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SU Abroad Exploring Central Europe
Wroclaw, Poland (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall
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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Housing Options: Dorm, Other Term: Fall
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SU Abroad Program Advisor: Claire Retterer
Program Type: Field Study, Internship Opportunities, Study Center
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Exploring Central Europe: History, Memory, and Identity Across Borders

You’ll be a part of a learning community that is based in the heart of Central Europe and that travels to Prague, Budapest, Berlin, Krakow, Bratislava, and Vienna. You’ll investigate sites tied to WWII, the Holocaust, and Soviet totalitarian rule. Explore the big questions of the 21st century—how people from different national and ethnic identities, with different languages, cultures, and traditions, are able to live together after wars and other kinds of violence and trauma. Learn about the complexity of issues related to history and social justice in comparative ways. 

Your home base will be Wroclaw, the European Capital of Culture in 2016. In Berlin, you’ll study Germany’s attempts to forge a new path of leadership while confronting its Nazi and politically divided past. In Budapest, you will investigate how one of the most beautiful cities in the world is confronting the refugee crisis. In Prague and Bratislava, you will consider how the Czech Republic and Slovakia have taken independent paths to European integration. Stays in Vienna and Krakow offer very different perspectives on the continent’s imperial past and its present-day open borders.


Courses are offered in a variety of disciplines, and students can take course at the University of Lower Silesia, the University of Wroclaw, or the University of Economics, including foreign languages. The current listings of courses will be provided at your request and individual arrangements need to be made prior to your arrival in Wroclaw through the Program Director at the University of Lower Silesia. Program leader Hana Cervinkova is a professor of cultural anthropology and the founding director of the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education, a dynamic center for practice and scholarship at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw.

About Wroclaw

With 640,000 people, Wroclaw is the fourth-largest city in Poland, located very close to the borders with Germany and the Czech Republic. You will live in a beautifully renovated building in the historic center of the city, which has excellent access to the city’s public transportation network. Wroclaw is famous for its dynamic cultural life (concerts, operas, music clubs, galleries, museums, theaters, and alternative art scenes), for which it earned recognition as the European Cultural Capital of 2016.


While abroad, you may wish to undertake an internship for professional development as well as to remain engaged in causes and issues of importance to you. SU Abroad staff will assist you in nding the right internship or volunteer site. 
Past internship placements include:
  • NOMADA: A prominent Human Rights NGO working with Roma
  • The Ferdinand Lassalle Centre for Social Thought: A progressive think tank
  • The Polski Theatre Wroclaw
  • Szalom Alejchem: The Jewish elementary school in Wroclaw
  • ATUT Bilingual Primary and Secondary School
  • The International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education at the University of Lower Silesia
  • European Commission in Wroclaw
  • House of Peace: NGO focused on urban revitalization and community projects
  • Museum of Architecture in Wroclaw


Your dormitory is situated in the center of the town, with excellent public transportation to the university and other parts of the city. Every suite consists of 2 or 3 rooms and a shared bathroom. The shared kitchen is spacious and well equipped, and there is also a dining area where students can eat and/or study together. Other amenities include wireless Internet access and 24-hour security. 

During the Signature Seminar, you will stay in hotels and hostels.


Franklin & Marshall Academic Policy
F&M requires all students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution or off-campus study program. You can typically find this information on the program partner's website. In many cases, this will be four or five courses for a semester. Many programs grant course credit in U.S. semester credit hours. Franklin & Marshall will award four F&M course credits for a total of 15 or 16 U.S. semester credit hours.  If the total number of credits for your program is more than 16 or less than 15, divide the total number by four to find out how many course credits you will receive (this includes summer study).

Courses on off-campus study programs must be taken for a letter grade, not on a pass/no pass basis. Grades from off-campus study program courses will appear on your Franklin & Marshall transcript, but they will not be calculated into your cumulative GPA.

Courses taken off-campus may be able to satisfy major, minor, language or distribution requirements (Arts, Humanities, Social Science, Non-Western Cultures or Natural Science Lab) in addition to general elective credit. Courses may fulfill more than one requirement. Please note that Franklin & Marshall cannot issue transfer credit for a course taken in a department that is not represented at the College.  If a course does not clearly fall under a department, the off-campus study advising staff can help you determine whether or not it can be accepted for credit.

Franklin & Marshall Housing Policy
Housing options during your off-campus study program will vary by program. Some programs may allow students to choose their housing option; other programs require all students to live in a certain type of housing. Typical housing arrangements may include apartments, homestays, or on-campus housing at a local university. Please visit the program homepage to determine your program's housing options or requirements.

Please note that some programs may offer students the option to pursue independent housing (outside of the regular housing options provided by the program). F&M does not allow students to choose independent housing unless there is a significant academic or cultural reason (such as wanting to live in a homestay when only apartment housing is provided). Independent housing carries many risks and F&M and the program provider cannot provide any support to students who pursue independent housing. Students who are interested in pursuing independent housing will need to contact their off-campus study adviser to petition for approval to pursue this option.

Financial Policy, Financial Aid and Scholarships
During the academic year, students will continue to be eligible for financial aid during a term of off-campus study.   This includes federal and state loans and Franklin & Marshall merit scholarships and need-based grants.  In general, eligibility for financial aid is based on Franklin & Marshall tuition, cost of housing and meals from the off-campus study program, and an allowance for books and personal expenses.  Your annual estimated family contribution as generated by your FAFSA will remain the same regardless of program costs. Students who receive Grant-in-Aid benefits will continue to access these benefits for the semester off-campus. This benefit is only available to students of eligible full-time F&M faculty and staff.

Students may be eligible for additional scholarships outside of F&M, please review the Scholarships section of the website for more information.

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