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*WKU Faculty Led: Czech Republic & Central Europe
Budapest, Hungary; Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic; Krakow, Poland; Olomouc, Czech Republic; Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; Wroclaw, Poland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Cost: Summer
Program Dates:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Number of Credits:
3, 6
Credit Type:
WKU Credit
Field of Study:
Minimum GPA:
Program Catagory: WKU Faculty Led
Faculty Leader:
Greunke, Erin, Murphy, Roger
Colonnade Credit: No Class Eligibility: 1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate
Program Description:
This study abroad program has been in operation for nearly twenty years. The relatively small states of Central Europe have often been neglected as an area of study due to their position between the larger powers to the west (Britain, France & Germany) and the east (Russia).  Indeed, this lack of knowledge was recognized by Shakespeare in The Winter’s Tale where Antigonus remarks “thou art perfect then our ship hath touched upon the deserts of Bohemia.”  Of more serious consequences, British Prime Minister Chamberlain signed the notorious Munich agreement with Hitler in 1938, refusing to contemplate a war to help “a faraway country inhabited by quarreling peoples of whom we know nothing.”  For many Czech and Poles in particular, their history is viewed as a series of tragic interventions from both the east and the west.  Central Europe has indeed been the location for struggles between the great powers.  The ambitions of Napoleon reached their height after the battle of Austerlitz (only one hour south of Olomouc), the rise of Prussia, wars against the Turks, the horrors of two world wars and the Cold War all left their mark on the region.  However, the people of Central Europe also made their own contributions to European history.  The religious struggles of the Hussite Wars and the Thirty Years War both began in Prague and the national awakening of the 19th Century would change the map of Europe forever.
FLSA MurphyStudents will have the opportunity to examine the rich history, culture and politics of Central Europe in this program.  The site visits are chosen to take advantage of the outstanding museums, galleries and other locations to explain the struggles over national, religious and political identity that have shaped the region.  Using the ‘city as text’ approach, students will explore the rich architectural heritage and visit nearly a dozen UNESCO World Heritage sites.  In addition, Central Europe, despite the image of ‘grey 20th Century communism’ is a region of outstanding natural beauty and two field trips are offered to students to take advantage of this.

Political science, history and geography
Through WKU:
PS 460- Central European Politics
GEOG 452- Geoscience Field Experience*
  • *This course fits into Connections level of the Colonnade Program under category B Local to Global

Through Kentucky Community & Technical College:
HIST 299- Central Europe: Empire, Religion, and Ideology
GEO 152- Regional Geography of the World**
  • **When Transferred to WKU, this course meets the requirements for the Exploration level of the Colonnade Program under 2 Social and Behavioral Studies.
Program Leaders

Dr. Roger Murphy -
  • Associate Professor of Political Science and Coordinator for the International Affair Major is a native of the United Kingdom and has participated in over twenty study abroad programs, fourteen of them to the Czech Republic.  He teaches and publishes on European politics.
Erin Greunke-


Olomouc, Czech Republic is the former capital of Moravia and has a population of @102,000.  The group will stay at the Hotel Gol in the center of the city.
Prague, Czech Republic is the capital of the country with a population of 1.3 million.  The group will stay in the Little Town Hotel in Mala Strana less than a five minute walk from Charles Bridge.
Cesky Krumlov is in South Bohemia and has a population of 14,000.  The group will stay in a hotel only a couple of minutes’ walk from the historic town center.
Budapest, Hungary is the capital of the country with a population of 1.7 million.  The group will stay at the Marco Polo Hostel located in the heart of the Jewish quarter on the Pest side of the river.
Vienna, Austria is the capital of the country with a population of 1.7 million.  The group will stay in a hostel in the northern part of the city center.
Kraków, Poland is the former capital of the country with a population of 760,000.  The group will stay in a hotel in the Nowa Huta section of the city.
Wroclaw, Poland is the former capital of Silesia with a population of 630,000.  The group will stay in a hotel five minutes’ walk from the city center.

FLSA Murphy Krakow  FLSA Murphy Wroclaw

  • Students must be in good academic standing
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required
  • Students from outside of WKU or KCTCS may register as visiting students (dependent on the courses they are taking)
  • Students must be of 18 years of age or older at the time of departure (parent/guardian permission for anyone under 18 at time of departure)
  • Students must possess a valid passport for at least six (6) months after the return date of the program [students with passports NOT from the USA or Europe may require a visa.  It is the student’s responsibility to complete the necessary paperwork and pay for the visa]
  • Students must be free of active disciplinary sanctions from their home institution
  • Students must complete all pre-departure orientations
  • Students must fill out all the necessary paperwork for Owensboro Sister Cities and SAGL
  • Full payment is required prior to departure
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