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  • Locations: Lublin, Poland
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 06/01/2020 06/26/2020
NOTE: Priority Deadline: October 10, 2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be contacted shortly after all application materials are completed.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Graduate
Subject Areas: Catholic Studies, Philosophy Language Prerequisite: None
Language Courses Offered: Polish
Program Description:


THEO490 SU20 Brochure Photo
Program Highlights
  • Study in the historic city of Lublin, Poland, at the Catholic University where John Paul II once taught; experience the history, culture, and politics of John Paul II’s native land
  • Site visits to Majdanek, Zamosc (photo); Częstochowa, Cracow, Auschwitz, Wadowice, Warsaw, Wielicka (Salt Mines), Tatras Mountains
  • Faculty Directors: Dr. Paul J. Wojda (THEO) 
  • Prerequisites: For UST Students, THEO101; For non-UST students, one course in theology or religion preferred.
  • Fulfills: 3d course requirement in Faith and the Catholic Tradition; elective for PHIL majors; elective for CATH majors
Academic Overview
Course Description
John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła) was the first Slavic Pope in the history of the Catholic Church and the first non-Italian to occupy that office in more than 450 years. His long pontificate (1978-2005) witnessed profound changes within the Catholic Church, global Christianity, and world affairs (e.g., the collapse of the Soviet Union), in all of which this son of Poland played an important if not decisive role. This course will examine the origins, development, and legacy of Wojtyła’s thought in the contexts of the history, culture, and politics of his native Poland. Students will attend lectures at the Catholic University of Lublin (where Wojtyła taught), delivered by that university’s faculty (in some cases, people who knew and worked with Wojtyła). In addition to visits to sites in and around Lublin, there will be excursions to Cracow (where John Paul II served as Archbishop), Częstochowa, and Wadowice (his birthplace).
Program Structure
In Lublin: students will attend two or three lectures each morning, along with a 30 minute Polish language lesson. Afternoons will be devoted to site-visits. Weekends will be largely free of events. In Cracow and Warsaw: multiple site visits in the morning and afternoon. Evenings will be free.
20%       Reflection papers (2 @ 10%)
10%       Poetry oral recitation
30%       Final Paper
20%       Final examination
20%       Participation (including language study)
Location and Tentative Dates
May 31                Depart MSP
June 1                 Arrive Lublin
June 2-11            Lublin
June 12-13         Częstochowa/Auschwitz
June 13-17         Kraków, Wadowice, Zakopane
June  18-23        Lublin
June 24-26         Warsaw
June 26              Departure/Return to Twin Cities                                
To be announced soon by The Office of Study Abroad. Course is pending final approval from the College of Arts and Sciences. 
Housing and Meals
Students as well as faculty directors will live in a modern hotel next door to the Catholic University of Lublin. A continental breakfast will be available in the hotel restaurant each morning. On most days we will have a mid-day meal provided for us in the University cafeteria. On most days students will be free to eat dinner on their own (and at their own expense).
Priority Application Deadline: October 10,2019
Final Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Financial Aid/Scholarships
Refer to our Scholarships webpage for details on available scholarships. Review Short-Term Off-Campus Policies and Procedures for additional financial aid information. To verify and confirm all awards, meet with a Financial Aid Counselor.
For more information
On course content, contact: Paul J. Wojda at
On application procedures or logistical information, contact:
Office of Study Abroad | University of St. Thomas
Murray-Herrick 212 | 651.962.6450 | |