Syracuse University

Study Abroad in Wroclaw, Poland

The Culture and Politics of Reconciliation

Wroclaw at night

We live in a world challenged by conflict. We see the traumas and traces of war, colonialism, and class, ethnic, and racial division, inscribed across the globe on bodies, landscapes, psyches, economic and social formations, and material cultures. Collectively, we search for ways to reduce violence as well as to address the outcomes of conflict. A fall-only program based in Wroclaw, Poland offers you a special opportunity to live in an exciting Central European metropolis, to study with a close cohort of student interested in similar subjects, to learn from dynamic faculty, and to shape individual research projects. Fall 2014 students are adding their work to this website, which is a fantastic introduction to the program and its components.

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Featured Program: The Culture and Politics of Reconciliation

A semester-long program based in Wroclaw, Poland, with trips to Berlin. Dresden, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw, Vilnius, and Auschwitz, The Culture and Politics of Reconciliation will tackle questions such as: How does a region with a complex, divided, and violence-ridden history find ways of recognizing and coming to terms with this history while also moving forward? What role does public memory and commemoration play in this process? How can political and legal frameworks be set to not only launch but also ensure lasting reconciliation processes? What role can students and teachers play in local processes of reconciliation and in building a more just future? (fall only)

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Meet our students

Kelly Montague

Kelly Montague is a geography major with a minor in environment and society. She studied in Wroclaw in Summer 2013, and found her trips to Auschwitz-Birkenau and Krakow to be especially unforgettable.

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Program Dates

Students receive a detailed program calendar upon arrival abroad. 
Wroclaw Fall 2014 Program Dates
Students Arrive in Vilnius: September 10, 2014
Traveling Seminar: September 11-27
Arrival in Wroclaw/Orientation: September 28
Trip to Czech Republic/Dresden October 9-12
Trip to Auschwitz/Krakow: October 17-19
Trip to Berlin: October 24-26
Program ends: December 13, 2014