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UMAIE: Comparative Politics of Central Europe
Lublin, Poland; Minsk, Belarus; Vilnius, Lithuania (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: January Term
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Program Sponsor: UMAIE 
Program Cost January Term
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsor: UMAIE
Program Description:
comp politics europe
Program Highlights
  • Lectures and presentations in class and at various cultural site visits will enhance students' understanding and appreciation of the politics associated with European immigration
  • Visit sites within Poland, Belarus, and Lithuania
  • Prerequisites: POLS104 for POLS majors/minors, none for non-POLS majors
    Fulfills: 300-level POLS major/minor requirement, Legal Studies minor
Academic Overview
The concept of a “Central Europe,” seldom mentioned between 1945 and 1989, has resurfaced as the countries that lie between Germany and Russia have regained the possibility of shaping their own domestic policies and foreign relations. In this course we will study the directions taken by three countries — Poland, Lithuania, and Belarus. Poland and Lithuania have chosen democratic institutions, free markets, and membership in such European institutions as the EU and NATO. Belarus has taken an authoritarian turn in politics, maintained a quasi-socialist economy, and pursued what it describes as an “independent” foreign policy.
In this course, we will hear from a variety of speakers — academics, diplomats, newspaper editors, members of parliament — as we try to understand the distinctive features of each country. Topics will include the constitution, the structure of government, the electoral process, political parties, and foreign policy.

Required Readings
Various articles specially selected for this course.

25%    Attendance and class participation
45%    Three written papers at 15% each
30%    Final Oral Exam

Program Directors
Kenneth Kemp, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas (651) 962.5360,
Kathleen Winters, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas (651) 962.5724,

Dr. Kemp is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas. He teaches philosophy and has extensive experience in Central and Eastern Europe, particular in Poland. Dr. Kemp’s research interests and expertise include moral philosophy and the relation between science & religion. Dr. Kemp has a Master’s Degree in Slavic linguistics. His knowledge of the region in based on frequent visits, multiple study-abroad courses, and a semester on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Catholic University of Lublin.

Dr. Winters is an Assistant Professor is the Department of Political Science at the University of St. Thomas. She primarily teaches courses on US courts and constitutional law, but has interest in comparative constitutions and judicial institutions, as well. Dr. Winters focuses her research on US Supreme Court decision-making, with a particular interest in the extent to which the need to maintain legitimacy constrains justices’ decisions.

Click on the Budget Sheet link above for detailed cost information.
Total cost includes: Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, continental breakfast daily, twelve lunch and five dinners (subject to change).

Application Procedures & Deadlines
  • Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
  • Login using your UST username and password
  • Complete all application materials by the application deadline. Students are encouraged to apply during the priority enrollment period, April 1-10. Applications will be accepted after April 10 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1.
  • Download and read Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures.  You are responsible for reading, understanding, and abiding by its content.
Priority Application Deadline: April 10
Final Application Deadline: October 1

Financial Aid/Scholarships
To apply for January Term financial aid, submit a January Term financial aid application, available in early November, to the financial aid office. Additional aid in the form of scholarships may also be available from St. Thomas and some co-sponsoring organizations.  Refer to our Scholarships webpage for details.
Review the Short Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures guide for additional financial aid information. To verify and confirm all financial aid awards meet with a financial aid counselor.

For more information
on course content, contact the program director(s).
on application procedures or logistical information, contact Study Abroad.

Office of Study Abroad
On campus: MHC 212
2115 Summit Avenue
Mail 5026
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096 USA
Tel: 1.651.962.6450
Fax: 1.651.962.5199

This program is currently not accepting applications.