Poland | CAS International Programs and Education Abroad | Kent State University

Visit one of the most rich and historically important countries in Europe and experience history firsthand.

Students will be introduced to the Holocaust as it occurred in Poland from varying points of view represented by survivors, films, art, and museum representations. Students will also have the opportunity to experience firsthand many of the historic sites with the belief that seeing will lead to everlasting memories and understandings of the horrific events of this period of time. Students will be required to keep and submit a journal based on their trip and submit and present a creative project of their choosing. The trip will include visits to Warsaw, Krakow, Łódź, and Auschwitz – Birkenau. Students will visit museums, share open dialogue with speakers, have the privilege to meet with Survivors and Righteous among the Nations, as well as students and professors from local universities.

This program is open to Kent State and non-Kent State students, as well as community stakeholders. Non-KSU students/community stakeholders will be required to apply to the university as a guest student and enroll in the 1-credit hour course.;

The following video is from Lauren Eschleman, a participant on the 2017 Spring Break program. 


Student Testimonials and the Impact of this Program

Shoes from Auschwitz"I have these hanging in my garage right by the door into the house. I take it as a daily reminder of how good I have it. Even after a tough day at work." - VIcki Nemeth, 2017


Undoubtedly, one of the moments of the trip was the most special to me: during a Shabbat dinner, I had the opportunity to talk with a Holocaust survivor in Yiddish. His deep, infinite look, his sweet gestures– that moment was so unique, inimitable, irreplaceable. I will always carry it with me wherever I go. - Joshua Kogan, 2017

Perception and Remembrance: The Holocaust in Literature, Film, Theatre And Public Display

1 Credit Hour; AS 30095-001

Program Dates: March 22 - March 31, 2019
Professor: Chaya Kessler

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1Program fee includes: Airfare, Accommodation, In-Country Transportation, Museum Entrance and Activity Fees, and most meals
2 This total does not include tuition. For students enrolled in the Spring semester, the credit hour will be included your total spring credit hours (additional tuition charges may apply, depending on the credit hour cap). For guest students, 1-credit hour will be assess and information regarding this cost can be found on the Tuition Rates Page.
*Estimated Personal Cost (Not Included): Passport ($135), 2 meals (~$25), and spending money (~$250)
**Final program fee subject to change; Updated July 20, 2018.


Non-Refundable Deposit: December 22, 2018 DEADLINE EXTENDED! January 14, 2019 | $250.00
First payment due**: January 19, 2019 | $1,524.75
Second payment due: February 16, 2019 | $1,524.75

*Payments are to be made online through the program website. You may start your payments immediately upon acceptance on this program. There are no exceptions for late payments and failure to make a payment by the deadline will result in forfeiting your seat on the program.

**Student refunds from Financial Aid begin approximately 10 days prior to the start of the semester.

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Updated: 1/7/2019

Contact Information

Chaya Kessler | ckessle7@kent.edu
Program Coordinator, Jewish Studies Program

Alyssa Mazey, M.Ed. l amazey2@kent.edu
Assistant Director of International Programs and Education Abroad