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Archived Experience: Poland Study Abroad - May 2023


TIJS is excited to partner with the Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning Foundation to offer students the study abroad experience of a lifetime: a ten-day, 1-credit, summer study abroad program in Poland, which will take place May 14 - May 23, 2023.  To that end, this experience will feature:

  • Excursions to Krakow, Warsaw (including the former Ghetto), Auschwitz-Birkenau, Wieliczka Salt Mines, and more
  • Hands-on service opportunities, including cemetery restoration
  • Dialogue with Polish activists and university students
  • Experiencing klezmer musical traditions
  • Exploration of Jewish life under Nazi occupation and Soviet domination, post-Soviet Jewish renewal, and current Polish-Jewish work with Ukrainian refugees
  • Engagement in dialogue about national memory, trauma, and memorialization
  • Enjoyment of local cuisine and nightlife

The Taube Center for Jewish Life & Learning Foundation, established in 2009, is dedicated to enriching Jewish life in Poland and to connecting people from around the globe with Eastern European history and heritage. The center’s programs engage visitors in the exploration of a nuanced history, conflicting narratives, the role and place of memory and memorialization, traumas, and legacies. Significant components of the heritage tour education programs include a focus on individual and communal responsibility, the challenge and morality of preservation and restoration, and encounters with contemporary Jewish Poland.


  • This program is only open to Emory University applicants. 
  • Emory students must meet the regular Emory College Study Abroad eligibility requirements.
  • Students can either complete Prof. Ellie Schainker's Spring 2023 course JS/HIST 338: Jews of Eastern Europe or assigned advance readings.
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

For more information on the registration process and deadlines, check out the official Emory Office of International & Summer Programs (OISP) page.

Program Cost

Primary costs include:
$300 program fee, $75 application fee, airfare, 1 Emory credit hour, and personal expenses/meals
Review the "Finances" tab on the OISP page for more details.
Need-based financial aid and scholarships are available.

The program fee includes:

  • 3-star accommodation based on double occupancy
  • Ground transportation for organized programming
  • Private guiding services
  • Private meetings with community leaders and organizational representatives 
  • Entrance fees, passes, and tickets for all organized programming
  • Most meals (a handful will be on your own)

The program fee does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Cancellation of flights, loss of baggage
  • Pre-and post-program accommodation or other arrangements