Packing List for Study Abroad (+what to do with your laptop, cell phone, etc.)

A semester or year stay abroad requires considerable planning. If you will be spending winter months in most SRAS locations, luggage can quite easily become unwieldy, which can mean airline charges for overweight bags. Planning what you need in advance can help you avoid this (and help you avoid forgetting something important). Invest in good, […]

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Managing Your Cash While Abroad: A Student Guide

Eurasia today is quite affordable. Students are often surprised how far their dollars will go even in major cities like St. Petersburg and Warsaw – and very surprised at how far they go in places like Bishkek and Irkutsk. However, students can also be surprised at how easy it is to run into troubles – […]

Discovering the History of the Uprising

Warsaw Rising Museum Grzybowska 79 See Website for Details During a class taken as part of my Security and Society program, a professor noted that the Poles were great at two things: “Uprising, and terribly failing at it”. Since the city of Warsaw is history everywhere you look, I decided to go to the Warsaw […]

In Memory of the Warsaw Uprising

The Minute Warsaw Stood Still Marking the Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising Every August 1st at 5:00 PM Place: Any Busy Street in Warsaw Walking around Warsaw on a daily basis, I have not become a stranger to witnessing memorials or places where something important in history has occurred. Everywhere in Warsaw it seems to […]

Going to Catholic Mass in Warsaw, Poland

Catholic Mass in Warsaw, Poland at Holy Cross Church Krakowskie Przedmieście 3 Sunday Mass Times: 6:00, 7:00, 10:30, 11:45, 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 Before I ventured over “The Pond” to Europe, I made a promise to my mom that I would go to at least one service in a Catholic Church while I was there. Keeping […]

Corpus Christi in Lowicz – Day Trip from Warsaw

Celebrating Corpus Christi—In the town of Lowicz All day event Budget: 150zl for food and souvenirs (trip included in SRAS cultural program for Warsaw for Summer, 2017) Corpus Christi is a Catholic holiday celebrating the Blood and Body of Christ. Since Poland is majority Catholic, most stores and eateries in the country are closed for […]

The Chill Out Factory in Warsaw

The Chill Out Factory is Too Chill  Chmielna 5 Budget: 60zl (including 10% tip) Hours of Operation: Everyday 12pm-12am The Chillout Factory operates exactly as it sounds it would: chilled out. My friends and I were looking for a good place to grab brunch on a Sunday late morning and stumbled upon the Chillout Factory. […]

Polish Army Museum

Muzeum Wojska Polskiego (Polish Army Museum) Aleje Jerozolimskie 3 Ticket Prices: Normal- 15 PLN Reduced- 8 PLN Saturdays- Free Admission Website Warsaw is especially associated with its place in the Second World War, and coming to Poland, I was already aware of that specific era in Poland history. However, I was curious about the other […]

History and Art Off the Beaten Path in Warsaw

Most foreigners in Warsaw tend to the stick to the center of the city and Old Town, with some maybe venturing as far as the Praga district. Being that these areas are mostly discovered and easy to tour — along with being packed with tourists and locals — I decided to start taking trams to […]

A Guide to Warsaw Groceries

While Warsaw offers many good and affordable restaurants, I prefer to cook for two reasons. The first is to save money, which I prefer to spend on trips around Poland. The second reason is that most of my Polish friends cannot afford to go out to eat often. We usually meet up, buy groceries together, […]

Day Trip from Warsaw to Gdańsk

Travel from Warsaw to Gdańsk A Day of Exploring ~$60 for a day trip (for details on expenses and logistics, head to the end of the article!) With winter finally coming to an end in Poland, I have begun to travel to some places that were long recommended to me by Warsaw. One of the […]

Travel from Warsaw to Auschwitz-Birkenau

Travel from Warsaw to Auschwitz-Birkenau An Eye-opening Experience ~$80 for a day trip While in Poland, I decided to take in one of its most famous tourist sites – which also happens to be the site of one of the 20th century’s most horrific and painful events. In terms of budget, if you are looking […]

Travel from Warsaw to Ustroń Polana

Travel from Warsaw to Ustroń Polana A Spring Break of Quiet Solitude ~$150 for 2-3 days Usually about the time spring break comes around in the US, I am ready for a week off class. I like to spend this time in some remote region where the sound of a car driving by is unlikely […]

Controversial Theater in Warsaw: Curse

Curse Teatr Powszechny Powszechny.com Throughout my stay in Poland, I have found that one of the most pressing concerns in society is the role the Catholic Church plays in state and public affairs. A Croatian theater director, Oliver Frljić, known for creating theatrical productions that focus on pressing contemporary problems in specific countries, has now […]

Three Ways to Keep Fit in Warsaw

Perhaps the greatest anxiety I have whenever I go abroad centers on maintaining my workout routine. Back in the U.S., my university has an amazing gym, which offers yoga and pilates classes, aerobics classes, free weights, workout machines, and an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. In Warsaw, however, my university (Collegium Civitas) does not have […]

Two Cafes in Warsaw: Sipping Coffee, Studying, and Socialising (Paradox and Wrzenie Świata)

Paradox Café 2 Anielewicza Street 10am-12pm Drinks for about $2-3 Wrzenie Świata 7 Gałczyńskiego Street 9am (10am on weekends) – 10pm Drinks for about $2-3 One thing that I love the most about Warsaw is that there is always a cafe or coffeehouse nearby, no matter where you are located. As I am not much […]

