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International Business and Trade Summer Law Program Kraków, Poland, The Cathlic Univerisity of America


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20th Annual Summer Law Program

Our twentieth joint venture with the Jagiellonian University in Cracow will take place over a six-week period this summer beginning in mid-June. Students will receive intensive training in the global aspects of modern trade, comparative perspectives of regulated industries and antitrust laws in the U.S. and the European Union, international business transactions, and other substantive areas of law. Classes will be conducted in English at the 14th century Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. Unlike most summer abroad programs, a number of English-speaking law students from Polish universities will also participate. The Polish and American students will attend classes together, live together and participate in all co-curricular activities together. This cross-cultural aspect of the Cracow program is unique and has resulted in many lasting friendships and business contacts.


Market Square, KrakowCracow is an ancient royal city famous for its architectural beauty and cultural heritage, and was almost entirely spared the destruction wrought upon many urban cities of Europe during World War II. The city center is the “Rynek Glowny” or Market Square, which at ten acres is by far the largest city plaza in Europe. Avenues teeming with cafes, clubs, restaurants, antique shops and endless curiosities to be discovered and explored surround the square. As a city on UNESCO’s World Natural and Cultural Heritage list, Cracow is a vibrant masterpiece of Europe whose heritage ranks it among the other great artistic and cultural complexes of highest value in Europe.

The Jagiellonian University was founded in the 14th century and is one of Europe’s most prestigious universities. It counts among its distinguished alumni the renaissance scientist Nicholas Copernicus. The university’s law faculty is regarded as one of the finest in Central Europe. It also hosts numerous international conferences every year and was recently honored with a visit from another Jagiellonian alumnus, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II.

With more than 22,000 students attending the Jagiellonian University, Cracow is in many ways, the quintessential college town. During the summer, many students can be found at the university taking classes and working around the city. June and July are the busiest months in Cracow for cultural and music festivals, including historic and traditional religious celebrations, month-long jazz and opera festivals and numerous other theatrical and musical events happening almost daily in the market square.


Admission is open to any law student in good academic standing at his or her law school who has completed the first year of full-time or part-time study.

This program has been authorized by the Accreditation Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education.  However, each applicant’s school still has the discretion whether to accept the transfer of summer credits.

Applicants who are interested in using the summer credit to accelerate graduation should check with their Registrar’s Office to determine whether this summer program meets residency requirements.  It is unlikely that the credits in a foreign summer program can be used to accelerate graduation.


The Summer Law Program in Cracow—HIGHLIGHTS

Experience first-hand a country in transition

  • Poland is an emerging free market economy and European leader. Poland is assuming a pivotal role in the expanding democracies of Europe.
  • Cracow is a rich example of a city whose politics, society and legal systems are rapidly changing.
  • Receive practical and theoretical training in global aspects of modern trade, comparative commercial law and European legal history, and other substantive areas of law.
  • Interact with the best Polish law students and with American students from diverse schools and backgrounds.
  • Join more than 600 well-trained and educated alumni who are becoming future leaders of democratic Poland and the United States.
  • Create an international network of colleagues and resources through dialogue between faculty, program guests and lecturers and fellow students.
  • Obtain academic credit for courses in the Cracow Summer Law Program from The Catholic University of America, both fully accredited by the American Bar Association.
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2011 Summer Russian Language Teachers Program at Moscow State University, Deadline March 1

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities for the 2011 Summer Russian Language Teachers Program at Moscow State University. Between fifteen and twenty finalists will be selected to receive program funding from the U.S. Department of Education under the Fulbright-Hays Act. All program expenses (less an initial program deposit and domestic travel to and from Washington, D.C.) will be paid for these participants.

