Jewish boy, woman and child

Arts study abroad program


Into that Darkness: Poland, WWII, and the Holocaust

  • Dates:
    • May 6-17 in Waterloo
    • May 18 to June 1 in Poland
  • Instructor: Dr. Eva Plach (
  • Locations to visit: 
    • Auschwitz and Birkenau
    • Oskar Schindler's factory
    • Krakow's Old Jewish Quarter
    • Treblinka death camp
    • Warsaw ghetto
    • POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews
    • Lublin and the death camp at Belzec

Applications are due no later than noon on Wednesday October 17, 2018.

Please leave application materials in Dr. Plach’s mailbox on the fourth floor of DAWB (across from the Political Science main office) or drop off the application in person at DAWB 4-136.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Must be in year 2, 3 or 4 at the start of the fall 2018 term and must be eligible to take a 200- or 300-level Arts course. Students from both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses are eligible. Students from faculties other than Arts are eligible.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 7.0. Contact Dr. Plach if your GPA is below 7.0.

Application must include:

  • An (unofficial) copy of transcript.
  • A brief resume or CV which outlines personal and professional (academic) achievements. Also include co-curricular activities, if relevant (e.g. volunteer experiences, community engagement). 
  • A one-page statement which outlines reasons for wishing to participate in this program and addresses how this particular learning experience fits into broader academic, personal and professional plans. 
  • Two letters of reference.  Letters can come from current or past Laurier instructors (TAs are not eligible to write letters of reference for this program) or from employers/supervisors, coaches etc. Reference letters should address the student’s current and/or past academic performance and/or general professionalism. Referees may simply email their letters to  on or before Wed. Oct. 17th. Remember to give referees a week or two to prepare their comments. 

Join the Information Sessions

Learn more about the 2019 history travel course, how to apply and travel subsidies at one of the information sessions:

  • Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 from noon to 1:20 p.m.
    • Location: ARTS 1C18
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 from 4 to 5:20 p.m.
    • Location: ARTS 1C17