Abyssinia – Ethiopian Cuisine in Warsaw

Abyssinia Rynek Nowego Miasta 21 Mon:   3:00 pm – 10:00 pm Tue-Sun:  12:00 am – 10:00 pm Average Price: 30 – 55 zloty per person (~$8 – 14.75 USD) Find them on Facebook When walking through Warsaw’s Old Town, you pass by street after street of traditional Polish restaurants, countless variations on the national dish […]

Paragraf 64

Traveling throughout Poland now is a group of musicians who come from a rather unusual background. The band, Paragraf 64, is comprised entirely of current prison inmates that combine hard rock with hip-hop. They are part of a service program aimed to rehabilitate prisoners through community service. I had the opportunity to see this band perform […]

Preparing for and Coping with Culture Shock

Some of our students report not feeling culture shock at all. Some are surprised by how much culture shock they experience. Often, those most affected by culture shock are those who did not expect to experience it. So how can you prepare to live in a new culture in order to get the most out […]

Thrift Store in Warsaw

The clothing and fashion industry is highly popular and successful in Warsaw. The city boasts a number of massive shopping malls, including the largest shopping center in Central Europe, Arkadia, with some of the most in-demand brands and stores. On the opposite side of this industry, the second hand store has become an increasingly popular […]

Weekend Trip from Warsaw to Lviv, Ukraine

 Trip from Warsaw to Lviv, Ukraine Weekend Trip Budget: ~460 zloty / 3000 hryvnia Exchange rates throughout Central and Eastern Europe are currently ridiculously set in favor of the dollar. For a student not to take the opportunity to travel a bit while it’s so cheap to do would be something of crime. I recently […]

Teaching English in Warsaw

Before arriving in Warsaw, I’d opted to take a month-long intensive Polish language course. This option is an add-on to the study abroad program offered by SRAS and arranged by Collegium Civitas, and it’s something I absolutely recommend for future students.  The actual university semester begins in the first week of October, but I arrived on […]

Warsaw: Student Budgets and Logistics

Students in Warsaw report spending about $80-100 a week average over the course of their stay. This covers groceries, eating at the university cafeteria, city transport, an occasional meal out, school supplies, modest weekend entertainment, and other general living expenses. Note that this guide assumes 3.7 rubles = 1 US dollar. Prices current as of […]

Wilanów Palace in Warsaw

Wilanów Palace Tickets starting at 15 PLN Wilanow-palac.pl When I lived in Warsaw, a friend visited who had spent the summer doing archaeological digs around Italy.  So what could be the oldest and most beautiful Polish place I could take her to rival ancient Roman artifacts?  Wilanów Palace, Poland’s only remaining Baroque residence. The palace […]

Polish Pub Crawls

Pubcrawl Warsaw Starting at 50 PLN (includes some drinks) Pubcrawl.pl If you’re like me while traveling, bouncing from one hostel to the next, you’ve probably tried out a pub crawl or two. If you haven’t, it’s never too late! You encounter all types of travelers on pub crawls, from solo wanderers to English stag/hen parties […]

University of Warsaw Library

University of Warsaw Library Library Card: 10 PLN Hours vary – see below BUW.uw.edu.pl Acquiring a library card for the University of Warsaw Library may be one of the best investments you can make while in Warsaw.  For only 10 złoty, you may purchase a public access library card at the UW Library, a behemoth […]

Summer Study Spot: Roślina Cafe

Roślina Cafe Efraima Schroegera 80 (Metro Stare Belany) Coffee from 7.5 PLN; Meals from 40 PLN Find them on Facebook Wandering around Stare Belany, one can find old churches, picturesque pathways, Polish cottages with ‘eyelid’ windows, and an abundance of cafes. One in particular catches the eye while walking down Schroegera. Like moths to flame, […]

Minorities Abroad: Additional Resources

This site isn’t the only resource for minority students studying in Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe! Below is a collection of interesting and useful sites from around the web, featuring videos, interviews, and much more. (Thanks to the many folks on ADSEEES and SEELANGS who have shared them!) If you’d like to suggest an additional […]

Summer Chopin Concerts in Łazienki Park

Summer Chopin Concerts Łazienki Park Free Lazienki-krolewskie.pl Want to soak in some classical music with that summer sun? You’re in luck! From mid-May to September, you can catch Chopin concerts every Sunday in the Royal Łazienki Park next to the Chopin Monument. And the best part?  It’s FREE.  The first showing is at noon, the […]

Transportation in Warsaw

Poland offers a broad network of public transportation with Warsaw serving as the central hub.  Traveling to and around Warsaw is simple whether you arrive by plane or train.  Warsaw’s international airport (Frederic Chopin) has a few direct bus lines to the city center, taking around half an hour to get from Chopin to Centralny […]

“Crossroads of Empires” Program Evaluation

Note: this is an open and honest evaluation from a participant on the inaugural run of SRAS’ new Crossroads of Empires program. SRAS actively seeks out feedback from students on all programs so that we can continually improve our offerings. While we plan to retain the rigorous nature of this program, we are working with […]

Warsaw Uprising Mound

Warsaw Uprising Mound / Kopiec Powstania Warszawskiego Located in Park Akcji „Burza” in Czerniaków (Mokotów district) Open to the public 24/7 This week the weather was finally nice enough that I decided to walk to the end of the long street that my dorm is on and explore the area a little. The trees in […]

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