Preparing to Go: Exploring Central Europe

Central Europe Main Office Address

University of Lower Silesia
International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education
Strzegomska 55 Street, room #405
53-611 Wrocław, Poland

Mailing address for students:

  • Kamienica pod Aniołami
    Kazimierza Wielkiego 31-33 Street
    50-077 Wrocław, Poland
  • Mailing prohibitions

Overview


Flights and Travel to Wroclaw, Poland

There are two options for travel to the Central Europe program. You can choose to book the suggested flight offered by Advantage Travel, or you may make your own travel arrangements.  Admitted students will receive an email detailing both options.

  • Packing: Pack clothing and belongings for the semester in your large checked bag, and your carry on should have essentials for your first few days in Wroclaw in case your luggage is delayed.

Housing

Students have private rooms in a beautifully renovated building in the historic center of Wroclaw, 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.

Each room has a private bathroom.   A  small, shared kitchen is available for student food storage and preparation.


Meals

During the traveling seminar, some group meals are provided. Students also should plan to cover the costs of some of their meals. Once in Wroclaw, students are expected to buy and/or prepare meals on their own; meals are not included in the program fee. Students have the option of eating breakfast at the dorm/hotel, which offers a buffet at a discounted rate. Wroclaw is a University town with ample opportunities to buy affordable meals at many establishments in the city center. Many students usually opt to have meals regularly at the buffet at the University of Lower Silesia.


Cell Phone Information

Students generally have two options when it comes to cell phones:

  • You can bring your unlocked US cell phone to Poland and purchase a sim card upon arrival. Different data options are available. Check with your US phone service provider to see if your phone can be unlocked for global use.
  • You can purchase a SIM card through a provider in Poland with a plan that fits your needs.

Syracuse Central Europe staff can assist with cell phone options once students arrive in Europe. For communicating with parents and friends in the US, we recommend using apps such as Skype and WhatsApp. Students will also most likely use their US phone for their first two weeks in Europe during the signature seminar. Be sure to check with your US cell phone service provider for international rates.


Finances and Banking

You will find that you generally use cash more frequently in Poland than in the United States. Your ATM card is the best way to get cash in Europe. ATMs are widely accessible, but check with your bank to ensure your card can be used in foreign countries. Also be sure to ask about your bank’s service fees for international transactions as well as ATM fees.

Please do not bring large sums of US cash with you, since banks will not exchange dollars and exchange windows charge high fees. You can inquire with your bank about ordering foreign currency before you depart for Europe for most of the semester you will be using Polish currency, known as the Polish Złoty PLN).

It is a good idea to have a credit card in your name. It is not essential but can come in handy in an emergency. Prior to your departure for Europe, contact your credit card provider to make sure your card can be used in foreign countries and that you have a 4-digit PIN. Again, you should inquire about any international service fees they may charge and let them know how long you will be overseas. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted all over Europe, while most businesses in Europe do not accept American Express.


Travel and Packing

Packing for the Signature Seminar

For your convenience, you should pack one piece of luggage with the items and clothing you will need for the two-week Signature Seminar.

Be sure to take any medication you may need during the Signature Seminar, such as inhalers, epi-pens, etc. It is recommended that you carry this medicine with you in your carry-on luggage. Remember to bring comfortable walking shoes, a raincoat and/or an umbrella.

Academic Information

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