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May 18 - June 15, 2014
The Poland program is sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and is designed for students interested in biotechnology or pre-med. In Poznan, students will utilize the city and surrounding area to explore science, history, and culture. The program will be housed at University of Life Science (ULS) and Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) and students will have the unique opportunity to interact with local English-speaking Polish university students. ULS and AMU are one of the largest academic centers in Poland with over 2,500 faculty members and about 50,000 students. The classes, excursions, and field trips offered will encourage the students to learn more about this new member of the European community but the oldest country and culture in Europe.
For program cost information, see the above Summer Budget Sheet.
Studies begin in Poznan, one of the most interesting Polish cities. Poznan lies on the Warta River in west-central Poland. It is a major cultural and literary center, with several institutions of higher education, scientific organizations, opera and dance centers, and a number of theaters. Beginning as a fortified village in the 10th century, Poznan became the capital of Poland and the residence of the first two Polish kings. The program includes trips to Museums, the Zoo, Arboretum, and Opera in Poznan.
Students then travel to Krakow, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. For centuries Polish kings and queens resided there before the capital was moved to Warsaw. Today the city prides itself on being the center of Polish culture. Students then travel to the picturesque country site of Mszczonow, outside of Warsaw. Students end the program with historic and cultural tours in Warsaw.
Students must take at least one out of three available courses:
ALS 495 Agriculture in the History of Poland (3 CH) Students will learn the economic, political and social factors impelling East Central European nations with special emphasis on Poland. The course will cover both agricultural and political aspects. This course fulfills the (GE) BCH 220: Ethics in Biotechnology requirement. Professor: Alvin "Mark" Fountain, NC State
BIT 466 Animal Cell Culture Techniques (2 CH) Students will acquire the necessary practical skills for the isolations of animals cells for in vitro studies, maintenance of animal cells in vitro, manipulations of animal cells in vitro and application of molecular techniques to in vitro situations. Professor: Paul Mozdziak, NC State
BCH 220 Biotechnology and Society (3 CH) This course is an introductory science course that takes a semi-technical look at the emerging role of biotechnology in human society. We will briefly discuss the ability to understand how biotechnology works and how we can critically asses the societal value of the biochemistry/science. Professor: Hanna Gracz, NC State
Students will be housed in small single or double rooms with private baths on campus. It is an easy 10 minute walk to the lecture room and there is a regular cable car service into downtown Poznan. On excursions, students will stay in dormitories. Students are responsible for their own meals during the program, but optional arrangements can be made for very reasonably priced meals at the university cafeteria.
Excursions & Events
The end of the program will include a week of travel to Kracow and Warsaw. Krakow, Poland's fourth largest city whose city center has been preserved since medieval times. Here students will visit Rynek-Market Square, Aushwitz (neighboring concentration camp), and Wawel Castle. Warsaw is the town where Fryderyk Chopin spent his childhood and early adult years and where students can visit Belvedere Palace. Students will also visit the Wilanow Museum Palace and other sites of interest.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. Students from other institutions should contact their home institution study abroad and financial aid offices for information. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship through the Study Abroad Office.
The Poznan program is led by NC State faculty Hanna Gracz and Paul Mozdziak from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
For further information contact:
Paul Mozdziak - Faculty Director
NC State, Campus Box 7608
Raleigh, NC 27695-7622
Phone: (919) 515-5544
Hanna Gracz - Assistant Director
NC State, Campus Box 7622
Raleigh, NC 27695-7622
Phone: (919) 515-8907