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Central Europe

Come study abroad in Wroclaw, Poland, a beautiful metropolis with a vibrant student population, and travel to eight cities in six countries.

Central Europe’s history as a contested region and its years behind the Iron Curtain make it an ideal place to learn about transforming economies, evolving political and legal structures, efforts at finding a place in the international community and the resilience of local culture and identity.

This program is fall semester only. There is no language requirement to enroll in this program, though we recommend including a Polish class in your course selection.

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Syracuse Central Europe Courses

The Syracuse Central Europe featured program is anchored in our partner institution, the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw, and most of the program courses are taught here. The award-winning curriculum guides your exploration of this rapidly changing area and investigation into history, migration, assimilation, socioeconomic change and identity.

You can expect a curriculum that is rigorous, innovative and distinguished by the same exceptional standards that apply in every other aspect of a Syracuse University academic experience. Your courses may fulfill curricular requirements so you can stay on track to graduate on time.

Study in Depth

The Central Europe program offers depth in the following areas of study:

  • Anthropology and urban history
  • WWII and the Holocaust
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Memory and history
  • Central Eastern European societies and transitions
  • Diversity and ethnic identity
  • Polish language and culture
  • Psychology
  • Economics

Wondering if Central Europe is the right fit for you? Refine your Syracuse Abroad options  to discover the program that best fits your academic goals.

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Semester Programs

Syracuse’s Central Europe program is a fall semester only option. In addition to Poland you will visit cities in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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Travel with Purpose

Syracuse Central Europe starts with two weeks of guided travel to Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Warsaw and Krakow. Your studies will include many site visits and guest speakers, and you will have extensive opportunities for independent work, reflection and creativity.

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At Home in Central Europe

Your Syracuse Abroad experience is enhanced through your housing options. In Wroclaw, you will live in a comfortable residential complex in the historic center of the city. The neighborhood is filled with shops, cafes, galleries and small restaurants, so you can fully participate in city life. (P.S. Poland is inexpensive!)

Student in Central Europe

World Ready. Career Ready.

Interested in an internship in Wroclaw? Use this as an opportunity to apply classroom lessons to real work situations, explore career options and develop professional skills! We will work with you to find the placement that best suits your interests and qualifications through established relationships in many business sectors of Central Europe.

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Can I Afford to Study Abroad?

Yes! We work with you to make studying abroad within reach. Your Syracuse University tuition is your study abroad tuition. Your financial aid package may apply, plus there are other assistance options including scholarships, grants and awards.

Connect with Syracuse Abroad through general advising sessions or program appointments. Drop-in or schedule a virtual or in-person advising session at SyracuseAbroad@Bird Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or, schedule an appointment to meet with a Syracuse Abroad program advisor. View all advising options View all advising options.