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  • Locations: Krakow, Poland; Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: Summer I
  • Budget Sheets: Summer I
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer I 2018 11/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 05/14/2018 05/25/2018
NOTE: Start date indicates the date of departure from the U.S. to travel overseas.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of approval into this program and be able to complete pre-departure materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Faculty-Led Spring Break Programs Faculty Director(s): Dr. Aaron Shapiro
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Courses Offered: History Language of Instruction: English
Prior Language Study Required: None Term: Summer I
Confirmation Deadline (Refer to "Applying" Tab): November 8, 2017
Program Description:

Overview Tab Content

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Overview

Many Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe remain under constant threat due to neglect and lack of awareness about their presence and condition. Working collaboratively with existing organizations, students from UNC Charlotte and Queens University will be involved in stabilization, preservation and interpretative work at cemetery sites in Poland. The project integrates community-based historical research into the humanities curriculum and provides students an opportunity to explore global connections in their work and course of study. At the same time, it aims to connect students from Charlotte-area institutions and provide opportunities for building lasting community relationships and presenting their work in local public settings. In this sense, the project seeks to connect communities in Eastern Europe with Charlotte and to have a lasting impact in both locations for residents and visitors. 

Students will travel to Europe as part of a two-week field experience after completing a multi-campus course during spring semester. In addition to cemetery restoration and documentation work, students will visit Auschwitz, numerous museums and world heritage sites and explore how historians address commemoration and memorialization. The project immerses students in public history, providing them a unique opportunity to consider how historians partner with the public, engage questions of memory and develop material for public audiences using new digital tools. Students will help preserve and stabilize selected cemeteries, conduct and disseminate their research via digital technologies and establish the program foundation.

Preservation of physical sites remains at the core of the project, but in order to effectively preserve, it is essential to interpret and tell stories of the people that are buried there, of the histories of the cemeteries, and of the towns and villages that European Jews once called home. Students will also create resources for use in Charlotte, including museum exhibits, public programming, curricular materials, and additional digital products. The cemetery preservation and interpretation project will introduce students to public history, providing them a unique opportunity to consider how historians partner with the public, engage questions of memory and develop material for broad audiences.

UNC Charlotte will coordinate with a third party organization, Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, to organize certain arrangements of this program.

Program Pre-Requisites

Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
  • All students (UNC Charlotte and Queens University) must first apply and be admitted to the education abroad program via the UNC Charlotte website in Fall 2017
  • Queens University students must also be approved to study abroad by their study abroad office
  • Confirmed participants must then enroll in the 3 credit hour spring course tied to the study abroad program at UNC Charlotte
  • Undergraduates from UNC Charlotte and Queens University Charlotte only
Please see the “Fact Sheet” at the top of the page for GPA, class standing, and other eligibility requirements for this program.

Special Considerations

Students must be ready to exercise flexibility regarding the planned activities and have physical/mental endurance and enthusiasm to maintain an active schedule, including long days, as part of their participation in this program.

As a result of generous grants from the Blumenthal Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte along with private donations from individuals, scholarships in an amount up to $2,000.00 are available to confirmed program participants. Consideration for receipt of this scholarship will be based on students' applications to the program, with particular focus on their Personal Statements. It is not necessary to apply for this scholarship separately; however, in order to receive priority consideration for a scholarship, students will need to submit their application for the program by October 15, 2017.

If awarded a scholarship, no action is required on recipients' parts to apply the funds to the cost of the program. For information on scholarship eligibility and availability, please confer with the Faculty Directors. Scholarship recipients are still required to pay the $500.00 deposit by the confirmation deadline in order to hold their place in the program. 

Students who place their $500 deposit for the Poland program, receive the $2000 scholarship, and enroll in the required course, will receive a rebate of $200 in the weeks following the course add/drop deadline. Students who confirm their place on the program but do not enroll in the required course, or withdraw from the program prior to departure; are not eligible for a rebate on any portion of their deposit.