Applications for the Summer 2011 program are due March 1st. Interested applicants can find the online application here:

This is a six-week program in Russian language, culture, and foreign language pedagogy for teachers or teachers-in-training. Applicants must be either graduate students preparing for a career in Russian-language education or current teachers of Russian at the university, secondary school, or elementary school level. Applications from K-12 teachers of Russian are especially encouraged. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Fellowships typically provide:
*Full tuition for six weeks of study at Moscow State University;
*Housing in Moscow State dormitory;
*Roundtrip, international airfare from Washington, D.C. to Moscow;
*Pre-departure orientation in Washington. D.C.;
*Russian visa;
*Living stipend;
*Medical insurance; and
*Ten graduate hours of credit from Bryn Mawr College.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2011

An online application is available here:

For more information, contact:
Russian and Eurasian Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1828 L St, NW
Washington, DC 20036
Suite 1200

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Human Right courses at CEU Summer University in Budapest, Central European University, Deadline February 15

Human Rights Litigation Course (11-15 July, 2011) at the Central European University’s Summer University in Budapest
Course directors: Rupert Skilbeck, Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, USA and Zaza Namoradze, Open Society Justice Initiative, Budapest, Hungary

This course for human rights professionals will develop the skills and knowledge needed to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN Treaty bodies. Participants will be invited to provide information on concrete cases that they are involved in which will be discussed during the course.

The course includes modules that examine the steps involved in strategic litigation, such as case selection, client care, and forum choice, as well as the specific legal stages of admissibility, exhausting domestic remedies and preparing substantive arguments. Case studies will examine how to build a strong evidential record in support of the case, how to develop campaigning and advocacy to raise awareness of the issues involved, and how to implement a successful judgment.

Target group: The course invites applications from human rights activists, policy workers and litigators, with 3 years’ working experience, who are seeking to enforce the rights of the individual against the state. Some participants will have a legal background, and will be involved in bringing cases before the courts. Some will have a policy background, with an interest in seeking to persuade governments to effect reforms. Some may be professionals wishing to develop their skills in these new areas, but will bring experiences of other forms of human rights work. Participants from Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia will be particularly encouraged to attend.

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Contemporary Russia Program, American Councils for International Education ACTR/ACCELS, Deadline March 15

Contemporary Russia (CRU)

The American Councils Contemporary Russia Program offers both graduate and undergraduate students as well as working professionals an opportunity to study abroad in Russia and to gain new knowledge and competency in Russian area studies and Russian language. Contemporary Russia is the first American Councils program designed to serve participants at all levels of Russian-language proficiency, including those with no prior training in the language.

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Contemporary Russia provides twenty-two hours per week of in-class instruction in Russian economics, Russian politics, Russian culture, and Russian language. All content-based courses are taught in English by faculty of the State University: Higher School of Economics in Moscow, one of Russia’s most prestigious centers for the study of social sciences. Program participants receive ten hours per week of Russian language instruction geared toward their skill level (participants with no prior training in Russian will be provided elementary instruction, while those who have completed previous language courses will attend more advanced classes). Participants are registered for academic credit at Bryn Mawr College.

A full-time resident director oversees academic and cultural programs; assists participants in academic, administrative and personal matters; and coordinates activities with the host institution faculty. Participants live with Russian host families or in university dormitories. Other program features include weekly cultural excursions, peer tutors, and pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C.

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Two Programs at the National Yiddish Book Center

The National Yiddish Book Center is now accepting applications for two exciting educational programs: the Fellowship Program for recent college graduates and the Steiner Summer Program for undergraduates.

The Fellowship Program offers talented young college graduates who are passionate about Yiddish language and culture the opportunity to work at the Book Center for a year. As paid, full-time staff members, fellows provide content for existing programs and spearhead new ones, while continuing their education in Yiddish language, literature and culture. Applicants should have strong backgrounds in Jewish studies or related disciplines and a working knowledge of Yiddish. Application deadline: January 3, 2011. For more information, please visit

The Steiner Summer Program
offers matriculating college students a unique opportunity for a tuition-free, seven-week intensive course in Yiddish language and culture. Beginning and intermediate students will study original and adapted Yiddish texts, as well as the history, literature, culture and music of the Jews of central and Eastern Europe. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting program as of January 1, 2011. Application deadline: February 1, 2011. For more information, please visit

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