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May 28–June 29, 2018 • Including Belgrade & Budapest

Prague is a spectacular European capital city that was home to two Holy Roman Emperors in the Gothic and Renaissance eras, and then a principal city of the Austrio-Hungarian Empire. After WWI, Prague became the sophisticated capital of independent Czechoslovakia, but from 1948 until the Velvet Revolution in 1989, the country was under the political and economic control of the Soviet Union. Today, Prague is one of the most popular destination cities in Europe, for good reason: it dazzles visitors with its architectural splendor, its free-spirited, bohemian temperament, and its distinctly Czech culture of innovation and resilience.

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Curriculum

Program participants will receive credit for one FSLT (Literary Studies) course, LLC 260 Literature and Social Change in Eastern Europe. In the centennial year of the Russian Revolution, this course will include important short stories from Czech, Serbian, Romanian, and Russian authors. All participants will also enroll in a specially designed LLC course. Both courses involve guided readings and discussion-based, interactive classes, as well as hands-on research assignments that are designed to get you out into the cultural, economic, and social life of the places we visit.

Since both courses focus on historical and contemporary issues in Central and Eastern Europe, we will not spend our entire time in Prague. After two weeks of intensive study and discovery in Prague, we will embark on a 10-day fieldtrip to Belgrade (Serbia), Timisoara (Romania) and Budapest (Hungary). Students will pursue individualized research projects on topics that are most salient in this region: the new orientation towards eco-agriculture and marketing; the layered history of architecture and design in the Balkan region; the legacy of the holocaust; the recent debates over migrants and refugees; the complexity of language(s) and national belonging.

LLC 260 Literature and Social Change in Eastern Europe: “Eastern Europe is like Europe, only more so.” Home to Ukrainians, Romanians, Jews, Germans, Poles, Russians, Czechs, Ruthenians, Slovaks, and the Balkan peoples, this part of the world was dominated by contesting powers and ideologies during and after the Russian Revolution of 1917. As we now know, the abrupt end of the Soviet Union created unexpected new landscapes of privilege and poverty, hope and despair, a greatly expanded European Union, and a new Russian geopolitics. Vivid discussions of seminal literature from this area will help us make sense of these events. (Note: UR course counts toward cumulative GPA and carries elective credit in RSST and ISME).

LLC 397 Center and Periphery: Dialog and Disagreement in Europe: In the West, the standard “history of Europe” is often portrayed as  a history of the Western part of Europe. Central and Eastern sections of the continent are rarely mentioned in the grand narrative of Europe, although their destiny is just as rich and eventful as that of their Western counterpart. This course aims to elucidate the complex relations by which various parts of Central Europe and Balkans contributed to the history of the continent and how their respective histories have been shaped by interactions with the wider world. (Note: UR course counts toward cumulative GPA and carries elective credit in ISME and ISPD).

What's Included
  • Two units of UR credit
  • Housing in well-managed apartment units in city center
  • On-site orientation and constant attention from CERGE staff
  • Faculty-led field trips and excursions both within the city and beyond
  • 24-hour access with card ID to CERGE computer lab
  • On-site supervision by UR program director
Not Included
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Most meals
  • Local cell phone coverage (recommended for texting)
  • For some non-US nationals, visa fees for any of the countries visited
Activities & Excursions

Extended study trip to Latvia, Lithuania, Poland

Application, Timeline & Fees

Application & Deposit: $300 nonrefundable deposit with application

  • Application DeadlineExtended to Friday, February 23, 2018!
  • 1st Payment: March 16
  • Final Payment: April 16

Cost: $5,950 (not including round-trip airfare to/from Prague) — the dollar’s strong value against the Czech karuna should enable budgeting $15-$20/day for food.

Submit payments in the Student Accounts office (payable to University of Richmond, designated Czech Republic Study Abroad).

Scholarship: UR students are eligible to apply for the Holt Summer Study Abroad Scholarship. Selected recipients will receive approximately $2,000 toward the cost of an approved UR Summer Study Abroad program.

Director
Professor of Russian and International Studies
International Studies Concentration Advisor: Modern Europe
Russian literature and culture
Czech literature and culture
Sociobiology in cross-cultural perspective
History of science (Soviet Union)
Application Information

All interested students, both UR and non-Richmond, may apply online using Gateway Abroad, the same online application system used for semester- and year-long study abroad programs.

Follow this link to begin your online application: studyabroad.richmond.edu/?go=SummerSSA

  1. Select the Apply Now button/link
  2. UR students may log into the system using your UR netID and password
  3. Non-UR students should review the Non-Richmond Students instructions
  4. complete the online application and select your program

Contact Us

Office of Summer Studies
Professional & Continuing Studies
Special Programs Building
28 Westhampton Way
Univ. of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8133
Fax: (804) 289-8138
summer@richmond.edu

Monday-Friday: 8:30am–5pm
Closed for University holidays