Warsaw Housing

SRAS programs in Warsaw are hosted at Collegium Civitas in the downtown area. For summer programs, housing is provided in a nearby hotel, with twin rooms and breakfast (substantial). For spring or fall programs, students find apartments with assistance from Collegium Civitas. See the individual programs linked above for more information. This page is meant […]

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Arrival in Warsaw: Student Impressions

Let our Warsaw students let you know what to expect when arriving to Warsaw! Heading abroad is always a big step and can feel exciting or overwhelming – or both. Learn from the experience of others and hit the ground running! How did you feel when you first arrived? Eric Nesbitt (Fall, 2019): Eric Nesbitt: […]

Life in Warsaw: Student Reviews of the City

What is life in Warsaw really like? To help you stay up to date, we’ve asked our students to share what they found while abroad in the Polish capital! Finding Things SRAS: First, think of the city – what was available in terms of culture, shopping, and services. Were you able to find things to […]

Russian MiniLessons: How to Address Strangers in Russian

The following bilingual Russian MiniLesson is meant to build your vocabulary by providing Russian phrases within English text. Hover over the bold Russian to reveal its English translation. When addressing strangers in Russia, it is important to maintain an appropriate level of politeness. The address should be in a formal manner, a person should apologize […]

International Airfare For Study Abroad

SRAS is not in the business of selling plane tickets, with the exception of group educational tours and domestic flights not available for purchase outside of Russia. An economy-class, round-trip ticket from New York to Moscow, as of June, 2020, averages between $500-1000, depending on the time of year, carrier, and other factors. If you are using […]

Study Abroad in Warsaw, Poland: Favorite Photos

SRAS student Eric Nesbitt studied with the Security and Society in the Information Age program in Warsaw, Poland, hosted at Collegium Civitas. Below are some of his favorite photos of memories of his time spent abroad. For more on all SRAS study abroad opportunities, click here.

Packing List for Study Abroad

A semester or year stay abroad requires considerable planning. You will need to consider the season and location as well as what you need to bring and what you should find abroad. If you will be spending winter months in most SRAS locations, luggage can quite easily become unwieldy, which can mean airline charges for […]

SRAS Guide to Living in Warsaw

The following is a quick overview to some of those services and products that students often need in the course of a semester or summer abroad: everything from haircuts to pharmacies and gyms to computer repair. In This Guide A Practical Introduction to Warsaw Eating and Going Out Shopping Services Official Holidays See also: Guide […]

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 are those who did not expect it. So how can you prepare to live in a new culture and get the most out of the experience? How do you prepare […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

16 Ways Studying Abroad is Just Like Harry Potter

Did you ever stop to think about the fact that, technically, Harry Potter was also studying abroad? Here are 16 ways that Harry’s adventures are likely to be just like yours.   1. When you first decide you’re going abroad, you’re in a state of shock- you can hardly believe it’s real! 2. Getting on […]

7 Ways Study Abroad is a Second Childhood

After settling in with a host family in Ukraine, I’ve looked back on my notes from my first couple of weeks abroad and come to a realization – in a lot of ways, Abroad-Olivia is a child, just a little bit bigger. I’ve compiled these notes to make a list of seven reasons why living […]

Culture Shock: Living with other international students

Most of us probably knew we were in for inevitable culture shock when we arrived in Russia, no matter how much we had convinced ourselves we were prepared. Sometimes it comes on quick, but other times culture shock reveals itself incredibly slowly. It took longer for this to sink in, but one of the ways […]

Baruch M. Gurfein: New Tech in Moldova

Baruch M. Gurfein is a former AOL business development executive (ICQ) who is now Founding Partner & CEO at New Tech, a successful investment and business development company. New Tech has focused on the former USSR from Moldova on one side to Kyrgyzstan on the other with many successful projects in telecom, infrastructure and real […]