Poland - Witnessing Auschwitz: Representations of Holocaust

CENS 303D | 3 Credits

About the Program

This course is led by Bozena Karwowska, Faculty of Arts 

  • Dates: May 11, 2023 – June 22, 2023
  • Travel dates: May 11 – May 28, 2023
  • Format: In Person 
  • Locations visited: Oświęcim and Kraków, Poland. 
  • Funding: 70%-100% of program fees and flight costs will be covered for qualifying Arts students (Vancouver). Other participants will be eligible for the $1000 Go Global Award. We encourage students who are not eligible for the ARA funding to apply for the Global Pathfinder Award. See Program Fees and Costs for more details.
About the Course                                                                                                               

Auschwitz was a place in which several frequently conflicting agendas of the Nazi Germany intersected: it was an industrial compound, a concentration camp, a medical research site and a killing facility; it served to imprison, enslave, terrorize and kill. It is also a site of conflicted memories. As a memorial site, with archives and a research center, Auschwitz offers an unparalleled opportunity to study the Holocaust in ways that, in turn, foster academic skills and knowledge that can be applied to other genocides and various stories of violence. In this multi‐disciplinary inquiry, students will take up social responsibilities as researchers, drawing connections to territory and space of Auschwitz camp complex. Students will be encouraged to contextualize studying Auschwitz as a site of memory, history and testimony alongside histories of other genocides and current conflicts. 

Experience in the Field

Throughout this course, students will attend lectures, workshops, guided tours and participate in individual and group activities.  

Eligibility Requirements
General Global Seminar requirements
  • You must have at least a 70% average in your most recent Winter Session of full-time studies prior to application 
  • You need to be a UBC student in good standing (e.g., not be under academic or non-academic discipline) to participate in a Global Seminar 
  • You should have full-time student status (as defined by your faculty) in the year prior to your Global Seminar 
  • You must maintain 70% average prior to your Global Seminar departure 
  • You must have completed or intend to complete the necessary (or equivalent) pre-requisite courses prior to Global Seminar start date 
  • Unclassified students will be considered on a case-by-case basis 
  • You will need to be accepted by the Program Director leading the Global Seminar 
  • You must be in your third, fourth, or final year of study. If you plan to complete your second-year requirements by the end of April 2023, you are eligible to apply.
Program-specific requirements
  • This is an interdisciplinary program: All are welcome!
Program Fees and Costs
Approximate program fees: $2750.00 - $3250.00*

ARA funding will offset 70%-100% of the program fee + flight costs for Arts students from the Vancouver campus.  

*The final fee depends on the number of students in the seminar. Students do not pay the Go Global fee when applying to a Global Seminar. The Go Global fee is built into the Program Fee and is payable upon acceptance to the program. 

Funding: This is an Arts Research Abroad (ARA) funded program. The ARA program aims to ensure that upper-level international research courses are accessible to academically qualified students, and that scholarly preparation and aspiration rather than financial means are the deciding factors for student participation. Funded by a generous gift from donors, the Faculty of Arts, and Go Global, the ARA program sponsors advanced research-intensive courses involving international travel.  70% of the program cost will be offset for academically qualified students; and up to 100% of the cost may be offset for academically qualified students who demonstrate financial need (as determined by Enrolment Services).

Students are responsible for covering the costs of tuition, incidental travel costs, visa/passport fees, etc.

Students can only be considered for one major International Learning Award throughout their degree e.g. ARA (Arts Research Abroad) funded Global Seminars, Undergraduate Research Conference. 

Included in the program fee:  
  • Accommodation  
  • Program- related travel in-country; (e.g. buses, trains)  
  • Excursions and entrance fees  
  • Some group meals  
  • On-site guest lectures
Not Included in the program fee:  
  • Flights*  
  • UBC tuition for credits  
  • Visa/country entrance fees
  • Passport renewal  
  • Health or travel insurance  
  • Personal spending money*  

*Some examples of incidentals are: personal mobile communication, personal transportation that is not related to the learning outcomes of the program, additional meals that are not already identified as part of the Program Fee, immunizations, Visas, etc.  

Travel to Poland is a separate cost.  You are responsible for arranging your own travel. You should not book your flight until you are notified to book.


Students will be paired up and sharing relatively small dorm-style rooms.

Application Deadline 

Closed for 2023.

How to Apply 

Students apply through the Go Global Gateway. Go to “search experiences” from the top menu, search “GSP,” then press “apply search.” Scroll down to the program you wish to apply to and select Apply for “Summer” to initiate an application.

After the deadline, students’ applications will be reviewed by Go Global and the faculty program directors. You may be asked to participate in an interview as part of the selection process.

Global Seminars Refund Policy

To withdraw from your program, you must contact Go Global by email to request a withdrawal.  You will not be charged until you officially accept your spot in the program.  Refunds cannot be issued after the program fee is charged to your SSC account. 

In the case of withdrawal, Go Global Award funding must be returned in full.

If you have questions, please connect with your Go Global advisor or email Go Global at go.global@ubc.ca.

Student Safety Abroad and Pre-Departure Policy

UBC is committed to preparing students for safe and successful international experiences. In order to achieve this, any student participating in a Go Global Program must complete the following:

All UBC Student Safety Abroad requirements

Go Global Program-specific pre-departure requirements 

Per the recommendations of the Canadian government and the Ecuadorian government requirements, students must have a yellow fever vaccination to participate in this trip. Students will be required to provide official vaccination proof by March 31st, prior to travel.

Failure to successfully complete these and any other requirements may result in withdrawal from the Go Global Program.

We encourage you to read the Global Affairs Canada travel report for your destination country before applying: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories.

Global Seminars and COVID-19

Students and faculty are required to comply with the entry requirements of the host country, regulations of transportation carriers, and any local public health orders in the destination. These rules may require COVID-19 vaccination for entry or to participate in certain program activities, testing requirements, masking requirements, and/or isolation in case of infection. Alternatively, where isolation due to infection is not required by local health authorities and students are sharing accommodations isolation may be a challenge. We encourage you to review local requirements before applying and before departure. Check out the Global Affairs Canada Advisory (https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories) under Entry Requirements for your Global Seminar destination to learn more.  Keep in mind that program conditions can vary and these rules can change before or during your trip.

Once it becomes closer to the departure date, the group will be informed of all updated local requirements and COVID-19 safety plans for the Global Seminar.


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