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History, Memory, and Human Rights in Central Europe

Prague, Czech Republic

Term Offered: 
Charles Bridge at dusk
Approximate Dates of Instruction: 
April 4, 2022 to June 10, 2022
Application Deadline: 
November 30, 2021

The CHID Prague Program, which is one of the oldest study abroad programs at UW (since 1996), offers UW students a unique and specific study abroad opportunity not available elsewhere at UW. The CHID Prague Program is all about immersing yourself in Prague and the other great Central European cities – Vienna, Krakow, Budapest and Berlin, where we will go on 5-day trips each – in order to develop a complex understanding of the dynamic historical, cultural, and political life of Central Europe as a whole. The program itself is strongly anchored in the philosophy of CHID: it combines academically rigorous seminar-style courses, international field trips aimed at provoking personal reflection and exploration, and cultural events that transform our program into a living community. We focus on key issues that resonate well beyond Central Europe: the tragedy of the Holocaust, the nature and legacy of the communist systems, the hopes and tensions of the European Union, the impact of the current refugee crisis, and how coming to terms with the past is reflected in the cultural scene we witness today. Through this immersion, we hope that students in the program not only critically explore the intersections of rich and complex Central European history, society, and politics, but also, in the process, become themselves transformed by the places, people, and ideas they encounter.

  • CHID 390: Collective Memory, Civil Society, and Public Space (5 credits I&S, W)
  • POLSCI 495 / CHID 471B: Democracy and Development (5 credits I&S)
  • HSTEU 490 / CHID 471A: East European Communism and Everyday Life (5 credits I&S)
Fulfills Requirements: 
CHID Cultural and Historical Engagement
CHID Ideas in the World
CHID 390
I&S Credit
Total Program Fees: 

*Note that the fees stated above do not include some additional costs, including, but not limited to: airfare, Study Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day), and personal spending money. These costs will differ by program. Be sure to read our Fees, Financing, and Withdrawal information for details about the fee structure and payment schedule.