Lyon College Study Abroad Center

The third avenue of study abroad available to Lyon College students is to study at a particular foreign university or educational institution for a period of one month to one semester. At a study abroad center, some of the student’s classes will be taught by Lyon faculty and some may be taught by visiting professors from other universities or by host institution faculty.  Normally a study session at a center will allow students to earn a minimum of six credits.
Currently Lyon College has three study abroad centers:  the Vesuvian Institute in Southern Italy, the Daugavpils, Latvia, and the Centre for European Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Lyon College at the Mark Rothko Art Centre in Latvia

Lyon will offer a study abroad opportunity for students interested in art on location in Latvia in June of 2022. The program will focus on the art and the unique culture of Latvia with a partnership with the Mark Rothko Art Center in Daugavpils, Latvia. The Center’s website can be seen here. Art majors and students interested in art will be allowed the opportunity to interact with the rich cultural heritage in Latvia, a Baltic Country, that gained its independence as a former Soviet country in 1991. Students will have the opportunity to paint and study Baltic art history in an immersive and expressive environment. Students will stay in a former military citadel used during the early nineteenth century toward the end of the Napoleonic wars later converted into a Soviet era military base and now restored as an art museum and residency program. Classes will be offered on site at the Mark Rothko Art Center, where we will be inspired by the modern tradition of Color Field Abstraction that Rothko popularizes. 


Students are encouraged to have had the prerequisite of ART 101, ART 120, or ART 232 before traveling on the trip and can creatively and loosely approach the theme of color field painting gaining inspiration from Rothko’s work, where abstraction is the predominant subject matter but could also incorporate landscape and/ or figurative elements depending on the interests of the individual student. 

The art history course will center on the unique comprehension history of Lithuania, Estonia, and Latvia, as we navigate individualistic art movements of these countries from their very beginnings to the 20th through contemporary art. Topics will include Art Nouveau architecture (we will study first hand in the capital Riga), social realism during the Soviet era, revolutionary art in the liberation of Latvia first in the early twentieth century and again in the 1990’s. 


Here is a tentative list of the classes to be offered for Latvia art program:

ART 282: Special Topics: Painting Color Field

ART 382: Special Topics: Baltic Art History


Students will be expected to pay for meals (billed by Lyon College), optional excursions, and incidentals. The combined basic estimated cost for 2022 is approximately $2500 with most students being eligible for a $2000 grant based on the length of the program. The program will last four weeks and carry at least six credits, which should be covered by institutional and governmental financial for eligible students.

For cost of living information for the area, you are welcome to check out this site.

Lyon College Krakow Study Abroad Center

The Poland Study Abroad Program would involve a summer semester (approximately 31 days) of course
work and related excursions and visits to cultural, economic and academic sites in Poland. The program
would build off the two-week Nichols trip undertaken in Poland in Summer 2018 and would involve
cooperation with the Jagiellonian University’s Centre for European Studies. Ideally, one of the courses of
the program would be taught by Jagiellonian’s faculty (we had a very positive experience with Dr.
Joanna Orzechowska-Waclawska (Economics and Sociology) during the Nichols trip) and I hope that the
Centre can also assist us with lodging and classroom space for our students. The other two courses
(together with an extra credit hour for the cultural portion, the entire semester would be worth 10
credit hours) would be taught by Lyon Faculty, presumably myself and perhaps another faculty from
History or Politics.
The three courses are described below. In addition to the course taught by the Jagiellonian faculty
(ideally on the Economy of Eastern and Central Europe) the other courses would take advantage of the
location and history of the region. The Multinational Financial Investment course, which we already
have in the catalog, would fit in ideally with the purpose of the program, as it deals with exchange rates,
international economic issues and the operations of multinational firms. A new courses which would be
offered as part of the program, which would either be Economic History of Europe (taught by myself), or
a History course, on World War 2 and/or the Holocaust. This last course can be adjusted according to
the availability and interests of other Lyon Faculty that wish to participate.
Lodging for the students could potentially be obtained through the Jagiellonian University, although the
particular dates can affect availability of dorm space. Alternatively, it would be relatively straight
forward to obtain month long apartment/hostel rental in the vicinity of the university, if the total
number of students participating in the program is not too high (my sense is that anything under 16 can
be easily accommodated).
In addition to the course work students would be required to read several books (listed below) and
participate in cultural and academic events in Poland. There are two possible ways to set up the exact
schedule. In the first variant, students would take courses Monday through Thursday (or perhaps
including early Friday) and then participate in the excursions on the weekends, with Sundays off. In the
second variant. Alternatively, we could extend the duration of the program, and have a week in the
middle of the trip to do all the major excursions at once. The schedule below is based on the first
Costs involved would consist of travel, lodging, food, event ticket prices and of course tuition. Some of
these costs are expenses that students would have to incur in some form anyway. Since the coursework
will count towards graduation, if the students are charged summer tuition rates, they would be saving
money in this respect. Likewise, because food and lodging are cheaper in Poland than United States due
to favorable exchange rates, these categories of costs might also very well be lower for the students. On