Additional Information

Please keep in mind that because this program operates on a rolling admissions basis, it may fill up before the final application or confirmation deadlines. Interested students are encouraged to complete their application as soon as possible. 
 
For more information on how these programs operate, please see the Faculty Led Programs page on the OEA website.

Students are expected to review and continue to reference all the information provided in this brochure carefully. If you have specific questions about the class meetings, itinerary, accommodations, course structure, requirements, or expectations, please contact the Faculty Director.

The OEA will communicate with you regarding your application and next steps via your UNC Charlotte email, so be sure to check your inbox (and spam folder!) frequently for updates.

Students interested in participating in a UNC Charlotte short-term faculty-led study abroad program are not required to complete Study Abroad 101 before beginning an application for the program, but are strongly encouraged to do so to gain an in-depth introduction to the study abroad process and resources. 

Brochure Tabs

You are expected to review all tabs of this brochure carefully to ensure you understand all program details before submitting an application:
 
Academics
Schedule
Housing-Meals
Finances
Resources
Applying
Contacts 
 

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General Information

  • Credit will be granted for coursework and travel and will be issued by UNC Charlotte for all participants
  • The international experience is a required component of HIST 3004: Topics in Applied History
  • Students must be present for all program activities including any class sessions held before the travel component

UNC Charlotte Participants

  • All UNC Charlotte students will receive UNC Charlotte credit and A-F grades for this program
  • All grades from abroad will count towards UNC Charlotte students' cumulative GPA

Queens University Participants

  • Queens University participants: please visit the Greater Charlotte Consortium website for details on how credit is earned through the consortium
  • All Queens University students will receive transfer credit at Queens and A-F grades for this program. The actual grade received will be applied to the student's Queens University transcript
  • Per the guidelines of the Greater Charlotte Consortium, credit will be considered transfer credit for Queens University participants; the course and grade will not be calculated into Queens students' GPAs.
Please review academic eligibility requirements, information about grades, registration, and academic policies on the Academic Credit page of the OEA website.

Course Information

This program offers credit for the following:

HIST 3004:  Topics in Applied History: Preserving Memory in a Digital Age (3 credit hours)

Students will consider the ways in which the public engages the past and how historians work with the public, focusing on the connections between history and memory through studying historic sites, museums and by undertaking a cemetery preservation project in Eastern Europe. Course Objectives Working collaboratively with existing organizations and projects, students from UNC Charlotte and Queens University will be involved in stabilization and preservation work at selected cemetery sites in Poland. The course provides opportunities for students to research and interpret the past for the public using new digital tools, integrating community-based, real-world projects into the humanities curriculum and providing students an opportunity to explore global connections. At the same time, it connects students from Charlotte-area institutions and allows students to present heir work in local public settings.

Course Information for Queens University Participants 

Confirmed participants from Queens University will register for the course through the Greater Charlotte Consortium (not through UNC Charlotte). Please contact Talli Dippold for additional details. Her contact information is available in the "Contact" tab of this brochure. 

Pre-Requisites:
  • Requirements for Queens University students will be at their institution's discretion. Contact your study abroad office and academic advisor for details.
UNC Charlotte students should refer to the UNC Charlotte course catalog and Queens University participants should refer to the Queens course catalog for the applicable year and class standing (undergraduate/graduate) for more information on:
  • Degree and credit requirements satisfied by this course
  • Any pre-requisites of this course
If you need additional clarification on how this course fits into your academic progress or major requirements, please contact your Academic Advisor.

Course Selection and Registration

  • This study abroad program is a component of an on-campus Spring term course at UNC Charlotte
  • Confirmed participants must register for the appropriate section of the Spring semester course at UNC Charlotte or through the Greater Charlotte Consortium (Queens participants only) after the confirmation deadline in order to participate
  • This course section will not become available for registration until the weeks following the confirmation deadline, which will likely be after registration opens
  • This course section should be closed so that only confirmed program participants may register in it.
Refer to the application for more information.

