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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Gdansk, Poland; Krakow, Poland; Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School of Russian and Asian Studies 
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Guthrie, Nancy Housing Options: Dormitory, Hotel/Tourist Lodging
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Russian
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: INTED
Program Description:
Crossroads of Empires: Central Europe and the Balance of Power
Gain a better understanding of the region in Poland and Germany this summer!

For centuries Central Europe has been one of the most fought over regions in the world, and recent events in Ukraine have once again focused attention there. Why have European powers so fiercely contested this area?

This summer, Crossroads of Empires: Central Europe and the Balance of Power  will look at Central Europe as a case study for better understanding Security Studies in general. With a focus on Germany, Russia, Poland, and the Baltic States, this innovative multi-disciplinary course will combine lectures, culinary and cultural excursions, and guest speakers including academics, diplomats, journalists, and government officials. Classes will travel to Berlin, Gdansk, and Krakow to give the student a broad understanding of this unique region and its importance.

This month-long course will be directed by Alexandra Richie, author of Faust’s Metropolis – A History of Berlin and Warsaw, 1944. Hosted at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw, it aims to provide undergraduate students of journalism, history, international relations, or security studies practical new insights into their chosen future professions.

For more information, and to apply, click here.