CHAPS Abroad: Prague and Krakow, June 5-July 15 2013

Open to: Graduate students and junior/senior undergraduate students, or by permission of Director.

The program is composed of two three-credit units, for a total of six credits.

(1) Prague & Krakow: Core Course-Preserving the Past for the Future (3 credits-45 contact hours)

(2) Prague & Krakow: Internship Project (3 credits) or International Service Learning Project (3 credits)

Offered by Rutgers’ Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies ( in collaboration with the Dartmore Institute (, the program is divided equally between the historic cities of Prague (Czech Republic), and Krakow (Poland), whose historic urban centers are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Both are also known for their vibrant student life, with activities centered on the universities and a lively café and club culture.

Led by a resident professor and experts in the fields of heritage preservation, art, and history, the program emphasizes interaction with heritage practitioners, theorists, and cultural institutions in both cities, and provides hands-on involvement in the practice of heritage conservation, a fast growing interdisciplinary field that offers an increasing number of career opportunities. Field trips are integrated into all aspects of the curriculum and emphasize personal encounters with the region’s past and present cultures. 

“PRESERVING THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE” explores the conservation of cultural heritage within the context of modern urban development and contemporary attitudes.  Using Prague and Krakow as our laboratories, we will examine the impact of this rich architectural and artistic heritage on urban planning and the evolution of the modern Central European city. How have modern theories and practices in heritage preservation shaped strategies of urban development?  How have Prague’s and Krakow’s material remains from diverse cultures and various periods been integrated or displaced within the modern fabric of the city? How are international, national, European, and local preservation forces shaping the cities and their perception and presentation of the past?

INTERNSHIPS AND ISL PROJECTS will take place in a variety of cultural institutions in Prague and Krakow such as the Institute for Historic Preservation in Prague, Jagiellonian University, the Citizens Committee for Restoration of Krakow’s Monuments, the Galicia Jewish Museum, the Jewish Community Center, and Massolit Bookshop. The aim of internships is to offer first-hand experience of how professionals in cultural heritage preservation approach their challenges and objectives. Service Learning projects will focus on direct interaction with community service projects in heritage preservation.

FIELD TRIPS will  include Oswiecim (the site of Auschwitz-Birkenau), Wieliczka and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, completely different places but all designated as the UNESCO World Heritage sites, as well as Nowa Huta (part of the city of Krakow) to compare the development of the old Krakow with its post war communist social, industrial and political construction. Additional visits to other sites in both Czech Republic and Poland will provide a broader perspective of European heritage through comparative cultural and historical case studies.

HOUSING. Students will be housed in the Hotel Olga, adjacent to the Dartmore Institute in Prague and at the Oberza Sasiadow in Krakow, where a member of the Dsartmore faculty will also be in residence.


PRAGUE is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Built between the 11th and 18th centuries, it admirably illustrates the process of continuous urban growth from the Middle Ages to the present day. The richness of its political, economic, and cultural traditions meant that it served as a major model for urban development for central and eastern Europe. Home to a strong Jewish community for more than 1000 years, it served as a capital to one of the most prominent Jewish communities in Europe. Its Jewish Museum houses one of the most extensive collections of Judaic art in the world, and oversees its historic synagogues and Old Jewish Cemetery. The Prague Center for Jewish Studies, launched in 2012 by Charles University, serves as an interdisciplinary platform for teaching and research of Jewish culture.

KRAKOW is an outstanding example of medieval urban planning and architecture, and for many centuries was the royal capital of Poland. Its 10 acre “Market Square”, the largest of all of Europe’s medieval cities, has been the hub of city life since the 13th century, and is arguably one of the world’s most beautiful plazas. The university quarter is the oldest in Poland and among the oldest in Europe. The former Jewish district of Kazimierz, founded in the 14th century, became a wealthy, well-populated area with many renaissance buildings and picturesque streets. The district hosts a large Jewish Culture Festival ever year, and is home to many of the city’s synagogues, as well as the Old Synagogue Museum and the Galicia Jewish Museum. Nearby, in Podgorze, Oskar Schindler’s Factory, made famous in the movie Schindler’s List, is now a museum honoring Schindler and his work.



Hotel Olga, Janovskeho 50, Praha 7, Czech Republic

Tel.: (+420) 220 878 020



Oberza Sasiadow, ul. Miodowa 25, Krakow, Poland

Tel.: (+48) 126 333 444


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