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  • Locations: Auschwitz, Poland; Gdansk, Poland; Grudziadz, Poland; Sopot, Poland; Sztutowo, Poland; Warsaw, Poland
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty Led, ND Conducted Program Language Prerequisite: None
Language of Instruction: English Language Courses Offered: No
Minimum Credit Load: 3 Program Director: Christiane Buessard
Eligible Majors: Any
Program Information:

For more information about this program, join the Information Session
Monday, January 22nd
207 DeBartolo Hall

Program Dates: June 9 - 30, 2018

Program Description
Led by Dr. Emilia Justyna Powell a native of Poland, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor at the Law School at Notre Dame, this 3-week intensive course is designed as a fully immersive cultural, international, and intellectual experience for students. Most class instruction occurs on site, at major sites and museums in Warsaw, Auschwitz/Birkenau, Gdansk, and other surrounding cities. The course will immerse students in the historical and cultural context of Poland, make them reflect on the Holocaust and how it influenced international law, and experience Polish life.

Summer Poland.pdf

Course Description
POLS 34220 – International Law and Holocaust. Will fulfill a Peace Studies core elective requirement for the Peace Studies supplementary major or minor
A big part of contemporary international law has a direct connection to the Holocaust. This course examines the evolution of main principles of international law from World War II on with a particular focus on international criminal law, genocide, and crimes against humanity. In this context, students will learn, examine, and evaluate modern theories of international law and political science. Which theory best explains the evolution of international law? Are post WWII theories better able to grapple with the events of the Holocaust? We will examine how the Holocaust and World War II have shaped the need for interstate peace, and how these events became major catalysts for modern international justice. We will also consider the meaning of international justice (practical and via theoretical lenses), its execution on the international arena, and the way that this concept has evolved in the post-war period. This seminar embraces an interdisciplinary approach to teaching: we will study international law through visiting historical landmarks in Poland (Auschwitz concentration camp, Stutthof Museum and Archives, Museum of Polish Jews, the Warsaw Rising Museum, Museum of the Second World War, Westerplatte, Solidarity Museum), focusing on international law/political science theories, documentary films, and meetings with Polish policymakers.

Site Calendar
February 7:      Application deadline
February 15:    Acceptance decisions
April TBD:        Mandatory Pre-departure Orientations
June 8:             Departure from US
June 9:             Arrival in Warsaw
June 30:           Departure from Gdansk


Students in all colleges are eligible to participate in the Poland Summer Program. All Notre Dame undergraduates who are rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing and in compliance with community standards are invited to apply.

Students will stay in double occupancy, hotel style rooms.

Breakfasts and some dinners are included.

Program Cost
$6,300, which includes the following:

  • 3 credit hours
  • All accommodations
  • All program academic excursions and activities, entrance to sites and museums
  • Airport shuttle and transportation during the stay
  • On-site program support from Notre Dame faculty
  • GeoBlue international health & emergency evacuation insurance
  • Wifi in all accommodations
Program cost does NOT include international airfare, pre-departure expenses such as passports, visa (for some nationalities; US citizens do not need a visa), books.

Financial assistance for summer study abroad programs is limited to private educational loans or the Federal PLUS (Parent) loan. University Scholarship is not offered for summer study abroad.

Information and application procedures are available on the 
Office of Financial Aid websitePlease note the April 25th deadline for some summer loan applications.


Application Instructions

  • Complete the Study Abroad Application Questionnaire
  • Rector reference will be requested by the Study Abroad office

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

This program is currently not accepting applications.