scale datasets with designated software
engaging in critical thinking
finding and applying for research grants and awards
gaining international experience to work in multicultural environments
Poland is an excellent site for studying social and political change in Central and Eastern Europe due to its leading role during the post-communist transformation and its current position as the largest new member of the European Union. Warsaw, Poland’s capital city, is one of the most thriving academic centers in the region with a vibrant cosmopolitan life. Lodz, the second largest city in Poland, embodies the changing fortunes that Eastern Europe underwent following radical socio-economic transformations, as mirrored in the city’s ups and downs following industrialization, the communist period, the initial post-communist transition, and, currently, the European Union era. Krakow is a marvel of architecture and historical legacy.
Ohio State students stay at Hotel Hera, which offers clean, safe double occupancy rooms with private bathroom and refrigerator, on-site cooking and laundry facilities, wireless internet, 24 hour reception and a free breakfast every day. Hera is minutes away from public transportation and is conveniently near restaurants and food markets. Hotel Hera, owned and operated by the University of Warsaw, is located just outside of historic Lazienki Park. On the green grounds of Warsaw's largest park is an 18th Century castle, two 17th Century palaces, a Roman-inspired amphitheatre and free summer piano concerts underneath the statue of Frederic Chopin.
The Warsaw Summer School is interdisciplinary. It weaves three courses (12 credit hours) into a holistic educational experience.
For undergraduate students, the program covers:
SOC 3549: Statistics for Sociology (3 credits) trains you in the mandatory undergraduate-level statistics for the social sciences from the basics to multivariate linear and logistic regression analysis. Our methods are practical and hands-on: you learn statistical techniques using real-life survey data from Poland in connection to your own research project. Instructors devote individualized attention to assist you through lectures, recitations, and analyses for your own research project.
Within SOC 4998, Undergraduate Research in Sociology (6 credits), under the instructors’ guidance, you develop and carry out your own research project. Summer School students analyze the Polish Panel Survey POLPAN 1988-2013, a major dataset that spans the entire post-communist transition in Europe. POLPAN covers a wide range of topics: political participation, including voting; democratic values; attitudes toward the role of government in society; the connection between the state and the Catholic Church; perceptions of corruption; and trust in public institutions among others. The projects you develop in the Summer School can serve as your academic writing samples. Instructors encourage and guide you to present your results at academic conferences, participate in scholarly competitions, such as the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, and publish your results in peer-reviewed academic outlets, as Summer School alumni have done.
SOC 5503: Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe, CEE (3 credits) focuses on comparative political, economic, and cultural aspects of life in CEE societies. Lectures and discussions take place in the classroom and on historical walking tours. In departments different than Sociology the Study Abroad course will be considered as equivalent of other equivalent courses if pre-approved by appropriate department.
For graduate students, the Study Abroad course covers:
Training in comparative methods in the social sciences (7850 Sociological Research Methods, 3 credit hours)
Its application to research in substantive problems pertaining to social and political change in Central and Eastern Europe, subsumed by the 6999 Research for Thesis, or 8999 Research For Dissertation, 7-12 credit hours, depending on classroom contact hours in consultation sessions. In departments different than Sociology the Study Abroad course will be considered as equivalent of other equivalent courses if pre-approved by appropriate department.
A prerequisite of Sociology 3487 for undergraduate students or Sociology 3649 or Political Science 3685 for graduate students is required, or permission of instructor.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students will be responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $2,000 program fee. The program fee will include accommodation in Warsaw, instruction and materials, local transportation, program-related field trips and supplemental health insurance. It will also include a number of meals (all breakfasts, seven lunches, and four dinners). It will not include international round-trip airfare, pre-departure expenses, the remaining meals, personal expenses, a passport or immunizations.
If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Wednesday, October 11, Townshend 245, 4:00pm-5:00pm
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (pre-travel health guidance)
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