Image of large wall painted to depict many types of houses in red, yellow, green and white, with a sign titled, terravita, a woman looking out a window, an trumpet player with a top hat on a roof, a knight with a shield on a horse with title, srodka 1231 civitas, and baker looking out a doorway

Spring Break 2019

Invisible Groups in a New Poland
(SASS 375C/575)  

3 credits

In a post-Communist world, how does Poland address the issues affecting its most vulnerable citizens? What is modern Polish society’s response to social welfare, and where does the funding come from? Discover how Poland’s recent political and economic transformations impact its public and private social welfare system working to tackle poverty, homelessness, aging and mental health disorders.

In cooperation with the Institute of Sociology at the University of Poznan, engage with university students, government officials, practicing social workers and some of Poland’s most prominent scholars. In addition to guided tours of nonprofit organizations, students can enhance their resumes by participating in an international symposium at the end of the course.

Studying abroad with the Mandel School gave me the unique opportunity to connect with students and faculty outside of the classroom. The faculty’s passion for the course and their network of colleagues made the experience unlike any other trip I have ever been on. The relationships that resulted from this trip are ones to last a lifetime.
—Emily Davis, social work student, Poland 2018

Image of sixteen students standing and crouching around a metal sculpture of two goats fighting, displayed on a city street paved with white-grey stones, with a white building and one bare tree in the background

In-Country Dates

March 10 to 16, 2019
Lodging covered March 9 to 17

Pre & Post-Trip Saturday Seminars

  • January 26, 2019
  • February 23, 2019
  • March 30, 2019

Program Fee

$2,095, includes accommodations, in-country transportation, all group meals, workshops, agency visits, guest lectures and medical insurance abroad.

Airfare, two meals, personal spending money, vaccinations, visa fees (if applicable) and passport fees (if applicable) are not included in the program fee. Program fees are separate from tuition charges.

Meet the course leader, Dr. Kathleen Farkas

Meet the course leader, Dr. Richard Romaniuk