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  • Locations: Krakow, Poland; Lublin, Poland; Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: January Term
  • Restrictions: St. Thomas applicants only
  • Program Cost: January Term
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Final Application Deadline Decision Timeline Start Date End Date
January Term 2021 10/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 01/06/2021 01/27/2021

** 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: 1 - First Year, 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior, 5 - Graduate
Subject Areas: Catholic Studies, Philosophy Language Prerequisite: None
Program Sponsor: UST
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 Zamosc, Częstochowa, Cracow, Auschwitz, Warsaw, Wielicka, Tatras Mountains
  • Faculty Directors: Dr. Paul J. Wojda 
  • Prerequisites: THEO101
  • Fulfills: 3rd 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
January 6, 2021               Depart Twin Cities (MSP) 
January 27, 2021             Departure Poland, Return to Twin Cities                                
Please check back soon for the J-Term 2021 final program costs. 
Total Cost Includes: Tuition, transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations and some meals.
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 some 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: April 10, 2020 
Final Application Deadline: October 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:

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