Tuition for Study Abroad Courses

This program is part of an academic course taught during the Spring semester that will take place on the UNC Charlotte and the Queens University campuses, as well as other local Charlotte venues. The international experience supplements the on-campus course. This means:
  • Tuition, grading, and credit hours for this course are part of your regular Spring semester course schedule and are processed like any other on-campus course.
  • Confirmed participants will need to register for the appropriate Spring semester course section (either at UNC Charlotte or through the Greater Charlotte Consortium [Queens participants only]) in order to participate in the study abroad.
  • Tuition and fees for the course tied to the study abroad program are separate and in addition to the study abroad program fee for UNC Charlotte students. Queens University participants will pay standard Queens University tuition and fees for the course in addition to the study abroad program fee paid to the Office of Education Abroad at UNC Charlotte.
Additional information on registration and grading is available in the application and communicated to confirmed participants in greater detail in the weeks following the confirmation deadline.
 

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Tentative Itinerary

The course tied to the study abroad program will be part of students’ class schedule for the Spring semester. Please contact the Faculty Director for details about how to register for the proper course section after the confirmation deadline. Students should be prepared to attend 8-10 mandatory class meetings in the Spring semester on Fridays between 12:30 - 3:15 PM before and the program abroad in May.

In addition to any class meetings required by the Faculty Directors, confirmed participants from both institutions will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation at UNC Charlotte prior to travel. The orientation is hosted by the Office of Education Abroad at UNC Charlotte and will cover academics, culture and adjustment, health and safety, and more. 

Participants must be ready to exercise flexibility regarding the planned activities and have physical/mental endurance and enthusiasm to maintain an active schedule, including long days. Students must be in residence for the entirety of the program and attend all program activities.
 
Below is a tentative program itinerary. Please note that all activities and details are tentative at the time of publication and are subject to change. 
 
Date Activity
 Monday, May 14 Depart U.S.
 Tuesday, May 15 Arrive in Warsaw
Introduction to Poland and orientation at Taube Jewish Heritage Tours Center
Visit to Jewish cemetery at Okopowa Street
Group welcome dinner with Taube Center staff
 Wednesday, May 16 Breakfast at hotel
Visit to Umschlagplatz Memorial (Ghetto footpath memorial) 
Walk along Memorial Route to Museum plaza
Visit POLIN, Museum of the History of Polish Jews
Q&A Session with Museum educator
Visit to Brodno Jewish Cemetery
Group dinner with Warsaw peers
Thursday, May 17 Breakfast at hotel
Visit to 1944 Rising Museum
Walking tour of Old Town, Royal Route, and Grzybowski Square
Group lunch with Warsaw community representatives
Visit to Nozyk Synagogue
Travel by train to Krakow
Friday, May 18 Breakfast at hotel
Visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau
Visit to Center for Dialogue and Prayer
Free afternoon/reflection time
Group communal dinner at Jewish Community Center
Saturday, May 19 Breakfast at hotel
Guided walking tour of Royal Wawel Castle and Old Town
Visit to Schindler's Factory Museum
Walking tour of Podgorze
Sunday, May 20 Breakfast at hotel
Guided walking tour of Kazimierz, including several synagogues and the Remuh Cemetery
Visit to Galicia Jewish Museum
Cemetery preservation work
Monday, May 21 Breakfast at hotel
Cemetery preservation/documentation/interpretive work
Reflection time
Work on individual and group projects related to experience and work in the cemeteries
Tuesday, May 22 Breakfast at hotel
Cemetery preservation/documentation/interpretive work
Reflection time
Work on individual and group projects related to experience and work in the cemeteries
Wednesday, May 23 Breakfast at hotel
Cemetery preservation/documentation/interpretive work
Reflection time
Work on individual and group projects related to experience and work in the cemeteries
Thursday, May 24 Breakfast at hotel
Cemetery preservation/documentation/interpretive work
Reflection time
Work on individual and group projects related to experience and work in the cemeteries
Friday, May 25 Breakfast at hotel
Return to Warsaw
Program ends

Flights and Travel

Please do not make any binding travel arrangements until your participation in the program is confirmed AND you receive clearance from both the Office of Education Abroad and your Faculty Director to do so. 
 
