Semester Abroad in Poland
The Theater Department and the Dance Program have jointly developed a semester-abroad program for interested Swarthmore students based at the Silesian Dance Theatre (Slaski Teatr Tanca) in Bytom in conjunction with the Jagiellonian University of Krakow and other institutions in the vicinity. The program in Bytom is intended to provide participating students with a combination of foreign study with the experience of working in various capacities (dance performance, arts administration, scenography, etc.) within the environment of a professional dance theater company for credit. Participating students would be housed in Bytom and have the option of taking additional courses in Krakow. Intensive study of Polish while in the country will be required of all participating students. Students participating will be able to enroll for the equivalent of a full semester's credit (4 to 5 credits).
Theater majors and minors can also enroll in a semester of theater-related study conducted in English at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Students in comparative literature and modern languages and literatures are also welcome to contact Professor Kuharski about possible related programs of study at the Jagiellonian University. Intensive study of Polish is required of all participating students.
Students participating in the programs in both Bytom and Krakow will be able to enroll for the equivalent of a full semester's credit (4 to 5 credits). Beyond credits in theater, dance, and intensive Polish, a menu of possible tutorials is being developed in Polish literature and history, environmental studies, film, religion, Jewish and Holocaust studies, art history, and other fields. Participation in the Annual International Dance Conference and Performance Festival hosted by Silesian Dance Theatre in June and July is highly recommended and can be funded completely or in part by the College in many cases. Interested students should contact Professor Kuharski, co-director of the Semester Abroad Program, as early as possible for advising purposes and updated information on the status of the program. See course listings in both Theater and the Music and Dance departments for types of academic credit being offered.
Funding support (including travel) is available for intensive language study in Poland during the summer before the student's planned semester abroad. Interested students should contact Professor Kuharski for details.
A separate but parallel semester abroad option in Krakow is being offered through the Engineering and Environmental Studies departments. Interested students should contact Professor Arthur McGarity in the Engineering Department for details.
Semester Abroad in India
The Theater Department and the Dance Program are researching the possibility of a semester-abroad program in India in ways that would roughly parallel our existing programs in Poland and Ghana. Although the initiative remains in the planning stages, interested students are invited to discuss prospects for foreign study related to theater and dance in India with either Professor Mee in Theater or Professor Chakravorty in the Dance Program.