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Comparative Study Tour: Focus on Inclusive Policies, Practices, and Education Reforms In Poland

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Lublin, Kraków and Warsaw, Poland

The College of Education and Human Development, the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, and the College of Advancing and Professional Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, in collaboration with the John Paul II University in Lublin, Poland are pleased to announce the following study abroad program.

Program Highlights

  • Participate in a comparative professional issues seminar with students and faculty at the John Paul II University
  • Meet face-to-face with NGOs, researchers, and representatives of Polish education and social service systems
  • Daily briefings; network and develop professional connections
  • Guided tours of historic places in Poland:
    • Royal Castle, Chopin’s Warsaw, Museum of Polish Jews
    • Lublin and its Old Town
    • Kraków—the Wawel Castle, the Schindler Factory, and much more.
    • Visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the ancient salt mine of Wieliczka

Program Overview

Designed for educators, researchers, and professionals, this study tour will allow participants to translate their local knowledge to an international setting, Poland, through a comparative framework that focuses on disability policy and practice issues of inclusion. Participants will have the opportunity to observe the structure and delivery of education for children with disabilities and the supports provided for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Participants will observe a system undergoing rapid systems change as the country implements European Union standards. Through a joint seminar at John Paul II University, as well as site visits to schools and community-based services, participants will examine how Poland’s history, culture and context shaped the current approach to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We will meet with NGOs, researchers, and representatives of Polish education and social service systems for briefings on topics including but not limited to: historical and contemporary prevalence data, educational interventions and outcomes, health service structures, emerging strategies for long term care, and social welfare interventions and policies.

Daily briefings will provide many opportunities to share information, insights, and resources, and to network and develop professional connections with our Polish colleagues. In addition, enriching context will be provided through a number of cultural excursions that will explore Poland’s rich and complex history.

Academic Credit

Participants will earn 3 graduate credits in

  • EDC G 697 or GISD 697: Comparative Study Tour: Focus on Inclusive Policies, Practices, and Education Reforms In Poland

The course is also open to advanced undergraduates and working professionals with the permission of the instructor.

Faculty

Felicia L. Wilczenski, EdD, is Professor and Associate Dean in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston.


Schedule & Fee


Program runs:
March 12 - 20, 2016

Program fee:
$1,995

The program fee includes RT airfare, ground transportation, 24-hr tour guide assistance, program-related guided tours, excursions and entrance fees, 3 meals daily, 3-star hotel accommodations; emergency evacuation insurance. The fee does not include travel or medical insurance.

This study tour is supported in part through a seed grant received by Felicia Wilczenski from the Office of Global Programs at UMass Boston and through the generosity of private donor, Ms. Alice Chwal.

Important note: This fee assumes at least 20 participants. Fee is subject to a surcharge for fewer than 20 participants. In addition, the included RT airfare is subject to meeting enrollment quota deadlines (below) dictated by the airlines. If the group does not meet the enrollment quota by deadline, participants will have to purchase airfare individually, resulting in a higher total program cost.

The program fee will be split into two payments, one to the travel agency (ColibriBoston) and one to UMass Boston:

ColibriBoston: $1,750
UMass Boston: $245

Deadlines

December 1: $500 deposit
February 1: Full payment due

More Information


For application and further information, please contact:

Erika White
International Programs
College of Advancing and Professional Studies
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston MA 02125
Erika.White@umb.edu
t: 617.287.6995
fx: 617.287.7297

Early application is advised as enrollment is limited.

American citizens need a valid passport; no visa required.

Accepted applicants must participate in a pre-departure orientation by conference call or online, scheduled several weeks prior to departure.

For more academic information:

Felicia L. Wilczenski, EdD,
Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Development
School for Global Inclusion and Social Development
University of Massachusetts Boston
Felicia.Wilczenski@umb.edu