Exploring Central Europe

The market square at night time in Wroclaw, Poland.

Exploring Central Europe: History, Memory, and Identity Across Borders

You’ll be a part of a learning community that is based in the heart of Central Europe and that travels to Prague, Budapest, Berlin, Krakow, Bratislava, and Vienna. You’ll investigate sites tied to WWII, the Holocaust, and Soviet totalitarian rule. Explore the big questions of the 21st century—how people from different national and ethnic identities, with different languages, cultures, and traditions, are able to live together after wars and other kinds of violence and trauma. Learn about the complexity of issues related to history and social justice in comparative ways. All courses are taught in English. You’ll join a close cohort of students, learn from dynamic faculty, and design your own individual research project. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue exciting internship opportunities at institutions working in the areas of civic engagement, human rights, culture, politics, and the environment.

This program is the The Forum’s 2016 recipient for the Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design award!

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Featured Program: Exploring Central Europe

Through comparative study in six countries and their urban centers, you will explore some of the most rapidly changing regions in Europe. Your home base will be Wroclaw, the European Capital of Culture in 2016. In Berlin, you’ll study Germany’s attempts to forge a new path of leadership while confronting its Nazi and politically divided past. In Budapest, you will investigate how one of the most beautiful cities in the world is confronting the refugee crisis. In Prague and Bratislava, you will consider how the Czech Republic and Slovakia have taken independent paths to European integration. Stays in Vienna and Krakow offer very different perspectives on the continent’s imperial past and its present-day open borders. (fall only)


Talk to recent Central Europe students!

The best way to understand what to expect in Central Europe is to talk to someone who has already participated in the program. Our Central Europe global ambassadors formed close friendships, traveled all over Europe, and used their classes in Wroclaw to launch their careers – ask them about Exploring Central Europe!


Central Europe Brochure

An overview of the Central Europe program is available in our brochure [PDF, 1MB]! Request a copy of your own by filling out this form to have one mailed to you! Course listings in the brochure are subject to change; the most up-to-date information on course offerings is available here.