This GIAS travel course is open to all UNC Charlotte students. This course includes a European program which will focus on historical sites related to Holocaust history, with specific emphasis on Auschwitz. This experiential learning opportunity will provide students with multiple perspectives on this history. While there are no prerequisites for this course, prior knowledge of Holocaust history is preferred.
- To advance education at UNC Charlotte about the Holocaust
- To deepen student knowledge and strengthen their ability to understand the historical, political, social, and economic factors that resulted in the Holocaust
- To teach each new generation about the complexity of the subject, so that they will know, understand, and never forget
- To further educational activities which use the lessons of the past as warnings for the present and the future
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program. This program is open to Undergraduates only of any academic major or minor. Please see the “Fact Sheet” at the top of the page for GPA, class standing, and other eligibility requirements for this program. Applicants will need to engage in an interview with the Faculty Director as part of their consideration for this program. Interviews may be conducted via phone or in person.
Students are asked to remember the serious nature of the subject focus of this program and are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner when visiting Holocaust memorials and related sites abroad.
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.
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.
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.
Students are expected to review and continue to reference all tabs provided in this brochure (listed below) carefully before submitting an application. If you have specific questions about the class meetings, itinerary, accommodations, course structure, requirements, or expectations, please contact the Faculty Director.
- Credit will be granted for coursework and travel and will be issued by UNC Charlotte
- The international experience supplements the appropriate UNC Charlotte course
- All students will receive UNC Charlotte credit and A-F grades for this program
- All grades from abroad will count towards your cumulative GPA
- Students must be present for all program activities including any class sessions held before or after the travel component.
Please review academic eligibility requirements, information about grades, registration, and academic policies on the Academic Credit
page of the OEA website.
Course Offering Information
This program offers credit for the following course:
HGHR 3050: Topics in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies: A Holocaust Journey (3 credit hours)
This course presents a unique opportunity to provide students an overview of selected issues related to the Holocaust. It includes a European program which will focus on historical sites related to Holocaust history, with specific emphasis on the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp in Oswiecim, Poland.
Please refer to the UNC Charlotte 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 Registration and Grading
The OEA will register confirmed participants in a placeholder course (FRST) for the applicable amount of credit hours and term when summer registration opens. The UNC Charlotte course credit to be received will not appear on participants’ registration history or transcript until grades are processed after the end of the program. Additional information on registration and grading is available in the study abroad application.
Tuition for Study Abroad Courses
Instructional costs for the course(s) tied to the study abroad program are included in the program fee paid to the OEA for faculty-led summer programs. This means:
- Confirmed participants will not register for the UNC Charlotte summer course tied to the study abroad program when registration opens
- The OEA will register confirmed participants in the FRST placeholder course
- Grading processes differ from a regular course
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.
The FRST study abroad placeholder course will be part of your course load for the applicable summer semester. Depending on the program, you may be required to attend class meetings on UNC Charlotte’s campus before and/or after the program abroad. Please contact the Faculty Director for more information about class attendance expectations in addition to the travel component of the course.
In addition to any class meetings required by the Faculty Director, confirmed participants will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation prior to travel. The orientation is hosted by the Office of Education Abroad 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.
What follows is a tentative program itinerary. Please note that all activities and details are tentative at the time of publication and are subject to change.
|Monday, June 18
||Departure from U.S.
|Tuesday, June 19
||Arrive in Berlin
Meet at Air in Berlin Hotel
Visit Topography of Terror Museum
|Wednesday, June 20
||Breakfast at hotel
Underground bunker tour
Visit Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Visit Jewish Museum Berlin
|Thursday, June 21
||Breakfast at hotel
Travel to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
|Friday, June 22
||Breakfast at hotel
Visit Grunewald train station, Track 17
Visit House of the Wannsee Conference
Visit Synagogue Rykestrasse for Sabbath service
|Saturday, June 23
||Breakfast at hotel
Free day in Berlin
|Sunday, June 24
||Breakfast at hotel
Morning flight to Krakow, Poland
Tour the Galicia Museum
|Monday, June 25
||Breakfast at hotel
Tour of Plaszow Concentration Camp
Tour Oskar Schindler factory
Travel by bus to Center for Dialogue and Prayer in Oswiecim
|Tuesday, June 26
||Breakfast at Centre for Dialogue and Prayer
Visit Oswiecim Jewish Centre
Visit Harmeze Monestary
Study tour of Auschwitz 1
|Wednesday, June 27
||Breakfast at Centre for Dialogue and Prayer
Study tour of Birkenau
Return by bus to Krakow
|Thursday, June 28
||Breakfast at hotel
Program ends in Krakow
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 on the program end and start dates. The cost of travel between program destinations is included in the program fee. Participants must be in residence for the entirety of the program and attend all program activities.
Accommodations will be provided throughout the program. Rooms will be shared occupancy. This cost is included in the program fee.
Hotel in Berlin:
Air in Berlin Hotel
Hotel in Krakow:
Centre for Dialogue and Prayer
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.
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 in anticipation of the receipt of 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.
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 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
for information on and questions related to eligibility, disbursement, and applying for aid.
Financial Aid for Summer
Students should visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for information on summer financial aid
, as specific requirements and processes apply.
There are many 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. Students are also encouraged to reach out to their academic department on campus 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
Applications for OEA scholarships
are due February 15th
of each year for the subsequent summer, fall, and spring semesters.
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.
* 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
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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.
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. Students may participate in more than one summer program in a given year only if the programs do not conflict in any way and if the Faculty Director(s) approve.
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:
- Complete Study Abroad 101 (strongly recommended)
- Review the Steps to Study Abroad, faculty-led program information, scholarship resources, and other resources on the OEA website
- Review all tabs of this brochure thoroughly
- Reference the UNC Charlotte catalog 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
- Contact the Faculty Director leading the program of interest with program-specific questions
- 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
- 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
- Once complete, the OEA will review your application to confirm that you meet the basic academic and disciplinary eligibility requirements of the program
- If you are eligible for the program, the OEA will pass your application on to the Faculty Director for final review
- The Faculty Director will make your final admissions decision
- 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 enrollment:
- 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.
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.
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.
Any requests to withdraw after confirming your intent to participate in the program will need to be made to the OEA by email. Please review the withdrawal policy and financial implications of withdrawal under the “Finances” tab of this brochure
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:
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.
The program’s Faculty Director is the UNC Charlotte faculty member 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 Director can answer questions about the program’s academics, site visits on the ground, and the day-to-day cultural and program expectations on-site.
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, complete course registration, 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.
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, if unable to attend drop-in, to schedule an appointment with the Assistant Coordinator for Short Term Programs to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
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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