Confirmed participants will consult with the Faculty Director for information on recommended flights and meeting times, but will be responsible for their own travel arrangements. Participants must be in residence for the entirety of the program and attend all program activities.
 

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Housing

Accommodations will be provided throughout the program. Rooms will be shared occupancy. This cost is included in the program fee.

Meals

Please review the Budget Sheet for information on meals included in the program fee.
 
Meals not included in the program fee are the responsibility of the participant, to be paid individually and in addition to the program fee.
 

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Program Costs and Payment Schedule

Please review the program Budget Sheet for the total program fee, payment schedule, payment policies, cost inclusions, and other cost considerations. It is extremely important that you research and understand all costs and payment deadlines associated with this program before confirming your intent to participate.

Note that while it may be possible to defer other program payments for financial aid or scholarships, the deposit is non-deferrable and cannot be broken up into smaller payments over time. The deposit must be paid by the confirmation deadline to hold your spot in the program. Students are responsible for ensuring they are able to meet the financial responsibilities of this program before confirming their intent to participate. 

Making Payments

All payments should be made online via the study abroad portal per the schedule in the Budget Sheet. Please refer to the application portal for instructions on making payments. If you need assistance in submitting a payment, please contact the Office of Education Abroad.

Financial Aid

The following information in regards to Financial Aid is pertinent to UNC Charlotte students only. Queens University of Charlotte students should work with the financial aid office on their campus to determine if they are eligible to apply for aid for study abroad. 

Financial aid for which you qualify may be applied towards the cost of this program!
 
While we provide some related resources on the Financial Aid section of the Education Abroad website, please consult with the Office of Financial Aid at your home institution for information on and questions related to eligibility, disbursement, and applying for aid. 

Scholarships

As a result of generous grants from the Blumenthal Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte along with private donations from individuals, scholarships in an amount up to $2,000.00 are available to confirmed program participants. Consideration for receipt of this scholarship will be based on students' applications to the program, with particular focus on their Personal Statements. It is not necessary to apply for this scholarship separately; however, in order to receive priority consideration for a scholarship, students will need to submit their application for the program by October 15, 2017.

If awarded a scholarship, no action is required on recipients' parts to apply the funds to the cost of the program. For information on scholarship eligibility and availability, please confer with the Faculty Directors. Scholarship recipients are still required to pay the $500.00 deposit by the confirmation deadline in order to hold their place in the program. 

Students who place their $500 deposit for the Poland program, receive the $2000 scholarship, and enroll in the required course, will receive a rebate of $200 in the weeks following the course add/drop deadline. Students who confirm their place on the program but do not enroll in the required course, or withdraw from the program prior to departure; are not eligible for a rebate on any portion of their deposit.

There are many other scholarships available to students that can be applied towards studying abroad. Any scholarships listed in the “Potential Scholarship Opportunities” in the Fact Sheet at the top of this brochure are suggestions and do not necessarily represent the full extent of funding opportunities for this program, nor applicants’ individual eligibility for those scholarships.
 
Please visit the scholarships section of the OEA website for information on scholarship types, eligibility requirements, due dates, the application process, and disbursement. Note that many of these may only apply to UNC Charlotte students. Students are also encouraged to reach out to their academic department and any community organizations with which you may be associated to see if they offer any financial assistance to support students seeking an international education experience.

Office of Education Abroad Scholarships

Scholarships awarded by the Office of Education Abroad may not be applied towards this program. Please visit our website to explore other scholarships opportunities for this program.  

