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  • Locations: Warsaw, Poland
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: CIEE 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/26/2018 10/12/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Economics, General Business, History, Management, Political Science, Sociology Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Academic Level: Sophomore Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Dorms
Program Description:


Spend a semester or a year in studying in Warsaw the bustling city at the center of Poland’s economic and cultural life.

In this thriving Central European capital, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the region, and specifically Polish history, culture, experience, and perspective. You also have the opportunity to study business practices and economics in Poland and the European Union through courses at the Warsaw School of Economics. And with Polish language learning, cultural activities and excursions to sites in and around the city, studying abroad in Poland offers you an exciting and immersive international experience.

Study abroad in Poland and you will:

  • Study business, economics, and political science with Polish and other European students in English-taught classes. Students with fluent Polish language may take courses taught in Polish.  
  • Live in a country with the most successful  transformation  from a state-controlled to a democratic market-based system in the Region: take advanced level business courses taught in English
  • Visit Gdansk and the Solidarity Museum, Kraków, Auschwitz, and the Holocaust Museum  and  Lublin to see the best preserved Polish Jews historical objects. 
  • Explore Polish culture and get reimbursed through the cultural reimbursement program
The CIEE Difference


Enjoy a variety of specialized language and area studies courses, including Polish History, Post-War Literature, Social Issues in Contemporary Poland, and Jews in Poland and the Holocaust.

Interested in taking classes in business or economics? Direct enrolment options are available at the Warsaw School of Economics.


Enjoy visits to sites of historic and cultural importance in and around Warsaw. Take a study tour to Gdansk, the home of the Solidarity Movement, as well as a 4-day study tour to Kraków and the surrounding area, including a visit to Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp. Visits to other Polish cities (such as Olsztyn, Lublin ) are also included as class field trips. You’ll also attend opera performances, classis music concerts, and other cultural events.


Total recommended credit for the semester is 16 semester/24 quarter hours.

Course contact hours are 45 hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course, unless otherwise indicated.

Program Requirements

All study abroad students take the required Polish language course at their level and four CIEE area studies courses taught in English, or an equivalent number of WSE courses.

For students at the advanced level of business studies, business courses in English are also available at the Warsaw School of Economics through the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS), the European network of business schools, or Erasmus Student’s Program network. . Enrollment in these courses requires the prior approval of the student’s home university.

About Warsaw

A relatively young city by Polish standards, Warsaw was founded in the 14th century and became the nation’s capital in 1596. Warsaw is a bustling city at the center of Poland’s economic and cultural life, and a thriving Central European capital. It has an excellent public transportation system and is easily navigable. The city is divided by the Vistula River, and has many parks, royal palaces, and a colorful Old Town area. Enjoy the many theaters, museums, cafés, and discos while studying abroad in the most rapidly growing city in Central Europe.

Where You’ll Study

Established in 1906, the Warsaw School of Economics (WSE) is the oldest and largest economics university in Poland, with 17,000 students. Located close to the city center, WSE offers programs in economics, management, statistics, computer science, demography, and public-sector economics. WSE has developed close contacts with universities and institutes abroad, and its academic staff plays an active role in the private sector and state administration, as well as in numerous domestic and international organizations. The students’ dormitory is very close to the WSE campus.

Housing & Meals

Housing is included in the program fee. Study abroad students live together in double rooms in a Warsaw School of Economics dormitory, with shared bath and kitchen facilities. Polish and other international students live in the dormitory as well. The dormitory is located very close to the campus, and city bus and tramway stops. The metro station is a short ten-minute walk from the dormitory. Meals are available at any of the various student cafeterias or in restaurants and cafés in Warsaw or may be prepared in the dormitory. Meals are not included in the program fee and are the responsibility of the student.

Academic Program

Established in 1989, the study abroad program provides a broad-based academic program combined with an in-country cultural experience. The program offers students Polish language instruction and a series of specially designed courses in such fields as Central European politics, literature, history, and economics, as well as the option to enroll in Warsaw School of Economics (WSE) courses taught in English or Polish.

Academic Culture

All CIEE courses are taught in English. Course content is country and region specific. The teaching method tends to be lectures, although most professors welcome discussion. CIEE courses generally meet twice a week for 1.5 hours. CIEE students are registered at the Warsaw School of Economics as full time students and are granted WSE student IDs.

The CIEE program calendar follows that of the U.S. higher education system, with the fall semester from late August to mid-December, and the spring semester from late January to mid-May. However, the academic calendar for the Warsaw School of Economics consists of a fall semester from late September to late January and a spring semester from mid-February to late May or early June. CIEE students who directly enroll in WSE courses may request permission for early exams (prior to the winter holiday break (fall semester) or summer break (spring semester), although CIEE does not guarantee approval of such requests.