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*WKU Faculty Led: Czech Republic: Owensboro Sister Cities Summer Study Program
Budapest, Hungary; Krakow, Poland; Olomouc, Czech Republic; Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; Wroclaw, Poland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 04/06/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Number of Credits:
3, 6
Field of Study:
Minimum GPA:
Good Academic Standing with WKU
Faculty Leader:
Murphy, Roger, Schartung, John, Wilson, Pamela
Program Description:
This interdisciplinary study abroad program is designed for students interested in the political, historical, social and economic development of Central Europe.  Although states such as the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria and Slovakia are relatively small in terms of population and area they have been the setting for transformative events.  Central Europe had served as a front-line for imperial, religious, economic and ideological cleavages that have dominated European history.  Students also have the opportunity to take advantage of the special relationship that exists between Kentucky and the Czech Republic through the Owensboro-Olomouc Sister Cities partnership which provides special access and opportunity to interact with local officials, students and academics.

CoursesMurphy Program
  • PS 299 (WKU PS260): Comparative Politics through European Perspective
  • PS299/HIS299: Central Europe: Empire, Religion and Ideology
  • PS 460: Special Topics in Comparative Politics: Democratic Transitions
  • PSY230 Psychosocial Aspects of Death and Dying
  • ART299 Directed Studies in Drawing
  • ART299 Directed Studies in Digital Photography


Olomouc is the fifth largest city in the Czech Republic, the original capital of Moravia and, after Prague, the most important historical city in the country.  The city will serve as the base for the program of study and students will stay in the Hotel Gol.  During weekends there will be overnight visits to Budapest (Hungary) and Vienna (Austria).  Students will also stay overnight in Cesky Krumlov (Czech Republic), Wroclaw and Kraków (both Poland) and conclude the program will several nights in Prague.


  • 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
  • Full payment is required prior to departure
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