Financial Aid and Scholarship Considerations

Students may be able to defer the program payments, with the exception of the deposit (refer to the payment schedule in the program Budget Sheet), until aid is received. However, many costs associated with the program, such as airfare and program deposits, may need to be paid before the semester of the study abroad and thus before receipt of financial aid funds. Students are responsible for researching when aid will be disbursed, for how much aid they are eligible, and when payments for the program, flights, and on-site expenses will be incurred. You need to feel comfortable paying for the program given ALL of your financial resources, not just financial aid and scholarships.
  • Financial aid eligibility and disbursement timelines are determined by Federal law and controlled by the Office of Financial Aid.
  • Applying for financial aid/scholarships or requesting a deferment for financial aid does not guarantee eligibility or receipt of such financial assistance.
  • If you are eligible for financial aid or receive a scholarship to help with the cost of this program, the funds you receive may NOT be sufficient to cover the full extent of all costs associated with your program.
  • While financial aid and scholarship awards are typically disbursed at the start of the semester of the study abroad program, disbursement dates should be confirmed on an individual basis with Financial Aid, Student Accounts, NinerScholars and/or the scholarship organizer.
  • Your funds will typically first be diverted to Student Accounts at UNC Charlotte to cover the cost of any applicable tuition & fees or balances owed to other departments.
  • Any remaining funds you have available will then be disbursed directly to you.
  • It will be your responsibility to keep track of and use any financial assistance funds disbursed to you to make remaining program payments.
    • When you participate in a faculty-led program, these funds will NOT be sent directly to the OEA to cover your study abroad balance.

Tips for Budgeting Your Money

All students should thoroughly research the cost of living and the exchange rate of the destination(s) in relation to their financial resources in order to develop a personal budget and make an informed financial decision on moving forward with the program.
  1. Go Overseas - How to Budget guide:*
    1. Banks & Credit Cards: Where & how to get cash while abroad
    2. Money Fears: How to handle financial emergencies while abroad, money scams & what to do
    3. Saving money: Savings, how to make saving easier, how to find discounts while abroad, money saving tips
    4. Cell Phone Plan while abroad: The best one for you
  2. UNC Charlotte's online guide to managing money:**
    1. How to earn money
    2. How to save money
    3. How to borrow money
    4. How to spend money
    5. Resources & tips
* Not all information in the guide above may be applicable or relevant and was not created by UNC Charlotte
**Some information may only be applicable to UNC Charlotte students

Withdrawal Policy

The Office of Education Abroad makes every attempt to create meaningful and affordable study abroad programs for students. When you confirm your intent to participate in a program by submitting an application fee and deposit, the Education Abroad office begins to make financial commitments on your behalf, both administratively on campus and also to our international partners.  Therefore, it is our policy that if a student withdraws from a study abroad program, the application fee and initial deposit are non-refundable. With this in mind, please review the full program description and costs thoroughly, and consider carefully whether you are prepared to commit to an Education Abroad program before submitting your application fee and deposit.
 
If you withdraw after making subsequent program payments, UNC Charlotte may consider a partial or full refund of such payments for committed expenditures (not including non-refundable application fee and deposit) made on your behalf, to the extent such funds are recoverable from our partners/providers.  Partial or full refunds of subsequent payments are not guaranteed upon withdrawal. Requests for such refunds must be made in writing to the Office of Education Abroad no later than 30 days prior to program start date (the day the program leaves Charlotte). For emergency withdrawals within 30 days prior to the program start date or during the program, refunds in any amount are highly unlikely. Please note that in some cases, refund amounts may not be known until sometime after the program’s end date.  
 
Students who participate in a program but who choose not to participate in a particular activity for which they have paid in advance, whether that activity is mandatory or non-mandatory to the program (e.g. field trip, excursions, cultural event, etc.), will not be refunded any portion of that activity cost. 
 

