The Auschwitz Jewish Center offers programs for students from around the world. Students from the US may participate in the American Service Academies Program for future military officers, the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program for graduate students, the Human Rights Summer Program, and the Program for Students Abroad. The Center offers award-winning initiatives for Polish students and teachers, programs for Polish and European law enforcement, and public programs for visitors.
Learn more about these programs and find relevant application information below.
The American Service Academies Program is a 16-day educational initiative in Poland created by the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation (AJCF) for a select group of cadets and midshipmen from the academies for the U.S. Military, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
Focusing on the Holocaust and related contemporary moral and ethical considerations, this in situ program provides an authentic learning experience for future military officers that extends beyond what they are taught in the classrooms of their respective academies. The poignancy of the setting not only educates them about the past, but also stimulates dialogue about history’s relationship to the present and the future. Within this framework, the Academy students are challenged to understand what can happen in the absence of open and democratic governing institutions—when evil is given free reign, when fear overpowers ethics, and when democratic ideals are not defended.
The program begins in the US, where the cadets and midshipmen learn about Jewish life, the Holocaust, and modern genocide from scholars, survivors, and exhibitions at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City.
Throughout their time in Poland, the cadets and midshipmen tour sites of Jewish heritage, visit museums and memorials, meet with a Polish Righteous among the Nations (rescuer), hear lectures on Holocaust history, and visit the sites of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Upon their return to the States, participants complete reflection essays and work within their school communities to teach about their experiences and the importance of Holocaust remembrance and ethical leadership.
Selected reflection pieces from the ASAP and other AJC education programs are published in our annual journal Reflections.
For more information, including application questions, please contact AJC@mjhnyc.org.
The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program is a three-and-a-half-week advanced study trip for students who are matriculated in graduate programs or are completing undergraduate degrees in 2022 in Holocaust studies and related fields. The Fellowship offers Faculty Fellowships for faculty who teach the Holocaust in any discipline but have not made its history their primary area of study.
It is the goal of the Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program that Fellows gain not only knowledge of the Holocaust sites they visit, but also an understanding of the legacy of the Holocaust in Poland, its effects on collective memory, and complexities surrounding such categories as victim, bystander, and perpetrator.
After a brief orientation in New York City, the Fellows travel in Poland for three weeks, during which time they visit Kraków, Warsaw, Łódź, Treblinka, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz). The Fellows travel to small towns in the regions surrounding Warsaw and Kraków, as well as through south-eastern Poland, to explore the area’s rich Jewish heritage and meet with local leaders to learn about pre-war Jewish life, life under the Nazi occupation and Communism, and the state of Jewish communities and memory in Poland today.
In Oświęcim, the Fellows attend an intensive program at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum where they tour the camps, study the history of Jewish, Roma, and Polish inmates, and take part in workshops with Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum staff on the collections and education departments. While in Oswiecim, the Fellows have the opportunity to meet European students and observe educational workshops at the Auschwitz Jewish Center.
Upon returning home, each Fellow will write an essay reflecting on his or her experience. Selected essays will be published in the Center’s annual journal Reflections.
To apply for the 2022 Fellows program, please complete the online application by January 18, 2022.
Please contact AJC@mjhnyc.org with any questions.
The Fellowship will offer Faculty Fellowships in 2022. These Fellowships will be for faculty who teach the Holocaust in any discipline but have not made its history their primary area of study. The Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellows Program – Faculty Fellowship is open to professors of all faiths.
Apply here for the 2022 Faculty Fellows Program. Applications are due February 8, 2022.
The cost of the program is $5,000 per person, which includes all hotel rooms in single accommodations, meals in New York, materials, international airfare, internal travel in Poland, and entrance fees. The majority of meals in Poland are not included in the syllabus and are not provided. Past Faculty Fellows have funded their participation through university and department grants and travel funding. If you’d like to speak with previous Faculty Fellows, please email your request to AJC@mjhnyc.org.
The Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad was established in 2010 as long-weekend programs in Kraków open to students of all backgrounds. The program, which includes a scholarly visit to Oświęcim/Auschwitz, provides an academic environment through which participants engage intensively with the history of the Holocaust and Jewish life in Poland.
The program takes place during fall and spring semesters and is facilitated by American and Polish staff of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, under the auspices of the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York. During the program, meals, accommodation, entrance fees, and transportation are provided and included in the $400 program fee.
I am honored to have been a part of the Program for Students Abroad. It was a great mix of tours, history, present culture, and important education. I absolutely recommend this program.”
—PSA Participant, 2011
College and graduate students of all religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and majors are eligible to apply online. All programs begin Thursday evening and end Sunday evening. Housing is available Sunday evening upon request. Participants are responsible for arranging individual transportation to and from Kraków.
We are not offering this program this semester.
Please contact AJC staff at AJC@mjhnyc.org with questions.
From Auschwitz to Human Rights (FAHR) Program is an eight-day intensive program for students and young professionals, using Poland as a case study to examine broader human rights issues. Poland’s dynamic history makes it a unique location to study historic and contemporary human rights issues—from the Holocaust to the modern refugee crisis.
FAHR uses Polish-Jewish relations as a background case study, allowing participants to examine activism and social change locally through experienced histories, individuals, and institutions. The program’s approach addresses broad concepts in the human rights field by focusing on historical and contemporary Poland, which offers lessons that can be applied globally.
During the program, meals, accommodation, entrance fees, lectures, materials, and transportation are included in the $1,199 program fee.
The online application will be available in the fall.
For more information, please contact AJC@mjhnyc.org.
The Auschwitz Jewish Center is pleased to offer customized programs year-round in Poland for academic and private groups of all sizes. The AJC will build a program tailored to meet your needs and goals. Our staff are available to make logistical arrangements, accompany your group throughout the experience, guide tours, give lectures, and facilitate educational discussions and reflection. Staff bios are available upon request.
“The program did so much more than meet my expectations. I went into this program viewing it as an academic exercise of critical analysis, which in some ways it was. However, I also had a powerful experience that changed the way I view many different aspects of not only my studies, but my own life. The support offered by the program staff, as well as classmates created an environment that made this experience possible.”
—Customized Program Participant, Macalester College, 2013
Many customized programs use our “Program for Students Abroad” syllabus as a model. View a sample syllabus for this Krakow and Oświęcim based program. We can also create programs for your group in other Polish cities and of different lengths, and can coordinate arrangements including, but not limited to:
- Hotel accommodations
- Ground transportation
- Testimony and lectures with academics from local universities
- Academic components: pre-trip reading, discussion outline, and guidance throughout trip
For more information, please contact AJC@mjhnyc.org.
Educators, families, and students can add another layer of significance to one of the most important days in a Jewish child’s life. The AJC B’nai Mitzvah Program invites Bar and Bat Mitzvah students to share their simcha with a child from Oświęcim (the town the Germans called Auschwitz) who perished in the Holocaust or who was unable to commemorate this milestone because of the war. Bar or Bat Mitzvah students will receive curriculum kits with background information about a child and his or her life before the war, as well as questions and activities designed to help students to reflect on Jewish life, the Holocaust, and the milestone they are reaching in their own lives.
For more information, contact AJC@mjhnyc.org.