Germany / Poland: History

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

  • Germany / Poland: History Photo
  • Germany / Poland: History Photo
  • Germany / Poland: History Photo

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Tell me about this program

Open to: All majors

Berlin, Germany and Krakow and Warsaw, Poland — This program will analyze and compare the collective historical memories of fascist and communist dictatorship, World War II, the Holocaust, the Cold War, and anti-Nazi and anti-Communist resistance movements in Germany and Poland.

How are or were these traumatic, violent, and controversial aspects of German and Polish history during the period 1933-1989 remembered (or repressed), preserved (or erased), commemorated, and memorial- ized in these two countries? How are buildings, places, monuments, and ruins that symbolize tragic elements of their national past treated? What controversies have surrounded the preservation or destruction of these public spaces and how the events they symbolize should be remembered or commemorated?

We will look at several historical sites and museums in Berlin, in War- saw, and Krakow that commemorate fascist and communist dictatorship, World War II, the Holocaust, the Cold War, and anti-Nazi and anti-Communist resistance movements in Germany and Poland.


Germany Cultural Information

Poland Cultural Information

When can I go?

July 6th - July 28th, 2015

Where will I live?

Participants will stay in hostels and hotels.

Who is eligible to participate?

Open to all majors. 2.5 GPA required.

Non-GVSU students are eligible for this program. For more information please visit

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2015 Program): February 1, 2015

Non-GVSU Students: Visit for detailed information on how to apply.

What credits will I receive?

Students will register for a total of three credits:

HST 395: History & Memory: Fascism, Communism, War and Resistance in Germany and Poland (3 credits)*

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $3,950

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Some meals
  • Field trips and entrance fees
  • All ground transportation
Other Expenses
  • GVSU tuition ($1,371)
  • Additional meals ($560)
  • Personal expenses ($300)
  • Passport/photos ($140)
  • ISIC - optional ($28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST: (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $6,349

Additional Program Cost Information

Cost Comparison for GVSU Cost of Attendance for Spring/Summer 2014, based on 1/2 Time Enrollment (In-State Undergraduate): $6,966

Financial Aid

To contact the Financial Aid office, email with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail.  

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQs


FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT: Up to $1,500. All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

Visit for additional information on grants and scholarships.

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director
Gary Stark
History Department
B-4-232 Mackinac Hall

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All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.