Life, Love, and Religion in 20th Century Eastern Europe?
How does social change construct human existence? Perhaps the people you encounter are all from similar backgrounds and therefore you have never considered the impact of culture on our lives. We will explore interpersonal relationships, education, family-marriage, work, politics, and religion in a region of Europe undergoing great social change. The 20th century experience of the former Yugoslavia, now seven separate countries and one autonomous province, was dominated by 40 years of socialism and then followed by violent religious-ethnic conflicts, and now a resurgence of social development, cultural diversity, and increased freedoms. This is an exciting region to learn about social change and its impact on lives as well as a beautiful and fun part of Europe that is less traveled.
Students will explore the history, politics and culture of the Balkan Region. Accompanied by two PSU professors (from Sociology and Education), about 15 students in this 2 1/2-week course will first travel to the culturally rich, central European city of Zagreb Croatia, where they will be teamed with students from the University of Zagreb for a week to compare family histories over this period and interview local inhabitants about social change and its influence on their lives. Classroom work will be enhanced through travel to three of the six countries created by the dissolution of Yugoslavia. In addition to Zagreb, the group will travel to the World Heritage sites of the Plitvice Lakes, Split, Mostar in Bosnia- Herzegovina and Dubrovnik as well as Slovenia. The faculty leaders will arrange for guided city tours, musem visits, regional food experiences and viists with local residents. Films, literature, art and local public speakers will build texture into the experience.
This program is designed for undergraduate students majoring in Sociology (elective course) and Education (as a 400 EDTHP course) The course is appropriate for those majors or as fulfillment for a General Education requirement. Also, students in Human Development and Family Studies, Global and International Studies, Slavic Languages, students in Developmental Psychology, History and Political Science would benenfit from this course.
To view a list of other programs available in this region, visit our Education Abroad Regional Program Brochures.
Housing and Meals
Students will live in shared dormitories/student residence halls arranged by the University of Zagreb. Students will be responsible for providing their own meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet . These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
The confirmed program fee for this program will be available by mid-October. Please do not confirm that you have read the 'program cost' information document until the fees are posted.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of the program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
You may also contact the faculty leader to learn more about this program. The faculty leaders for this program are Mimi Schaub and David Baker
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- One academic recommendation
- Signature Documents
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
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