Living in Central Europe

Town square in Wroclaw

Wroclaw, Poland, will be your base in Central Europe. With 640,000 people, Wroclaw is the fourth-largest city in Poland, located very close to the borders with Germany and the Czech Republic. The city also has a huge student population (over 130,000).

  • Wroclaw is still undergoing significant urban revitalization in some sections of the city, as it was heavily bombed during the Second World War. It’s recognized as a growing business center in Europe.
  • Wroclaw was named the European Capital of Culture in 2016 and is famous for its dynamic cultural life (concerts, operas, music clubs, galleries, museums, theaters, and alternative art scenes). Polish theater is widely respected throughout all of Europe and you can obtain tickets inexpensively at any of Wroclaw’s theaters (performances include English subtitles for non-Polish speaking audiences).
  • Wroclaw’s Market Square is at the heart of the city. It features outdoor cafes, restaurants, fountains, sculptures, and outdoor entertainment, as well as ornate government buildings, cathedrals, and university buildings. The square dates from medieval times and is one of the largest market squares in Europe.
  • Wroclaw is beautiful. The Oder River meanders through the city, peppered with small, colorful bridges. The city is completely walkable. Several miles of the riverfront have recently been restored and have great running/walking views of the surrounding city. Wroclaw has an inexpensive and efficient system of public bicycle rentals, which you can use to get around the city or to enjoy free time in one of Wroclaw’s many public parks.
  • You will live in double rooms in a beautifully renovated building in the historic center of the city, which has excellent access to the city’s public transportation network. Your neighborhood is filled with cafes, galleries, and small restaurants where you can immerse yourself in city life. There are a variety of sports facilities in proximity to the dorm, including health clubs, gyms, and swimming pools.
  • Students live with other Syracuse Central Europe participants. Each room has a private bathroom, and there is a shared kitchen on the floor.

Students requesting disability-related housing accommodations should indicate this while completing their post-decision questionnaire “Accommodations for Students with Disabilities” due within 10 days of acceptance. Visit Disability Accommodations Abroad to learn more.