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Application Process

Students applying for UNC Charlotte short-term faculty-led programs are not required to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor in order to open an application. Students may apply for more than one program, but will have to pay the non-refundable $10.00 application fee for every application submitted. 
 
Please keep in mind that because this program operates on a rolling admissions basis and has limited spots available, the program may fill up before the application deadline or the final confirmation deadline. Interested students are encouraged to complete the application process as soon as possible: 
  1. Complete Study Abroad 101 (strongly recommended)
  2. Review the Steps to Study Abroad, faculty-led program information, scholarship resources, and other resources on the OEA website
  3. Review all tabs of this brochure thoroughly
  4. Reference the UNC Charlotte catalog (UNC Charlotte students only) or discuss your study abroad plans with your academic advisor to ensure you understand how the credit you will receive will fit into your curriculum requirements
  5. Contact the Faculty Director leading the program of interest with program-specific questions
  6. Click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the program brochure page to begin your application
    • If this button does not appear, the program is not currently accepting applications
  7. Follow all application instructions and review all application resources carefully to complete your application and click “Submit” as soon as possible before the final application deadline

Application Review and Decision

  1. Once complete, the OEA will review your application to confirm that you meet the basic academic and disciplinary eligibility requirements of the program
  2. If you are eligible for the program, the OEA will pass your application on to the Faculty Director for final review
  3. The Faculty Director will make your final admissions decision
  4. The OEA will notify you of your admissions decision by email within 2-3 weeks after you submit your application

Confirming Your Participation

If accepted into the program, students are not considered program participants unless they confirm their intent to participate in the program by completing BOTH of the following steps in the study abroad portal either by no later than the confirmation deadline indicated in the program’s payment schedule or before the program meets its maximum capacity:
  • Submit the non-refundable deposit (must be paid in full by listed confirmation deadline)
  • Read and electronically sign the “Participant Agreement”
Once the OEA confirms completion of both confirmation steps, your application status will change to “Confirmed.” Only students listed as status “Confirmed” have held their spot in the program and are considered program participants.
 
This program operates on a rolling admissions basis and may fill up before the final confirmation deadline. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the confirmation steps as soon as possible after they are approved and by no later than the confirmation deadline.
 
Students should not submit program payments beyond the deposit nor make formal travel arrangements until such time as their application status shows “Confirmed” AND they receive email notification from the OEA that they are clear to do so. Additional information on the confirmation process is available in the application.

Next Steps

The OEA will send applicants listed as the “Confirmed” status next steps information via email within 3 weeks after the final confirmation deadline.
While they await next steps information, confirmed participants should:
  • NOT make payments beyond the deposit nor make formal travel arrangements until they receive this next steps information from the OEA in the weeks following the confirmation deadline.
  • Review the resources on the OEA website and within their study abroad application to help prepare for international travel
  • Review entry requirements and apply for a valid passport as soon as possible
  • Learn as much as possible about the program destination! Familiarize yourself with its history, government, language, culture, currency, time-keeping, and current events.
Confirmed participants will have additional items to complete in their study abroad portal/application before departure, such as attending the mandatory pre-departure orientation. Please note that UNC Charlotte will coordinate with a third party organization, Taube Jewish Heritage Tours, to organize certain arrangements of this program. Confirmed participants should note that Taube Jewish Heritage Tours may also request that participants provide certain information or documentation to facilitate program arrangements.

Reviewing and Signing Application Documents

During each phase of the study abroad process, students will be asked to review and electronically sign various agreements and policy understandings. Signatures on these documents are considered legally binding and signal that the applicant has read, understood, and agreed to the outlined policies. If you do not read these documents before signing, you are still held responsible for your understanding and adherence to the policies they outline. Beyond this responsibility, it is within your best interest to review all materials carefully – these documents answer many questions that students have about the study abroad process.