the other hand, the plane ticket and event tickets would be costs that students would normally not pay
if they did not participate in the program.
For the college, additional costs will consist of the compensation of faculty for teaching the course, as
well as some per diem costs.
Dates (tentative, picked for illustrative purposes)
July 8th – August 8th
~31 Days
8 weekend days – cultural events related to course material in Krakow, Warsaw and possibly
23 weekdays – students attend classes, some cultural events in Krakow in the afternoons and
Alternatively take a week off in the middle to combine the Warsaw and Gdansk visits (would be
easier logistically), but require classes on some Saturdays to compensate

Weekend Trips
Weekend 1 Saturday: Wieliczka Salt Mine (Cultural)
Sunday: Wawel Castle (Cultural)

Weekend 2 Saturday: National Bank of Poland in Warsaw (ECO 401 , ECEE)

Sunday: Warsaw Uprising Museum (WW2)
Weekend 3 Saturday: Solidarity Centre in Gdansk (ECEE)

Sunday: Westerplatte (WW2), Cultural Spots in Sopot (Cultural))
Note – because Gdansk is 7hrs away from Krakow, maybe skip Gdansk
(alternatives: Czestochowa, Sandomierz, Lodz (museum of textiles and industrial
revolution) or combine it into a single Warsaw-Gdansk trip
Weekend 4 Saturday: Zakopane/Polish Highlander region (ECEE)

Sunday: Auschwitz (WW2)

Three 3 hour courses
 ECO 401 Multinational Financial Investment (taught by Dr. Szulga)
 ECO/POL XXX (ECEE) Economy of Central and Eastern Europe: From Transition to EU
(taught by UJ faculty)
And one of the following, depending on faculty interests/availability

 HIS XXX (WW2) World War 2/Holocaust course (taught by another Lyon faculty or by
UJ faculty)
 ECO/HIS XXX (EHE) Economic History of Europe (taught by Dr. Szulga)

One credit hour for participation in cultural events

Total of 10 credit hours
Program related readings and media
 God’s Playground, Norman Davies (Columbia Univ. Press)
 Postwar, Tony Judt (Perigree)
 Global Economic History. A Very Short Introduction, Robert Allen (Oxford Univ. Press)
 The Auschwitz Volunteer. Beyond Bravery, Witold Pilecki (Aquila Polonica)
 Man of Marble, Andrzej Wajda
 Man of Iron, Andrzej Wajda
 White, Stefan Kieslowski


Lyon College Vesuvian Institute Details



The Institute will offer its first round of courses in July of 2022, if circumstances allow. The first program to be implemented at the Institute will be for computer science majors and will feature extensive onsite practical work in    GIS based on data from the archeological site supplemented by classes taught by Lyon faculty. Italian language will be offered as part of the orientation.  This is a tentative list of the classes to be offered for computer science program:

CSC 482: Database for Interdisciplinary Research
CSC 482: GIS for Archaeology
CSC 482: Special Topics - Web Development

Students will be expected to pay for meals (billed by Lyon College), optional excursions, and incidentals. The combined basic estimated cost for 2021 is approximately $3000 with most students being eligible for a $2000 grant based on the length of the program. 

The plan for the Vesuvian Institute is to later add other courses, such as art restoration, which would follow the same model of combining onsite and online classes with practical experience.