Passport to Global Citizenship Program:
Eastern Europe - Its Tumultuous Past and Ongoing Transformation


This is a non-credit cultural enrichment program.




There are no scholarships available for this non-credit program.

The Passport to Global Citizenship program offers CCSU students the opportunity to participate in a non-credit international experience.  The program is designed to introduce students to various international cultures, while strengthening career goals and promoting self-confidence.  The program reinforces the University's commitment to international education by providing all students with the opportunity to have an enriching international experience.

Poland and the Czech Republic are the destination for this program which will focus on the richness of the multicultural communities of these two Eastern European nations.  Students will visit the cities, monuments, and institutions that evoke the complexity and richness of the past, as well as the modern cultural revival happening in Krakow, Poland and Prague, Czech Republic today.

The program will start in Krakow, an ancient city with a tumultuous history and a rich political tradition. Today it is a city of stunning architecture, a cultural hub of European tourism and an example of the revival of Jewish culture. Students will visit Krakow’s magnificent Royal Castle, one of the oldest European universities that surrounds the colorful Market Square. Students will also visit Kazimierz, the Jewish section of Krakow, where many of the original buildings are preserved. This visit will include a restored XIV century synagogue, lunch in a kosher restaurant, and a visit to Schindler’s famous factory.

Through the picturesque Tatra Mountains the group will continue on to Prague, capitol of the Czech Republic. Prague, known as a “City of Hundred Spires”, is very well preserved with its beautiful architecture, which was not destroyed during WWII.  Students will visit the most popular tourist attraction, home to Czech kings, Roman Emperors and presidents, the Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. Students will visits many historical sites, including a walk across Vltava River via the Charles Bridge and a chance to contemplate the passage of time at the Astronomical Clock, built in 1338, located in the Old Town Square. Prague is also a witness to the blossoming of Jewish culture as well as to the tragedy of the Holocaust. Students will visit the old Jewish Quarter, with an Old-New Synagogue, the Jewish Museum and the XV century Old Jewish Cemetery.

Upon completion of this program, students will have visited two cities in two countries that are close geographically, but are brought even closer by their shared history. Students will gain appreciation for the cultural richness and diversity of Eastern Europe, its tumultuous past, and ongoing transformation. 


Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, double- or triple-occupancy accommodations, some meals, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.   

Registration Form

Registration Deadline:

December 1, 2013


$1,295 per person for matriculated CCSU students; $2,895 per person for all others

Travel Dates

March 14 - 22, 2014

Program Directors

Prof. Stan Kurkovsky
Computer Science Department
(860) 832-2720

Ms. Renata Vickrey
Polish Archives, Elihu Burritt Library
(860) 832-2085


Program Sponsorship

This program has been made possible by the generous support of the Tadeusz Sendzimir Fund at the Connecticut Community Foundation.

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