Berkeley Summer Abroad

Poland, Germany, and the Czech Republic - The History of Coexistence and “Otherness” in Modern Europe

  • Summary

    Travel across multiple countries and explore the limits of coexistence in both the "old" and "new" Europe.

    • Study theories of co-existence in Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany
    • Analyze the usage of voices, museums, food, music, histories, protests, organizations and government initiatives to better understand how ideas of "Europe" and "Europeaness" changed over the past 100 years and continue to change

    The program focuses on both historical and contemporary minorities: the Jews of Europe and most specifically Poland; the Roma of Northern Bohemia; the Vietnamese in Prague, the Turkish in Germany and recent refugees across European Union member states.

    Dates: May 29 – July 7, 2017
    All dates are subject to change.

    Units: 6 units

    Language of Instruction: English

    Courses: History N174: Topics in the History of Eastern Europe – The Contours of Coexistence: ‘Otherness’ and Belonging in Modern Europe



    • At least one year of college coursework completed by the start of the program
    • 2.0 GPA or higher


    • Application opens February 1, 2017
    • Space is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Deadline to apply is March 10, 2017
  • Courses

    During the program, you will take two courses for a total of 6 UC Berkeley units.

    Course: History N174
    Title: Topics in the History of Eastern Europe – The Contours of Coexistence: 'Otherness' and Belonging in Modern Europe
    Dates: May 29 – July 7, 2017
    Instructor: Sarah Cramsey, Ph.D
    Units: 6 units

    Once again, Europeans are questioning the limits of coexistence. Recently, we have watched a refugee crisis unfold and in the process have reopened discussions regarding who “belongs” in Europe. This course approaches these vexing questions from a unique historical perspective, that of coexistence and otherness in both the “old” and “new” Europe. Specifically, our laboratory includes Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. We will utilize five case studies (the Jews of Europe; the Roma of Northern Bohemia; the Vietnamese in Prague, the Turkish in Germany and recent refugees across the EU) to better understand how ideas of “Europe” and “Europeaness” changed over the past century.

    This course satisfies the L&S International Studies breadth requirement. Please note that academic requirements may change. Consult with your college/major advisor to see which degree requirements this course may fulfill.

    Summer Abroad staff will enroll you in courses after your acceptance to the program. Please make sure there are no active blocks on your student account that may impact your course enrollment.

  • Costs

    The fees to participate in this program are broken down into 1) tuition and 2) program fees, which are applied to your student billing account as follows:

    2017 Fees UC Students Visiting Students
    Tuition (6 units) $2,460 $3,120
    Program Fee $2,699 $2,699
    Total Cost $5,159 $5,819
    Fees are subject to change. All non-UC Berkeley students must pay an additional Document Management Fee of $55.


    Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses

    In addition to the fees outlined above, Berkeley Study Abroad has estimated costs for out-of-pocket expenses. These amounts are used to calculate financial aid packages for eligible students. Actual expenses will vary depending on your lifestyle and spending habits.

    Estimated Expenses Amount
    International Airfare and Transportation $1,700
    Additional Meals $931
    Books $312
    Personal Expenses (i.e., phone, passport, visas, etc.) $688
    Total Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses $3,631


    Financial Aid

    Financial aid is available for UC Berkeley students who are enrolled in at least 6 units during the summer. All other students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution for more information.


    Explanation of Fees

    Tuition is based on a per unit cost:

    • The UC undergraduate student rate is $410 per unit
    • The visiting student rate for all non-UC participants is $520 per unit

    The program fee includes the following items:

    • Student housing and some meals
    • Excursions and program activities
    • On-site orientation activities including an introduction to Poland, the Czech Republic, and Germany
    • Travel insurance to cover accident/sickness medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation, security extraction, and other travel assistance services
    • Other program-related costs including fees for tour guides, guest lecturers, classroom space, etc.
    • The initial non-refundable deposit of $400, which is due at the time of application and is applied to the program fee

    Please note that the list of items included in the program fee is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.

    The following items are excluded from the program fee:

    • International airfare
    • Personal expenses (souvenirs, routine medical expenses, toiletries, etc.)
    • Course materials (textbooks and readers)
    • Other travel expenses (passport, visa, etc.)
    • Additional meals
    • Commuting costs for daily travel to and from classes
  • Timeline
    Application opens February 1, 2017
    Application closes March 10, 2017
    Applicants notified of selection March 22, 2017
    Deadline to confirm participation or cancel for a refund of all program-related fees, minus $400 deposit April 3, 2017
    Attend pre-departure orientation* Late April-May
    Arrive in Warsaw May 29, 2017
    Last day of program July 7, 2017

    * These events take place on the UC Berkeley campus. If you are not on campus during this time, we will schedule a meeting via phone or Skype.

    All dates are subject to change.

  • Instructors

    Sarah Cramsey, Ph.D
    Program Director

    Dr. Sarah Cramsey is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Jewish Studies at Tulane University. Before moving to New Orleans she taught in the History Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She completed her dissertation, entitled Uncertain Citizenship: Jewish Belonging and the 'Ethnic Revolution' in Poland and Czechoslovakia, 1938-1948 in May 2014 and is currently working on turning her dissertation into a book of the same name. Her research interests include the Jewish experience in Poland and Czechoslovakia, the emergence of the state of Israel, the history of forced migrations and, not surprisingly, the contours of coexistence in modern Europe. She has taught and traveled with undergraduate students in Minsk, Prague, Krakow, Oswiecim and Israel beside her experience as an educator at Berkeley. Currently, she is interested in the Ukrainian minority in interwar Poland, the diplomatic universe in Tehran during World War II and trying every iced coffee available in New Orleans. She wishes that Prague had the climate of Berkeley.