Syracuse University

Study Abroad in Wroclaw, Poland

The Culture and Politics of Reconciliation

Four countries, nine cities

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Discover Europe through The Culture and Politics of Reconciliation, a fall-only program that will take you to four countries and nine of the continent’s most engaging cities. You will explore the borderlands of the European Union, places where languages, cultures, ethnic identities, and traditions blend together to serve as both encouragements for the development of pluralistic participatory democracies as well as sources of conflicts of local and global reach. Be a part of a learning community, where the inspiring academic program will be augmented with chances to complete your degree requirements by taking courses in a variety of disciplines at Polish universities. Also available are exciting internship opportunities at NGOs and other public institutions working in the area of civic engagement, human rights, culture, politics and the environment. You will study with a close cohort of students interested in similar subjects, learn from dynamic faculty, and shape individual research projects.

Director Hana Cervinkova gives this presentation to talk about this dynamic program - check it out! [PDF]

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Featured Program: The Culture and Politics of Reconciliation

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. During your semester in Europe, collectively, we will search for ways to reduce violence as well as to address the outcomes of conflict. From your unique vantage point in Central Europe, as a participant in The Culture and Politics of Reconciliation in Europe you will have a chance to weigh in on the serious issues impacting the world today.

A semester-long program based in Wroclaw, Poland, with trips to Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw, Vilnius, and Auschwitz-Birkenau, 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) Fall 2016 ONLY: All students enrolling in the Culture and Politics of Reconciliation will receive a $1000 grant.

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An overview of the Central Europe program is available in our new brochure! Click the photo above for the pdf version, or request a copy of your own by filling out this form to have one mailed to you!

Meet our students

Katelyn Olsen

Katelyn Olsen is a biology major at Syracuse University. She studied in Wroclaw in Fall 2014, and has lots of advice for future travelers (like, don't overpack! Do your assigned reading before you leave!) You can also check out her blog, Behind the Orange Curtain, and the book she made while she was abroad.

Visit our Wroclaw Global Ambassadors page to meet more alumni ready to share their advice and experiences with you.