Withdrawal Policy

Any requests to withdraw after confirming your intent to participate in the program will need to be made to the UNC Charlotte OEA by email. Please review the withdrawal policy and financial implications of withdrawal under the “Finances” tab of this brochure.
 

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Travel Insurance

The Office of Education Abroad highly recommends the purchase of travel insurance (also known as cancellation insurance) should personal or global circumstances prevent your participation in the program. You are encouraged to consider obtaining travel insurance and to keep in mind that many travel insurance policies must be purchased within twenty-one days of your initial deposit to apply to the program.

Passports and Immigration Requirements

All participants are individually responsible for ensuring that they have the appropriate documentation to obtain entry clearance to their host country. General information about passports and immigration requirements (including visas) is available on the OEA website.
 
Please note that the Office of Education Abroad is legally unable to advise on visas policies and procedures.

Health and Safety

The safety of our students and faculty traveling abroad is of the utmost importance to the Office of Education Abroad and UNC Charlotte. Current events are monitored constantly and OEA is in direct contact with students and on-site constituencies in the event of an international emergency. The OEA will work with UNC Charlotte risk managers, on-site staff, the U.S. Department of State and our international insurance provider to determine the best course of action to keep students safe in the event of an emergency abroad.
All study abroad participants are enrolled in mandatory international health insurance which covers a range of medical issues, support services, and evacuation in case of emergency. We also advise that student’s take the responsibility to do their own research in preparation for international travel. We want students and their families to feel comfortable with travel plans prior to departure. Helpful resources include:

LGBTQ+ Travelers

It is important to keep in mind that other cultures around the world may have different attitudes and laws regarding LGBTQ+ individuals. LGBTQ+ students interested or participating in this program should familiarize themselves with the attitudes of the destination country and may wish to explore the following resources:

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities study abroad each year; however, it is important to keep in mind that other cultures may have different attitudes and varying accommodations and laws regarding disabilities.

If you are a student who has a learning or physical disability, and you are interested in studying abroad, please disclose any requested accommodations to the OEA as soon as possible so that we can begin working with you and the UNC Charlotte Office of Disability Services to see if and how we are able to meet your needs. 

To prepare for success, students are encouraged to begin researching the desired host country and consider how they will manage their disabilities abroad well in advance of selecting a program. There are many resources available to students with disabilities who are considering studying abroad. If accommodation on a desired program is not possible or advisable, we will do our best to help you find an alternate program to ensure you are able to engage in a study abroad experience.
 

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Faculty Directors

The program’s Faculty Directors are the faculty members who will teach the course tied to the program and lead the program abroad. They will be with students on site for the duration of the program, will be responsible for the academic piece of the program, and will be students’ best resource for assistance in country. The Faculty Directors can answer questions about the program’s academics, site visits on the ground, and the day-to-day cultural and program expectations on-site.

Dr. Aaron Shapiro
Associate Professor 
Department of History
aaronshapiro@uncc.edu
704-687-5128
Garinger 223
Program Website (available September 2017)
 
Talli Dippold
Associate Director
Stan Greenspon Center for Peace and Social Justice
Queens University
704-688-2760
dippoldt@queens.edu

The Office of Education Abroad

The Office of Education Abroad works with students and faculty prior to departure to manage the application process, collect program materials, communicate with students, and provide preparation resources prior to study abroad. The OEA staff can answer questions about the application process, general program arrangements, required study abroad materials, making payments, and general travel resources and logistics.
 
CHHS 256
edabroad.uncc.edu
edabroad@uncc.edu
704-687-7747
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
 
Students interested or participating in UNC Charlotte short-term faculty-led study abroad programs are welcome to come to OEA drop-in advising hours or to schedule an appointment to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with the Assistant Coordinator for Short Term Programs.

Study Abroad Peer Advisors

Want to know more about this destination or about the study abroad experience in general? Contact an OEA Peer Advisor! These students are study abroad alumni who are dying to share their experience and perspectives.

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