Multi-Country: Rhetorics of Remembering in Germany, Czech Republic, France, and Poland
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Humanities and Social Sciences
For more information on this program contact:
Dr. Talinn Phillips
Tour four of Europe’s most beautiful cities—Berlin, Krakow, Prague, and Paris—as you hone your writing abilities. This program’s essential question is How do cultures use public acts of remembering to construct their histories? To shape cultures? As we travel across Europe we’ll examine a wide variety of public acts of remembering including memoirs, museums, monuments, and historic sites. The majority of the sites we’ll encounter are connected to the Holocaust and World War II—events that had and continue to have global ramifications. By looking at these different types of “texts” within a variety of different cultures we’ll learn to read these public texts closely, critically, and rhetorically for the arguments they’re making. In addition, stepping outside, of the US will help us to develop a more critical eye that we can then turn to our home cultures. Earn Junior Composition (ENG 3080J) or English credit (ENG 3850).
Highlights and Excursions
- Visit four European countries in 18 days.
- Your program begins in Berlin, Germany where you will spend 4 days exploring Berlin's sites and museums of historical significance including the Memorial of Murdered Jews of Europe, Berline Mitte, the Bundestag Building, and the Topography of Terror open air museum.
- Visit Sachsenhausen, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Theresienstadt concentration camps.
- Travel via private coach to Krakow, Poland. While in Krakow, the group will visit the Galicia Jewish Museum, take a guide tour of Kazimierz and ghetto area, visit Oskar Schindler's Factory Museum, and tour the Wawel Castle.
- On day 10, travel via private coach to Prague, Czech Republic for a guided tours of castles and cathedral. Relax and explore the city during a free day.
- On day 13, the group will fly to France to visit Caen and Normandy, seeing D-Day beaches first hand. Visit the American Cemetary, Memorial Museum, and have free time at beaches.
- Your program ends in Paris where you will tour Picpus Cemetery, the Mémorial des martyrs de la Déportation, and the Pantheon.
Good to Know
- Students should expect a moderate level of physical activity (walking) on this program.
- This program examines challenging and intense subject matter.
- This program has a maximum of 18 students that can participate. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Early application is highly recommended.
Students will be housed in shared hotel rooms (2 or 3 students per room) in Berlin, Krakow, Prague, Caen, and Paris.
This program will next be offered during summer 2021.
This program is offered annually.
Students will choose one of the following courses to earn a total of 3 credit hours.
- ENG 3080J: Writing and Rhetoric II (J-Comp)
- ENG 3850: Writing about Culture and Society
The program fee for this program includes: Student airfare from Prague to Paris, accommodations, breakfast daily, some additional meals, welcome/farewell dinners, airport transfers, transportation to all program related activities, excursions, and international health insurance.
In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.
Please monitor this webpage for 2021 student budget worksheets to be posted.
Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.
- Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program.
- If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program.
More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.
Eligibility and Requirements
This program is open to all undergraduate Ohio University students with a sophomore, junior or senior class standing that have successfully completed ENG 1510. The minimum GPA for admission consideration is 3.0, but students not meeting this requirement may petition the directors to obtain permission to apply. An interview with the directors is required.
Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire conduct policy.
Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility. Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.
Entry and Exit Requirements
U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now.
U.S. citizens will not need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program.
For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s Visa Information Page
Information for Non-U.S. citizens can be found here.